Human Rights

Basic Policy on Labor and Human Rights

We define Nissha’s principles on labor and human rights in a basic policy toward realizing our corporate mission of pursuing a “mutually trustful Co-existence with society.” The 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the code of conduct provided by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) were used as reference in formulating the policy. The policy is translated from Japanese into the English, Chinese, Korean, and Malay languages for group-wide distribution.

Basic Policy on Labor and Human Rights

In order to realize a widespread mutually trustful "co-existence" with society, Nissha will observe the international norms, laws and ordinances related to human rights and labor standards and will make efforts to continually improve human rights and labor standards.

  1. Child labor:  We will prohibit child labor and also implement relief measures.
  2. Forced labor:  We will eliminate all forms of forced labor.
  3. Health and safety:  We will secure the health and safety of our employees and provide a hygienic workplace environment.
  4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining:  We will guarantee the right to organize and the right to collective bargaining.
  5. Discrimination:  We will not discriminate based on a person’s age, disability, ethnic group, gender, marital status, nationality, political support, race, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy or membership in a union. We will also not be party to this.
  6. Punishment:  We will not perform physical punishment or mental or physical coercion and we will not engage in verbal abuse.
  7. Working hours:  We will observe the laws, ordinances and labor agreements related to working hours, rest breaks and holidays.
  8. Remuneration:  We will observe the laws and ordinances related to the payment of appropriate wages.
June 16, 2014

Junya Suzuki 
President and CEO
Chairman of the Board
Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
In April 2012, we joined the United Nations Global Compact, thereby declaring that we support and will make continuous efforts to practice the initiative’s 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption. We include the 10 principles in our Corporate Ethics and Code of Conduct Manual, citing “respect for human rights” as a key item. The manual is produced in the Japanese, English, and Chinese languages and distributed through regular study sessions targeting all employees. After each training session, we collect signatures from our employees confirming that they understand and will base their conduct on the contents of the manual.

Building and Operation of a Management System

We adhere to international norms and laws on human rights and labor standards, and strive for continuous improvements in the content of our activities.

Our Fifth Medium-term Business Plan (FY2016–FY2018) promotes the building of a structure for compliance with the EICC Code of Conduct at all Nissha Group bases, including those outside Japan, and at major suppliers. In fiscal year 2016, we built and started to operate a labor and human rights management system and, based on it, conducted internal audits of major Nissha Group companies. Instances of noncompliance found through the audits, such as poor awareness of the harassment help desk, have been addressed through corrective measures at each company.

The Labor and Human Rights Subcommittee identifies anti-discrimination, anti-forced labor, diversity and equal opportunities, training and education, and employment as material issues. In fiscal year 2017, it set targets in the areas of work time management, expansion of women’s participation in business, and employment of people with disabilities. As can be seen, the CSR Committee leads operation of our management system toward reducing CSR risks.

Hotline

To minimize risks and promote ethical conduct and compliance, as well as to enable the company to immediately verify facts, we have in place a system for internal reporting for Nissha Group in Japan in the event of fraud, illegal activity, or unethical conduct by either an organization or an individual employee. The hotline enables reporting to within the company and outside the company (through a lawyer’s office).

Our Internal Reporting Code protects informers from any unfavorable treatment by either the company or other employees on account of their reporting. We also accept anonymous reports. In fiscal year 2016, the hotline was used four times. The reports concerned the use of company facilities and the workplace environment. We are working to enhance employee awareness of this hotline through the Corporate Ethics and Code of Conduct Manual, as well as through the Nissha intranet and training, in order to further reinforce corporate ethics and compliance.

Hotline Organizational Chart

Hotline Organizational Chart

Harassment Help Desk

With the aim of preventing and resolving rifts in workplace relationships, including sexual and power harassment, on April 1, 2015, we established a help desk specializing in harassment, providing our employees with a clearer destination for discussing their concerns. In fiscal year 2016, the harassment help desk was used one time.

Fair Evaluation and Treatment

We at the Nissha Group view evaluation systems as a mechanism for ensuring consistency between the company’s strategy and individuals’ goals, and for determining treatment accordingly. To this end, we conduct a personnel evaluation of all full-time Nissha Group employees twice a year. The evaluations cover the level of achievement of employees’ goals (accountability) and responsibility, and the results of which are reflected in bonuses, pay raises, and promotions. By organizing interviews at the time the goals are set and the results are evaluated, we strive for evaluation and treatment that are fair and convincing.

With the revision of our managerial personnel system in October 2014 and of our general personnel system in April 2015, we aim to realize a highly convincing evaluation system in which employees are rewarded for producing results.

Wage Management

The Nissha Group appropriately determines wages paid in exchange for labor in accordance with the wage regulations of each company, based on the laws of the relevant country. Our regulations do not allow for different wage levels by age or gender.

Once a year, Human Resources leads internal audits of Nissha Group companies in Japan in the areas of labor and human rights to check that prefectural requirements concerning minimum wages and work times are correctly reflected.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

Our Basic Policy on Labor and Human Rights contains the provision, “4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining: We will guarantee the right to organize and the right to collective bargaining.”

In fiscal year 2016, the Information and Communication business was spun off as Nissha Printing Communications, Inc. During this process, we held briefings for employees and discussions with the labor union regarding labor conditions and the coverage of the labor union following the spin-off.

With the biennial revision of the labor contract in fiscal year 2017, we plan to carry on dialogue with the labor union toward expanding women’s participation in business and otherwise creating workplace environments where employees can live up to their full potential.

Relationship with Labor Union

The Nissha Group has three labor unions: the Nissha Labor Union (organized in March 1946),*1 the Nitec Industries Labor Union (March 2012),*2 and the Nissha Printing Communications Labor Union (October 2015).*3 In January 2016, these three unions formed the Nissha Group Labor Union. While one union per company is our basic approach to promoting well-disciplined organization and building sound relationships between labor and management, we recognize that regular exchange of information and coordinated action between labor unions is necessary to resolve common challenges within the Nissha Group. Based on this understanding, we at the Nissha Group have solid relationships and hold regular negotiations and discussions with our labor unions.

Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. holds regular Management Council meetings with the Nissha Labor Union, joined by employees excluding managerial staff, to negotiate and discuss employees’ labor conditions and share information about the Nissha Group’s business operations. Although no minimum period is set for notifying the union of significant changes in labor conditions, the company exchanges dialogue with the union on a daily basis with the aim of reaching an agreement satisfactory to both. Furthermore, we organize monthly Work System Committee meetings primarily to share information about work times and prevent large amounts of overtime work. The labor contract confirms, “the Company and the Union shall respect one another’s position and maintain a peaceful relationship between labor and management as well as strive for the maintenance and improvement of labor conditions and the growth of the Company,” and stipulates, “the Company shall respect the Union’s right to organize, right to collective bargaining, and right to act as a group,” thereby guaranteeing basic labor rights for union members.

Affiliated companies Nitec Industries, Inc. (NII) and Nissha Printing Communications, Inc. also hold negotiations and discussions about employees’ labor conditions with their respective labor unions. The Workplace Improvement Committee, established by both labor and management at Nitec Precision and Technologies, Inc. (NPT), works to promote improvements in the workplace environment and in welfare benefits.

In fiscal year 2016, the Nissha Group had no report either of a strike or lockout or of a situation that infringed on our employees’ freedom of association. We will continue to respect the mutual positions of both company and union, and build a sound relationship between labor and management.

*1. As of the end of March 2016, the Nissha Labor Union has a membership of 735.
*2. As of the end of March 2016, the Nitec Industries Labor Union has a membership of 462.
*3. As of the end of March 2016, the Nissha Printing Communications Labor Union has a membership of 193.

Voice of the Labor Unions

Takashi Yoshioka Executive Labor Leader Nissha Group Labor Union

Takashi Yoshioka
Executive Labor Leader
Nissha Group Labor Union

At the Nissha Group Labor Union, one union per company is our basic approach to promoting well-disciplined organization and building sound relationships between labor and management. That is, each union offers suggestions, negotiates between labor and management, and performs checks true to the characteristics of the company. While member unions build on their individual strengths, the association provides opportunities for regular sharing of information, particularly about the unique challenges of the member unions, and strives to nurture the Nissha Group as a whole.
Each member union carries over the traditional practice of regular Management Council meetings for exchanging views, questions, and reports, and always organizes extraordinary meetings for negotiating wages and labor conditions. Labor and management work hand in hand to promote work-life balance and safety and health.
Labor unions of the future should not only maintain equal, healthy relationships between labor and management but also establish value as an important partner in business operations. We believe this will lead to an invigoration of union members and an enhancement of corporate value.

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