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Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.

Our Group stipulates the respect of human rights in the Hitachi Kokusai Electric Way. Hitachi Kokusai Electric Group Codes of Conduct further prescribe (a) respecting international standards of conduct regarding human rights, and not engaging in any conduct that obstructs or interferes with human rights (b) Eliminating Discrimination (c) Respect of Human Rights in Information Management (d) Respect of Basic Rights at Work. Based on these, in fiscal 2013, we enacted the Hitachi Kokusai Electric Group Human Rights Policy.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Group Human Rights Policy (Full Text)

The Hitachi Kokusai Electric Group supports the realization of a society of security, safety and happiness where human rights are respected while it creates value by applying advanced technologies and pushing the boundaries of tomorrow. As a prerequisite to this, Hitachi Kokusai Electric (including its group companies, as hereafter) seeks to meet its responsibility to respect human rights.

The Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

Hitachi Kokusai Electric strives to meet its responsibility to respect human rights by not infringing on human rights and addressing negative human rights impacts with which the company may be involved through its operations and business relationships. Hitachi Kokusai Electric understands human rights to be, at a minimum, those outlined in the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. The responsibility to respect applies to all officers and employees of Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric expects its business partners and other parties whose own impacts may be directly linked to its operations, products or services to respect and not infringe upon human rights, and will respond appropriately where they are not respecting human rights.

Relationship to Hitachi Kokusai Electric's Values and Policies

Hitachi Kokusai Electric is aware that as a business enterprise it is a member of society and can contribute to creating an environment in which human rights are respected. Meeting the responsibility to respect human rights is key to operating as a responsible business, and is accepted to be a baseline expectation for all companies. This policy is an expression of the responsibility based on the Corporate Statement and the Hitachi Kokusai Electric Way. It supplements the Hitachi Kokusai Electric Group Codes of Conduct.

Implementing the Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

Hitachi Kokusai Electric is committed to meeting the responsibility to respect human rights through implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric will identify and assess potential and actual human rights impacts, and take appropriate action to prevent or mitigate risks,. The processes will also entail tracking to ensure the effectiveness of Hitachi’s actions to address impacts and risks.

Where Hitachi Kokusai Electric identifies that it has caused or contributed to a negative human rights impact, it will provide for or cooperate in legitimate processes to provide remediation.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric adheres to national law and regulation in each market in which it operates. Where Hitachi Kokusai Electric faces conflicts between internationally recognized human rights and national laws, the company will follow processes that seek ways to honor the principles of international human rights.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric will provide appropriate training and capacity building in order to embed this policy commitment throughout the company and its consolidated group companies.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric is committed to engaging in dialogue with and consulting relevant external stakeholders about addressing potential and actual human rights impacts.

Human Rights Consideration on Business Expansion

Whenever an operation joins or is established in our Group, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Way and the Hitachi Kokusai Electric Group Codes of Conduct which describe our policy to respect human rights are shared with the local key persons, and a system to assess and manage the relevant risks are constituted appropriately for the operation at an early stage of the startup.

Human Rights Seminars

To prevent discrimination due to birthplace, race, nationality, sex and other causes, we have held a set of human rights seminars for all Group personnel in Japan, including new recruits, middle-level employees, managers and executives with the cycle of every three years period. From the fiscal 2013 on, the contents of seminars are further extended in the scope of objectives, so that human rights to be respected cover those of not just the employees, but of all who may be affected through the Group operations, products and services. From the fiscal 2014 and on, the seminars are held throughout the whole Group including overseas operations with the same cycle, by using the English and Chinese versions of the teaching materials.

Respect of Basic Rights at Work

Considering the laws and regulations and labor practices in each nation and region, and respecting the basic rights of employees presented as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, our Group will strive to have employees and managers better understand each other's problems and resolve issues jointly through genuine and constructive dialog. Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. and major Group companies in Japan hold the regular joint labor-management conferences twice a year and an extraordinary joint conference whenever an important issue comes out.

Ref. 4 principles in the Labour area from U.N. Global Compact:

Principle 3 Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4 the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5 the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6 the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Human Rights Consideration of Personnel Assuring Security and Safety

Personnel of a company in charge of guarding property, security control, loss prevention, and escorting persons, goods and valuables have chance to face risks that arise from inappropriate actions or approaches unintentionally affecting human rights. Since the corporate administration departments are in charge of these in our Group, all the personnel of our Company's Human Resources and Corporate Administration Division and our Group's corporate administration departments in Japan, the total of around 10 dozens have received business training including human rights consideration and thoroughly learned to adopt appropriate manners.