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The azbil Group Basic Policy on Human Rights

Through “human-centered automation”, the azbil Group brings “safety, comfort, and fulfillment” to people and helps to preserve the global environment. Based on the “azbil Group Philosophy”, the “Guiding Principles for azbil Group Business”, and the “azbil Group Code of Conduct”, we recognize that ensuring respect for human rights is one of our most important management issues. Therefore, we actively work to achieve a sustainable society and protect the global environment. We will comply with laws and regulations with a high sense of ethics, build relationships of trust with stakeholders, and fulfill our responsibility to respect human rights.

  1. Respect for human rights
    We respect human rights by prohibiting discrimination and harassment based on differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, religion, culture, creed, birth, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. We ban unjust practices such as forced labor and child labor. We provide a safe and healthy work environment free of harassment; and we support freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.
  2. Scope and system
    This policy applies to all officers and employees of the azbil Group. In addition, we expect customers and business partners of the azbil Group to understand and support the contents of this policy, and we continue to work to ensure that this policy is respected.
  3. Related laws and international norms
    We support:
    • The International Bill of Human Rights
    • The Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO)
    • The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
    • The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
    • The Children’s Rights and Business Principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
    Azbil Corporation has also declared its support for the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in the four areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. We observe these international norms on human rights, and all of us support internationally recognized human rights based on respect for others as stipulated in the azbil Group Code of Conduct.
  4. Human rights due diligence
    We identify any negative impact on human rights or significant human rights issues resulting from our corporate activities, and strive to prevent, mitigate, or avoid the same once identified. We evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts, provide explanations, and disclose information on how we deal with such matters. In implementing human rights due diligence, we engage in dialog with our stakeholders. Furthermore, if, as a result of the feedback from the azbil Group’s customers and business partners, we learn of any negative impact on human rights that is directly related to our business, products, or services, we will work to prevent, mitigate, or avoid it.
  5. Correction and redress
    If it becomes clear that our corporate activities are causing or contributing to a negative impact on human rights, we will work to remedy the situation. In this case, we will make appropriate remedy from the perspective of stakeholders whose human rights have been negatively impacted. In addition, we will provide for correction/redress through the establishment or use of a grievance handling mechanism.
  6. Information disclosure and communication
    We actively and appropriately disseminate—both inside and outside the company—information related to our human rights initiatives. In addition, as part of the local community, we cooperate with our various stakeholders, foster communication with them, and reflect the results of this communication in our human rights initiatives.
  7. Education
    We conduct educational and awareness-raising activities related to respect for human rights so that this policy is understood and put into practice by all officers and employees of the azbil Group. In addition, we work to promote the understanding and practice of this policy among customers and business partners of the azbil Group.
  8. Stakeholder engagement
    This policy clarifies the azbil Group’s stance on human rights. In order to resolve any human rights issues that are identified through human rights due diligence, we respect the advice of external experts. Furthermore, we actively and continually engage with various stakeholders to further our efforts to respect human rights in accordance with our ”human-centered“ concept.

January 1, 2023
Kiyohiro Yamamoto
President & Group CEO
Azbil Corporation