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Human rights

Realizing the importance of considering human rights in global business environments, Nidec upholds international guidelines such as “the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,” “the UN Global Compact,” “the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” and “the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work” in response to the diversifying human rights-related issues.
In November 2021, we established "the Nidec Group’s Basic Policy on Human Rights." Based on the policy, which summarizes our attitude and efforts on human rights, we are poised to continue its actions to respect human rights.
The Nidec Group CSR Charter provides for “respect for human rights,” while the Nidec Group Declaration on CSR Conduct, which complements the CSR Charter, prohibits forced labor, child labor, and discrimination and inhumane treatment, and guarantees proper wages; work hours, non-work days, and leaves; freedom of association; and the right to collective bargaining.

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The Nidec Group’s Basic Policy on Human Rights

Fundamental philosophy

As a company that realizes the importance of consideration to human rights in a global business environment, Nidec supports “the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,” “the UN Global Compact,” “the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” “the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work,” and other international guidelines, and promotes group-wide efforts on respecting human rights.

Scope of application

This Policy applies to all executives and regular employees that work for the Nidec Group. We urge our business partners and suppliers to support and comply with the Policy as well, to promote our efforts on respecting human rights in cooperation with them.

Action agenda for human rights

We respect each person’s human rights, and do not discriminate anyone for such reasons as race, nationality, gender difference, sexual orientation, gender identification, religion, job rank, age, or disabilities. We eliminate forced and child labor, consistently abide by individual countries’ and regions’ labor-related laws and regulations and the spirit thereof, and aim to create a discrimination-free work environment where employees recognize each other’s personality, and respect human rights.

1. Respect for human rights

We respect each person’s human rights, and eliminate any and all kinds of discrimination based on race, nationality, gender difference, sexual orientation, gender identification, religion, job rank, age, disabilities, etc.

2. No forced labor

We employ all of our employees based on their free will, and do not force them to work against it. Likewise, in our supply chain, we do not tolerate the use of labor force from forced, bonded or slave labor, or human trafficking.

3. No child labor

We strictly observe local laws and international guidelines on child and young labor. We set our company’s minimum working age to whichever is higher of the one stipulated in such laws, or the one mandated by the International Labour Organization (“ILO”) (15 years old). In addition, we monitor our workplaces to ensure that no workers under age 18 are subject to dangerous, night-time, or overtime work.

4. No harassment

We strive to create fair and positive workplaces free of sexual, power, gender, maternity, childcare, nursing-care-leave, or any other form of harassment.

5. Securing safety and health in the workplace

By working with the company and employees, we secure safety and health for our employees, and aim to create a work environment where they can fully demonstrate their abilities.

6. Respect for diversity

We strive to create a work environment where our employees recognize each other’s personality, and where diverse people can demonstrate their abilities through collaboration.

7. Education and training

We constantly hold education and training sessions on various domestic and overseas human rights issues to help all of our executives and regular employees understand this Policy, and entrench it in our group.

8. Information disclosure

We use our official website and other means to properly disclose information on the details and results of our activities on respecting human rights.

Actions

The Nidec Group’s human rights-related risk assessment is focused primarily on Asia, where more than 70% of its employees operate. In partnership with a third-party certification organization we regularly implement a third-party CSR audit at our selected factories in Asia, using the set of standards substantially equivalent to RBA Code of Conduct* (Nidec Group CSR Declaration). The audit encompasses seven essential dimensions of human rights, including at-will employment, child/young labor, and work hours.

*RBA (Responsible Business Alliance) Code of Conduct: A code of conduct, established by the electronics industry, on business activities throughout the supply chain.

System

Nidec Corporation’s CSR Committee, an organization under the company’s Board of Directors, comprises the chairperson, who is appointed by the Board (the current chairperson is Akinobu Samura, Nidec Corporation’s Vice President and CFO), and other members appointed at individual sites, and deliberates and makes decisions on important matters, such as activity policies and annual plans of CSR-related issues in general (e.g. human rights issues).

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The Nidec Group annually assesses human rights-related and other risks at all of its business sites, including newly established ones and those that have newly joined the group via M&A. The group has in place a whistle-blowing system for employees to ask for aid in the face of any actual or suspected human rights abuse.

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Actions

The Nidec Group’s human rights-related risk assessment is focused primarily on Asia, where more than 70% of its employees operate. In partnership with a third-party certification organization we regularly implement a third-party CSR audit at our selected factories in Asia, using the set of standards substantially equivalent to RBA Code of Conduct* (Nidec Group CSR Declaration). The audit encompasses seven essential dimensions of human rights, including at-will employment, child/young labor, and work hours.

*RBA (Responsible Business Alliance) Code of Conduct: A code of conduct, established by the electronics industry, on business activities throughout the supply chain.

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Participating in a business & human rights workshop

In FY2016, the Nidec Group participated in a business & human rights workshop at a subcommittee hosted by the UN Global Compact Network Japan. Going forward, we will continue to promote business- and human rights-oriented activities through such an opportunity.

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