As a company that engages in business activities worldwide, the NYK Group gives full consideration to human rights and labor standards, in addition to the human rights of all people in society.
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.
NYK Business Credo
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 NYK 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.
NYK Code of Conduct
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.
CSR Guidelines for Partners and Suppliers
Organization to Promote Human Rights Initiatives
In 2006, NYK announced its endorsement and support for the United Nations Global Compact (GC), and in 2010 NYK established its Global Compact Promotion Committee for the purpose of promoting GC and investigating human rights issues, such as human rights violations in business activities.
The committee comprises the Human Resources Group and the Corporation Communication & CSR Group at the NYK headquarters, and promotes initiatives mainly on the topics of GC principles 1 to 6 regarding human rights and labor standards.
Global Compact Promotion & Investigation human rights issues Process
U.N. Global Compact
Human Rights Due Diligence and impact Assessments
At a Risk Management Committee held yearly, 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.
Through an annual HR survey of NYK Group companies worldwide by the Human Resources Group at the company headquarters, NYK regularly confirms its status of compliance with the U.N. Global Compact and the absence of forced labor or child labor in the company's supply chain. In addition, the Global Compact Promotion Committee has made efforts to grasp NYK's human rights issues and has considered initiatives to address these issues.
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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.
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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. This study group comprises over 20 companies, and the discussions and lectures with participants on human rights issues has helped NYK deepen its understanding.
In 2017, NYK conducted a questionnaire titled “Does the company respond appropriately to acts that violate human rights” in its e-learning and conducted a self-check 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.”
Sponsorship of Amnesty Film Festival 2017
NYK sponsored the 6th Amnesty Film Festival, which was organized by the nongovernmental human rights organization Amnesty International Japan and held in Tokyo from January 28 to 29, 2017. This event attempted to use human rights films to provide more people with an opportunity to know about, think about, and act on human rights issues. NYK also sponsored from the 5th film festival held in 2015. Participants from NYK can make use of such opportunities to deepen their understanding of human dignity and human rights issues.
Amnesty Film Festival 2017
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.
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
NYK has published its Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for fiscal 2015 in response to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Please see the below link for details.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for FY 2015
Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) participated in the 2015 Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop organized by Caux Round Table Japan (CRT). CRT hosts this workshop as an activity that aims to assist companies at industry levels in identifying and assessing any actual or potentially adverse human rights impacts as defined by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
During this workshop, we had discussions with other logistics-related participants and identified and summarized critical human rights issues raised by NGOs/NPOs and human rights experts.
Human Rights Issues by Sector v.4 (English)
2015 Business and Human Rights Conference in Tokyo
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) participated in the 2015 Business and Human Rights Conference in Tokyo convened on 16 and 17 September 2015.
In the Day 1 morning session, we learned about current global trends related to business and human rights, and shared opinions with other participants from different companies, NGOs/NPOs, and human rights experts to enhance our CSR promotion activities. In the afternoon session, we discussed the four human rights issues that emerged as of paramount important from the Stakeholder Engagement Program organized by CRT-Japan this year — i.e., the empowerment of women, labor issues, food issues, and sexual minority. During this session, NYK Line made a presentation of its activities to empower women. We also participated in active discussions on the business and human rights themes of supply chain, corporate governance, grievance mechanisms, and mega-sporting.
NYK Line has deepened its understanding of business and human rights, and identified important challenges to be addressed on human rights due diligence.
- Date: September 16-17, 2015
- Venue: Tokyo, AP Tokyo Marunouchi (Nihon Seimei Marunochi Garden Tower 3F, 1-1-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005)
- Hosted by:
- Caux Round Table Japan
- Vice Chair of United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises
- Institute for Human Rights and Business
- Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
- Sponsored by: Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., ASICS Corporation, Nippon Express Co. Ltd.
Global Conference on CSR and Risk Management
NYK Line Participates in Exclusive Session on Business and Human Rights
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) participated in the 2014 Global Conference on CSR and Risk Management and its exclusive workshop, which CRT Japan hosted and expanded in scale over the previous conference in 2013. An active discussion was conducted at the two-day conference on business and human rights issues and the potential impact on a company, and how business addresses these issues and impacts with civil society as a part of human rights due diligence.
At the exclusive session, Roger D. Branigin, executive director of the Global Corporate Community of Practice, introduced several methods that firms might use to bring their business goals and human rights responsibilities into closer alignment, including the application of accepted risk management practices to identify, prioritize, and measure their human rights impacts. After his presentation on a brief history of international efforts to regulate corporate human rights conduct, origins and causes of the current corporate accountability gap, and basic risk management tools, the participants conducted a hypothetical case study of a company facing human rights risks in a supply chain to consider what actual and potential risks could be identified and what measures could be taken to prevent and mitigate those risks with available tools. The measures that the participants presented contained the unique attributes of Japanese corporate culture and tradition in dealing with a supplier. One concerned working together with a Japanese supplier for continual improvement. Another involved self-reflection, i.e., reexamining and correcting corporate policies and activities to suit suppliers.
Date: September 4-5, 2014
Venue for Day 1: Tokyo Conference Center Shinagawa
Venue for Day 2: Kwansei Gakuin University, Tokyo Marunouchi Campus, Lambuth Hall
Hosted by: Caux Round Table (CRT) Japan and the UN OHCHR Working Group
Sponsored by: Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Suntory Holdings Limited, Olympus Corporation
Roger D. Branigin,
Executive Director of the Global Corporate Community of Practice (GCOP)
For further details on the conference, please visit the following
Caux Round Table - Japan
23 participants from 17 corporations at the exclusive session
At the exclusive session
At the exclusive session
NYK Line Participates in Dialogue with Human Rights Experts
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.
- Date: :September 3, 2014; 16:00 to 17:30
- Venue： Kwansei Gakuin University, Tokyo Marunouchi Campus, Lambuth Hall
- John Morrison, Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business
Amol Mehra, Director, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
Cathrine Poulsen-Hansen, Adviser, Human Rights and Business Department, Danish Institute for Human Rights
- Participants from NYK
- Mr. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Corporate Officer, General Affairs Headquarters
Ms. Yuko Tsutsui, Deputy General Manager, Human Resources Group, General Affairs Headquarters
Ms. Tsugiko Odaka, Deputy Manager, HR Coordination Team (Office for Corporate Citizenship), Human Resources Group, General Affairs Headquarters
- Facilitator and Interpreter
- Hiroshi Ishida, Executive Director, Caux Round Table Japan
United Nations Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises.
Participated Human Rights Due Diligence's Exclusive Session
The Global Corporate Community of Practice (GCOP) was formed in July 2012 to support the mandate of the UN Working Group on the issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises (Working Group) by providing a platform for multinational business enterprises such as Nestle and The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, to collect, develop, and share best practices in human rights due diligence and risk management. They organized the workshop in different regions and Tokyo, Japan was fourth city to be arranged the workshop by Caux Round Table Japan in September 2013.
During the Exclusive Session explored CSR risks management, using the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which is a globally recognized guidance incorporated into several CSR guidelines and initiatives, as a guidance tool. NYK attended and discussed the CSR and risk management in the context of human rights due diligence. The outcome of this session will be presented to the 2013 Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva at the end of this year.
Dr. Puvan Selvanathan
UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprise
Caux Round Table - Japan — Conference on CSR and Risk Management
Participate members of Exclusive Session
Participated defacto and rule making process of human rights due diligence
Human Rights Due Diligence's workshop
NYK Participates in Human Rights Due Diligence Workshops at Nippon CSR Consortium
Today, there is an increasing recognition of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to respect human rights, as is shown in various global guidelines, including the United Nations (UN) “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, ISO 26000, and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Revised in 2011.
As a comprehensive global-logistics enterprise offering ocean, land, and air transportation, NYK recognises the growing importance of addressing human rights issues in its business activities. With the aim of deepening our understanding of human rights issues, and in particular focusing on human rights due diligence, we participated in the Human Rights Due Diligence Workshops at the Nippon CSR Consortium*1.
- *1 Nippon CSR Consortium
- Organised by the Caux Round Table-Japan, the Nippon CSR Consortium was established by NPOs, NGOs, researchers, and corporate CSR managers with the aim of heightening the competitive advantages of Japanese companies through CSR activities.
Caux Round Table — Japan
- NPOs / NGOs Participants:
- Amnesty International Japan
- CSO Network Japan
- Oxfam Japan
- ACE (Action against Child Exploitation)
- Ek Sathe
- Change Fusion
- Polaris Project Japan
Our Activities in fiscal 2013
By reflecting on and applying what we learned during the workshops, we have further strengthened our existing human rights related activities. We will strive to address human rights issues in all our business activities while engaging with various stakeholders.
- Conducted employee training on human rights (September to November 2013)
- Employees of both Japanese and overseas affiliates were provided with e-learning on human rights to raise their awareness and understanding of the UN Global Compact in the areas of human rights and labour, Principles 1 through 6.
- Held liaison conference of Japanese affiliates' CSR divisions (February 2014)
- A liaison conference of the CSR divisions of Japanese affiliates was held with the aim of deepening participants' understanding of human rights and labour issues in the supply chain.
- Revised NYK Group Standards
- The statement, “NYK will never become involved in abusive labour practices, such as child labour and forced labour,” was newly added to the NYK Group Standards.
- Convened committee meeting to promote UN Global Compact's principles (March 2014)
- A meeting of NYK's Global Compact Promotion Committee was held to assess the current status of human rights and labour practices of both Japanese and overseas affiliates, based on the results of the Global Human Resource Survey.
I look forward to seeing NYK prioritising issues in its value chain.
Caux Round Table-Japan herewith confirms that NYK has participated in a series of Human Rights Due Diligence Workshops at the Nippon CSR Consortium. At the workshops, NYK identified human rights issues related to its sector while actively contributing to discussions with NPOs/NGOs and CSR experts and sharing expertise with other members from different sectors. The next step will be to prioritise identified issues in the value chain. I look forward to seeing NYK make further progress towards integrating human rights into its business strategies and day-to-day operations.
Caux Round Table-Japan