Corporate Governance

Respect for Human Rights

Our Basic Approach and Policy for Human Rights

The Asahi Group respects the fundamental human rights established in such documents as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Asahi Group Business Corporate Ethics Guidelines state that there shall be no forms of discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, creed, religion, physical ability, age, gender, marriage status, or sexual orientation.

In establishing our policy and measures for human rights, we referred to international guidelines such as the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the International Labor Standards. We will work to promote and achieve understanding of human rights.

There have been no reported issues related to child labor or forced labor. In regions where we think issues are particularly likely to occur, we have taken the stance of conducting self-imposed checks.

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Support for the UN Global Compact for Respecting Labor Rights

To confirm its respect for workers' rights, the Asahi Group declared its support for the Ten Principles in June 2002 and remains committed to upholding these principles.

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Response to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Asahi Group has released a statement on the UK’s Modern Slavery Act.

Asahi Group Statement under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 in respect to Fiscal 2016

Respect for Employees’ Human Rights

At the Asahi Group, we set out the Asahi Group Key HR Principles to state our respect for every Asahi Group employee’s character, individuality, and rights. In addition, with regard to the hiring and treatment of an employee, it is stipulated in our work regulations not to discriminate based on the employee’s nationality, creed, and social status.

We check adherence to the policy for human rights and respond to risks within the company-wide compliance promotion system and risk management system. The company has established a reporting and response system for issues related to human rights, which includes a consultation service section in the Human Resources Department as well as the General Affairs Section at business units to deal with such issues.
In addition, we conduct employee training and raise employees’ awareness of respect for human rights, aiming to increase each person’s understanding of human rights.

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Educational Programs for Increasing Consideration for elderly people and people with disabilities

The Asahi Group conducts the Universal Manners Test for employees, hosted by the NPO Japan Universal Manners Association.

“Universal Manners” was created by the Japan Universal Manners Association, and refers to mindfulness and behavior that is considerate toward all different kinds of people, such as elderly people, people with disabilities, people using strollers, and people from other countries. We learn about issues faced by many different people and their psychology, and use this understanding in our daily lives and in our work in order to improve our corporate value.

Number of people who took the Universal Manners Test

2015 2016
Level 3 275 126
Level 2 - 42

Training Program on Discrimination for New Recruits (Asahi Breweries, Ltd.)

With an aim to eradicate discrimination issues, Asahi Breweries, Ltd. has been giving educational seminars on discrimination against people to the new recruits every April.

The training consists of an educational video that is used to promote an understanding on discrimination and discussion among the participants that is meant to deepen their awareness on the issues.

Number of participants and attendance rate for the educational seminars on discrimination against people (Asahi Breweries, Ltd.)

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of new recruits participating in the educational seminars on discrimination against people 51 55 54 61 77
Attendance rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Training for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Bullying

The Asahi Group Business Corporate Ethics Guidelines stipulates that the company will fulfill its obligation to consider the safety of employees, will protect their lives and physical being together with their health. The company has also declared that it takes a firm stance against various types of harassment including sexual harassment and bullying.

In the training for new line heads that was held in October 2016 and in which approximately 60 newly-appointed line heads from the Group companies participated, matters concerning sexual harassment and bullying, as well as the various compliance risks were taken up and shared by everyone from the viewpoint of managers.

As each and every employee deepened their broad understanding about harassment as well as compliance risks in general through these activities, we were able to strengthen our prevention system.

From now on, we will continue to spread the awareness to further promote a worker-friendly work setting.

Respect for Human Rights throughout the Supply Chain

Within the Asahi Group supply chain, “consideration for human rights” has been set out as part of the CSR Principles for Asahi Group Suppliers, and we require that our suppliers adhere to this.

Our suppliers conduct a self-evaluation of their level of engagement once a year, and every three years we conduct the Supplier CSR Survey aimed at understanding the state of initiatives at our suppliers. Based on the results of this survey, we visit suppliers and understand the situation through face-to-face communication, then work toward improving any issues together with them.

When acquiring new business partners, we look into the same information that is covered by the Supplier CSR Survey, and agree to contracts once we have requested that they adhere to the CSR Principles for Asahi Group Suppliers.

In addition, we use many opportunities for communication to explain our CSR Principles for Asahi Group Suppliers and deepen our suppliers’ understanding of human rights.

Consultation Service regarding Human Rights

The Asahi Group offers a consultation service regarding human rights, comprising Whistle-Blowing Systems called “Clean Line System” for employees and “Procurement Clean Line System” for suppliers.

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