Respect for Human Rights

Policies and Initiatives Related to Respect for Human Rights

Participating in the UN Global Compact and Adhering to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ILO’s Core Labour Standards

In accordance with Item 8 of our Global Compliance Code, “To Respect Human Rights and to Improve Occupational Health and Safety”, we practice corporate management that respects the human rights of all employees and engage in related initiatives to enhance the working environment. This code is in keeping with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provision that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, and the spirit of the ILO’s Core Labour Standards, which define the minimum labor standards that must be preserved in the workplace.
To ensure that these principles are effectively put into practice, Sysmex has clarified its zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination, harassment, forced labor, and child labor. We also conduct various types of training to ensure employee awareness of these matters. Sysmex began participating in the UN Global Compact in February 2011, and we have clarified our corporate stance in relation to the Compact’s Ten Principles regarding human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.

Identifying Risks to Human Rights (Human Rights Due Diligence)

In accordance with Item 8 of our Global Compliance Code, “To Respect Human Rights and to Improve Occupational Health and Safety”, we believe it is necessary to conduct “human rights due diligence”. This involves identifying negative impacts on human rights and preventing or reducing them via our business activities throughout the entire supply chain.
Specifically, we have incorporated into CSR surveys of our business partners such topics as the prohibition of forced and child labor, and the elimination of discrimination due to gender, disability, race, or other factors. To ensure that Sysmex is not involved or complicit in human rights abuses, we ascertain impacts on human rights in advance and put in place measures to ensure the prevention of such abuses. With the UK Modern Slavery Act going into effect, Sysmex UK has publicized a statement in this regard on its website, and operates in compliance with this Act.

Consultation and Reporting Systems Related to Human Rights

Sysmex has established internal reporting systems in Japan and overseas to handle human rights consultations, including those related to discrimination and harassment. Information received will be appropriately handled based on the Whistleblower Protection Act to shield from disadvantage employees making contact or providing information. Once facts are confirmed, and a compliance violation is deemed to have taken place, we will impose sanctions on the violator while also taking measures for corrective action and recurrence prevention.

Education and Training on Understanding Respect for Human Rights

Conducting Training to Prevent Human Rights Abuses

Sysmex strives to prevent human rights abuses by conducting training on prevention of harassment and regulations related to labor standards.
In fiscal 2020, in addition to conducting an e-learning session on harassment as part of our global compliance training for all Group employees, we provided training on harassment, including that of LGBTQ* persons, and labor management on a continuing basis, to approximately 170 newly appointed managers at Sysmex Corporation and some of our Group companies in Japan. We also conducted training for new employees and mid-career recruits.
  • Acronym referring to sexual orientation/gender identification (lesbian, gay,bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer)

Upholding the Freedom of Labor Association and Recognizing the Right to Collective Bargaining

Participating in the UN Global Compact and Supporting the ILO’s Core Labour Standards

Sysmex respects workers’ labor association and collective bargaining rights, based on its participation in the UN Global Compact and support for the ILO’s Core Labour Standards.
All Sysmex Corporation employees, except executive employees and some in managerial posts, are members of the Sysmex Union, the in-house labor union. In fiscal 2020, membership consisted of 61% of employees. Labor unions have also been formed at overseas Group companies, including Jinan Sysmex, Sysmex Vietnam, and HYPHEN BioMed.

Labor-Management Dialogue

Dialogue between Labor and Management at Group Companies

Each year, Sysmex Corporation engages in collective bargaining with the Sysmex Union. In fiscal 2020, in addition to regular council meetings, labor and management met to discuss the productivity improvement through the optimization of working hours and streamlining of operations, the working environment of diverse employees and the personnel system, responses to a change in environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the promotion of health and productivity management.
Our Group companies also participate in labor-management dialogues. Sysmex CNA has set up an employee group that consists of departmental representatives to discuss topics quarterly such as work environments, management of work hours, and the status of paid leave acquisition.