Fuji Electric Global


ESGRespect for Human Rights

Basic Human Rights Policy

In its Code of Conduct , Fuji Electric pledges to “respect and value all people,” clearly stating that Fuji Electric and its employees will respect basic human rights in their relationships with employees of the Company and with all other people.The Fuji Electric Code of Conduct was revised in fiscal 2019 based on international human rights standards, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The revision clearly states our commitment to ensuring that the Company is never involved in or complicit in human rights violations. More detailed guidelines are delineated in the Policy for Human Rights of the Employees.

Fuji Electric’s Policy for Human Rights of the Employees has been translated into four languages and introduced at operating bases around the world and posters promoting this policy are created and displayed at business sites.

Revised February, 2020
Revised February, 2020

Promotion Structure for Human Rights Awareness

In fiscal 2020, we established the SDGs Promotion Committee, chaired by the general manager of the President’s Office and consisting also of the executive officers in charge of the environment, the executive officer in charge of human resources, and executive officers in charge of each business field. The committee meets twice a year. We also established the Human Rights and Human Resources Empowerment Subcommittee as a permanent subcommittee of the SDGs Promotion Committee. The role of the subcommittee is to discuss and evaluate policies and measures for incorporating respect for human rights into management policies, as well as gender equality and raising job satisfaction.

Human rights promotion committees are also established at various business sites and domestic subsidiaries, creating a framework that promotes the utmost respect for human rights.

Fuji Electric’s Promotion Structure for Human Rights Awareness

Fuji Electric’s Promotion Structure for Human Rights Awareness

Promoting Respect for Human Rights

Systems to Ensure Human Rights of the Employees

Based on the Policy for Human Rights of the Employees, Fuji Electric is developing frameworks to ensure respect for the human rights of everyone working at the Company and at its domestic and overseas subsidiaries and to facilitate human rights due diligence to ensure that the rights of everyone connected to its business activities are respected.

Human rights consultation desks have been set up at the major business sites of Group companies and steps are taken to promote awareness of these desks. In addition, a Business Ethics Helpline System has been introduced to prevent and quickly detect violations of laws and Company rules, including rules related to human rights. Employees can use the helpline to report by telephone or e-mail to compliance divisions or to an outside attorney should they detect a violation.

In fiscal 2020, the Company provided harassment prevention training for section managers of its subsidiary companies as a part of its efforts to promote respect for human rights.

SDGs Promotion Committee

SDGs Promotion Committee has been established at the head office for deliberating, deciding, and evaluating the promotion of the SDGs, and Human Rights Promotion and Human Resources Empowerment Subcommittee has been set up under the committee.

Human Rights Promotion Committees at business sites and subsidiaries

Human rights promotion committees have been established at business sites and subsidiaries to entrench respect for human rights and promote human rights education within their organizations.

  • Human Rights Promotion and Human Resources Empowerment Subcommittee shares information regarding human rights issues throughout the Company and formulates and implements Companywide policies and measures.
  • The human rights promotion committees at business sites and subsidiaries are chaired by the head of the business site or the officer responsible for human rights while the head of the general affairs division serves as the secretariat.
  • Committees meet twice each year in principle, to review the progress of activities based on annual action policies and to discuss and draft measures for addressing specific issues.
  • Human rights consultation venues are established on an individual company and business site basis, and steps are taken to make employees aware of these venues.

Efforts of business sites and subsidiaries (including overseas)

In fiscal 2020, human rights checks using self-assessment checklists were conducted at all domestic and overseas operating sites and subsidiaries based on the Guidelines on Employee Human Rights formulated and deployed the previous fiscal year. Drawing on the results of these assessments, we provided guidance for improvement to each site..

In the future, we will review our guidelines and checklists based on international human rights standards in order to conduct human rights checks on a regular basis at each of our operating sites and subsidiaries.

Initiatives to Promote Human Rights at Temporary Manpower Companies and Subcontractors

We formulated the Guidelines for Respect of Human Rights of Employees for temporary manpower companies and subcontractors in contractual relationships with Fuji Electric and each subsidiary, and require them to agree to and apply our policies. In this way, we ensure that all people who work for us have their human rights respected, and not just those who are directly employed.

Fuji Electric’s Policy for Human Rights of the Employees prohibits all forms of harassment

We have also established the Guidelines to Prevent Sexual Harassment, made human rights representatives at all operating sites aware of these guidelines, and set up human rights consultation desks at major operating sites of Group companies for all human rights issues. In addition, the Business Ethics Helpline System is introduced for consultation via telephone or email that is separate from standard lines of operation. Furthermore, clauses describing disciplinary methods that may be taken in relation to harassment are included in employment regulations, and regular e-learning programs are held on the subject of harassment.

In fiscal 2020, the Company conducted a harassment prevention e-learning course for managers of subsidiaries, and all 377 of the targeted managers participated in the course.

Engaging in Employee Human Rights Education and Training

Fuji Electric conducts an array of courses to raise employee awareness toward human rights.

As for the Company’s human rights education in fiscal 2020, Fuji Electric conducted e-learning and videoconferencing as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For level-specific training in Japan, we conducted basic human rights training for new employees and training for managers to deepen their awareness of business activities and human rights risks. We also provided training to mid-career recruits and new directors of Group companies, with a total of 769 participants.

In addition, 59 employees in charge of human rights and recruiting personnel at Fuji Electric and its subsidiaries participated in training seminars sponsored by local governments and human rights organizations to deepen their understanding of harassment, LGBT, and other human rights issues in fiscal 2020.

We also held mental health e-learning sessions for individual operating sites as well as Companywide, with 13,033 employees taking courses in fiscal 2020.

Various human rights development education programs were implemented at operating sites and subsidiaries, and 6,463 employees took part in these programs.

Number of Participants in Human Rights Education Programs in Fiscal 2020

Education Program Number of participants
Level-specific training, Section Manager Training 1,146
Training organized by human rights groups and local public authorities 59
Mental health training 13,033
Unique education programs at business sites and subsidiaries 6,463

SDGs Workshops

Training for managers was conducted in a workshop format using SDG targets with the aim of helping them realize a sustainable society as managers of our organization.

Through the workshops, participants deepened their understanding of the need for companies to develop solutions for environmental and social issues through their business activities while fulfilling their responsibility to respect human rights.

Participation in initiatives/industry collaboration

In February 2010, Fuji Electric signed and declared its support for the United Nations Global Compact, a voluntary set of principles for companies and organizations in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. We also participate in the Human Rights Due Diligence Subcommittee of the Global Compact Network Japan, a local network in Japan.

In addition, we participate in the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) CSR Committee, and are working to address various issues common to the industry related to CSR, including human rights issues.