Committed to Human Rights

Materiality Focus

At the Toray Group, respect for human rights is a mandatory management principle for ensuring the continuity of corporate activities and building positive relationships with all of the Group’s stakeholders. The Group works to promote and raise awareness of human rights, for instance by declaring its commitment to the respect of human rights in its Corporate Ethics and Legal Compliance Code of Conduct. In the Code, discrimination of any kind based on race, creed, skin color, gender, religion, nationality, language, physical characteristics, socioeconomic status, place of birth, or any other personal characteristic is strictly forbidden in every process from recruiting and hiring to work placement, compensation, training, and retirement. In fiscal 2014, the Group expanded its commitment, also banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Toray Group takes stringent measures to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations in the countries and regions around the world where it operates. The Group respects international standards related to human rights, including the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s standards, prohibits all forced labor and child labor, and strives to ensure that its activities do not violate or in any way abet the violation of human rights.
Moreover, reflecting recent perspectives on global human rights in the international community, Toray formed the Human Rights Risk Working Group in fiscal 2015. Part of the Risk Management Committee, which serves under the CSR Committee, this working group is working to review measures to reduce the risk of human rights violations across the Toray Group. The working group began by conducting surveys and interviews at business sites outside Japan to assess current conditions.

Human Rights Training

Percentage of group companies in Japan implementing human rights education and training

Toray holds human rights promotion campaigns annually to help increase awareness and understanding of human rights issues. In fiscal 2015, the campaign focused on building positive and caring workplaces by encouraging sensitivity to human rights on the part of each employee through better communication. The campaign was aimed at preventing sexual, power, and maternity harassment (the latter being discrimination against women who become pregnant) by fostering a corporate climate that respects the dignity of others. The campaign also encouraged an understanding of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) persons, while communicating the increasing global emphasis that is being placed on human rights from a social responsibility perspective.
Training sessions were held for operational and administrative supervisors at the head office, and each office and plant. Workshops were also conducted in conjunction with workplace study groups. As in the previous year, in fiscal 2015 the Human Rights Promotion Section Manager visited Toray and its domestic group companies’ offices and plants as part of the campaign, and held workshops for human rights advocates. Human rights training seminars were conducted at 53 group companies in Japan.

Fiscal 2015 Human Rights Training and Seminar (Toray Group in Japan)

Type of training Number of sessions Number of participants
Toray Training at head office1 48 2490
Training at offices and plants 1,029 14,748
Training at outside company 54 95
Group companies in Japan Training at companies 159 9,779
Training at outside company 125 198
  1. 1 Total amount of time dedicated to training: 141,940 minutes