Respecting Human Rights

Basic Approach

The HOYA Business Conduct Guidelines stipulates the basic guidelines to be complied with when performing operations based on the basic policies and values of the HOYA Group. The Business Conduct Guidelines clarifies that basic human rights are to be respected and that all forms of discrimination and harassment in connection to race, nationality, gender, religion, belief, birthplace, age, or disabilities are to be eliminated in all corporate activities.

Human rights of employees

We aim to create a safe and healthy workplace that allows employees to feel secure while they work. The Company will provide equipment, systems, and working conditions so that each and every employee respects and cooperates with each other as the Company strives to create a workplace that is easy to work in.

◎ Employee health and safety

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1. Equal opportunities for men and women

At the HOYA Group we work to achieve fair employment opportunities and benefits for both genders.
At HOYA Corporation, currently 85 women are active in management positions.* We do not discriminate based on gender in hiring, promotions, or pay increases, and instead focus on actively employing human resources with highly specialized capabilities and morals. In addition, as of the end of June 2017, one of external directors is woman.
Despite our proactive actions, the women in management percentage is still 6.8% within Japan. In order to increase the women in management percentage in Japan going forward, we will promote the development of a working environment that allows the women working at HOYA to feel reassured in their continual employment.

Number of women in management positions (as of March 2017)

  Number Percentage
Domestic corporate total 85 6.8%

*Management positions: Total of managers (organizations above unit) and supervisors (heads of organizations below section)

In Japan, through our general business owner action plan (fifth plan) based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children, the Company is actively developing a working environment that allows employees to achieve a work-life balance.

2. Utilizing people with disabilities

The HOYA Group actively utilizes people with disabilities, for example in the operation of its Ichikawa Challenge Office that supports eco projects.
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3. Utilizing global human resources

The HOYA Group implements sales and production at optimal locations on a global level. In addition, efforts are being made to globalize the entire Group by promoting the localization of top management of subsidiaries and actively promoting and creating opportunities for high-quality local human resources. The HOYA Group will work to provide equal opportunities to large numbers of high-quality human resources going forward.
In addition, as of the end of June 2017, at HOYA Corporation we have promoted two non-Japanese to the position of executive, and four non-Japanese are engaged as division managers in our global business.

(as of June 2017)

Localization rate of group company top management positions 81%
Foreign executives 2
Foreign division managers 4

Respecting individuals

1. Preventing sexual harassment and power harassment

The HOYA Business Conduct Guidelines clearly states that the diverse values, individuality, and privacy of individuals are to be respected and clearly prohibits discretionary language, acts of violence, sexual harassment, and power harassment in connection to race, nationality, gender, religion, belief, birthplace, age, or disabilities.
Activities to promote the awareness of the Guidelines are conducted through means such as training classes in Japan.

2. Establishment of an employee whistleblowing and consultation system

As part of our internal control systems, the HOYA Group established the HOYA Help Line in 2003 as a whistleblowing and consultation system for the Group. This is a framework that protects whistleblowers when there have been violations of laws, regulations, or the HOYA Business Conduct Guidelines so that problems can be known at an early stage and smoothly communicated to top management in an aim to ensure the soundness of the entire Group through quick and appropriate responses to such issues.

Go to the HOYA Help Line page for details >

Respecting human rights in the supply chain

The HOYA Group is committed to ensuring that its own company and business partners adhere to the highest ethical standards and comply with the laws and regulations applicable to their business, including laws relating to human trafficking and slavery.

Read our Modern Slavery Statement ( 114KB)

The HOYA Business Conduct Guidelines stipulates that positive relationships between customers and suppliers that are beneficial to both parties are to be established by conducting sincere and fair sales activities, fair procurement, and fair competition. We aim to achieve our management principles through procurement activities while working to create and reinforce positive relationships with suppliers that serve as our partners in co-existence and co-prosperity based on fair and transparent transactions.

・Transactions with suppliers

When commencing transactions with suppliers, in addition to confirming compliance with the relevant laws and regulations, we also incorporate clauses in contracts that are in line with the Group's policies and Business Conduct Guidelines. In Blanks Division we include declarations to eliminate transactions with anti-social influences.

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