Respect for Human Rights
DENSO sees human rights as a crucial issue to keep in mind when pursuing our business activities. DENSO has established respect for human rights as one of its material issues within the promotion of sustainable management. We are continuously working on promoting, enhancing and accelerating human rights initiatives in DENSO in Japan, as well as our group companies worldwide.
Human Rights Policy
Next to DENSO group already established Sustainability Policy and the Code of Conduct, we have now put in place the DENSO Group Human Rights Policy. These Policies are based on various international standards adopted by the United Nations, such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The purpose of this Human Rights policy is to clarify the DENSO Group stance on Human Rights for all stakeholders.
We adhere to a basic global policy of providing equal opportunity in employment to ensure that no discrimination is experienced by employees or job applicants in terms of recruiting, employment, or treatment.
We clearly prohibit discrimination and harassment based on e.g. race, gender, age, nationality, religion, disability, injury or illness or sexual orientation. We also prohibit child labor, forced labor, or any other form of labor in violation of human rights, as well as actions pertaining to such labor in DENSO Group Sustainability Policy and Code of Conduct.
The global DENSO Group shares these values.
In addition, we provide suppliers with the Supplier Sustainability Guidelines and request their adherence to these guidelines.
DENSO’s Human Rights policy was shaped by the expectations and input of external specialists and overseas Group companies, and was finalized after discussions and approval in the Management Deliberation Meeting, which includes all senior executive officers, and after being reported to the Board of Directors.
Human Rights Promotion System
We have identified that within our business activities lies a potential risk of participating in human rights violations and have therefore positioned human rights violations as a priority issue for DENSO. In order to minimize this threat we have put a human rights promotion system in place.
To address the wide range of human rights topics, in addition to our appointed chief human resources officer (CHRO), we have formed a dedicated team to promote initiatives within the company. The team is embedded in the Human Resources Division but includes members from many relevant divisions like corporate strategy, procurement, legal affairs and compliance. Through collaboration, we create activity plans, share initiatives among divisions, and provide information on the latest social trends regarding human rights. We have also set up an advisory board with officers from relevant divisions to advise on initiatives and support the smooth progress of activities.
Employee Education and Awareness Raising
We’ve anchored our respect for human rights in a dedicated section in our company Code of Conduct. In addition, we promote respect for human rights through activities such as training and development of employees at all Group companies.
In DENSO in Japan, we have included human rights education into position-based training (for corporate officers, newly appointed managers, new employees, mid-career hires, and temporary employees). We also promote awareness activities such as a compliance test related to human rights for all employees.
Employees from Japan Group companies actively participate in external human rights training. In July 2021, DENSO invited external lecturers to hold workshops for the officers responsible for human resources and representatives of divisions related to human rights to raise awareness of human rights issues. We will maintain our focus on preventing harassment as we seek to enhance harassment prevention training programs in the future.
The DENSO Group has also set up eight Contact channels, including a hotline and electronic access, for internal reporting systems, which can be used by Japan Group companies and suppliers. Steps are taken to remedy issues should it be found that the Company has been explicitly or implicitly involved in violations of human rights. Currently, 95.8 percent of our employees in Japan are aware of our internal reporting systems, and we are working continuously to further improve this rate as we enhance our remediation measures.
Overseas Group companies are also involved in a variety of initiatives. In North America, DENSO Group companies have internal policies prohibiting harassment, and are providing education on mutual respect and preventing sexual harassment. In the European region, DENSO Group companies have adopted anti-discrimination and harassment policies as well as sustainability policies.
Individuals participating in a seminar on human rights* [DENSO CORPORATION]
Human Rights Initiatives across the Supply Chain
Initiatives for respecting human rights are essential to throughout DENSO as well as our entire supply chain. We actively promote initiatives together with our suppliers, to ensure there are no infringements of, nor activities that could lead to the infringement of human rights. For example, we have incorporated items related to respecting human rights into DENSO’s Supplier Sustainability Guidelines and require our suppliers to conduct self-checks on a regular basis using our supplier self-diagnostics. We also engage in dialogue with our suppliers to ensure that they make improvements should any issue arise.
In addition, we recognize the importance of responsible procurement of mineral resources and raw materials within the supply chain. As a specific effort to address this issue, we have developed a companywide policy to respond to the issue of conflict minerals and request that our suppliers engage in the responsible procurement of mineral resources and raw materials. We also conduct a survey on conflict materials every year, with the cooperation of our suppliers.
We recognize that respect for human rights is critical to gain greater levels of trust and to be an inclusive company. We will continue to promote human rights awareness across the supply chain and among all other stakeholders. We will improve our human rights initiatives through due diligence activities and enhancing remediation measures based on this policy.
The trend toward electrification and other market changes has the potential to increase the scale of mineral resources that present human rights’ risks. We periodically review the minerals that we target under our risk management efforts and examine ways to respond as a company. Through these efforts, we will avoid the use of minerals with risk concerns throughout the supply chain together with our suppliers.