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Respect for Human Rights


Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2013.

Basic Approach

[Photo]A person in charge of the Fujifilm Group CSR Department has a presentation at the Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop.

A person in charge of the Fujifilm Group CSR Department has a presentation at the Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop.

We believe that respect for basic human rights is a fundamental aspect of our compliance and we have clearly stated our commitment to it in the “Fujifilm Group’s Charter for Corporate Behavior and Code of Conduct.” We promote understanding of these concepts by all our employees by asking them to sign the declaration at the end of the Code which clearly states the principles of prohibition of infringement of human rights, discrimination based on nationality, ethnicity or race, religious or political convictions or other beliefs, gender, physical features, or social status, prohibition of harassment, protection of privacy, respect and protection of basic labor rights, prohibition of forced labor or child labor, and compliance with and promotion of workplace health and safety. In addition, we also promote education on human rights by periodically holding training seminars on respect for human rights and eliminating discrimination.

Outline of Activities in Fiscal 2012

Measures for human rights due diligence

As part of our measures for human rights due diligence, in Sep. 2012, we participated in the Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop* held by the Nippon CSR Consortium, and held discussions with many participants from relevant companies, NGOs and CSR experts regarding human rights issues. As a first step, we conducted dialogue with companies and NGOs, listened to the experiences of NGOs which are active in working to resolve numerous human rights issues, and exchanged opinions relating to human rights issues. As a second step, in accordance with the “UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights” as recognized by the United Nations Human Rights Council, and with reference to the Human Rights Guidance Tool formulated by the UNEP FI (United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative) in Nov. 2011, we laid out the human rights risks for our company and set down priority issues for each industry.

In this workshop, the Fujifilm Group participated in discussions related to our priority businesses of highly functional materials and the healthcare-related chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and as a result recognized that priority issues for us including “workplace condition,” both within our company and on our supply chain, and “resources” for local communities, etc. In the future, we plan to raise the discussion points from this workshop within our Group, bring together and organize the existing measures relating to human rights within the Fujifilm Group, and launch activities to survey and specify impact on human rights.

  • * “Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop” Participated organization: <NGO/NPO> Amnesty International, ACE, ek sathe, Oxfam Japan, CSO Network Japan, Change Fusion, Polaris Project Japan, etc. (11 organizations), <Corporation (Type)> 39 companies from chemicals, financial services and securities, automotives, heavy industries, trading companies, information equipments, information communication, food, think tank, apparel and textile, electrics, logistics, retail industries, etc.
  • * For details of the Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop and the formulation process, please refer to the website of the Caux Round Table.

Key Human Rights Issues in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sectors

Human rights issues considered important for the chemical industry Concrete issues
Core operation / Supply chain
Health and safety in the workplace
  • Risks of skin injuries and cancers posed by the use of chemical materials.
Use of natural resources
  • Progressive increase in discharge and leak of hazardous materials, water and air pollution at manufacturing sites as well as during transportation.
Voluntary relocationconsultation and compensation
  • Inadequate compensation on relocation may create tensions with local communities when developing sites, which may endanger the safety of both corporate and community members.
Key human rights issues in pharmaceutical sector" Concrete issues
Core operation / Supply chain
Labor conditions
  • The use of chemical compound or/and pharmaceutical products is likely to endanger the health and safety of employees.
  • During the clinical development stage of pharmaceutical production, the health and safety of study participants may not be managed properly at contact research organizations.
Use of natural resources
  • Sourcing natural compounds may possibly heighten tensions between companies and local communities.
Community investment
  • Having positive impacts on public health such as rising awareness on diseases and ensuring access to medicine.
Society and government
Relations with poor human rights record
  • Support for public health in state/local community may be misused for their political purposes such as propaganda
Consumer issues
Health and safety of patients
  • Taking positive actions towards the fight against counterfeit medicines
  • Report delay on adverse drug reactions and delay in recall may endanger health and safety of patients


Statement of Human Rights Due Diligence Status Check

[Image]Caux Round Table Japan logo

[Photo]Hiroshi Ishida Executive Director, Caux Round Table Japan

Hiroshi Ishida
Executive Director,
Caux Round Table Japan

Caux Round Table Japan herewith confirms that the FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation (CSR Group, General Affairs Department) has participated in a series of Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop at the Nippon CSR Consortium. At the workshop, the company contributed to identify human rights issues related to chemical and manufacturing sector, while joining in discussion with NGOs and CSR experts, and shared expertise with other members from different sectors. Next steps will be prioritization of the identified issues by placing them in the value chain. I look forward to seeing further progress being made by the FUJIFILM Holdings to integrate human rights into strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations.

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2013.

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