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Society

People -Human Rights Initiative-

Basic Philosophy

The Otsuka group contributes to the health of people around the world by continuously creating new value, and is aware that in order to continue sustainable growth, all business activities have to be established based on respect for human rights. Based on this, we promote a human rights initiative across the entire group and work hard to consistently meet those responsibilities.

Approach

The Otsuka group joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2016, and the next year signed the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which is a set of principles of action that the UNGC and UN Women jointly created for companies which voluntarily promote the active participation of women. As we declared our support for them, we aim at realizing a corporate philosophy inclusive of social responsibility, such as consideration for society and the environment in our daily activities. Also, based on the Otsuka Group Global Code of Business Ethics, we obey the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Core Labor Standards of ILO (International Labor Organization). We do not commit actions that obstruct human rights but aim at creating a comfortable work environment in which human rights are fully respected. Therefore, all group employees receive training based on this standard more than once a year.

Facilitating independent internal hotline systems for reporting compliance issues and surveillance of management for operational systems is a requirement of the Otsuka Group Global Code of Business Ethics, and the needs are emphasized so that they can function to find illegal or inappropriate behavior and for early discovery for information disclosure. Outside of an internal hotline, Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. and its main operating companies facilitate hotlines through outside organizations, such as law firms, because we believe this provides a safe channel for employees who wish to report something. We have regulations in place to accept reports not only from employees but also from contract employees, temporary employees, and part-timers. Also, whistleblowers and the information regarding any reports are handled very carefully, and we make sure that any whistleblower does not suffer any form of retribution. Furthermore, the operational status of the internal reporting system at the main operating companies is reported periodically at a Board of Directors meeting of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd.