Material Issues for Social Performance

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Respect for Human Rights

Social Issue

In recent years, as corporate activity has expanded on a global scale, human rights have become a major social issue. This includes the problem of conflict minerals, child labor, forced labor, and the occurrence of accidents due to poor working environments throughout corporate supply chains. In this situation, Casio recognizes that corporations are expected to address human rights issues in accordance with international standards such as the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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Importance for the Casio Group

Casio operates its business on a global scale, but these business activities can only take place with the support of various stakeholders. Casio understands that, in the course of pursuing its business activities, it could possibly have a negative impact on the human rights of stakeholders, including diverse groups such as employees, customers, and business partners’ workers. An inadequate response to human rights issues can develop into serious management risks such as significant decline in corporate brand value, product boycotts, and suspension of business transactions by suppliers.
Casio recognizes respect for human rights as an important sustainability issue as it continues to expand its business globally and will continue to step up initiatives in this area based on international norms related to human rights.

Policy

Since December 2010, Casio has been a signatory to and participated in the UN Global Compact, which consists of 10 principles related to human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption advocated by the United Nations. Moreover, Casio long ago spelled out its commitment to the prohibition of discrimination, the prohibition of child and forced labor, and the prohibition of harassment in the Casio Group Code of Conduct and put that commitment into practice. In June 2013, as part of an overall reconsideration of the content of the code, Casio revised its Code of Conduct, explicitly stating a commitment to uphold and respect international norms relating to human rights, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to respect basic labor rights.

Recognizing the importance of ensuring effectively functioning global governance related to respect for human rights going forward, Casio held dialogues with group employees outside Japan and experts*1 in the process of drafting the Casio Group Basic Policy on Respect for Human Rights. The policy specifies, among other things, the group’s commitment to supporting and respecting international codes of conduct for human rights, including the International Bill of Human Rights (Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work from the International Labour Organization (ILO). It also specifies the group’s commitment to carrying out initiatives related to respect for human rights based on the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and to continuously performing human rights due diligence*2 after the framework for that purpose is established. From here on, Casio will thoroughly communicate this policy throughout the group and carry out initiatives in accordance with it.
Other than the above, Casio has identified the following as the current priority issues related to human rights in this policy.
Casio Group Priority Issues Related to Human Rights
(1) Elimination of discrimination, (2) prohibition of child labor and forced labor, (3) respect for basic labor rights, (4) appropriate payment of wages and management of working hours, (5) respect for diversity, (6) support for achieving work-life balance, (7) ensuring a safe workplace environment and support for promoting health

Casio’s codes and policies are reviewed on a regular basis. On November 1, 2016, they were partially revised based on changes to international norms concerning human rights that affect the Casio Group, including enforcement of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act in 2015. Going forward, Casio employees will be made thoroughly aware of these revised codes and policies and various initiatives will be taken.
Casio’s codes and policies are reviewed on a regular basis. On November 1, 2016, they were partially revised based on changes to international norms concerning human rights that affect the Casio Group, including enforcement of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act in 2015. Going forward, Casio employees will be made thoroughly aware of these revised codes and policies and various initiatives will be taken.

Casio also recognizes the importance of spreading the idea of respect for human rights outside its organization together with its entire supply chain. All suppliers have been made aware of Casio’s Supplier Guidelines, which clearly mandate respect for human rights and prohibit discrimination. In addition to requesting compliance, Casio strives to verify implementation using questionnaires and other means.

  • *1 See the feature story, “Casio’s Commitment to Human Rights” in the 2013 Sustainability Report for details.
  • *2 Human rights due diligence refers to the continuous process for recognizing, avoiding and mitigating any negative impacts Casio has on society using preventative means.

Casio Group Code of Conduct

Casio Group Policy on Human Rights (PDF / 42KB)

Implementing CSR Procurement

System

Initiatives on respect for human rights are promoted led by the Sustainability Promotion Department, the Human Resources Department, and the Supply Chain Control Unit.

KPI and Performance for Material Issues

Evaluation ◎: All targets met, ○ : Most targets met, △ : Remaining issues outweigh results, × : No progress made

FY2020 Targets and KPI FY2020 Performance Evaluation FY2021 Targets and KPI
Check human rights issue and implement feedback: All group sales companies (100%) Implementation was delayed until June 2020 due to large-scale internal reorganization and impact of COVID-19 pandemic × Check human rights issue and implement feedback: All group sales companies (100%)
Implement human rights education for Sustainability leaders Casio Group companies in Japan, along with CSR leader replacement (100%) Tomoko Shiroki, Managing Director of certified NPO ACE, gave a talk and workshop in June 2019 on business and human rights Implement human rights education for Sustainability leaders:
Develop a grievance mechanism; establish the mechanism and put into full operation Completely refurbished web-based external hotline in May 2019, complied with Europe’s GDPR, and set up a new mechanism that allows whistleblowers and the hotline office to communicate directly on a semi-anonymous basis (reporter gives real name to external hotline but is kept anonymous to the company) Ensure familiarity with hotlines and channels