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The shared values articulated in the Code of Conduct of the FUJITSU Way are guidelines for each employee to comply with in conducting daily business operations. Prime among them is "We respect human rights," a principle that underpins all our corporate and individual activities and disciplines the actions of every member of the Group.
To promote activities that respect human rights in accordance with the Fujitsu Way Code of Conduct, Fujitsu has created the "Fujitsu Group Human Rights Statement" and the "FUJITSU Guiding Principles of Respect for Human Rights in Employment," Fujitsu has publicly announced its support for the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact*1 based on universal principles regarding human rights and rights at work, such as the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights," and the International Labour Organization's (ILO) "Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work". In June 2018, Fujitsu became the first Japanese company to publically express our support for the UN LGBTI business standards*2.
We will continue to move forward with management that places a high priority on human rights.
*1 Ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact:
Ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor practices, the environment, and anti-corruption, that corporations should uphold.
*2 UN LGBTI business standards:
Fujitsu announced "Fujitsu Group Human Rights Statement" in December 2014, and aims to promote the following initiatives. The statement has been translated into 21 languages including Japanese and English. Fujitsu aims to disseminate the statement to all group companies.
The advancement of the global economy and digital society enlarges the sphere of business influences on people and society. In this circumstance, we developed the Fujitsu Group Human Rights Statement in order to continuously strengthen the activities to respect human rights in accordance with the FUJITSU Way. We will strive to pursue the responsibility to respect human rights under the global matrix structure.
The Fujitsu Group ("FUJITSU") is committed to respecting human rights of all stakeholders related to our business operations, products and services ("activities") in accordance with the FUJITSU Way, which embodies the philosophy of FUJITSU and the values and principles that we follow in our daily activities. This document summarizes FUJITSU's position on key human rights issues based upon the FUJITSU Way's code of conduct statement "We respect human rights."
In the "FUJITSU Guiding Principles of Respect for Human Rights in Employment," Fujitsu is thoroughly commited to providing equal opportunity, respecting human rights in employment practices, eliminating discrimination, and banning forced labor and child labor.
With a view to realizing our growth and profits, respect for human rights must be an integral part of our business culture. FUJITSU is committed to creating a culture in which employees respect the dignity and worth of individuals.
To this end, FUJITSU will strive to foster respect for human rights in all the countries and regions where we operate our business while providing an environment that encourages employees to understand and realize importance of human rights.
In March 2019, Fujitsu announced the “Fujitsu Group AI Commitment,” which outlines its vision for the safe and secure use of AI. This Fujitsu Group AI Commitment brings together the company’s values for AI, including AI ethics, to guide the research and development of AI-related technologies, solutions, and services within the Fujitsu Group.
Since 2009, Fujitsu has promoted the concept of “Human Centric,” aspiring to the realization of a digital society centered on people. In 2015, the company systematized more than thirty years of AI-related knowledge and technologies as “Human Centric AI Zinrai,” and has since been providing its solutions and services.
With its commitment, Fujitsu Group will promote the global provision of technologies, solutions, and services that, in the words of the Fujitsu Group AI Commitment, embody “collaborative, human centric AI.”
Progress and innovation in the realm of advancing information and communication technologies (ICT), especially artificial intelligence (AI), are dramatically changing the way and the society we live in. By analyzing enormous amount of data arising continuously, we are finding new ways of helping to transform industries such as manufacturing, finance, healthcare, transportation, logistics and agriculture, and working to resolve environmental issues such as water shortage, global warming and desertification.
Meanwhile, there are some questions and concerns about unanticipated side effects including discrimination. Fujitsu Group (Fujitsu) desires to build a more prosperous and better tomorrow where human dignity is respected. We, as a developer and provider of AI solutions, firmly believe it crucial to find the way to use AI not only for convenience in life but also safety and security in use.
In 2009, Fujitsu has promoted a concept: “Human Centric”, where ICT is centered on people. Moreover, in 2015, Fujitsu enhanced its concept for AI: Human Centric AI which autonomously collaborates with people. The concept already included ethical value around the use of AI. In order to turn Fujitsu‘s vision and concept of Human Centric AI into action, we hereby establish the “Fujitsu Group AI Commitment” as our core principles. With this commitment, Fujitsu, as a developer and a provider of AI solutions, continues to be the most reliable business partner to support enterprises business transformation. We will continue the dialogue with our customers, their customers (end-user) and other stakeholders including external experts and then make prosperity brought by AI spread widely to the world. Furthermore, we will establish a new special committee including external experts to survey this AI commitment. We believe its objective opinion will strengthen our corporate governance.
Fujitsu Group AI Commitment
http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/csr/vision/humanrights/fujitsu-group-ai-commitment-201903_en.pdf (191 KB)
In accordance with the above Fujitsu Group Human Rights Statement, the Fujitsu Group is engaged in the construction of a Human Rights Due Diligence Scheme that identifies the human rights impacts of our business activities throughout the entire global value chain, as well as prevents and mitigates any negative impacts.
In FY2017, Fujitsu held workshops for relevant staff in its Global Delivery Center and Corporate Purchasing Unit. The workshops were designed to promote greater understanding of human rights and to allow discussion of issues relating to human rights in those departments. Furthermore, seeking to promote due diligence in the future, we interviewed personnel in charge of a wide range of departments in Fujitsu and conducted in-depth investigations of potential human rights issues within the Fujitsu Group. We also engaged in the following activities to address human rights issues in these three areas, where our business activities are deemed to have a major impact.
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In FY2018, we will continue to exchange ideas with experts around the world and will cooperate on a global level to implement specific measures to address human rights issues in the company while further progressing the development of our Human Rights Due Diligence Scheme.
We have been operating the Fujitsu Alert/Compliance Line to handle reports and provide consultations for all Fujitsu Group employees (including seconded, contracted, part-time or other short-term employees as well as temporary staff).
In August 2009, the Fujitsu Group also established the Supplier Compliance Line as a channel to receive reports from suppliers regarding any actions that are potential or actual instances of non-compliance in our purchasing activities.
In order to communicate the Fujitsu Group Human Rights Statement throughout the Group, we created "Business and Human Rights" posters and posted these at approximately 230 sites in Japan and overseas. In addition, to increase awareness of human rights issues among all our employees, we developed an e-learning program for all employees with regard to "business and human rights". Some 100,000 employees in Japanese and overseas Group companies were enrolled in the program by the end of FY2017.
The Fujitsu Group has stipulated that it will not use forced labor or child labor. In FY2017, we conducted a written CSR survey based on the ISO26000 standard among our 101 related companies in and outside Japan. Through that survey, we confirmed information on initiatives for the prevention of forced labor and child labor.
We also make our business partners aware of the Fujitsu Procurement Guideline, which includes provisions on the elimination of forced labor and child labor. In FY2017, we asked our approximately 440 primary suppliers to complete a written survey on the status of CSR initiatives, including steps for the elimination of forced labor and child labor.
In the Fujitsu Group, we implement activities to promote human rights awareness through the Human Rights Promotion Committee, which is chaired by the board member in charge of human resources. Regional human rights promotion committees comprised of regional workplace representatives act as implementation organizations, and group companies have established similar committees. The head office of the Human Rights Promotion Committee regularly checks on the status of activities and issues at regional and group company human rights promotion committees. Findings are used by Human Rights Promotion Committees to summarize activities and set directions for the pursuit of ongoing, systematic education and training.
In an effort to create an environment where each individual employee can work with peace of mind and fully exercise their capabilities, the Fujitsu Group has established internal consultation services to which employees may bring their human rights concerns. These services have been established in each region as well as at our headquarters to make it easy for employees to raise their human rights concerns. Contact information for human rights consultation services are posted on our intranet and made known to employees via posters, training sessions, etc., and regular training is held for personnel engaged in the provision of consultation services, so that they can perform their roles appropriately.
The personal information and privacy of employees who make use of the consultation services are protected, enabling employees to seek advice on matters like relationships with coworkers, harassment, and troubles and doubts concerning human rights, and ensure the consultation services are able to help improve workplace environments. Matters brought to the attention of consultation services are reported - with proper precautions to protect personal information and privacy - to Human Rights Promotion Committees and regularly communicated to corporate auditors. This is done to monitor use of the consultation services and to use information on the reported matters to prevent recurrences.
Findings are used by Human Rights Promotion Committees to summarize activities and set directions for the pursuit of ongoing, systematic education and training. There are training programs that all employees attend when joining the company and upon promotion, as well as other training programs held year-round. At the training programs, various human rights issues are discussed, such as Buraku discrimination, workplace harassment, understanding of LGBT issues, and human rights issues in business execution.
In FY2017, a total of 17,082 employees attended these group training programs. The Fujitsu Group also provides an e-learning program for all group employees and actively engages in initiatives such as a variety of training programs and events held outside the company.
To instill a corporate culture that respects human rights, Fujitsu believes that it is crucial for the top management to understand human rights. Newly appointed officers attend a seminar to study corporate activities based on international human rights standards. In FY2017, approximately 90 officers, including those from Group companies, attended this seminar.
In conjunction with Human Rights Week every December, we hang posters on human rights awareness and hold a contest in which employees and their families devise slogans on human rights awareness. In FY2017 we received 6,483 submissions across the company, and gave commendations for excellent works at each site. We also submitted representative works to a slogan project by the Industrial Federation for Human Rights, Tokyo, and received awards for excellence from among the 553,015 submissions received by the organization in FY2017.
In addition, through actions such as distribution of human rights promotion leaflets to all employees, we work to foster an environment in which everyone can think about and discuss human rights to promote respect for human rights in households and local communities with connections to the Fujitsu Group.
To create an environment where everyone can work and exhibit their capabilities to the fullest, Fujitsu has taken measures to increase understanding of gender diversity (LGBT, etc.).
In FY2016, the key message issued to all Fujitsu Group employees was to build workplace environments that are also welcoming to LGBT workers as we aim for greater diversity and inclusion. In Japan, the scope of internal systems, such as congratulatory or condolence payments and vacation and sick leave, was expanded to also include same-sex partners.
We have been working to raise understanding company-wide by conducting human rights training, distributing leaflets, and sending intranet messages.We are also holding "LGBT + Ally" meetings where staff can meet with a range of LGBT supervisors as an initiative to widen the circle of "allies" (people who understand and assist with LGBT issues). Participants affix rainbow-colored stickers -- symbols of respect for LGBT workers -- to their office PCs and business card cases, and have begun a movement to declare themselves as LGBT allies.
In 2017, around 60 employees volunteered to help screen a movie about same-sex marriage at the "Shiodome Diversity Film Festival."
In 2016 and 2017, these initiatives earned Fujitsu a "Gold index," the highest accolade in the "Pride index" LGBT assessment regime run by the "work with Pride" voluntary organization.
"Business and Human Rights" workshops were held for relevant parties in our Global Delivery Center in the United Kingdom in November 2017, and for our Corporate Purchasing Unit in Japan in March 2018. The Europe-based workshop was attended by around 25 people (primarily senior management) and focused on how the misuse of technologies affects human rights, as well as on human rights issues in the Global Delivery Center. The Japan-based workshop was attended by around 10 managers from the Corporate Purchasing Unit and focused on human rights in the Fujitsu Group's supply chain. Participants engaged in discussion while drawing on knowledge provided by "Shift", a nonprofit U.S. organization tackling issues related to business and human rights.
In FY2018, we will hold similar workshops in other regions as we undertake initiatives at the global level.