Respect for human rights is indispensable to the pursuit of happiness and a higher quality of life. Lion recognizes that it has a responsibility as a company to affirm diversity, including that of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality and disability, to fully respect all human rights and, furthermore, that doing so strengthens its business foundation. The Lion Group Charter for Corporate Behavior states that “We shall respect human rights ... observing both the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and international rules ... both in Japan and abroad,” and the Behavioral Guidelines state that the Group will not permit child labor or forced or coerced labor, will provide equal employment opportunities and treat employees fairly, and will take an active interest in the human rights practices of its suppliers and local communities, including consumers. In addition, in 2009, Lion declared its support for the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact.
Lion has designated “Respecting Human Rights” as one of its Sustainability Material Issues and will continue to advance business activities based on the LION Human Rights Policy in its global business development going forward.
In January 2019, based on the framework of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011, the Lion Group established the LION Human Rights Policy to further clarify its stance on human rights abuse as well as its global efforts in this area. This policy was approved by the Executive Committee and applies to all employees of the Lion Group, including overseas Group companies, as well as other parties closely related to the Lion Group, such as suppliers.
The Lion Group monitors human rights-related trends in society, mainly through the Sustainability Promotion Department. Any new problems that emerge are dealt with in coordination with the relevant divisions, such as the Legal Department, International Division or Purchasing Headquarters, as needed.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns have been implemented in many countries and regions. In many cases, this has led to the worsening of labor environments for workers. Such deprivations of freedom and restrictions on movement prompted the Lion Group, as a manufacturer and seller of daily commodities, to reflect deeply on human rights. We have therefore established a cross-divisional internal team to review human rights due diligence processes, including approaches to evaluating and identifying risks of human rights violations, in collaboration with external expert.