Human Rights Principles

Asahi Group Human Rights Formulated

The Asahi Group Human Rights Principles are a foundational element of all our business operations. These Principles are based on the Asahi Group Philosophy and Asahi Group Code of Conduct, and govern our principles concerning human rights at the highest level.
In accordance with the Principles, the Asahi Group will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by committing to and acting upon a respect for human rights.

Overview of the Asahi Group Human Rights Principles

  • The Company recognizes that addressing human rights issues linked to business operations constitutes an important element in fulfilling human rights responsibilities and has set eight issues as important human rights issues: Discrimination; Harassment; Forced Labor and Child Labor; Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining; Occupational Health and Safety; Working Hours and Wages; Impacts within the Supply Chain; and Impacts on Local Communities.
  • Asahi Group has explicitly stated its expectation that not only Asahi Group employees, but also business partners, will understand and support the Principles.
  • The Company has explicitly stated that, in realizing the Principles, the Group will place importance on stakeholder perspectives and strive for dialogue with stakeholders. At the same time, the Company will strive to avoid committing human rights infringements, avoid contributing to human rights infringements on the part of stakeholders, and work to redress any such infringements should they occur, by carrying out human rights due diligence, establishing frameworks for receiving reports from inside and outside the Group, and by providing training and education on respect for human rights to all employees.
  • The Board of Directors is to have responsibility for overseeing compliance with the Principles, periodically monitoring the status of compliance with the Principles and progress with their implementation, and disclosing the results.

Process of Formulating the Asahi Group Human Rights Principles

The Asahi Group Human Rights Principles were established through the process outlined below.

  • Identification of human rights issues and risks in the industry

    Making reference to all manner of international regulations and standards concerning human right and labor, we have worked with outside experts to review past case studies of human rights infringements that have occurred in the industry around the world, as well as publicly disclosed information, to identify issues concerning the entire value chain in the industry and classify the risks by stakeholder.

    <Identified Human Rights Issues in the Industry>
    Working hours, wages, workplace health and safety, discrimination, inhuman treatment, freedom of association/collective bargaining rights, forced labor, child labor, right to privacy, treatment of migrant workers, responsible product marketing and sales activities, product safety and quality, access to water, rights of indigenous populations (land issues), other community-related issues

    Employees of the Asahi Group and its business partners Working hours, wages, workplace health and safety, discrimination, inhumane treatment, freedom of association/collective bargaining rights, forced labor, child labor, right to privacy, treatment of migrant workers
    Customers and society Responsible product marketing and sales activities
    Customers Product safety and quality
    Local communities Access to water, rights of indigenous populations (land issues), other community-related issues
  • Assessment of the Importance of Human Rights Risks

    With respect to the human rights issues identified through the above process, we assigned scores to each item based on factors including the level of severity within the industry, the level of importance, gaps in our current response in comparison to industry standards, international standards, etc., and the Company's potential to play an influential role. We then performed an assessment of the importance of human rights risks for each stakeholder adversely impacted in terms of human rights. These details were also considered in conjunction with outside experts, the results of which have been reflected in the assessment of importance.

  • Identifying Eight Issues Declared in the Human Rights Principles and Determining Priority Initiatives

    Incorporating the above results into our considerations, we ultimately identified the eight issues declared in the Human Rights Principles as key human rights issues to be tackled by the Asahi Group.
    We also organized the departments responsible for each value chain and arranged human rights issues by stakeholder, making the decision to address the following three points on a priority basis.

    <Priority Initiatives to be Tackled by the Asahi Group>

    1. Responding to human rights risks in supply chains associated with raw materials for products that are important to business continuity
    2. Responding to human rights risks among employees and conducting education and training to realize the Human Rights Principles
    3. Developing access to relief

Initiatives Based on International Principles

In pursuing human rights initiatives in accordance with the Asahi Group Human Rights Principles, the Group engages in efforts while referencing principles and standards accepted by the international community, including the International Bill of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the Children's Rights and Business Principles, and the ISO 26000 international standard.

Support for the UN Global Compact

To affirm its respect for workers' rights, the Asahi Group declared its support for the United Nations Global Compact in June 2002 and remains committed to upholding its principles.

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