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 CSR PROCUREMENT GUIDELINE