Human rights are the fundamental rights that have been granted to all people. When taking into consideration processes back to the stage of the procurement of raw materials, there are an extremely large number of people involved in Yokohama Rubber’s business and an extremely diverse range of human rights that should be respected. In addition, as our business activities expand on a global level and we become increasingly involved with a diverse range of people, the probability of having a direct impact or indirect impact on human rights violations increases.
For that reason, we believe that it is important to fulfill our responsibility towards respecting human rights while taking into consideration the range of our impact, and accordingly the Yokohama Rubber Group Action Guidelines state that human rights should be respected both inside and outside of the company, and stipulate the actions that should be taken by employees to this end.
Yokohama Rubber Group Action Guidelines
We shall respect human rights inside and outside the company
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
- 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.
- We shall refrain from harassment in any shape or form.
- We shall not permit any violent behavior in the workplace.
Message from a manager
Rubber is one of the most important raw materials used in manufacturing Yokohama Rubber’s products, including tires. The regions where rubber is produced are affected by various risks relating to environmental destruction, human rights and labor issues, etc. As part of our response to this situation, in January 2017 the Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. announced its support for the goals of the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i) as advocated by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), an inter-governmental organization that brings together representatives of the governments of both natural rubber and synthetic rubber producer nations and consumer nations; Yokohama Rubber also announced that it would be participating in SNR-i activities.
In the future, we will be conducting activities on a global scale, including requesting the collaboration of our overseas suppliers through the compilation of international versions of our CSR-aware procurement guidelines and self-diagnostics checklists.
Kazuhito Yanadori, Head of Raw Materials Procurement Department, Global Procurement Division
Vision for FY 2020
- 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.
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.