Respect for Human Rights
In implementing our Corporate Philosophy, we have formulated the Tokio Marine Group CSR Charter as principles of conduct required from the perspective of social responsibility and we strive to respect and promote the recognition of human rights for stakeholders.
In implementing our Corporate Philosophy, we have formulated the Tokio Marine Group CSR Charter as principles of conduct required from the perspective of social responsibility and we strive to respect and promote the recognition of human rights for all people, including customers, shareholders/investors, insurance agents, business partners, employees and local communities/society.
Tokio Marine Holdings endorses and respects the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the ILO Core Labour Standards, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and ISO 26000, and has signed the United Nations Global Compact. Tokio Marine Group fully understands international action principles and guidelines concerning human rights and participates in and contributes to initiatives concerning social responsibility, and by doing so, fulfills its role toward realizing a sustainable society.
- Tokio Marine Group CSR Charter (excerpt)
Tokio Marine Group is committed to fulfilling its corporate social responsibility (CSR) by implementing its Corporate Philosophy to achieve sustainable growth together with the development of society in accordance with the following principles:
- Respect for Human Rights and Dignity
- We respect and actively promote the recognition of human rights for all people.
- We strive to ensure an energetic working environment that is both safe and healthy and to promote training and education of our employees.
- We respect the right to privacy and strive to enforce this right through the management of personal information.
We express the following in the Tokio Marine Group Code of Conduct, which summarizes important matters given the highest priority in our day-to-day business. Under the code, directors, officers and employees act in an honest and fair manner in conformity with laws and social norms and undertake fair business activities.
- Tokio Marine Group Code of Conduct <Scope of application: Tokio Marine Group directors, officers and employees of Tokio Marine Group companies (includes dispatched employees) > (excerpt)
In the event of a violation of this Code of Conduct, laws, regulations and internal rules, the companies of Tokio Marine Group shall take necessary measures in accordance with internal rules, which include investigating the facts, formulating countermeasures, submitting reports to supervisory authorities, taking disciplinary measures against the involved parties and formulating measures to prevent recurrences.
- Respect for Human Rights
We shall respect the human rights of our customers, directors, officers, employees and all other people.
Human rights are values widely recognized around the world, and any discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, profession, nationality, race, thought, creed, religion, social status or birth as well as any act constituting an infringement of human rights should never be tolerated.
Sexual or any other kind of harassment or intimidation should never be tolerated.
- Private information and specific personal information, etc.
- Protection of the global environment
Acknowledging that the protection of the global environment is an important responsibility, we shall comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations, and respect the harmonization with and the improvement of the global environment in all of our activities.
Human Rights Policy
In order for Tokio Marine Group to remain strong and caring to protect customers and society from all forms of emergencies, every employee must respect diverse values and work styles of others, find his or her work rewarding and work with enthusiasm with colleagues. It is also essential to gain trust from all people and society by always acting in a way to respect human rights. Tokio Marine Group carries out various initiatives in accordance with its Basic Policy on Human Rights in order to instill a culture of respecting human rights within the Group.
- Basic Policy on Human Rights
We fulfill social responsibilities as a “good corporate citizen” by positioning respect for human rights as one of the important standards of corporate activities and practicing it through daily business operations.
By nurturing employees who are conscious of and can practice respect for human rights, we promote the realization of “customer trust and satisfaction” on the basis of human rights.
By fostering a culture that respects human rights, we establish a “free and open corporate culture” in which all employees respect each other and fully demonstrate their abilities.
By promoting this initiative throughout the Group, we facilitate the growth of Tokio Marine Group.
We have also established the Tokio Marine Global HR Policy as our universal philosophy and concept for human resources management to be shared among respective countries and regions worldwide.
- Tokio Marine Global HR Policy
Amid the growing importance of global business in recent years, Tokio Marine Group believes it essential to hire and nurture diverse personnel, regardless of nationality, age and gender, at each Group company in respective countries and regions worldwide and develop an environment in which employees can fully exert their capabilities.
In December 2010, we established the Tokio Marine Global HR Policy as our universal philosophy and concept for human resources management to be shared among respective countries and regions worldwide. We are working to share the thinking and values of 1) “human resources being our largest assets,” 2) “respect for diversity” and 3) “provision of fair and equal opportunities” and will promote various personnel affairs measures, including employee training and support.
We believe that our people are the most important contributor to our company’s success. We aim to attract and retain the best talent in every aspect of our business.
We value diversity and inclusion as we strive for global excellence, and we work hard to create a business environment where our people can achieve their full potential.
We have a transparent relationship with our people. For those who have both a passion and a challenging spirit, we encourage career development and personal growth.
Management Stance concerning Respect for Human Rights and Various Initiatives
Tokio Marine Holdings formulates action policies concerning human rights, compliance and risk management, and accordingly, monitors business operations of Group companies on a regular basis to identify any issues related to respect for human rights and implement measures to counter any risk thereof.
Respect for Human Rights within the Group
At each Group company, all employees and other co-workers are working to build a vibrant corporate culture without discrimination or harassment. At Tokio Marine & Nichido, we formulate the Basic Policies and Measures Related to Human Rights at the beginning of each fiscal year, and under the human rights awareness promotion structure, provide support to all branches for their relevant efforts made in relation with operations that involve human rights and inspect the status of their efforts at the end of the fiscal year. We go through the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle on a constant basis to survey the status, identify issues and take improvement measures.
- Human rights awareness training (target: training to be attended by all employees), fair hiring selection practices and achieve normalization within the Group
- Promotion of employment of persons with disabilities, prevention of, education on and appropriate response to various types of harassment and execution of daily business operations with an awareness of human rights
Human Rights Awareness Promotion Structure
Process to Monitor the Promotion of Human Rights Awareness
Establish and thoroughly implement policies for promoting human rights awareness.
Develop an organizational structure to promote human rights awareness with the president as the responsible person.
Implement human rights awareness training for all directors, officers and employees at least once a year.
Formulate and thoroughly implement policies aimed at implementing fair recruitment selection practices and establish the Human Rights Awareness Committee for Fair Selection and Recruitment.
Promote normalization (increasing employment of persons with disabilities and improving their workplace environment in terms of both “software” and “hardware”).
Establish rules for the prevention of sexual harassment and set up an in-house consultation desk.
Human rights awareness training
Every year, each member company of Tokio Marine Group holds human rights training in the workplace, in which all employees and other co-workers take part to build a vibrant corporate culture without discrimination or harassment. Training is based on themes that reflect social issues and employees learn about a wide range of areas, which include acquiring knowledge concerning issues in Japan of discrimination against people belonging to outcast communities, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and maternity harassment issues as well as about the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
At Tokio Marine & Nichido, we have established a promotion structure mainly comprising the Human Rights Awareness All-Branch Promotion Headquarters and the Human Rights Awareness Promotion Committee members of each branch office. We work to foster a culture to respect human rights by continuing to achieve 100% participation every year for the human rights awareness training held in the workplace. Other efforts include holding rank-based training, such as executive seminars, publishing the latest information on human rights and related tools on our in-house intranet and making them always available for all employees. In addition to employees, we provide various training tools to agents to help them provide human rights awareness training.
Fostering a culture to respect human rights by soliciting and awarding human rights-related slogans
During the Human Rights Week that takes place from December 4 to 10 every year, we solicit human rights-related slogans from all employees and their families within Tokio Marine Group. The aim is to facilitate an understanding of the importance of respecting human rights and raise human rights awareness in the workplace, at home and within local communities. We select excellent slogans and disseminate them through our in-house intranet, Group newsletters and posters to be put up in each workplace as an effort to instill and spread the awareness of respecting human rights.
Keeping the human rights perspective in daily business operations and thoroughly ensuring prevention of discriminatory practices
Tokio Marine & Nichido has in place a document inspection system to check for any expression (including illustrations) or wording undesirable from the perspective of human rights in its advertisements for customers as well as in its daily business operations. The system also performs a check to make sure the company does not obtain unnecessary personal information.
Hotline System (Whistle Blower System)
In order to solve human rights issues, such as sexual harassment and other various types of harassment, we have set up a Hotline System (Whistle Blower System), through which employees seek the advice of internal and external experts, and have been striving to realize a better workplace environment for employees.
Human Rights Due Diligence
Tokio Marine Group has established a system to ensure human rights due diligence based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
For Tokio Marine Group, human rights due diligence means an ongoing, preventive and voluntary process to avoid or reduce any negative impact of corporate activities on human rights and to become a “Good Company.”
According to the process, Tokio Marine Group conducted a human rights risk assessment in fiscal 2017 with the assistance of Verisk Maplecroft, the world’s leading global risk analytics and forecasting company, and the specified NPO Caux Round Table Japan (CRT Japan). The assessment covered every country in which we do business, and we identified potential human rights issues, which we need to tackle in order to prevent risks from occurring.
In fiscal 2018, we will analyze and assess the possibility of occurrence of the identified risks and the impact of these risks on our stakeholders, and at the same time, will work to formulate necessary risk prevention measures.
Respect for Human Rights in the Value Chain
Tokio Marine & Nichido issues the Principle of Transactions for business partners (suppliers and subcontractors) from the perspective of social responsibility. The Principle of Transactions requests that business partners promote initiatives that encompass human rights as well as “compliance with laws, regulations and social norms,” “promoting fair and honest transactions,” “thorough information management” and “consideration for the environment.”
Supporting Initiatives for Reducing Human Rights Risk in Building Supply Chains
In solving human rights problems such as forced labor and child labor that are spreading globally, rather than relying solely on initiatives by government institutions, there are increasing demands that global companies take responsibility and respond to these problems throughout their entire supply chains. There are also various instances in which inadequate handling of these issues causes a major decline in the brand value of global companies and leads to product boycotts. Accordingly, in fiscal 2017 Tokio Marine & Nichido formed a business alliance with Caux Round Table Japan (CRT Japan), a specified NPO, and commenced support for initiatives for reducing human rights risk, such as forced labor and child labor, which could occur within global companies’ supply chains that span the world.
Tokio Marine & Nichido introduces CRT Japan to companies working to promote “responsible supply chains.” These companies receive advice from CRT Japan and establish systems that aim to reduce human rights risk throughout their entire value chain. Tokio Marine & Nichido designs and provides custom-made insurance for companies that receive advice from CRT Japan. This insurance covers the additional costs of establishing crisis measures when hidden human rights risks are discovered at second- and third-tier manufacturing subcontractors overseas despite having already taken adequate measures for human rights risk when building supply chains. As a result, companies can use this insurance to cover various expenses needed for responding quickly and accurately to prevent the occurrence of a major reputational risk when a human rights issue arises in the supply chain. In the future as well, Tokio Marine Group will continue to support the building of supply chains of global companies.
Respect for Human Rights in Sustainable Investment and Financing
Giving consideration to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in investment and financing is becoming increasingly important from the perspective of improving long-term risk/return. Tokio Marine & Nichido places great importance on the social role and responsibilities that the insurance industry is expected to fulfill, and in June 2012 signed as a drafting member the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) advocated by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).
In April 2011, Tokio Marine Asset Management signed the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative, accepting these principles as an asset management company. As an insurance firm that has taken ESG issues into account in its insurance underwriting, investment analysis and other actions, Tokio Marine & Nichido signed the PRI in August 2012. Through PRI and PSI related activities, Tokio Marine Group is strengthening its initiatives for human rights in investment and financing.
Response to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
Tokio Marine Group regards slave labor and human trafficking as social issues that must be solved and makes efforts to prevent slave labor and human trafficking in its own businesses and value chain (supply chain). At the same time, the Group is urging its various stakeholders to undertake initiatives toward solutions to these issues.
UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
Modern Slavery refers to enslavement and servitude, all forms of forced labor and human trafficking, etc.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) reported in a 2014 survey that there were approximately 21 million victims of forced labor worldwide (as of 2012) while annual illicit profits reached US$150 billion (estimate), which shows that even in present times slave labor and human trafficking are serious social problems.
Accordingly, in March 2015 the British government enacted the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“Slavery Act”) to prevent forced labor and other present-day slave labor as well as human trafficking. The Slavery Act went into effect in October 2015. Section 54 of the Slavery Act requires commercial organizations that undertake business in the United Kingdom (regardless of whether the company is headquartered in the United Kingdom) and that have annual sales of £36 million or more to publish a statement of steps taken each fiscal year to prevent slave labor and human trafficking in their own businesses and value chain (supply chain).
Tokio Marine & Nichido Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the Fiscal Year 2017
Tokio Marine & Nichido announces as follows the Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the fiscal year 2017 as a response to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. Tokio Marine & Nichido, together with its employees and business partners, will implement initiatives to prevent slave labor and human trafficking.