MHI Group is firmly committed to respecting human rights and workers’ rights of employees as per international treaties of human rights.
In May 2015, we established the MHI Group Global Code of Conduct as the common standard for our Group with reference to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Through this, we believe we will cultivate a single, shared corporate culture. One that is rooted in mutual trust and affords dignity and respect to all employees. The MHI Group values the individual contribution of people irrespective of race, colour, religion, political convictions, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.
Discrimination will not be tolerated by MHI Group. In addition, we have formulated our Basic Policy on Human Rights in order to respect the human rights of the stakeholders with whom we do business, and contribute to the development of a sustainable society. Our policy stipulates that we act in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in order to avoid any acts that lead to human rights violations or promote any similar effect.
Each year, we conduct training to promote human rights awareness at the workplace. It covers the fundamentals of human rights and harassment. This training targets new recruits and newly appointed managers such as deputy managers and section managers. In fiscal 2019, we rolled this training out across 190 new recruits and 1,170 newly appointed managers and supervisors. Furthermore, in an effort to heighten awareness of and prevent power harassment (workplace bullying and harassment), we introduced an e-learning course in fiscal 2010 that continues to be taken to this day. Harassment counselors placed at each Company location attend lectures once a year to increase their skills for handling harassment situations when they occur in an appropriate manner.
Furthermore, to work toward resolving human rights issues, a multi-faceted subject, each company of the Mitsubishi Group takes part in subcommittee activities of the Mitsubishi Human Rights Enlightenment Council, launched in 1983, to allow for mutual exchange between Mitsubishi Group companies, to learn about the foremost examples of human rights issues, and to upgrade our human rights efforts.
Moreover, in fiscal 2019 we took part in Global Compact Network Japan’ s Human Rights Due Diligence Subcommittee together with other companies to discuss the issue of human rights among businesses and ways in which to engage in human rights due diligence according to the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights such as being committed to the company policy of protecting human rights, assessing the possibility and impact of human rights violations on the company and the supply chain, establishing measures on preventing, reducing, resolving, and mitigating human rights violations, and disclosing the progress of human rights related initiatives. Specifically, the subcommittee involves lectures held by experts, assessments on the progress of initiatives by companies, workshops, and group work on themes of interest.