Child Labor


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Item FY 2017 results FY 2018 results
Businesses specified as being exposed to child labor risks (manufacturing plants, etc.) and the number of suppliers ((Consolidated) 0
(Upstream) 0
(Consolidated) 0
(Upstream) 0
Raw Materials Procurement Department and Indirect Materials Procurement Department, Global Procurement Division
Corporate Compliance Department, Global HR Department

Why is “Child Labor” a critical issue to be addressed?
Explanation of the reason and background

At the Yokohama Rubber Group, we comply with the action guidelines of respecting human rights both inside and outside of the company, and for this reason child labor, including child labor in the supply chain, is also prohibited in the CSR Procurement Guidelines. Meanwhile, as the Group procures natural rubber mainly through trading companies and because the probability of child labor is believed to be highest at the procurement stage, we also request surveys on the current state of production areas. While there have been no reports of cases of child labor at the current stage, it cannot really be said with certainty that they will not occur in the future when considering the situation in regions surrounding production areas for raw materials where rubber plantations are located. In consideration of the fact that natural rubber is the main raw material of tire and industrial products that are the core products of the Group, we believe that child labor should be recognized as a risk associated with our growth strategy, and accordingly we have selected it as a critical issue to be addressed.

Vision (attainment goal) / target

We aim for zero child labor at all of the Group’s primary suppliers of natural rubber, including overseas suppliers, by 2019.

Measures for vision achievement

Along with population growth and increased mobility on a global level, demand for tires and natural rubber that is the main raw material for tires is constantly growing. Meanwhile, there are concerns such as illegal deforestation and land exploitation, human rights violations, and the adverse impact on biodiversity in areas where natural rubber is produced. To help resolve these problems, Yokohama Rubber is participating in the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i) being launched by the International Rubber Study Group. The Company is also a member of the Tire Industry Project (TIP) led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
In October 2018, WBCSD TIP launched a platform to ensure the sustainability of natural rubber, and Yokohama Rubber formulated its Procurement Policy for the Sustainable Natural Rubber based on these global activities, and released a policy prohibiting child labor.

Identification of the presence or otherwise of child labor at the Yokohama Rubber Group and in the supply chain

With regard to domestic raw materials suppliers, we conducted a survey of labor conditions using a self-diagnostics checklist, and confirmed that there were no cases of child labor.
In regard to suppliers of natural rubber, we completed the implementation of a questionnaire survey covering compliance issues (human rights, child labor, and the environment) that was administered to all suppliers. It was found that all companies were meeting compliance and regulatory requirements, and were implementing CSR-related measures such as providing support for rubber farmers.

Countermeasures to eradicate child labor

We demanded natural rubber suppliers to prohibit child labor on Suppliers’ Day.
In the future, we will be aiming to further expand our efforts in this area to cover overseas suppliers, by issuing English-language versions of our procurement guidelines and self-diagnostics checklists.