Compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act
In compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 of the United Kingdom, Shiseido has published its own Modern Slavery Statement.
We will introduce Shiseido’s approach to “business and human rights”.
Employee Training regarding Business and Human Rights
In August 2017, we held a study session regarding initiatives for “Responsible Procurement” based on “United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” for 28 staff members of the purchasing department and sustainability department of the global headquarters.
Dialogues with Stakeholders
In May 2017, we participated in a stakeholder engagement workshop organized by Caux Round Table Japan and Global Compact Network Malaysia, and had a dialogue on issues such as migrant workers with government officials, companies, NGOs, and other stakeholders. Also, in Malaysia, we engaged in a dialogue with small-scale farmers of palm oil. Through these, we have reconfirmed the problems at palm oil production sites and renewed our determination to make further efforts to solve them.
In June and July 2017, we participated in a stakeholder engagement program of Nippon CSR Consortium in Japan operated by Caux Round Table Japan and identified important human rights issues for each industry with reference to the human rights guidance tool produced by the United Nations Environmental Program / Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). We would like to make it a basis for promoting efforts aimed athuman rights due diligence in the future.
We conducted individual dialogs with experts from overseas, in which we exchanged views about the direction Shiseido should take in the field of “business and human rights.”
In September 2017, we participated in a global stakeholder engagement program organized by Caux Round Table Japan, and had a dialogue with experts from domestic and overseas, in which we reported on the programs in Malaysia and Japan and the cases of each industry, and we exchanged views on matters that should be taken in consideration for further promotion of business and human rights activities.
Dialogue with Experts on Human Rights
In September 2017, we had an exclusive dialogue with overseas experts (the Danish Institute for Human Rights*1, Institute for Human Rights and Business*2 and Sedex*3) and exchanged opinions on issues that we should address in the field of "business and human rights".
*2：Global think tank of excellence and expertise on the relationship between business and internationally recognized human rights standards.
*3：Non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains
Also, in 2017 Business and Human Rights Conference in Tokyo, Shiseido reported that we received high evaluation in Japan in the fields of women`s empowerment and diversity promotion and to further facilitate, we would strengthen human rights efforts and improve transparency and traceability of supplier information.
Joining Responsible Mica Initiative
In India's Mica used as a cosmetic raw material, case examples of suspected child labor or forced labor have been pointed out in recent years. Shiseido joined the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI) in May 2017, aiming at "Responsible Indian Mica Supply Chain" to solve this problem.