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Human Rights

Thoughts on Human Rights

As described in Basic Policies of Sustainability, the Yamaha Motor Group strives to contribute to the sustainable development of society through our business activities based on our corporate philosophy and to always abide by the letter and spirit of domestic and international laws and regulations. We are dedicated to earning the trust of the global community, and we place great value on communicating with all stakeholders. We recognize that respect for human rights is an issue of vital importance.

In 2017, the Yamaha Motor Group signed on to the UN Global Compact advocated by the United Nations. As a corporate group, we have and will continue to support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, which support the principles related to human rights and labor in the UN Global Compact.

The Yamaha Motor Group strives to ensure legal compliance in every country and community where the Group companies pursue business activities. But no matter what laws and regulations might prevail, business is conducted with priority given to international agreements and the spirit of the UN Global Compact. In addition, the scope of respect for human rights goes beyond employees of the Yamaha Motor Group to include suppliers and other business partners.

The Yamaha Motor Group maintains the following policies and guidelines related to human rights.

Basic Policies of Sustainability

We have made the declaration that “We will respect human rights, will not discriminate, and will not use child labor or carry out forced labor under any form” toward all stakeholders, including employees and business partners.

Code of Ethics

We will forbid derogatory comments against employees on the basis of race, nationality, ideals, principles in life, physical characteristics, personality, relatives, etc., that abuse or deny a person’s character, and harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment.

Sustainability Guideline for Suppliers

We ask that our suppliers strive in all aspects of employment to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex and other issues, to refrain from the use of child labor or forced labor, to ensure fair working hours and wages, and to engage employees in dialogue and communication in good faith.

Statement on UK Modern Slavery Act

In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act, we publish a statement on our website in the United Kingdom and Australia and update it yearly.

Key Measures and Due Diligence Processes

Our risk management system, which covers all business units and subsidiaries under the Group umbrella, has a human rights-related component addressing associated risk in our own operations and across the supply chain.
In 2021, this risk assessment identified three Group companies (one in Japan, two overseas) with human rights-related risks, and they carried out investigations, training and monitoring at each location.

In addition to the use of a risk management system, we conduct a Groupwide compliance awareness survey each year to gauge how aware employees are about human rights. We also have a reporting line established to enable employees to report a problem right away in the event a situation arises, and we maintain and operate a whistle-blowing system.

The Yamaha Motor Group has a whistle-blowing system that enables employees to report a situation anonymously should they themselves encounter infringement of human rights, including harassment, or they see or hear of others experiencing a violation of human rights. In addition, Yamaha Motor has a Fair Business Hotline as a contact point for suppliers and other business partners to make issues known to us.

We also participate in and implement the activities of the Human Rights Due Diligence Working Group of the Global Compact Network Japan (the Japan office for the UN Global Compact), and are also working to raise the level of support for human rights at Yamaha Motor.

We believe that education is the most vital means to prevent the risk of human rights violations from occurring. We work to raise awareness of human rights by providing an educational program about the Code of Ethics for all employees in the Group.

Note that the Yamaha Motor Group had 1 report of human rights violations in 2021.

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