Human Rights

Management

Stance

Human rights are fundamental rights given to all people, and since the Yokohama Rubber Group's business involves a very large number of people through its supply chain, there are a wide range of human rights that must be respected. In addition, with the globalization of our business activities, our interactions with various people have increased, and the possibility of direct or indirect impact on human rights violations has also increased.
Therefore, we believe it is important to fulfill our responsibility to respect human rights while taking into consideration the scope of such impact. Therefore, we have established the "Yokohama Rubber Group Action Guidelines" to indicate our internal and external efforts to respect human rights and to define the actions to be taken by our employees.
Furthermore, based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights*, we have formulated the "Yokohama Rubber Group Human Rights Policy" and are promoting initiatives aimed at respecting the human rights of all people involved in our business activities.
The Yokohama Rubber Group recognizes the importance of implementing Group-wide efforts to respect human rights as the basis of our business activities in order to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society as a company that is widely trusted by society.

  • The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were approved by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011 as a framework for respect for human rights applicable to all nations and all companies. The Guiding Principles place "the responsibility of companies to respect human rights" as an important pillar of the Guiding Principles, along with "the obligation of states to protect human rights.

Policy

Yokohama Rubber Group Action Guidelines

We shall respect human rights inside and outside the company

Yokohama Rubber Group Action Guidelines (established in December 2014)

<Basic stance of the Yokohama Rubber Group>

We shall respect human rights, and shall not practice or be a party to discrimination or harassment.

<To put our basic stance into practice — our action>

  1. With an awareness of the diversity of the people working for us, we shall refrain from any action grounded in discrimination for reason of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex, or other attributes. In addition, when we notice any such action, we shall resolutely point it out and urge its correction.
  2. We shall refrain from harassment in any shape or form.
  3. We shall not permit any violent behavior in the workplace.

The Yokohama Rubber Group Human Rights Policy

The Yokohama Rubber Group Human Rights Policy (established in April 2022)
In April 2022, the Yokohama Rubber Group formulated the Yokohama Rubber Group Human Rights Policy.
The Yokohama Rubber Group Human Rights Policy serves as the basis for all of the Group's business activities as its top human rights policy, based on the Corporate Philosophy and the Yokohama Rubber Group Action Guidelines.
Our Human Rights Policy applies to all officers and employees of the Yokohama Rubber Group (directors, auditors, executive officers, other persons associated with business execution in relation to management, and those in employment contracts with Yokohama Rubber Group companies, employees accepted on secondment and temporary employees). To ensure that our commitments to human rights can be realized in our business activities, we expect that all of our business partners including suppliers and distributors will also understand and support this policy.

CSR Procurement Guidelines

CSR Procurement Guidelines
The Yokohama Rubber Group has established the "CSR Procurement Guidelines" to promote CSR activities in our value chain, and we aim to share our CSR policy and philosophy through internal briefings and presentations to our suppliers and business partners.
The CSR Procurement Guidelines have undergone revisions to reflect changes in social conditions and the expansion of our activities, and in conjunction with the formulation of the Yokohama Rubber Group Human Rights Policy, we will now be asking our suppliers to more strongly protect human rights and prohibit discrimination and harassment in the supply chain.

Sustainable Natural Rubber Procurement Policy

Sustainable Natural Rubber Procurement Policy
In September 2021, Yokohama Rubber revised its “Sustainable Natural Rubber Procurement Policy”. This policy was formulated in October 2018, and the revision incorporates the policy framework approved at the 2nd General Assembly of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) held in September 2020 into our procurement policy, and clarifies our will to achieve a higher level of sustainability of natural rubber. Yokohama Rubber has made clear its will to achieve a higher level of sustainability for natural rubber.
Yokohama Rubber practices respect for human rights in its Sustainable Natural Rubber Procurement Policy, which includes policies on respect for human rights, fair and equal treatment, harassment, child labor, forced labor, and appropriate working conditions.

Message from a manager

The Yokohama Rubber Group has adopted the slogan "Caring for the Future" in its environmental, social and governance (ESG) management, and in order to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society as a company that is widely trusted by society, we have established the "Yokohama Rubber Group Action Guidelines" and "Yokohama Rubber Group Human Rights Policy" as the foundation of our business activities, based on our "Corporate Philosophy." The Yokohama Rubber Group is fully committed to respecting human rights as the basis of its business activities.
As one of our efforts, we participate in the Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR), which was launched by the Tire Industry Project (TIP) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and we have been working to establish traceability of natural rubber, which involves various risks, including human rights and labor issues. TIP aims to ensure sustainable procurement of natural rubber, which is fraught with various risks, such as human rights and labor issues, by establishing traceability and taking into account the problems faced by local communities and farms.
For procurement items other than natural rubber, we plan to revise our CSR Procurement Guidelines to proactively request our suppliers to protect human rights and prohibit discrimination and harassment in the supply chain.
The Yokohama Rubber Group will share these ideas throughout the supply chains involved, respect the human rights of all people involved in our business activities, and continue to make improvements.

Gota Matsuo, Head of CSR Division

Vision for FY 2023

  • We will respect human rights both inside and outside of the company, and respond sincerely to complaints concerning human rights and make improvements to ensure that there is no child labor or forced labor at the Group or our suppliers.
  • Promote the introduction of a global whistleblower system to raise the level of compliance across the Group.
  • We collate case studies of problems that have been experienced in the Group in the past, and we have put in place a system so that employees can learn from these case studies at important milestones in their careers, such as when being given new assignments or being promoted.

Main action items to be addressed first

Human Rights Grievance Mechanisms

In Japan, the Corporate Compliance Department has established a whistle-blowing system that consists of the Corporate Compliance Hotline and General Counseling Room. In addition, a Compliance Officer has been assigned to all departments and related subsidiary companies. This Compliance Officer gathers complaints and inquiries from employees.
Complaints concerning human resources are jointly resolved by the Corporate Compliance Department and HR departments.

<Scope of use of the system for handling complaints concerning human rights>

The system can be used by executives and employees, part-time employees, temporary employees, dispatch employees, and employees of contractors that work at the Yokohama Rubber Group.

<Methods for spreading awareness of the system for handling complaints concerning human rights>

The system is described on the Yokohama Rubber Group’s intranet, and it clearly states that consultations and reports can be conducted either with one’s name stated or anonymously. In addition, a Compliance Card that states matters including the whistle-blowing process is distributed to all employees to inform them of the presence of contact points.

<Resolution process when a complaint is submitted>

  1. The Corporate Compliance Department confirms the facts related to the consultation by the whistle-blower.
  2. The necessary measures are taken in consultation with the HR department.
  3. The results are directly reported to the whistle-blower if they have disclosed their name. Reminders are issued within the company as necessary if the whistle-blower is anonymous.

<Monitoring of the effectiveness of the system for handling complaints concerning human rights>

At the Corporate Compliance Committee that is held quarterly with the Director responsible for compliance as the Committee Chair, reports are made, the appropriateness of response is assessed, countermeasures are implemented, and follow-up is conducted.

YAS and YTST compliance training

Yokohama Asia (YAS) and Yokohama Tire Sales Thailand (YTST) have introduced an internal whistle-blowing system on August 31, 2020 in order to strengthen governance.
We designed a new system, established procedures and rules, and set up an independent reporting office at an outside law firm.
Management provided explanations and a local law firm provided training in the local language (Thai), and on June 18, 2021, Yokohama Rubber (Thailand) Company provided the same training and introduced the system on the same day.
We have been struggling to promote this initiative because of the restrictions on training due to COVID-19. In the future, we will further expand the scope of this initiative to include Yokohama Tire Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Training
Training
Training
Training
Training
“After the training, we understood the system more and Management assured protection of whistle-blower.
We appreciate that HQ provide this system for us.
The seminar reminds us Corporate ethics and good governance as well.”
(Comments from Phornpawee lamlerksiri)
Phornpawee lamlerksiri
Phornpawee lamlerksiri(Accounting/Administration Manager)
Takeshi Ohashi
Takeshi Ohashi (Vice President, manager of General Affairs and Accounting Dept. in YAS)

Education and awareness of compliance cards at YTRC

Front side We distribute compliance cards in their respective languages in an effort to promote an awareness of compliance. Global Compliance study meetings are held a number of times annually, and through them compliance levels are increasing.
Compliance cards in the Thai languages

Compliance cards in the Thai languages

Compliance cards in the Myanmar languages

Compliance cards in the Myanmar languages

Front side

Code of Conduct for Employees

Please follow the rules. If someone does not follow the rules, please notify the following

  1. Human Resources contact information*
  2. Contact information for compliance officers*
  3. Management (department head) contact information*

*Phone number and email address, Myanmarese interpreters are available.

Back side

If anyone does not follow the rules in the following

  1. Violation of company rules
  2. Drug Use
  3. Destruction of Company Assets
  4. illegal activity
  5. theft
  6. General non-compliance

Main action items to be addressed first

The following items have been established as the main action items that the Yokohama Rubber Group will address first, taking into account the level of impact of business activities and the level of social interest.

Data summary

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