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Key Issue: Respect for Human Rights

Key Issue: Respect for Human Rights


We signed the United Nations Global Compact in January 2004 to support universal principles regarding human rights and labor practices, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Human Rights Policy

The “Toshiba Group Standards of Conduct” provide a basis for acting with respect for basic human rights and individual diversity. In addition, as part of our procurement policy, we request our suppliers to also consider human rights.

Identifying human rights risks

We have assessed human rights risks related to our business activities based on ISO 26000. In FY2013, we performed an assessment of human rights risks based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in cooperation with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a US-based CSR promotion organization.

Employee training in respect for human rights

In addition to implementing the Standards of Conduct, we periodically hold training and lecture sessions on human rights for employees at the time of their employment or promotion. In FY2013, we organized a workshop for human resource manager in Asia.

Grievance mechanism

We provide grievance mechanism for our employees and suppliers to remedy problems.

Action on conflict minerals issues

In FY2011 we published the "Toshiba Group Conflict Mineral Policy" and established a conflict minerals-related internal framework. In addition, we participate in the "Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade," a multi-sector initiative advocated by the U.S. government to support supply chain solutions to conflict minerals challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries. In FY2013 we surveyed approximately 2,800 companies to investigate smelters and use of conflict minerals by our suppliers.

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Human Rights Workshop for Human Resources Managers

45 managers from 9 countries participate in the workshop organized by a US CSR promotion organization

In February 2014, Toshiba Group hosted a human rights workshop for human resources managers in Asia to discuss business and human rights.
As many as 45 Toshiba Group managers from 9 countries (India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam) participated in the workshop. We invited Jeremy Prepscius and Jaewon Kim from Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a US CSR promotion organization, to hold two-hour workshop.

Lecture on human rights
Lecture on human rights

Group discussion
Group discussion

Sharing the understanding of human rights and the recognition of problems

At the workshop, the lecturers explained the history and background of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Then, group discussions were held by country to select, from among the 30 subjects in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, themes that involve high risks or are likely to occur in each country and company, and to make presentations on the selected themes in order to share the importance of human rights initiatives.
Many participants stated that they were able to recognize how their work is related to human rights and to deepen their understanding of human rights through the workshop.