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Forced or Compulsory Labor


  • Item

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

  • FY 2014 results

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Responsible departments

Global HR Department
Indirect Materials Procurement Department, Raw Materials Procurement Department, Global Procurement Department

Stance and target

Why is "Forced or Compulsory 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 creating safe and healthy workplaces, and for this reason forced or compulsory labor including the supply chain is also prohibited in the CSR Guidelines.
Meanwhile, in consideration of the risk of illegal labor being forced upon people who work at plants, business locations, and suppliers as we expand production and sales overseas, we have selected forced or compulsory labor as a critical issue to be addressed.

Vision (attainment goal) / target

We will achieve zero forced or compulsory labor at the Group and primary suppliers by FY 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 forced or compulsory labor at the Yokohama Rubber Group and the supply chain

An internal audit was conducted on the presence of forced or compulsory labor at the Yokohama Rubber Group and official documents on matters such as labor conditions and working hours were checked, and accordingly it was confirmed that there was no forced or compulsory labor at any business location.
The presence of forced or compulsory labor in the supply chain was confirmed through self diagnosis conducted by suppliers. It was confirmed that there was no forced or compulsory labor at all primary suppliers that responded as of December 2014.

Countermeasures to eradicate forced or compulsory labor

In addition to the efforts described above to assess the current state of forced or compulsory 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. 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 in order to think together about violation cases and improvement measures, share Yokohama Rubber Group’s stance of zero forced or compulsory labor, and also gain an understanding on the self-check method.

Issues and future improvement measures

FY 2014 was the stage for assessing current conditions through self-diagnosis by the Group and its primary suppliers.
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 forced or compulsory labor, we will also incorporate the perspectives of third parties in cooperation with NGOs active in production areas in order to assess actual conditions and study improvement measures by 2017.