Respect for Human Rights


Basic Human Rights Policy

Revised February, 2020
Revised February, 2020

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.

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
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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Promoting Respect for Human Rights

Systems to Ensure Human Rights of the Employees

Initiatives to promote human rights due diligence

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 Whistle-Blowing 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 2022, we revised the “Guidelines for Respecting the Human Rights of Employees” and “Human Rights and Labor Assessment Sheet” to improve their effectiveness in compliance with the latest international standards and verified the status of human rights using self-inspection check sheets at all domestic and overseas offices and subsidiaries.

Moving forward, we will continue to ensure human rights due diligence and further enhance our efforts to respect human rights as a company.

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.

Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

We strive not to be involved in or complicit in human rights violations through both our businesses and supply chain. This statement describes Fuji Electric Group‘s efforts to eliminate modern day slavery, such as forced labor, or human trafficking. It can be seen on the below link.

Prevention of Harassment

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 2022, the Company conducted unconscious bias e-learning course for all Fuji Electric employees, and 10,407 people 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 2021, 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 1,078 participants.

In addition, 241 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 2022.

We also held mental health e-learning sessions for individual operating sites as well as Companywide, with 26,282 employees taking courses in fiscal 2022.

Various human rights development education programs were implemented at operating sites and subsidiaries, and 6,677 employees took part in these programs.

Number of Participants in Human Rights Education Programs in Fiscal 2022
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

United Nations Global Compact

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.

Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) CSR Committee

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.

The Industrial Federation for Human Rights, Tokyo.
We are involved in the Industrial Federation for Human Rights, Tokyo and continue our activities to promote and improve human rights awareness through sharing issues and talking each other with other member companies.