Forced or Compulsory Labor

KPI

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Item FY 2017 results FY 2018 results
Businesses specified as being exposed to forced labor risks (manufacturing plants, etc.) and the number of suppliers (Consolidated) 0
(Upstream) 0
(Consolidated) 0
(Upstream) 0
Raw Materials Procurement Department and Indirect Materials Procurement Department, Global Procurement Division
Corporate Compliance Department, Global HR Department

Why is “Forced or Compulsory Labor” a critical issue to be addressed?
Explanation of the reason and background

At the Yokohama Rubber Group, we comply with action guidelines that emphasize respecting human rights both inside and outside of the company and creating safe and healthy workplaces, and for this reason forced or compulsory labor, including forced or compulsory labor in the supply chain, is also prohibited in the CSR Procurement Guidelines.
In addition, taking into account the risk of illegal labor being forced upon people who work at plants, business locations, and suppliers as we expand production and sales overseas, we have selected forced or compulsory labor as a critical issue to be addressed.

Vision (attainment goal) / target

Our goal is to achieve zero forced or compulsory labor at all of the Group’s primary suppliers of natural rubber, including overseas suppliers, by 2019.

Measures for vision achievement

Along with population growth and increased mobility on a global level, demand for tires and natural rubber that is the main raw material for tires is constantly growing. Meanwhile, there are concerns such as illegal deforestation and land exploitation, human rights violations, and the adverse impact on biodiversity in areas where natural rubber is produced. To help resolve these problems, Yokohama Rubber is participating in the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i) being launched by the International Rubber Study Group. The Company is also a member of the Tire Industry Project (TIP) led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
In October 2018, WBCSD TIP launched a platform to ensure the sustainability of natural rubber, and Yokohama Rubber formulated its Procurement Policy for the Sustainable Natural Rubber based on these global activities, and released a policy prohibiting child labor.

Identification of the presence or otherwise of forced or compulsory labor at the Yokohama Rubber Group and in the supply chain

With regard to domestic raw materials suppliers, we conducted a survey of labor conditions using a self-diagnostics checklist, and confirmed that there were no cases of forced or compulsory labor.
A questionnaire survey on compliance (human rights, child labor, and the environment) with all natural rubber suppliers we have transactions with has been completed. We are observing compliance and legal systems while conducting CSR initiatives (plantation support).

Countermeasures to eradicate forced or compulsory labor

We demanded natural rubber suppliers to prohibit forced or compulsory labor on Suppliers’ Day.
In the future, we will be aiming to further expand our efforts in this area to cover overseas suppliers, by issuing English-language versions of our procurement guidelines and self-diagnostics checklists.