Human Rights Due Diligence

Principle and Outline

In accordance with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Daigas Group is committed to establishing systems in order to respect the human rights of all people affected by the group’s business activities, and proactively disclose its initiatives in this area. The group conducts human rights due diligence as part of its efforts to respect human rights and realize business sustainability.

Mechanism for Human Rights Due Diligence

Under the system shown below, the Compliance Office in the General Affairs Department, the Human Rights Center in the Human Resources Department, and the ESG Office in the Corporate Strategy Department work together in a cycle of activity that includes defining and assessing the human rights risks that may arise in the course of business activities, and taking corrective, remedial or preventative actions in response.

■ Human Rights Due Diligence Policy Enforcement System

Human Rights Due Diligence  Policy Enforcement System

■ Human Rights Due Diligence Cycle

Human Rights Due Diligence Cycle

Human Rights Risk Surveys and Assessment

The Daigas Group is involved in urban development, materials solutions, information solutions, and other lines of business in addition to our energy business. We conduct surveys and assessment of potential human rights risks that people may be exposed to through these business activities.

■ Tools for Identifying Human Rights Risks

Type Target Outline
Questionnaires G-RIMS All managers in the Group Checks on human rights risks and risk response status (once annually)
Compliance awareness survey All employees in the Group Checks on human rights risks (once annually)
CSR questionnaire Major business partners Assessment of supply chain risks and confirmation of risk response status (once annually)
Interview surveys Individual surveys of supply chain risk matters Within the Group and its business partners Checks on actual situation in the supply chain (frequency depends on the matter addressed)
Consultation desks Compliance Desks All employees and business partners of the Group Compliance related consultations
Human Rights Center All employees of the Group Human rights related consultations

Taking into account survey results and cases handled by consultation desks, we identify the priority human rights themes that the Daigas Group needs to consider in the course of its business activities and establish a priority order for addressing them, by reference to the dual axes of the seriousness of each potential human rights infringement and the likelihood of it occurring. This process is conducted on an annual basis, with the priority human rights themes that the Group needs to consider being revised periodically with input from external experts. The themes identified through this process are confirmed by the Compliance/Risk Management Subcommittee, then reported to the ESG Committee.

■ Priority Human Rights Themes to be Considered in FY2022.3

Priority Human Rights Themes to be Considered in FY2022.3

Recognizing that human rights issues in the supply chain are one of the most important human rights issues, we strive to capture the real situation and respond to risks when they are identified. Our such attention is paid to our business activities such as raw materials procurement and business consignment. These efforts eye toward the procurement of raw materials for our group's biomass power generation and activated carbon businesses, as well as employment of foreign nationals and acceptance of technical interns in the construction and civil engineering industries in Japan, where labor shortages are an issue. At the review of the risks of human rights issues in the supply chain, no themes requiring immediate action in terms of the seriousness of the potential infringement or the likelihood of it occurring were revealed.

Response to Human Rights Risks

If it becomes clear that the Daigas Group’s business activities are causing or contributing to negative impacts on human rights, we will work to correct and remedy the situation. In some cases, details are also shared in the Compliance/Risk Management Subcommittee and ESG Committee and measures taken to prevent recurrence.
The Daigas Group accepts consultations regarding human rights from not only employees, but also customers, the local community, business partners, and all other stakeholders. Information on consultation desks is provided to employees through channels such as the intranet and information posters, and to external stakeholders via our website.

■ Consultation Desk

Employees
  • ・Human rights promoters are assigned to each organization, including key affiliates, as an initial point of contact.
  • ・The Human Rights Center in the Human Resources Department provides consultation services (for executives, employees, and temporary employees of all Group companies).
  • ・The Compliance Desks accept consultations and reports concerning compliance with laws, regulations, and internal rules (for executives, employees, and temporary employees of all Group companies).
Customers, local communities, etc.
  • ・Customer Centers accept inquiries.
Business partners
  • ・Consultation and reporting are accepted at the consultation/reporting desk on the website.

As a risk prevention measure, we are working to raise awareness of human rights based on the identified priority human rights themes.

Review of Actions and Disclosure of Information

Information on human rights risk surveys and assess and actions taken to address risks are shared with all related organizations and reported to the ESG Committee. We also endeavor to report to stakeholders through the Sustainability section of our website.


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