Recruit Group human rights policy

The Recruit Group developed this Human Rights Policy in order to set out our commitment to respect human rights. Through the opportunities we provide, we aim to contribute to a world in which human rights are respected. This Human Rights Policy supports our Management Philosophy; respect for human rights is at the core of our management principles, and is a responsibility our company must fulfill.

Since FY 2017, the Recruit Group has participated in the human rights workshops of BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) which is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. In the workshops, the Recruit Group receives the latest information on current human rights issues and learnes how to best respond to them. The Recruit Group is a member of BSR.

Application of the policy

This Human Rights Policy applies to all officers and employees of the Recruit Group (namely, the parent company and its consolidated subsidiaries). We communicate this policy to all officers and employees in an easy-to-understand manner.
The management of the Recruit Group will take the lead with respect to the implementation of this policy.

Commitment to respecting human rights

The Recruit Group will endeavor to meet its responsibility to respect internationally recognized human rights by not infringing on human rights and addressing in good faith adverse impacts on human rights with which the company is involved.

The Recruit Group understands that internationally recognized human rights constitute, at a minimum, those expressed in the International Bill of Human Rights*1 and the principles concerning fundamental rights set out in the International Labor Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work*2. We support the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

*1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

*2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor, effective abolition of child labor, and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Commitment to implementing human rights due diligence

The Recruit Group intends to perform human rights due diligence in accordance with the Guiding Principles to identify, assess, prevent, mitigate and account for negative impacts on human rights associated with our business activities.

We interact and hold discussions with relevant stakeholders in order to appropriately understand and address our impact on human rights.

We make efforts to educate our employees to equip them to meet our responsibility to respect human rights throughout our business activities.

We adhere to all applicable laws and regulations in each market in which we operate. Where national law and international human rights standards differ or where they are in conflict, we will seek ways to respect internationally-recognized human rights. We also aim to meet evolving stakeholder expectations in relation to respect for human rights.

The Recruit Group has a whistleblower system through which employees can report and consult whenever they feel they are being treated unfairly in work or the workplace, or when there are signs of improper or unfair behavior. The Recruit Group will take a phased approach to applying its procedures concerning fact finding, remedy, mitigation and follow-up in order to address potential human rights impacts.

The Recruit Group will seek ways to improve our services so as to better respect the human rights of our customers (namely, service users, temporary workers and registrants for temporary work or job offers). We also intend to enhance our existing participation in collaborative initiatives and mechanisms in order to address adverse human rights impacts associated with our business partners including our clients (namely, companies using our services including in the marketing media, HR media and staffing businesses) and to exercise our leverage to this end.

The Recruit Group will regularly and publicly communicate its progress in implementing this Policy, including in undertaking human rights due diligence.

The Recruit Group envisages an inclusive society in which people of all generations and in all regions are respected, and we aim to contribute to this by implementing our responsibility to respect rights. In particular, we will continue to engage with persons belonging to socially marginalized and vulnerable groups (including those who are not our customers) in order to seek ways to support their human rights and contribute to improve their condition. We believe that this is our responsibility as a leading company.

Action in FY 2017

In FY 2017, as the first step of human rights due diligence, the Recruit Group held stakeholder dialogues with NGOs specializing in human rights where we heard about potential human rights problems in the Recruit Group's business domain. We also began to evaluate the human rights risks in all the group companies including those acquired through M&A and the existing business domains.