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Respect for Human Rights

Sustainable corporate global development requires a deep respect for human rights and each individual's personality among all employees working across all business regions within the Group both in Japan and overseas. It is also essential to shape a corporate culture that allows workers to freely demonstrate their individuality and creativity. With this in mind, the Hitachi Chemical Group strictly complies with all related laws and regulations in Japan and overseas, and supports international norms and codes regarding human rights including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights*1. At the same time, the Group implements employee education and training that is consistent with the central labor standards of the ILO*2, which include protecting freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining; prohibiting forced labor; abolishing child labor; and eliminating discrimination in hiring and employment practices as well as the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact*3.

In regard to education related to respect for human rights, the Hitachi Chemical Group conducts an orientation program designed for newly hired employees and experienced hires, as well as a level-specific training program for newly appointed managers. Compliance training programs provided by each site or group company also cover the topic on respect for human rights. Of the 110 training programs hosted by the Risk Management Center in fiscal 2017, 84 programs include the contents of respect for human rights, to which more than 3,000 people in total attended.

Although we do everything possible to prevent compliance violations, including human rights violations, we have set up reporting desk inside as well as outside the Company as a handling measure in the event that any such violation might occur. There were 17 incidents pertaining to human rights violations in fiscal 2017, none of which had significant impact on management, and we took appropriate actions to these cases.

Further, we have distributed The Hitachi Group Supply-Chain CSR Procurement Guidelines to about 2,300 trading partners of each Group Company. As well, we conduct investigations of trading partners to assess their handling of human rights and the actual state of education. As part of the Hitachi Groupís initiative, we also conduct on-site investigations of overseas trading partners.

In fiscal 2013, the Hitachi Chemical Group created its Human Rights Policies, which are applied to all the Group companies in Japan and overseas. Each of the Group company is now establishing its own system to implement human rights due diligence and providing support for the victims of human rights violation in collaboration with Hitachi, Ltd. These initiatives are in response to ISO 26000 as international standard for corporate social responsibility released in November 2010 and The United Nation's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in June, 2011. These require companies to express their human rights policy and due diligence covering external stakeholders as well. Initiatives for human rights are now expected to be the requirements for global business.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The declaration was adopted in 1948 at the Third Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations as a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations".
*2
ILO: The International Labor Organization. United Nations organ that provides recommendations and guidance to governments on improving labor conditions and enhancing social welfare.
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Global Compact: United Nations Global Compact is a voluntary initiative for companies to participate in to build a global framework for sustainable growth.
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