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Human Rights Initiatives

Corporate Policy on Human Rights

The Mitsubishi HC Capital Group Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct include sections on "Respect for Human Rights and the Environment," and the Code of Conduct states under "Human rights" that "Consistent with the fundamental spirit of respect for humanity, no employee engages in any discriminatory action or human rights violation on the ground of gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, race, ethnicity, political opinion, beliefs, religion, social status, lineage, illness, or disability."
Furthermore, the Group's compliance manual states, under "Respect for human rights and the prohibition of discrimination," that "All Group employees must respect basic human rights and must not engage in any discriminatory action or human rights violation on the ground of gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, race, ethnicity, political opinion, beliefs, religion, social status, lineage, illness, or disability." Within this section, under "Eliminating harassment," it further states, "All Group employees should respect one another as professional partners and must work to eliminate all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, harassment related to pregnancy, and abuse of power."

Framework for raising awareness of human rights

To raise awareness of human rights, we have established a Human Rights Promotion Office, headed by the head of the Human Resources Division, within the Human Resources Management Department of the Human Resources Division. This office plans concrete initiatives for raising awareness of human rights and promotes human rights education.

Measures for raising awareness of human rights

Specific measures to raise awareness of human rights include (1) e-learning on human rights for all employees, (2) human rights seminars included in level-specific training, such as training for new hires and newly appointed managers, and (3) human rights seminars included in specialized training, such as project evaluation and credit management training. Furthermore, to reinforce harassment countermeasures, we (4) carry out ongoing harassment prevention training for workplace leaders and (5) solicit slogans for human rights awareness raising from across the Company to further boost awareness.

Obtaining and utilizing the latest information on human rights

Mitsubishi HC Capital is a member of the Industrial Federation for Human Rights, Tokyo, staying up to date on the latest human rights problems and their practical implications, and utilizing this information in internal awareness raising. Furthermore, officers charged with raising awareness of human rights coordinate with public relations departments to check advertisements, pamphlets, and other written materials for internal and external use for discriminatory phrasing and content.

Dealing with harassment in the workplace

Consultations from employees about human resource-related issues (such as reporting being the victim of sexual harassment or harassment related to pregnancy, or about witnessing harassment) are investigated by the staff of the Human Resources Division consultation hotline (counselors appointed to the Human Resources Management Department) and workplace helpline (external reporting hotline). Furthermore, by reinforcing coordination between the Legal & Compliance Department and the compliance promotion officers of each department, we proactively work to prevent abuse of power, the most prevalent type of workplace human rights issue we face.

Business and human rights initiatives

Acting from an understanding of human rights due diligence based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we will continue to go beyond efforts to ensure respect for human rights internally by engaging in dialogue and discussion with related external stakeholders about measures to address the potential and practical impacts of human rights issues in business. By doing so, we will work to prevent being complicit in human rights violations on the part of customers or business partners, and thereby help prevent such violations from occurring.

Fiscal 2020 Harassment Incidents

Abuse of power 8
Sexual harassment 1
Other harassment 1
Harassment incidents (total) 10

* The above figures pertain to the Mitsubishi HC Capital Group (consolidated basis).

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