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