Human Rights

Business Foundation

Our Basic Policy

Human rights is the fundamental right, freedom, and standard for treatment that individuals around the world possess. ROHM Group respects for human rights as the higher policy of all documents and norms regarding efforts to respect human rights in business activities, and is applied to all activities conducted by ROHM Group around the world.
As a company with a globally growing business, ROHM Group views respect for human rights as one of the most basic conditions for its business activities. We recognize that it is important to build a sustainable society in which human rights are respected. In particular, we support and respect the following global standards.

  • Where national law and international human rights standards differ, we will follow the higher standard; where they are in conflict, we will seek ways to respect internationally recognized human rights to the greatest extent possible.

【Global Principles and Rules】

  • Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • ISO26000
  • RBA(Responsible Business Alliance)Code of Conduct

In accordance with the above principles and rules, ROHM Group will comply with the following and continue to work on human rights due diligence.

【Human Rights Matters of ROHM Group】

  • ROHM Group prohibits any form of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, nationality, social status, lineage, gender, disability, health conditions, ideology, faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, occupation or occupational status. We prohibit harassment and are committed to responsible labor practices including the provision of a safe and healthy environment in the workplace as well as ensuring adequate working hours and minimum wage. We also commit ourselves to respecting freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.
  • ROHM Group opposes any form of slave labor, forced labor or child labor, including human trafficking.
  • ROHM Group acknowledges and seeks to uphold our responsibility to the communities, including indigenous groups, affected by our operations. In accordance with the principles and norms which we support, we exercise human rights due diligence to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse human rights impacts related to our business activities. We will also endeavor to take appropriate and effective remedies when it becomes clear our activities, products and services by our business relationships have caused or contribute to adverse human rights impacts.
  • Where efforts need to be prioritized, priority will be given to addressing the most severe adverse human rights impacts based on their size, scope and difficulty of remediation.
  • ROHM Group has established a hotline for human rights violations, and continue to establish an effective reporting response system.
  • ROHM Group provides the training necessary for our board member and employees to have the knowledge and capacity to implement this Policy.
  • ROHM Group regularly and publicly communicates our progress on our efforts to address adverse human rights impacts including through our CSR website and/or integrated report.

Promotional Structure

In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, calling on companies to do more to address human rights issues. In response, ROHM Group signed the UN Global Contact in October 2011.

In ROHM Group, the CSR Committee, comprised of all the directors and division heads with their respective rights, fulfills responsibilities for CSR themes that spans the entire Group, such as the environment, society, and governance, with ROHM's President as the Committee Chairman. The CSR Committee includes seven subcommittees, and make decisions based on the targets, plans, and performance related to human rights issues in the environment, labor, ethics, health and safety, etc. Resolutions determined by the CSR Committee are conveyed to ROHM's internal divisions and group affiliates through the seven subcommittees then executed accordingly. Each member of the seven subcommittees is appointed by the respective committee chairperson at the same time the annual implementation plan is established, after which they begin fulfilling their duties.

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    We have acquired ISO14001 and ISO45001 certification for the environment and health and safety.
    In the field of labor ethics, we manage human rights issues and risks in labor ethics by building and operating a labor ethics management system that complies with the RBA Code of Conduct.

Human Rights Assessment in the Supply Chain

ROHM Group is conducting activities in compliance with RBA Code of Conduct with the aim of building a sustainable society in which human rights are respected. Furthermore, efforts are being made to ensure human rights are respected throughout the entire supply chain by respecting the human rights of our business partners and asking them to also act in accordance with RBA Code of Conduct.
Specifically, our business partners are asked to perform self-evaluations on labor, health and safety, environmental, ethics and management systems indicated in RBA Code of Conduct, in addition to procurement BCP. They are asked to make improvements on items with poor evaluations including labor (human rights) based on the results of their responses and CSR procurement audits. Moreover, efforts are made to raise awareness of the need to perform CSR procurement throughout the entire supply chain, including the importance of human rights, during audits and meetings.

Human Rights Assessment at ROHM Group

ROHM Group operates a labor ethics management system for managing and mitigating human rights issues and risks in terms of labor and ethics.
ROHM itself has formed a Central Safety & Hygiene Committee under the CSR Committee, and set up an advisory comittee on 'Decent Work' under this to draft yearly target plans and run a management system for evaluating effectiveness at the end of each fiscal year in order to build solid basis that protects fundamental human rights. Furthermore, Group companies in Japan and overseas have established Labor and Ethics Committees in each of their locations, and committees actively promote addressing human rights issues.

【Labor and Ethics Management System】

Labor and Ethics management system

Human Rights Training

ROHM Group respects and embraces a variety of cultural backgrounds, religions, customs, and opinions from each country and each region. We conduct rank-specific human rights training programs for new employees, mid-career recruits, new senior managers, and directors and executive officers. The e-learning related to labor and ethics topics is also conducted for group training session.

Prevention of Child Labor and Forced Labor

ROHM Group prohibits forced labor and child labor, and prohibits participation in related activities. For its supply chains as well, ROHM Group CSR Procurement Guidelines clearly specify that forced labor and child labor are strictly prohibited, and all its suppliers are responsible to follow these human rights guidelines.
In fiscal year of 2016, ROHM issued "ROHM Group Statement Regarding UK Modern Slavery Act", clearly stating its determination to further strengthen its commitment to preventing child labor and forced labor.
Effectiveness of and compliance with initiatives are checked by implementing internal audits every year, and are also checked in external audits such as client audits and RBA audits.

Elimination of Discrimination

The entire ROHM Group is committed to showing respect for the human rights of all employee.
We respect individuality, human rights, and the privacy of all of our employees. We seek to eliminate discrimination of all kinds, whether based on race, nationality, gender, gender identity/sexual orientation, religion, belief, or disability, and child labor and forced labor. We endeavor to create a safe and healthy workplace environment.
We have described the above in the “ROHM Group code of conduct” to help our employees better understand.
As part of its efforts to promote compliance, we have established a whistleblower hotline for employees and business partners(suppliers) to deal with human rights violations

Harassment Prevention

ROHM has set up a consultation center with advisors who are able to listen to employees' troubles and provide counseling services. Counseling services via telephone, email, or face-to-face consultation are also available in response to issues regarding "power/sexual harassment" or "interpersonal relationships at workplace". By making female advisors available, and ensure all counselors hold license in employment counseling, ROHM works to create an environment in which employees can consult with advisors and receive reliable and professional advices.
Furthermore, efforts are being made to raise awareness among employees by continuously conducting training for managerial personnel on the prevention of harassment.

Privacy Protection

Appropriately managing personal information on people involved in ROHM Group’s business activities such as employees, customers and business partners is essential for providing better products and services to society and conducting management of a trusted company. ROHM Group views the protection of privacy as a fundamental human right, and has established a privacy policy in an effort to clarify the purpose of use of personal information, and to appropriately acquire and securely and strictly manage such information. The privacy policy is in compliance with the Act on the Protection of Personal Information, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Guidelines on the Protection of Personal Information, the GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (USA).
Furthermore, e-learning and training for each level of personnel are conducted to provide employees with awareness of the risk of leaks of corporate information including personal information and to raise the level of security literacy. In the unlikely event an incident occurs, the cause is immediately identified, and appropriate steps are promptly taken including measures to prevent recurrence.