Yokogawa Group Human Rights Policy
Yokogawa Group's corporate philosophy is "As a company, our goal is to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through broad-ranging activities in the areas of measurement, control, and information. Individually, we aim to combine good citizenship with the courage to innovate." Based on this philosophy, the Group has supported industry and society by providing a variety of solutions that help our customers improve productivity and transform their businesses. Together with our customers and partners, we continue to create new value for the future under our corporate brand slogan, "Co-innovating tomorrow".
All of our business activities for value co-creation are based on respect for human rights. By deepening our understanding of the various human rights issues in the countries and regions where we conduct our business, and by being actively involved in resolving them, we must strive to ensure that people's dignity is protected and respected. We hereby establish the Yokogawa Group Human Rights Policy as a commitment to fulfill this responsibility.
1. Compliance with Human Rights-related Laws and Regulations and Respect for the International Code of Conduct
(Scope and Corporate Structure)
This policy applies to Yokogawa Electric Corporation and its group companies (hereinafter referred to as "Yokogawa Group"). We also expect and encourage our suppliers, business partners and other stakeholders to respect human rights in accordance with this policy. To achieve this goal, we have established a corporate structure in which the President and Chief Executive Officer serves as the Group's chief executive officer for human rights, and we continue to implement initiatives to this end.
(Related Laws and International Codes of Conduct)
Based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Yokogawa Group respects human rights as defined in international norms such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), and the International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
We comply with laws and regulations in the countries or regions in which we conduct our business, and where there is a gap between laws and international norms, we respect international norms to the extent possible.
2. Implementation of Human Rights Due Diligence
(Addressing Human Rights Risks)
The Yokogawa Group identifies human rights risks associated with our business activities, collaborates with relevant stakeholders, and establishes and continuously operates mechanisms to prevent or mitigate risks.
If the Yokogawa Group is found to have caused or been involved in any negative impact on human rights, we will work with relevant stakeholders to remedy the situation. We also establish and maintain a grievance procedure for this purpose.
To ensure that this policy is understood and practiced by all people working for the Yokogawa Group, we regularly provide education and awareness-raising programs on respect for human rights. We also take the necessary steps to promote understanding and implementation of the Group's human rights policy to suppliers and business partners associated with our business.
3. Yokogawa's Priority Human Rights Issues
The Yokogawa Group's business is supported by a variety of stakeholders, including customers, business partners, suppliers, employees, and civil society. In order to respect the human rights of all people who are involved with the Yokogawa Group, we actively engage in the following priority issues.
(Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment)
We prohibit discrimination of any kind based on race, skin color, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, belief, political opinion, nationality, ethnicity, place of origin, disability, family relations or any other circumstances against any person associated with the Group. Furthermore, we do not tolerate harassment of any kind that harms their dignity.
(Respect for Workers' Rights and Approach to the Supply Chain)
In order to protect the human rights of all workers in the Yokogawa Group, we take the following actions and strive to build a more sustainable and resilient supply chain that ensures the same actions are taken in the supply chain in order to protect the human rights of other workers involved in the Yokogawa Group's business activities.
- Ensuring occupational health and safety
We are committed to ensuring the safety and health of our workers and to providing them with a fulfilling and comfortable work environment.
- No child labor/forced labor
Child labor, forced labor, slave labor, and trafficking are prohibited. In addition, we prohibit young workers from engaging in hazardous work.
- Respect for the rights of foreign/migrant workers
We give due consideration to the human rights of foreign workers and migrant workers.
- Freedom of association and respect for collective bargaining rights
We respect the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, which are the fundamental rights of workers. We engage in ongoing dialogue with employees in order to ensure a better work environment for our employees.
- Prevention of low wages and long working hours
In order to promote the lives and health of workers, we pay wages that exceed the minimum wages and living wages and manage working hours appropriately.
(Respect for Rights of Vulnerable People)
We respect the human rights of local and indigenous peoples, children, people with disabilities, minorities, women who are subject to gender discrimination or constraints, and people with disabilities who are socially vulnerable, including the elderly. We also engage in responsible procurement to avoid complicity in conflicts and human rights abuses related to mineral sourcing.
(Protection of Privacy and Personal Information)
We conduct our business activities with due consideration to the privacy of people involved with the Yokogawa Group and the protection of their personal information.
4. Communication and Engagement
This policy was formulated in consideration of expert advice from outside the Group to demonstrate the Group's attitude and commitment to human rights. In order to resolve human rights issues identified through human rights due diligence, the Group will actively and continuously engage in dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders and evolve its efforts to respect human rights. The progress of these activities and initiatives to resolve human rights issues will be regularly disclosed to the public.
The Group has set sustainability goals for 2050 to realize the well-being of future generations, and we are working to achieve net-zero emissions (stopping climate change), ensure well-being (quality life for all), and make the transition to a circular economy (circulation of resources and efficiency). We firmly believe that respect for human rights is the basis for achieving these goals, particularly well-being. The Yokogawa Group will respond swiftly to dynamic social conditions, such as climate change and infectious diseases, confront ever-changing human rights issues, and sincerely implement this initiative together with our employees, business partners and suppliers around the world.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Resolved at the Board of Directors' meeting on September 2, 2020
Human Rights Management
Yokogawa Group Human Rights Policy 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 Working Group, whose members are selected from the departments related to human rights, is working on concrete human rights initiatives.
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 responsibility 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.
Human Rights Helpline and Remedy Procedures
To swiftly detect and rectify any human rights violations that we may have directly caused or be indirectly involved in, Yokogawa has established an in-house consultation and reporting desk for all persons working at Yokogawa, as well as a helpline for our suppliers. We also accept reports and consultations on human rights violations from all stakeholders, including customers, business partners, and local communities, through the Contact Us form on our website.
We permit anonymous reports and consultations and ensure that the privacy of the whistleblower is protected while also prohibiting any retaliation or disadvantageous treatment taken against the whistleblower. For human rights violations notified by our stakeholders, our corporate ethics, human resources, procurement, and legal departments will work together to investigate and take corrective action such as advising and educating those responsible to prevent the reoccurrence of similar cases.
Human Rights Risk Assessment
In fiscal 2019, Yokogawa assessed the potential human rights risks in Yokogawa’s business activities and value chain together with NGO's BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), a global NGO active in the field of business and sustainability. Then, in fiscal 2022, we reassessed human rights risks based on changes in the external environment and the progress of internal initiatives.
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.
Process of identifying the risk of violating human rights
Main stakeholders targeted for due diligence:
irect employees / Indirect employees, Women and girls, Children and adolescents, Communities, Migrant workers, Indigenous peoples, Workers in supply chain and Others(Rural population, Low income segments of the population, Segments of the population with low education)
Human rights risks identified:
Product quality and security, social and environmental impacts, fair business practices, forced and bonded compulsory labor, child labor, working conditions (including freedom from discrimination, fair remuneration, freedom of association, right to collective bargaining), health and safety, peace and conflict, access to remedy
Human Rights Risk of the Yokogawa Group
The results of the risk assessment showed that the risk of peace and conflict has increased due to the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine. However, the risks of involvement in the six areas identified as high priority in the previous risk assessment, namely social and environmental impacts, forced and boded compulsory labor (employee), health and safety (employee), fair business practices, product quality and security, and working conditions (employee), have been reduced through the implementation of various measures. On the other hand, the priority level of labor-related risks in the supply chain has increased, and we assessed that the relevance of the risks to our business has increased as we continue to work with our suppliers to respect human rights. With respect to human rights risks, whether high or low priority, we will work to further reduce risks, taking into account the characteristics of each country and region, and will take appropriate action when a potential problem is identified.
Major Human Rights Initiatives in FY 2022
- Human rights risk assessment activities
In fiscal 2021, we conducted self-assessment questionnaires (SAQ) for our manufacturing sites, and there were no high-risk sites. In fiscal 2022, based on various feedback from the previous fiscal year’s activities, we conducted SAQ on "forced labor and bonded labor," "occupational health and safety," and "working environment" at 33 domestic and overseas sites with engineering functions. We analyzed the results and identified areas for improvement at each site. Although there were no high-risk sites requiring immediate action, we will continue to communicate with them to reduce the risk of human rights violations.
- Conducting human rights due diligence for critical suppliers
We have used the expert's knowledge to identify critical suppliers. Specifically, we made judgments based on the size of the transaction amount and the content of the purchase (including services). We conducted human rights due diligence using SAQ by suppliers for business sites of selected suppliers. Based on the assessment of SAQ responses, we selected 16 high-risk sites and communicate (including face-to-face interview and interview with third-party organizations) with them to improve their situation.
- Revising Sustainable Procurement Guidelines
We have confirmed international standards for procurement and revised our Sustainable Procurement Guidelines. We ask our suppliers to ensure that they comply with the guidelines, and we also ask them to provide information and cooperate in our audits.
- Education and awareness-raising programs on respect for human rights
Every fiscal year, we conduct education and awareness-raising programs (including prevention of discrimination) on respect for human rights so that human rights policies are understood and implemented by all people who work for us. In fiscal 2022, in order to improve the implementation rate, we introduced multiple languages for educational materials (English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese) and encouraged employees who did not take training through individual distribution through the internal education system. We will continue to implement education in cooperation with each group company.
In conjunction with the World Human Rights Day, we issued compliance newsletters to all employees on the topics of “Human rights risks in business” and “Human rights in the workplace” to raise awareness of respect for human rights.
- Human rights helpline and remedy procedures
In order to detect and correct human rights infringement events at an early stage, we have established a whistle-blowing hotline for employees and a helpline for business partners. In addition, reports and consultations related to human rights violations from external stakeholders, such as customers and local communities, are received through the "Inquiry" section of our website. By posting on our website the flow from receiving human rights consultations, such as privacy considerations, to solving problems, we are taking care to ensure that reports are reported with peace of mind. In line with the partial revision of the Whistleblower Protection Act in Japan, the related internal rules have been revised and communicated to employees, and they have been operated in accordance with the contents of the revision.
- Update risk map
We have updated the risk map established in fiscal 2019 based on changes in the external environment, progress of internal initiatives, and continuity of notation. We will work to clarify the details of risks and make it easier to formulate improvement measures.