Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) participated in a dialogue with human rights experts who had visited Tokyo as speakers at the 2014 Global Conference on CSR and Risk Management. Our aim was to identify any actual or potential adverse human rights impacts, either through our own activities or as a result of our business relationships, by drawing on independent external human rights expertise, a procedure recommended in clause 18 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Experts raised three points as material human rights issues in the marine industry: (1) protecting mariners’ health and safety, (2) ensuring transparency in cargo clearance, and (3) actively embracing public policy to respect human rights. Related to these issues, we discussed concerns regarding human rights abuses resulting from business relationships, such as cargo transportation in areas neighboring countries in conflict, and the health and safety of shipbreaking workers and workers at terminals.
We indicated our mindset and actions to address and mitigate these adverse human rights impacts, including our participation in a joint shipping initiative consisting of seven multinational shipping companies to support building projects in Somalia. Giving serious consideration to the findings we obtained through this dialogue, we will take appropriate action to ensure a respect of human rights.