Mitsui Chemicals

Respect for Human Rights

Initiatives Aimed at Raising Human Rights Awareness

Survey on Human Rights Challenges That Should be Taken into Consideration

In the countries in which the Mitsui Chemicals Group maintains a presence, there are a number of challenges pertaining to human rights, reflecting conditions of local politics, the economy and society. In addition, in line with changes to those conditions, the challenges themselves will at times also be impacted. At each of the Group’s sites, consideration into such human rights challenges is something that cannot be overlooked. In order to gain a grasp of the human rights challenges that arise from each region around the globe that we should consider as a Group, we reference survey materials from NGOs and other organizations involved in human rights, such as information from United Nations institutions and the United States State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” and “Trafficking in Persons Report,” and conduct investigations of challenges with regard to regional human rights where the Group’s business sites exist. Going forward, the Group will define priority regions, and identify challenges associated with human rights that business sites should take into account.

Consideration for Human Rights within Mitsui Chemicals

At each type of training session, we entrench awareness for human rights by studying the “Mitsui Chemicals Group Action Guidelines” and “The Mitsui Chemicals Group Human Rights Policy” and educate attendees on a number of issues, such as discrimination and harassment.
Mitsui Chemicals participates in the subcommittee concerning human rights of the Global Compact Network Japan. This subcommittee provides the forum to learn about and deliberate on a wide range of issues pertaining to human rights on a global scale in conjunction with human rights NGOs and participating companies. In addition to deepening its understanding toward human rights issues, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will draw its participation in the subcommittee to bolster its awareness activities.

Consideration for Human Rights in Investment Activities

The Mitsui Chemicals Group undertakes substantial investments as a part of its business development activities. When selecting an investment, a meeting is held to consider any related human rights issues. As a part of the Group’s due diligence, steps are also taken to assess the impact of human rights concerns in the context of each country’s statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the use of labor.

Taking Human Rights Issues into Consideration along the Supply Chain

While advocating the promotion of environmental activities and social responsibility along its entire supply chain, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is equally committed to respecting the human rights of all of its stakeholders who are in some way linked to the Group’s business activities.
For example, we have clearly set out our expectations of suppliers in the Mitsui Chemicals Group Purchasing Policy. Under this policy, we place considerable importance on compliance with laws and regulations as well as social norms and respect for human rights and labor conditions. When we commence a new business arrangement, and also in the case of ongoing suppliers, we periodically and depending on the nature of the business conduct wide-ranging checks that include corporate governance, human rights, occupational safety, fair trade and environmental protection.
In addition, we have also extended our Risk Hotline (internal reporting system) so that it is now accessible to suppliers and are determined to keep on building stronger partnerships in the future. The Mitsui Chemicals Group works diligently to ensure equal opportunity and transparency while maintaining and promoting fair and equitable business practices.

Participation in Stakeholder Engagement Program

Through dialog with companies, NPOs/NGOs and knowledgeable experts, the Mitsui Chemicals Group deepens its understanding of the importance of corporate activities that show consideration for the contexts in which human rights challenges occur, the relationship between business activities and human rights, important human rights themes as well as human rights, while working to utilize that understanding in its corporate activities.
In fiscal 2017, the Group participated in the Stakeholder Engagement Program organized by Caux Round Table Japan (CRT Japan).
The program holds discussions, conducted by companies, NGOs/NPOs and knowledgeable experts, geared toward the human rights due diligence called for under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
At the 2017 program, we identified the important human rights challenges as pertain to each industry, referencing human rights guidance tools formulated through UN environmental plans and financial initiatives, while also taking into account the global supply chain, migrant workers, women’s empowerment, LGBT issues, disabled persons and other challenges.
Through a variety of activities, the Group is aiming to “pursue thorough safety, high quality, and fairness across the entire supply chain” as one of its declared goals in the 2025 Long-term Business Plan.