CSR Activity Report (CSR Guideline Activity Reports) - Human Rights Promotion and Human Resources Development

Human Rights Activity Report

Human Rights Training

Group companies implementing human rights education and training (%)

■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2021

Result in fiscal 2021


Toray Industries, Inc. holds human rights promotion campaigns annually to help increase awareness and understanding of human rights issues.
In fiscal 2021, the campaign focused on the human rights sensitivity of every person, harmony in the workplace, and the importance of respecting others' personal space and feelings. Educational pamphlets were handed out to all employees. Through the campaign, the Company communicated to employees that it is important to create a workplace culture that respects the dignity of others, prevents sexual harassment, pregnancy-based harassment, and power harassment, and understands LGBT issues. The Company also sought to deepen understanding in each workplace that global interest in respect for human rights is increasing.
To raise awareness of human rights among employees, the Company holds management training and workplace-based study sessions at Toray Industries' offices and plants. In fiscal 2021, the Human Rights Promotion Section Manager conducted remote and in-person group training sessions for members of the Human Rights Promotion Committee as part of the human rights awareness campaign. Online training courses on Toray ethics and legal compliance are also held every year targeting all executives and employees (including contracted, part-time, and dispatched employees). In addition to reviewing the code of conduct and promoting awareness of the whistleblower hotlines, the program focuses on a different theme each year, looking at case studies of such issues as bribery prevention, or human rights and workplace harassment prevention. The fiscal 2021 program was held in March 2022, and 98.4% of eligible participants completed the activity. The theme was Japan's amended Whistleblower Protection Act, which took effect in June 2022.
For group companies in Japan, the manager of Toray Industries’ Human Rights Promotion Section held training sessions on human rights for labor managers and members of their staff (58 group companies participated). In addition, the Company provided teaching materials, educational pamphlets and e-learning materials—the same ones used in the human rights promotion activities of Toray Industries. In this way, Toray Industries supported efforts by group companies to promote human rights.
For group companies outside Japan, Toray Industries provided educational materials reflecting the Toray Group Policy for Human Rights, Toray Group’s human rights promotion system and international codes such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Overall, Toray Group promoted education tailored to the conditions of each country or region as it disseminated the Toray Group Policy for Human Rights.

Fiscal 2021 Human Rights Training and Seminar

Type of training Number of sessions Number of participants
Toray Industries, Inc. Training at head office 27 1,734
Training at offices and plants 1,746 15,960
Training at outside company 25 33
Group companies in Japan Training at companies 1,066 21,705
Training at outside company 116 471
Total amount of time dedicated to training
2,068 hours

Response to Reports and Consultations on Human Rights

In fiscal 2021, 49 hotline reports and consultations related to human rights (workplace harassment and inappropriate behavior, etc.) were received across the Toray Group. Investigations were conducted to check facts for all these cases, based on coordination between the department (person) in charge of the investigation, relevant department (person) involved in the incident, and the internal consultation offices set up at each company of Toray Group. In cases where a problem was verified, corrective measures were taken based on the group company's internal rules, such as the employment regulations.
The number of reports and consultations received, an overview of the cases, and the results of measures taken in response were reported to the Ethics and Compliance Committee, the Board of Directors, and the Board of Corporate Auditors as part of updates on the operational status of the whistleblowing system as a whole. Detailed reports were also submitted to the Human Rights Promotion Committee in Japan, and the Global Human Rights Promotion Committee.
In addition, through its human rights education in Japan, Toray Group introduced examples of issues reported to employees in a way that makes it impossible to identify the workplace or individuals to promote understanding and alerting to workplace harassment and other issues.

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