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Asahi Group Human Rights Principles

The Asahi Group Human Rights Principles (hereinafter referred to as “these Principles”) are a foundational element of all our business operations. These 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.

These Principles apply to all officers and employees of each Asahi Group company1. We also expect our business partners, including our suppliers, to understand and uphold these Principles and to work with us to ensure that our business complies with these Principles.

The Board of Directors of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. is responsible for ensuring adherence to our human rights commitments and has responsibility for overseeing the implementation of these commitments.

Commitment to Respect Human Rights

We recognize that the activities of our business may have potential and actual human rights impacts, from research and development, and procurement through to our products and services.

We are committed to respecting human rights that are recognized internationally and set out in the International Bill of Human Rights2 and these principles concerning fundamental rights in the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work3. We are also committed to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights4, and Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, whose ten principles we are committed to upholding.

We will comply with laws and regulations applicable to our business in all countries and regions where we do business. Where national/regional laws differ from or conflict with international human rights standards, we will seek ways to honor the principles of internationally recognized human rights to the extent possible, without violating local laws and regulations.

Commitment to Human Rights Due Diligence

We will conduct due diligence to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse human rights impacts that may relate to our business operations to fulfill our commitment to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

We will strive to avoid infringing human rights or contributing to human rights infringements by stakeholders, including our suppliers and other business partners. If we identify that we have caused or contributed to such infringement, we will endeavor to remediate such impacts.

We believe that the perspective of affected stakeholders is critical for us to recognize actual or potential stakeholders affected by our business activities, and to develop appropriate responses to address such impacts. We will strive to engage with relevant stakeholders in a timely manner to understand the human rights issues relevant to our business and consider from their views as we conduct our business.

Human Rights Issues Relevant to our Business

We recognize that addressing the following human rights issues linked to our business operations constitutes an essential component of our human rights responsibility.

Grievance Mechanisms

Employees who observe or suspect a possible violation of applicable laws and regulations of the countries and regions where we do business or of our internal policies, are encouraged to report their concerns with their supervisors, and/or through our internal hotline/whistleblowing systems. We also have inquiry systems through which interested external stakeholders of Asahi Group can notify about violations or actions that may be in violation of these Principles.

Employees or interested stakeholders who report or notify possible breaches will not be disadvantaged in any way. On the contrary, their reports and notifications will be well received as an opportunity for us to increase the transparency of Asahi Group's business activities, and help strengthen the mutual trust we have with our stakeholders.

We are committed to continue enhancing our capacity to identify and respond to human rights impacts resulting from our business operations.

Awareness Raising and Training

In order to implement and comply with these Principles throughout Asahi Group, we will seek to translate these Principles into relevant languages for the countries and regions where we do business and provide training and education to all officers and employees.

Monitoring and Reporting

We will continually track the implementation of these Principles, and make improvements as necessary. We will regularly disclose our progress towards implementing these Principles through our website, Integrated Report and other relevant communication channels.

These Principles have been approved by the Board of Directors of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. on 8 May 2019.

8 May 2019

Akiyoshi Koji

Akiyoshi Koji
President and Representative Director, CEO
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.

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