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.