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Respect for Human Rights

 

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2014.

Basic Approach

[Photo]With participants of the Conference on CSR and Risk Management

With participants of the Conference on CSR and Risk Management

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 FY2013

Measures for Implementing Human Rights Due Diligence

Following its par ticipation in the Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop*1 in FY2012, FUJIFILM Holdings participated in the Conference on CSR and Risk Management*2 held in September 2013 for the purpose of implementing human rights due iligence in the Fujifilm Group. The representatives of various business corporations and we discussed on CSR risks that businesses should be taken into account in human rights due diligence. This conference was the fourth workshop that the Global Corporate Community of Practice (GCOP) held around the world.
The GCOP is an intercompany global platform formed to develop and share best practices in human rights due diligence and risk management.

Following lectures on implementing human rights due diligence, we discussed several hypothetical case studies such as “supply chain labor practices (freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining)” and “measuring external stakeholder impacts.” In the discussions, the participants and we shared the idea that “Even if the suppliers have problems, Japanese companies have a corporate culture that prefers improving together with suppliers than stopping their trades.” The Japanese approach of “growing together with suppliers” made a strong impression on GCOP members. We will continue to join into various workshops to promote a better understanding of human rights due diligence, and apply this knowledge to the activities of our Group.

In FY2013, Fujifilm added some social items, such like “identifying the division responsible for dealing with human rights issues including forced labor and child labor” and “promoting employee awareness on the prohibition of discrimination and inhumane treatment,” on annual selfassessment questionnaire related to business, and then, applied them to Japanese and overseas affiliates.

We will raise awareness of the importance of human rights issues while reviewing our assessment items.

  • *1“Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop” A platform to raise awareness in the field of human rights due diligence and to discuss with NGOs/NPOs and other companies hosted by Caux Round Table Japan. The workshop was held from September 2012 to March 2013. 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 communications, food, think tank, apparel and textile, electrics, logistics, retail industries, etc.
  • *2 Conference on CSR and Risk Management: Organized by the Caux Round Table - Japan and the UN Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises participated in by 18 companies in the fields of chemicals, automotives, heavy industries, trading companies, information communications, printing, think tank, apparel and textile, logistics, etc.

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.
Community
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.
Community
Voluntary relocation consultation 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.
Community
Use of natural resources
  • Sourcing natural compounds may possibly heighten tensions between companies and local communities.
Community
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.

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2014.

Related Information

A Code of Conduct has been established to instill environmental awareness in each and every employee.

Enhancing the quality of life and the sustainable development of society.

The entire Fujifilm Group is striving for environmental quality in products, services and corporate activities.

Five principles for conducting fair corporate activities.

Our rules with openness, fairness and clarity as the foundation.



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