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Child Labor

KPI

  • Item

    Businesses specified as being exposed to child labor risks (manufacturing plants, etc.) and the number of suppliers

  • FY 2014 results

    (Consolidated) 0
    (Upstream) 0

Responsible departments

Raw Materials Procurement Department, Indirect Materials Procurement Department, Global Procurement Division
Corporate Compliance Department, Global HR Department

Stance and target

Why is "Child Labor" a critical issue to be addressed?
Explanation of the reason and background

At the Yokohama Rubber Group, we comply with the action guidelines of respecting human rights both inside and outside of the company, and for this reason child labor including the supply chain is also prohibited in the CSR Guidelines. Meanwhile, as the Group procures natural rubber through mainly trading companies and because the probability of child labor is believed to be highest at the procurement stage, we also request surveys on the current state of production areas. While there have been no reports of cases of child labor at the current stage, it cannot really be said that they will not occur in the future when considering the situation in regions surrounding production areas for raw materials where rubber plantations are located. In consideration of the fact that natural rubber is the main raw material of tire and industrial products that are the core products of the Group, we believe that child labor should be recognized as a risk associated with our growth strategy, and accordingly we have selected it as a critical issue to be addressed.

Vision (attainment goal) / target

We aim for zero child labor at the Group, primary suppliers, and plantations for natural rubber that is directly or indirectly purchased by the Group by 2017.

Measures for vision achievement

During 2015, we will establish a human rights due diligence framework at one domestic business location and at one business location for each area overseas, and conduct a test run.
In 2016, we will implement human rights due diligence at all business locations in Japan and overseas. At the same time, we will also request the top 70% (monetary base) of raw materials suppliers to conduct CSR surveys and audits in order to identify high-risk suppliers.
In 2017, we will implement human rights due diligence frameworks at suppliers with high human rights risks.

Review of FY 2014 activities

Identification of presence of child labor at the Yokohama Rubber Group and the supply chain

The presence of child labor in the supply chain was confirmed through self diagnosis conducted by suppliers. As of December 2014, it was confirmed that there was no child labor at all primary suppliers that responded.

Countermeasures to eradicate child labor

In addition to the efforts to assess the current state of child labor, study sessions were held on the purchasing code of conduct and CSR procurement for procurement representatives at domestic and overseas business locations of the Yokohama Rubber Group.
In addition, CSR study sessions were held at each business location with the participation of suppliers in order to raise awareness of CSR. During FY 2014, we held workshops on the theme of human rights to think together about violation cases and improvement measures, share Yokohama Rubber Group’s stance of zero child labor, and also gain an understanding on the self-check method.

Issues and future improvement measures

In response to the target of "zero child labor at the Group, primary suppliers, and plantations for natural rubber that is directly or indirectly purchased by the Group by 2017," we were at the stage of assessing current conditions through self-diagnosis by the Group and its primary suppliers as of the end of FY 2014.
We believe that an issue going forward will be conducting visiting audits to ensure that self-diagnosis is being conducted correctly. In 2014, we developed a human rights due diligence framework and conducted an internal test run, and we will also develop a framework for visiting audits as we expand the implementation scope to include the supply chain.
To gain a better understanding on child labor at plantations for natural rubber that is directly or indirectly purchased, we will also incorporate the perspectives of third parties in cooperation with NGOs active in production areas while endeavoring to work together with trading companies that serve as suppliers in order to assess actual conditions and study improvement measures by 2017.