The Nissui Group believes that corporate activities are premised on respect for human rights and will thus promote initiatives to help realize a sustainable society in which "no one will be left behind."
In September 2020, the Nissui Group formulated the "Nissui Group Human Rights Policy" in compliance with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in order to further clarify its approach to respecting human rights in all value chains associated with its businesses.
Chair: Executive Officer (In charge of Risk Management, Human Resources Department, Legal Department and General Affairs Department) Members: Human Resources Department, Legal Department, Sourcing and Procurement Development Department, Food Products Production Promotion Department, Convenience Store Sales Department, Fisheries Business Department 4, Marketing Planning Department, and Sustainability Department (Secretariat).
The Nissui Group conducted a human rights risk assessment in the form of a cross-departmental workshop in December 2020, in order to get a grasp of potential human rights risks in its value chains. This involved identifying risks in each process of its value chains from two perspectives, namely, “general and cross-industrial human rights risks” and “human rights risks specific to the fisheries industry and the Nissui Group,” and in particular, analyzing the latter risks while incorporating the viewpoint of risks by country and risks by fish species as well. Risks were narrowed down by conducting an “impact assessment” with respect to the identified risks, based on likelihood and severity in the event that the risks are materialized.
Having identified the following three risks as items of importance to be addressed specifically as a matter of priority, the Nissui Group launched specific initiatives from Fiscal 2021 onwards in order to confirm their actual situation and mitigate such risks.
[Identified potential human rights risks]
1) Forced labor and child labor relating to raw materials of marine products (from procurement of raw materials to production)
2) Work environment of foreign technical intern trainees in Japan(production)
3) Labor Safety and Health (fishery and aquaculture)
In accordance with the Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy and Supplier Guidelines, the Nissui Group is promoting sustainable procurement in order to prevent human rights risks among suppliers with which it has dealings. Its primary initiatives include holding a seminar for suppliers and requesting suppliers to respond to a self-check sheet survey. The results of the survey are tallied and presented in the form of a graph, and feedback sheets are returned to suppliers, with comments focusing on their understanding of and initiatives toward "Respect for Human Rights," informing each supplier of the areas in which they are encouraged to further reinforce their efforts going forward. Some suppliers are also subject to visits and interviews aimed at confirming their intentions behind their responses as well as their actual situations.
As the confirmation task has not been completed with all suppliers at this point in time, the Nissui Group will build a system that allows more suppliers to respond to the survey and build a system that considers the entire supply chain. In conjunction with this, the Nissui Group will make risk mitigation efforts by performing on-site checks with respect to second-tier suppliers, third-tier suppliers and so forth in consideration of the human rights risk identification results.
The Nissui Group has been engaged in numerous external communications with stakeholders and promoting activities while reminding ourselves to not become complacent. Since the first stakeholder dialogue held in 2016, the Nissui Group has held a stakeholder dialogue five times in total, including human rights in the fisheries industry's supply chain in its theme.
The Nissui Group has established a whistleblowing system in which internal and external points of contact are made available to receive reports. Consultation requests, opinions, reports, etc. from employees are accepted regarding acts in breach of the Code of Ethics, acts in violation of laws and regulations and acts in breach of internal rules, including irrational discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, sex, age, nationality, social status, etc. The confidentiality of the whistleblower is protected and unfair treatment of the whistleblower is prohibited under the provisions of Nissui Group's regulations.
The Guidelines of Ethical Conduct set out in Nissui’s Code of Ethics states “respect our frank and openhearted communication environment and make an effort to maintain a sound and effective system of internal checks and balances,” and to respect fundamental human rights of individuals as well as prohibit all forms of discrimination and harassment. This Code of Ethics is posted on Nissui’s internal portal site and shared with its employees to instill awareness of the prevention of discrimination and harassment among them.
In order to prevent incidents of harassment, harassment study groups (seminars, E-learning, and similar) are being conducted. A Harassment Desk has also been set up for employees to consult, and a structure to handle any problems has been established.
On June 1, 2020, the revised power harassment prevention law (Act on Comprehensively Advancing Labor Measures, and Stabilizing the Employment of Workers, and Enriching Workers' Vocational Lives) came into force; in conjunction with this, the President delivered a message to all employees of the Nissui Group in Japan, strongly urging them once again to eliminate workplace harassment. On April 1, 2022, when the power harassment prevention law became applicable to small and medium-sized enterprises as well, the President newly announced "Nissui's Declaration to Eliminate Harassment," taking it as an opportunity to send an even stronger message than before, including Group companies. Nissui also conducts harassment-related training targeted at department/section heads, distributes a handbook on the prevention of harassment to employees and holds read-through sessions in each department, among others.
The Nissui Group launched internal education on business and human rights to its managiment layer, for the purpose of not only preventing discrimination and harassment at workplaces as in the past but also instilling respect for human rights in all value chains associated with its businesses and the responsibility to respect human rights amang its employee. The traning seminar was conducted online, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.
Scenes from the Seminars
|Date of the training seminar||Details of the training seminar||Target||Participants|
|June 2021||Business and human rights seminar||Executive Officers and department managers (Nissui)||67|
|September 2021||Business and human rights training seminar (Lecture and group discussion)||Business management department managers (Nissui group), Executive Officers and department managers (Nissui)||82|
|September 2021||"Communication and teaching methods for human resources from outside Japan to work mainly" seminar||Persons involved in the production department (Nissui group in Japan)||67|
|October 2021||Panel discussion "Initiatives to respect human rights (work environment of foreign technical intern trainees in Japan)"||CEO (Nissui group in Japan), Executive Officers and department managers (Nissui)||80|
The Nissui Group has formulated its “Human Rights Policy” based on the understanding that respect should be given to human rights as a matter of top priority in all value chains relating to its businesses. The Nissui Group supports human rights set forth in the “International Bill of Human Rights” and the “International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work” and is engaged in initiatives to put them into practice, based on the United Nations’ “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”
Nissui has formulated the “Nissui Group Basic Guidelines for Receiving Foreigners” in support of the “Basic Guidelines for Receiving Foreigners” established by the Federation of Consumer Goods Industries & Consumer Associations (Seidanren), of which Nissui is a member.