Recruit Group human rights policy

In order to realize a world where people can live life to the fullest, as stated in the management philosophy of Recruit Group, the most basic assumption is respect for the human rights of each individual.
The Code of Ethics of Recruit Group expressly describes respect for human rights and prohibition of violation of human rights.

10.Respect for human rights and elimination of discrimination

We respect the human rights of individuals. Therefore, we will not allow unjust discriminatory actions.

11.Securing a pleasant working environment

We will strive to create a working environment in which there is mutual trust and sound judgment. We will eliminate any acts that infringe upon human rights including, but not limited to, discrimination, violent acts, sexual harassment, and power harassment in the workplace.

(Excerpts from the Recruit Group Code of Ethics)

Among the five priority themes of its CSR policy, Recruit Group includes "Respecting human rights and protecting the environment," declaring that we will respect basic rights in working and eliminate discrimination and violation of human rights in all corporate activities. Based on this policy, we have started initiatives for human rights due diligence and the establishment of a consulting desk.

Recruit Group human rights policy

1.Scope of application

This human rights policy applies to all officers and employees of Recruit Group (namely, Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. and its consolidated subsidiaries).
We communicate this policy to all officers and employees in an easy-to-understand manner. The management of Recruit Group takes the lead in implementing the policy.

2.Commitment to respecting human rights

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.
Recruit Group recognizes the human rights which are announced in the International Bill of Human Rights (*1), and the human rights which are declared in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (*2) as internationally recognized and minimum human rights. We support the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

3.Commitment to implement human rights due diligence

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 stakeholder expectations which may change with times in relation to respect for human rights.

Recruit Group has a whistleblower system through which employees can seek advice whenever they feel they are being treated unfairly in work or the workplace, or when a third party feels that an unfair or unjust event is going on or that there are signs of improper or unfair behavior. 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.
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.
Recruit Group will regularly and publicly communicate its progress in implementing this policy, including in undertaking human rights due diligence.
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 human 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 situation. In our corporate activities, we will strive to eliminate discrimination and human-rights abuse based on race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, nationality, etc. We believe that this is our responsibility as a leading company.

*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.

Promotion Structure

With the aim of promoting group-wide efforts, the following two organizations take the lead in implementing measures in cooperation with related departments of the Group companies.

Human Rights Enlightenment Department, Internal Control Promotion Office

Collects information on human rights themes with respect to business and workplace; receives consultations and inquiries from operating companies; and implements education and enlightenment programs together with operating companies such as training on various human rights themes.

Sustainability Promotion Department

The Sustainability Team collects information concerning global human rights themes and considers future activities to be conducted by the Sustainability Group through participation in stakeholder dialogues, international conferences and human rights workshops.
In fiscal 2017, the Sustainability Group participated in a human rights workshop organized by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), and was informed of the most recent human rights problems as well as the countermeasures that companies can take against such problems (BSR is a non-profit global organization with a network consisting of more than 250 companies and partners, and aims at building a fair and sustainable world. Recruit Group is a member of BSR).