Respect for Human Rights

Yokogawa has explicitly defined respect for human rights as part of the Group's policies in the Yokogawa Philosophy, the Yokogawa Group Code of Conduct, and the Group Management Standards (GMS). Yokogawa has also declared its support for the UN Global Compact; we pursue initiatives based on respect for the human-rights guidelines proclaimed in the Global Compact, as well as international human-rights standards.
The GMS, which are applied throughout the Yokogawa Group, state in writing the basic policies for the Group's management. These standards provide clear rules and guidelines relating to matters including human rights, obedience to the law, and occupational health and safety. Regarding human rights initiatives throughout our supply chain, our Sustainable Procurement Guidelines include provisions prohibiting forced labor, child labor and discrimination. The guidelines also cover appropriate wages, legal compliance regarding work hours, and employees' right to organize. Our suppliers are required to obey these guidelines.
The Yokogawa Group Code of Conduct, which provides a basic policy and standards of action to guide the Group and all individuals engaged in Group business to achieve our corporate philosophy, sets the standards regarding human rights shown below. (The following is an excerpt from the Yokogawa Group Code of Conduct)

Chapter 1 Basic policy of the Yokogawa Group

Respect for human rights

  • We support internationally recognized human rights standards and respect the dignity and human rights of all people.
  • We strive to ensure that our business activities do not infringe on human rights, and if we discover such situations, we will respond quickly.

Chapter 2 Yokogawa Group Code of Conduct

Relationship between the company and employees

  • Prohibition of forced and child labor
    We do not allow the use of forced or child labor in any workplace, wherever that may be around the world.
  •  Eliminating discrimination and creating a comfortable working environment
    We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, political opinion, country of origin, social origin, disability, or other circumstances. We also strive to improve the abilities of our employees, foster workstyles that respect individual differences, and provide a pleasant work environment that is healthy and safe.
  •  Respect of workers' rights
    We observe labor laws and agreements and respect the rights of workers, including the freedom to participate in labor unions. We also strive through good communication to maintain and develop a relationship of trust between labor and management.
  •  Prohibition of harassment
    We build a corporate culture that encourages employees to treat each other with respect and does not tolerate sexual, power, and other forms of harassment.

Relationship with local communities and society

  •  Contribution to local development
    As a good citizen, we build cooperative relationships with local communities, and through the provision of employment and other means, we contribute to the sustainable development of the countries and regions in which we operate.

International Standards and Guidelines Which We Support

Yokogawa supports the human rights recognized internationally by the following standards and guidelines and works to promote human rights.

  • The UN International Bill of Human Rights (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights)
  • The UN Global Compact
  • The UNHRC Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • Eight ILO fundamental Conventions (Nos. 87, 98, 29, 105, 138, 182, 100, 111)
  • The ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy
  • The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up
  • ISO 26000: Guidance on social responsibility

Human Rights Management

The Yokogawa Group Code of Conduct, which defines the basic policy on human rights, was established with the approval of the Board of Directors. We have established an internal system in which the President and CEO has the highest responsibility for human rights in the Group, and we are implementing ongoing efforts. The Human Rights Committee Working Group, which members are selected from the departments related to human rights, is working on concrete human rights agenda.

Human Rights Due Diligence

Yokogawa is committed to implementing human rights due diligence to identify, prevent, and mitigate potential negative impacts on human rights throughout our business and the supply chain and to achieve accountability for our activities.
We have built internal control systems for the entire group for occupational safety and health, labor management, and purchasing and sales management, and are working to reduce risks with taking corrective actions when we identify problems.
In addition, we have set up hotlines for everyone  working at Yokogawa as a means to prevent human rights violations.

Human Rights Risk Assessment

In fiscal 2019, we assessed potential human rights risks throughin our business activities and value chain, partneringtogether with BSR (Business for Social Responsibility),, whichwho is an NGO that is globally active working in the areas of business and sustainability.
This assessment identified human rights issues of high priority by confirming company policies, business activities and the operating status of the internal control systems, and interviewing relevant parties in the Group as well. The priority is determined by two perspectives: salience of the risk of giving adversely impact through our business activities and business relationships, and Yokogawa’s ability to manage the risks.

Human Rights Risk of the Yokogawa Group

Human Rights Risk of the Yokogawa Group

As a results of risk assessment, the following six items were identified as human rights risks with highest priority; social and environmental impacts, forced, bonded or compulsory labor (employee), health and safety (employee), fair business practices, product quality and security, and working conditions (employee).
Regarding high priority human rights risks, we will work further to reduce the risks, taking into account the characteristics of each country and region. If we find some problem, we will take appropriate measures.

Major Human Rights Initiatives in FY 2019

  • Revision of Yokogawa Group Code of Conduct and Compliance Guidelines
    We have added a broader concept of respect for human rights and respect for international standards and guidelines.
  • Revision of Sustainable Procurement Guidelines for suppliers
    We have expanded our human rights initiatives by referring to the RBA Code of Conduct V6.0 with our support for the Global Compact.
  • Yokogawa Group human rights risk assessment and identification
    We assessed our business activities and potential human rights risks in the value chain.
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