Human Rights Initiatives

NYK Group's Basic Stance on Human Rights

The NYK Group's basic stance on respecting and honoring human rights is clearly indicated in the NYK Business Credo.

Excerpt from NYK Business Credo
Article 4. Compliance with laws and ordinances, respect for human rights

We recognize our role in society and act in a manner that is fair and just by complying with national laws and ordinances and international norms. We believe that corporate activities should adhere to social mores, respect human rights, honor local customs and practices, and address the concerns and interests of stakeholders.

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Moreover, the NYK Code of Conduct, which is a set of rules outlining important matters of our day-to-day business, explicitly states that NYK shall respect human rights and fairly engage in business activities, respecting and sufficiently understanding international norms and codes regarding human rights, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948, the U.N. International Bill of Rights, the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and ISO 26000.

Respect for Human Rights

The Group respects the human rights of all people involved in our business activities, and recognizes and respects various values and cultures as the foundation of our corporate activities.

Excerpt from NYK Code of Conduct
Chapter 4 Respect for Human Rights and Diversity of Cultures

4-1 Respect for Human Rights, Prohibition of Discrimination

We respect human rights and do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, gender, national or regional origin, age, disability, or disease.

4-2 Prohibiting Harassment

We do not engage in libelous or slanderous acts that violate human dignity, or abusive acts that may be regarded as harassment.

4-3 Respect for Cultures of Countries and Regions

We respect the cultures and customs of countries and regions in which we conduct business, and conduct our business operations in harmony with regional communities and international society.

4-4 Prohibiting Forced Labor or Child Labor

NYK does not engage in inhumane acts such as forced labor or child labor. And NYK does not conduct trade with business enterprises engaged in such acts.

4-5 Establishment and Operation of Fair Personnel Treatment System

NYK promotes equal opportunity in employment, personnel administration, wages, training, promotion, etc., and complies with applicable labor agreements and other agreements with attention to the protection of the rights of workers established in international treaties and in laws and regulations of each country or region in which NYK operates.

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To enhance its global business activities, NYK created the company's "CSR Guidelines for Partners and Suppliers," which requests the cooperation and understanding of business partners in promoting CSR activities concerning global social issues such as child labor, forced labor, environmental destruction, etc., in the entire supply chain.

Excerpt from CSR Guidelines for Partners and Suppliers
Chapter 3. Respect for Human Rights and Diversity of Cultures

Respect for Human Rights and Prohibition of Discrimination
Please respect human rights, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, gender, national or regional origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, diseases, social status, or any other reason.

Prohibiting Harassment

Please do not engage in libelous or slanderous acts that violate human dignity, or carry out abusive acts that may be regarded as harassment.

Respect for Cultures of Countries and Regions

Please respect cultures and custom of countries and regions in which you conduct your business, and conduct your business operations in harmony with regional communities and international society.

Prohibiting Forced Labor or Child Labor

Please do not engage in inhumane acts such as forced labor or child labor, and endeavor to ensure appropriate payment of wages. Also, do not conduct trade with business enterprises engaged in inhumane employment.

Respect for Fundamental Rights of Workers

Please respect workers' rights, including collective bargaining rights and freedom of association, as prescribed in international treaties and in national and regional laws and regulations.

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Organization to Promote Human Rights Initiatives

In 2006, NYK announced its endorsement and support for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and in 2010 NYK established its Global Compact Promotion Committee for the purpose of promoting UNGC and investigating human rights issues, such as human rights violations in business activities.

The committee comprises the Human Resources Division and the CSR Division at the NYK headquarters, and promotes initiatives mainly on the topics of UNGC principles 1 to 6 regarding human rights and labor standards.

Research and Promotion of Global Compact Human Rights Issues

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Human Rights Due Diligence and Impact Assessments

At a Risk Management Committee held twice a year, NYK identifies and evaluates risk that can significantly affect companywide business. Among them are human rights issues, which NYK manages accordingly by preparing a risk map indicating the likelihood of the risk and its impact on business management.

In addition, the Global Compact Promotion Committee has confirmed the following, made efforts to grasp the Group's human rights issues, and considered initiatives to address these issues.

  1. 1Through an annual HR survey of NYK Group companies worldwide by the Human Resources Group at the headquarters, NYK regularly confirms its status of compliance with the UNGC and the absence of forced labor or child labor in the company's supply chain.
  2. 2Through annual CSR e-learning for employees of the Group around the world, NYK regularly confirms the responses to the following questions: "Do you fully understand NYK Group's Basic Stance on Human Rights?" "Do you take appropriate actions against human rights?" and "What are the human rights issues that require further efforts for NYK?"

NYK has participated in the Stakeholder Engagement Program (Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop) organized by Caux Round Table Japan (CRT), a nonprofit organization, since 2014 to deepen the company's understanding of human rights issues throughout business activities.
In the workshop, NYK has exchanged opinions with participants from transport and logistics companies and used a tool developed by UNEP FI (United Nations Environment Program / Financial Initiative) to identify corporate activities that affect human rights issues. A final report titled "Human Rights Issues by Sector" reflecting public comments was then made.
The knowledge gained by this program has been utilized for NYK's human rights activities and human rights due diligence.

NYK initiatives toward key human rights issues in logistics and transport sector (* Excerpt from Human Rights Issues by Sector V.6)

Core operation / Supply chain / Working hours

Long working hours may occur due to work in the late night and early morning hours to cope with time differences with other countries.

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Core operation / Supply chain / Discrimination / During work

Foreigners may be treated unfairly in employment and practices.
There may be uniform treatment of workers without due concern for diversity.

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Accidents may cause an adverse effect on the health and safety of customers, citizens, and other stakeholders.

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Community / Resources / Use of natural resources

Air pollution may be caused by emissions discharged from many vehicles used for transport.

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Community / Community Investment

Possibility to contribute to industrial revitalization, tourism promotion, job creation, culture promotion, and maintenance of the local livelihood by connecting people and goods and through a long-term commitment. (Positive Impact)

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Human Rights Enlightenment and Education

To avoid violations of human rights, NYK has enlightened all employees about human rights issues, discrimination, harassment, and global trends in human rights, etc., through various training programs such as e-learning, new employee training, training for newly appointed managers and expatriates, and overseas senior management training. NYK has also proactively promoted respect for human rights and striven to raise human rights awareness on the annual Human Rights Day and during Human Rights Week in December.

Outside the office, NYK has participated in the Mitsubishi Human Rights Enlightenment Committee organized by Mitsubishi group companies and a breakout session on human rights organized by Global Compact Network Japan. These study groups comprise over 20 companies, and the discussions and lectures with participants on human rights issues has helped NYK deepen its understanding.

In 2018, NYK posed the following questions to the Group's e-learning participants: "Does the company respond appropriately to acts that violate human rights" and "What are the human rights issues that require further efforts for NYK?" A self-check was also conducted on efforts to address human rights issues. During Human Rights Week in December, NYK provided education on the main themes of "business and human rights" and "human rights at work."

Film Screening on Woman's Human Rights at NYK Headquarters

In February 2018, NYK sponsored a film screening at its headquarters for employees with the cooperation of NGO Plan International Japan. The documentary film "Girl Rising" (2013) tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries, and their stories reflect their struggles to overcome societal or cultural barriers. This film encouraged employees to think seriously about human rights issued faced by women all over the world.

Employee Consultation Hotline

NYK has an Ethics & Compliance Hotline for reports and consultations - not only for internal reports but also reports on human rights, discrimination, harassment, fraud, unethical or unlawful conduct, and improper employee conduct in business activities. This hotline allows the company to prevent or correct problems, and to quickly take appropriate remedial action.
The hotline is available to all NYK Group employees at all times via telephone or email, and is designed to protect confidentiality and anonymity and allow direct consultation with external lawyers.