Sustainability Data

Human Rights in the Supply Chain


Suppliers and business partners


Human rights management program

For our human rights management program, every three years we conduct a questionnaire-based survey on human rights,* targeting around 60 of the biggest suppliers to the Mineral Resources, Smelting & Refining, and Materials Divisions, and the Purchasing Department, in terms of annual transactions. We have implemented an initiative in which every year, the Mineral Resources, Smelting & Refining, and Materials Divisions, and the Purchasing Department each select companies for on-site inspections. In FY2019, we inspected four companies (20 total since the initiative began).

Environmental assessment

When the smelting and refining business selects a new mine as a supplier, we assess how that mine carries out environmental management, including water management and tailings dams. In FY2019 , there were no any new suppliers selected through the environmental due diligence process stated above.

Starting/ceasing operations

When making investments or equity contributions, we use a project risk check sheet for commit-tees, primarily the Management Committee, to carry out deliberations regarding human rights issues such as discrimination, forced labor, and child labor, and also the political system, economy, law and order, locally-specific diseases, labor issues, religious restrictions, and the impact on the local community.

FY2019 results

In FY2019, there were no suppliers identified as having current or potential problems or issues.

There were also no reports of cases involving child labor or forced labor.

In FY2019, there were no new investment agreements proposed to the Management Committee and no cases of the Company withdrawing from a business.

Questionnaire-based survey on human rights: Includes content investigating forced labor, child labor, discrimination, employee working hours, the appropriateness of compensation, health and safety measures, and labor-management relations.