SUSTAINABILITY Respect for Human Rights

Our Approach to Human Rights

“Creating Happiness and Harmony in Our Communities.” In order to live up to its Group Philosophy, Lawson is committed to finding ways to contribute to people and society. With this in mind, in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we support and respect international norms on human rights, such as the International Bill of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and conduct our corporate activities in consideration of human rights based on our Corporate Conduct Charter and Lawson Group Purchasing Policy.
In June 2021, we established the Lawson Group Human Rights Policy as our top-level basic policy on human rights as a means of promoting the SDGs and ESG-based management. In order to live up to this policy, Lawson will respect human rights in all aspects of its business activities, build relationships of trust with all people involved in its business activities, and promote initiatives to respect human rights.

Promotion System

In order to promote the Lawson Group Human Rights Policy, Lawson promotes initiatives to respect human rights in its various departments and activities under the supervision of the Officer in Charge of CR (compliance and risk). The progress of each department's efforts is periodically checked by the Compliance and Risk Management Committee chaired by the Officer in Charge of CR, and is also reported to the Board of Directors on a regular basis.

Human Rights Due Diligence

Lawson practices human rights due diligence to identify and remedy any negative impacts on human rights arising from its business activities. In the event that a human rights impact assessment reveals that Lawson has caused or participated in activities which have had a negative impact on human rights, we will work to remedy this through the appropriate procedures. In addition, we will regularly evaluate the results of our human rights due diligence process and take corrective action if it is insufficient.

Education and Awareness on Human Rights

Lawson promotes education and awareness on the importance of respecting human rights among all people involved in its business activities so that they can understand and can take steps to respect human rights. We also share the Lawson Group Human Rights Policy with our business partners and other stakeholders and request their understanding and cooperation.

Whistleblower System

We have established a point of contact for consultations and whistleblowing on matters concerning compliance and risk management, including human rights violations.