Human Rights

Policy and Approach

We are keenly aware of the need to respect human rights in the course of conducting our business. The Sunstar Group supports and complies with all laws and international norms on human rights, including the UN’s International Bill of Human Rights, the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and respects human rights in all its activities.

We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. This includes sexual harassment, harassment on the grounds of race, or any other similar derogatory acts or behavior, including animosity, discourtesy, abuse, and insulting behavior. We expect all stakeholders, including employees, customers and business partners, to treat each other with dignity and respect. Anyone who feels they have been a victim of harassment or who has witnessed incidents of harassment has a duty to consult with and report such incidents to one of the company’s internal consultation services. In the event such an incident is discovered, we have in place an environment that enables people to consult with either an internal consultation service or an outside organization or lawyer. This ensures prompt action on issues and protection of individuals. Furthermore, we do not tolerate human rights violations, such as forced labor or child labor in our supply chain.

Major Initiatives

Human rights seminars (Japan, Europe, USA)

In Japan, human rights seminars are held each year for new recruits, new managers and plant employees. During these sessions, employees are taught the importance of human rights, basic background knowledge of human rights and an overview of human rights issues affecting companies, such as discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace bullying, and child labor at production subcontractors. (In 2022, 790 executives and other employees attended courses on power harassment, while 32 new recruits attended human rights seminars.)

In Europe and USA, compliance training is mandatory from 2020. The program also covers human rights issues such as equal opportunities and non-discrimination regulations.