Sysmex Corporation (HQ: Kobe, Japan; President: Hisashi Ietsugu) officially registered as a member of the United Nations Global Compact on February 22, 2011, thereby demonstrating our increased emphasis on activities pertaining to corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The Global Compact was first announced by then Secretary-General Kofi Anan in an address to The World Economic Forum in January 1999, and was officially launched at UN Headquarters in New York in July 2000. By joining the Global Compact, business and non-business entities commit to upholding 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anticorruption. As of December 31, 2010, some 8,800 organizations had pledged to uphold the compact, including more than 125 in Japan.
The "Sysmex Way"*, the philosophy of the Sysmex Group, outlines our aim of promoting the advancement of healthcare through our daily activities. Since our founding, we have worked to instill confidence among our customers by providing high-quality products and services. As the worldwide scale of our operations has expanded, Sysmex's social responsibilities have grown commensurately. Joining the Global Compact is one way of demonstrating our commitment to social responsibility as a global corporation.
In addition to committing to the principles concerning human rights, labor, the environment and anticorruption, by joining the Global Compact we aim to enhance the level of confidence that we instill in our customers.
The 10 Principles of the Global Compact
- Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
- Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- 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.
- Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
- Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
- Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
- Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
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- Information contained in the press release is current as of the date of the announcement,
but may be subject to change without prior notice.