Safe and Secure Work Environment

Respect for Human Rights

SUMINOE GROUP Human Rights Policy

1. Basic approach

We will respect human rights as expressed in international standards, including the International Bill of Human Rights, the ILO (International Labour Organization) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. We will also support the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and promote efforts to respect human rights.

Furthermore, we will comply with the laws and regulations of each country and region where we operate. If there is a contradiction between the applicable laws and regulations and international standards, we will pursue a method to maximize respect for internationally recognized human rights.

2. Scope of application

This Policy applies to all officers and employees of the SUMINOE GROUP (Suminoe Textile Co., Ltd. and its consolidated subsidiaries). We also hope that all business partners involved in SUMINOE GROUP’s products and services will support this Policy in order for us to work together to respect human rights.

3. Human rights due diligence

In order to fulfill our responsibility to respect human rights, we will establish   a human rights due diligence system to identify and assess any negative impacts on human rights that may directly or indirectly occur in all processes of our business activities. We will continue to take action to prevent and mitigate negative human rights impacts. We will also assess the effectiveness of our initiatives and make necessary improvements.

4. Redress and remedy

If it becomes clear that we are causing or contributing to negative human rights impacts, we will take appropriate measures to correct and remedy the situation.

5. Governance system and in-house system

Regarding initiatives based on this Policy, the CSR Promotion Committee, chaired by a Director and the General Manager of the Administration Headquarters, discusses and decides on the content of initiatives and regularly reports to the CSR & Internal Control Council (Executive Committee) to obtain approval. In addition, the Board of Directors provides supervision.
The establishment of this Policy has been approved by the Board of Directors, which deliberates on and resolves future revisions.

6. Education

We will continue to provide appropriate education to officers and employees of the SUMINOE GROUP in order to effectively implement this Policy.

7. Dialogue with stakeholders

We will sincerely engage in dialogue and consultation with relevant stakeholders regarding how to deal with negative impacts or potential negative impacts on human rights that are directly or indirectly related to our business activities.

8. Information disclosure

We will appropriately disclose information on our website and by other means regarding the status of our efforts to respect human rights based on this Policy.

Developing a Safe and Secure Work Environment

Promotion of Occupational Health and Safety in the Suminoe Textile Group

“Safety First”—the first and foremost priority is safety.

The Suminoe Textile Group regards “safety” as the most important theme. Giving the highest priority to securing people’s safety and health in all processes of all its business activities, the Group works to prevent occupational accidents and create a comfortable working environment.

Suminoe Textile Group Safety Code of Conduct

・Top management always takes the initiative in improving the safety culture and sets a good example for employees.
・We build up a workplace climate of safety first.
・We comply with applicable laws and regulations and the in-house regulations.
・We aim to improve the work environment with the participation of all employees.
・We take proactive measures to ensure safety by predicting potential risks.
・We conduct safety education and drills.

Occupational Health and Safety Initiatives

Deliberation on the causes of occupational accidents and preventive measures against these accidents

The Group’s Central Health and Safety Subcommittee holds meetings third a year, bringing together persons in charge of promoting occupational health and safety at Group companies, to exchange views about prevention of occupational accidents and report on the activities of each company.

Activities of Suminoe Techno Co., Ltd.

Maintaining and Continuing the Health and Safety Promotion System

Continuing activities to prevent occupational accidents

It has been one year since Suminoe Techno started to review and reinforce its health and safety promotion system comprising the Health and Safety Committee, Workplace Executive Committee and subcommittee. The company continuously works to ensure that these activities will take root in daily operations through mutual surveillance between these three committees.