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.

Response to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015

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.

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 2017
Level 3 275 126 105
Level 2 - 42 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.)

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of new recruits participating in the educational seminars on discrimination against people 70 60 57 77 81
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.

Training for new line heads throughout the Asahi group involves in-depth discussion and debate of management requirements around compliance and risk, as well as personnelhuman rights issues such as sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. In this way, the Asahi Group is committed to boosting employee awareness at all levels around workplace harassment, compliance requirements and risk mitigation as a preventative measure.

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 report on their human rights initiatives via the Supplier CSR Survey, which is conducted every three years. The survey responses are incorporated into supplier evaluations used as the basis for selection of suppliers. Based on the survey results, we visit suppliers to conduct interviews and work together to address any issues identified.

When acquiring new business partners, Asahi Breweries looks into the same information that is covered by the Supplier CSR Survey. All suppliers are required to adhere to the CSR Principles for Asahi Group Suppliers before contracts are concluded.

In addition, we use a variety of communication channels to present 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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