Upholding Respect for Human Rights

Approach

The Asahi Group operates its businesses with respect for the human rights of individuals and the diversity of its employees. In addition, The Asahi Group Human Rights Principles clearly states that there shall be no form of discrimination or violation of dignity of individuals on the basis of nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, thought, gender, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, employment status, or any other attributes. The Asahi Group Human Rights Principles are a foundational element of all our business operations. The Principles are based on the Asahi Group Code of Conduct and Asahi Group Philosophy, and govern all other human rights-related policies within Asahi Group.
In establishing our policy and measures for human rights, we referred to international guidelines such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 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, the International Labor Standards, and the Children's Rights and Business Principles. We will work to promote and achieve understanding of 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 within the Community.
  • Asahi Group has explicitly stated its expectation that not only Asahi Group employees, but also business partners, will understand and uphold 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 and will strive to redress human rights infringements and avoid infringing human rights or contributing to human rights infringements by carrying out human rights due diligence, establishing frameworks for receiving reports from inside and outside the Group, and 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 its implementation, and will strive to disclose the results.
Related Information

Management System

Rules on confirmation of the status of compliance with policies, etc. related to human rights and handling of risks related to human rights are factored into the Group-wide systems for promoting compliance and risk management.
The Asahi Group has established the Clean Line System for employees and the Procurement Clean Line System for suppliers as consultation offices related to human rights and compliance. These systems are operated by the General & Legal Affairs Management Department.

Goals

  • Draft a human-rights principles by 2019
  • Launch and implement human-rights due diligence by 2021

Main Results for FY2017

  • Number of employees who took the Universal Manners Test: 42 (Level 2) and 105 (Level 3)
  • Number of participants in/attendance rate for educational seminars on discrimination against people: 81/100%
  • Analysis of modern slavery risk
  • Release of a statement under the UK Modern Slavery Act

Going Forward

We aim to realize an affluent society by taking initiatives reflecting our respect for human rights, including the formulation of policies on human rights and the identification of human rights risks in the Asahi Group.