Sustainability

Business and Human Rights

Basic approach

As stated in our Management Philosophy, the Fuji Oil Group upholds a commitment to "working for people" as one of its core values. Keeping with this commitment, we, as a globally operating company, will engage in business activities that respect human rights, while taking into account the impact of our business activities on stakeholders throughout the value chain.
Our participation in the 2016 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights and the dialogue with our stakeholders, gave us the opportunity to reformulate our way of thinking about human rights. As a result n we announced the Fuji Oil Group Human Rights Policy in April 2017.

Fuji Oil Group Human Rights Policy PDF (400KB)

Promotion System

We recognize that various business activities of the Fuji Oil Group, including employment, procurement and sale of products, can have an impact on human rights. Under the supervision of the officer in charge of CSR at Fuji Oil Holdings (the Chief Financial Officer in FY 2018), the ESG Management Group promotes group-wide efforts to respect human rights and raise awareness of human rights issues, to identify and overall control of human rights risks, to ensure that human rights are respected at all workplaces and business sites.
In addition, respect for human rights in the value chain has been incorporated in the CSR priority themes, and the ESG Committee, which is an advisory body to the Board of Directors, makes progress reports and examines issues for submission to the Board of Directors.

Educational and awareness-raising activities

The Fuji Oil Group promotes educational and awareness-raising activities on business and human rights.
In FY 2018, we provided information on business and human rights issues to all Risk Management Committees established in the Group companies and encouraged them to incorporate human rights and environmental risks in their risk assessments. As a result, some Group companies took measures to prevent human rights risks (risks associated with human rights violations through business activities).
Furthermore, to promote Group employees' understanding of the Group's human rights policy, we created an e-learning video on business and human rights, in Japanese, English and Chinese. The e-learning video has been distributed to management at overseas regional headquarters, and is available on the intranet, which is an information-sharing infrastructure for the entire group. In FY 2019, we will use this video in employee training to raise their understanding and awareness of business and human rights issues.

Business and Human Rights e-learning movie

Human rights due diligence

The Fuji Oil Group conducts human rights due diligence as part of our responsibility to respect human rights.

Overview of Human Rights Due Diligence

Human rights impact assessment

Process of identifying human rights risks

In FY 2016, the Fuji Oil Group conducted a human rights impact assessment to identify and evaluate the adverse impacts on human rights linked to its business activities and to identify priority key issues. During the assessment, we gained insight not only from related internal departments but also from Verisk Maplecroft and Caux Round Table Japan as external experts. In the first stage, based on Verisk Maplecroft's expertise, we quantitatively assessed the human rights risks in which the Group's business activities and operational areas could be involved. In the second stage, based on the results of the first stage, we conducted interviews with related parties in the company to reflect the actual situation of the Group in specifying human rights risks. The second stage was done in collaboration with Caux Round Table Japan.

Identified human rights risks and countermeasures (Progress)

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Risks for priority handling Progress of countermeasures in FY 2018
Risk of the occurrence of problems related to forced labor, human trafficking, occupational safety and health, appropriate wages, working hours, freedom of association and collective bargaining, particularly with respect to contract or temporary laborers used at overseas group companies in Southeast Asia, China and Africa
  • The ESG Management Group of Fuji Oil Holdings explained human rights risks to all Risk Management Committees established in Group companies.
  • Group companies receiving the SEDEX SMETA audit took corrective action for the items pointed out in the audit in order to reduce human rights-related risks.
  • Group companies not receiving the SEDEX SMETA audit conducted a survey,using the Fuji Oil Group's own questionnaire, with companies with whom they have business relationships (staffing agencies and contractors) to promote their understanding of the Group's human rights policy and encourage efforts to reduce human rights-related risks.
Risk of violations of the human rights of laborers related to working hours, appropriate wages, occupational safety and health, workplace discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced labor and human trafficking at joint venture companies that are not substantially under the control of Fuji Oil Holdings or recently acquired group companies
Risk of unintentional violations of the human rights of laborers related to working hours and workplace discrimination, particularly at overseas group companies
Risk of human rights violations related to human trafficking, forced labor, child labor, inappropriate wages, long working hours and seizure of land in the upstream of the palm oil supply chain
  • Since FY2017, the Fuji Oil Group has promoted supply chain improvement activities at its primary palm oil refining company, Palmaju Edible Oil Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia). As part of such efforts, passports have been returned to more than 200 migrant workers working on farms in the supply chain.
  • Since FY 2018, we have engaged with all of the 22 refinery companies with whom we have direct business. We support suppliers in risk identification and improvement, through the provision of self-assessment tools.
  • In May 2018, a grievance mechanism was established and announced. This mechanism is based on the Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy, , and it operates since then.
Risk of human rights violations related to child labor, forced labor, human trafficking, appropriate wages and long working hours in the upstream of the cacao supply chain
  • In the second half of 2017, we started the formulation of the Responsible Cacao Sourcing Policy. The Policy was formulated and announced in August 2018.
  • In December 2018, we started a support program for cacao farmers in Ecuador. We support farmers to produce high-quality cacao beans in a way that respects human rights and the environment.
Risk that the Fuji Oil Group Human Rights Policy will not be reflected at an operational level in employee behavior due to absence of human rights training
  • We created an e-learning video on business and human rights, in Japanese, English and Chinese, and distributed it to all Group companies via the intranet, etc. to ensure that all Group members understand the Group's human rights policy and important points regarding human rights.
Risk of inability to accept and handle complaints from laborers at suppliers and from local residents (absence of grievance mechanism)
  • In May 2018, a grievance mechanism was established and announced, This mechanism is based on the Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy, and it operates since then.

Grievance mechanism

Internal reporting system for employees

We established an internal reporting system for employees of group companies inside and outside Japan and employees of some cooperating companies.

*For details, see the Compliance section of the Fuji Oil Sustainability Report 2019.
https://www.fujioilholdings.com/en/csr/risk_management/risk_management_03/

Grievance mechanism for supply chain

In May 2018, we established and announced a grievance mechanism based on our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy. We set up a Grievance Mechanism web page in English on the Fuji Oil Group website to announce the mechanism and its progress.

https://www.fujioilholdings.com/en/csr/grievance_mechanism/

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