Valuing human rights

Policy

The Asahi Kasei Group respects the basic human rights of individuals and diversity, and supports the essence of the International Bill of Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the UN Global Compact. We also support the essence of the Children's Rights and Business Principles.

The Asahi Kasei Group Code of Conduct clearly stipulates that “we must respect individuals’ basic human rights and diversity, not discriminate on the basis of nationality, ancestry, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, ideology, age, physical characteristics, sexual orientation, employment status, form of contract, etc., nor condone such discrimination.”

Human Resources leads the effort to ensure that there will be no discrimination, to maintain a lively workplace culture which enables personnel to perform at their best, to advance employment of persons with disabilities, and to rehire personnel after mandatory retirement.

Results

In fiscal 2017, we received zero complaints regarding violations of human rights.

Preventing harassment

Sexual harassment, discriminatory words and deeds, and other forms of harassment are clearly prohibited in the Asahi Kasei Group Code of Conduct and by our corporate employment regulations. Prevention is reinforced through training at each level of promotion in rank such as assistant manager, manger, etc., and through periodic company-wide training within each core operating company for conformance with corporate ethics. A central point of contact is established for consultation about related issues and concerns in the Asahi Kasei Group.

Training and consultation are also provided for staff from placement agencies and employees of affiliated companies, as part of our comprehensive effort to prevent the occurrence of harassment.