Human Rights Initiatives

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.


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

Community / Resources / Use of natural resources

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

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)

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.

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 latest Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement in response to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Please see the below link for details.

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