Hitachi Construction Machinery


Human Rights

Policies about respect for human rights

In accordance with the Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy, Hitachi Construction Machinery group clearly establishes “Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Codes of Conduct” and “Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Human Rights Policy”, and undertakes initiatives for respecting human rights. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Human Rights Policy , formulated in March 2014 refers to a minimum understanding of the human rights as described in the United Nations’ International Bill of Human Rights*1 and the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work*2. It also mentions human rights due diligence*4 based on the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights*3 and clearly stipulates the implementation of appropriate education for employees, compliance with the laws of the countries or regions in which business is conducted, and the pursuit of methods for respecting international human rights principles when there are conflicts between internationally recognized human rights and the domestic laws of individual countries and regions. “Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Human Rights Policy” has been approved by the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

In March 2015, Hitachi, Ltd. formulated Human Rights Due Diligence Guidelines. Hitachi Construction Machinery group is proceeding with initiatives in line with this as a member of Hitachi group. In accordance with Hitachi group’s general principles regarding human rights, Hitachi Construction Machinery group supports and respects international standards related to human rights, including respect for freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, the prevention of child labor and forced labor, and the prohibition of discrimination in employment and occupation, and focuses on the promotion of human rights education and the prevention of child labor and forced labor. In FY2015 we participated in Human Rights Workshop held by Hitachi group. This workshop was part of Hitachi group’s initiatives for human rights due diligence based on Hitachi group Human Rights Policy with advice from Shift, a U.S. NPO consulting firm, and we evaluated risks and priorities for human rights in the supply chain and confirmed measures for reducing these risks.

Moreover, we have established a whistle-blowing system for employees and advice lines for external stakeholders as part of our human rights reporting mechanisms.

∗1 Collective term for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenants on Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
∗2 Includes upholding the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, rejecting forced labor, effective elimination of child labor, and abolition of discrimination in hiring and employment.
∗3 “Report on Human Rights and Issues of Multinational Enterprises and Other Enterprises” by then Special Representative of the Secretary-General John Ruggie.
∗4 This refers to identifying, evaluating, and responding to the actual impacts that business has on human rights; taking measures to prevent, mitigate, or provide aid for negative impacts; and continually verifying and disclosing the results of such measures.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Codes of Conduct

Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Human Rights Policy

Hitachi Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines

Taking on human rights due diligence

Nurturing the minds of employees to have a deep understanding of human rights and mutual respect for one another is essential in developing a corporate culture where employees with a diverse set of values and thinking can come together and flourish. In light of this, Hitachi Construction Machinery group is actively promoting measures, including the exchange of personnel between global sites.

In FY2016, we participated in the Human Rights Due Diligence Working Group, which was launched primarily by the human resources and CSR divisions of Hitachi, Ltd. The working group examines human rights risks in business. At the workshop, we looked at the examples of Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) N.V. and PT Hitachi Construction Machinery Indonesia. We discussed the issues being confronted by these two companies and measures for alleviating risk.

Discrimination issues are triggered in part by the cultural background of the local area, so it is necessary to promote understanding of each region. In addition, the policies and initiatives of the headquarters have not been instilled at some overseas group company business sites and factories. Therefore, we need to gain a deeper understanding of each individual employee. Going forward, based on the knowledge we obtained at the workshop, we plan to incorporate human rights initiatives at the individual level to create workplace environments where a diverse range of people can play active roles.

Human rights due diligence workshop

We conducted a fact-finding questionnaire from March to April 2021 for domestic and overseas companies that meet certain standards, regarding “forced labor / immigrant labor,” which is set as a priority risk common to the Hitachi Group. We will continuously take more in-depth measures through human rights due diligence.

In the future, we plan to analyze the results of the questionnaire and examine and respond to the issues obtained.
In the procurement department as well, we plan to send the Hitachi Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines to all procurement partners and request the partner companies to be surveyed to conduct a fact-finding survey on “forced labor / immigrant labor” in FY2021.

In May 2021, Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has established the Hitachi Construction Machinery Human Rights Due Diligence Promotion Council with the president as the promotion manager. We will carry out a PDCA (plan -do -check -action) cycle for human rights due diligence through this council.

Human rights education and training

Hitachi Construction Machinery Group continually implements education concerning human rights included in stratified training for new employee and new section manager, and so on, for the purpose of improving each individual employee’s awareness of human rights.

Results of human rights training in fiscal 2020

Total section manager or above general employees
Hitachi Construction Machinery 1,433 52 1,381
Hitachi Construction Machinery Group companies ※ 1,121 221 900
Total 2,554 273 2,281

※ Group companies are the total for the 7 domestic companies

Preventing child labor and forced labor

In “Respect for Human Rights,” Chapter 3 in the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Codes of Conduct, we declare that the Group will not employ child labor (work from children who are younger than the minimum work age) and forced labor (labor against the will of the employee). It also makes reference to procurement activities that maintain a focus on respecting human rights, including the prohibition of unfair discrimination in hiring and employment, and the elimination of child labor and forced labor.

The Hitachi Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines covers areas such as the prohibition of forced labor, prohibition of inhumane treatment, prohibition of child labor, prohibition of discrimination, appropriate wages, management of working hours, and respect for employee collective bargaining rights, and we demand that suppliers comply with these precepts. Moreover, Hitachi Construction Machinery group continues its dialogues with suppliers on the non-use of conflict minerals as per the Hitachi Group Conflict Minerals Procurement Policy.

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