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Human Rights, Labor Practices

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Mission

Advancing fundamental human rights and
responsible labor practices
We will foster an inclusive culture in which all Bridgestone entities and locations adopt and apply ethical labor practices, build trust with our teammates, and model our respect for diversity and for fundamental human rights.

Management Structure

To promote Group-wide sustainability activities, Bridgestone created a structure comprised of a global CSR management system, a regional CSR management system, and working groups (WGs) for each area of activity.
The global CSR management system prioritizes initiatives in areas pertaining to a variety of global issues, formulates global sustainability strategies, confirms the progress of activities in each area, reports to the Global EXCO,*1 and confirms the internal penetration of CSR activities conducted by the Global CSR Enhancement Committee (GCEC).

In addition to respecting human rights in accordance with the Bridgestone Group’s Stance on Human Rights, we appointed a Chief Human Rights Officer (CHRO) and are working to ensure the Group’s approach to this issue is well understood throughout the organization. In accordance with the Global CSR management system, the Human Rights, Labor Practices WG verifies the content and progress of overall global efforts in human rights, labor practices and diversity, and reports to the GCEC and top management in each SBU*2 and region.

  1. Global Executive Committee: The highest-level committee associated with Bridgestone Global Group business execution
  2. Strategic Business Unit

Our Group’s Stance on Human Rights

In addition to respecting human rights in accordance with Our Group’s Stance on Human Rights, we appointed a Chief Human Rights Officer (CHRO) and are taking steps to ensure the Group’s approach to this issue is well understood throughout the organization.

  1. Prohibition of Discrimination
    In all corporate activities, Bridgestone prohibits any act that impairs individual dignity or discrimination based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, language, religion, creed, social status, disability, or any other protected characteristics.
  2. No Harassment
    No personnel shall speak or act in ways that degrade individual dignity based on protected characteristics such as gender, authority, or any other type of harassment.
  3. No Child Labor/Forced Labor
    Bridgestone prohibits child labor/forced labor in any country.

Spreading Awareness of Our Group’s Stance on Human Rights Worldwide and Initiatives on Human Rights Due Diligence

In 2011, we translated Our Group's Stance on Human Rights into 15 languages and distributed it to all offices, plants, and group companies. We then provided education and training with the goal of spreading awareness of this stance among all employees worldwide, which concluded in 2012.

To foster an ongoing awareness and understanding of Our Group's Stance on Human Rights throughout the Bridgestone Group, we have included this topic in New Hire training and Level-wise training since 2013. To further promote human rights, we have human rights consultation desks in place at each of our offices in Japan, with which employees can consult in case of facing human rights infringement and we regularly confirm the state of compliance and check that our perspectives are being followed.

We conduct human rights due diligence within the Group. Based on our findings, we have formulated a three-year plan to address each area of human rights, such as discrimination and harassment. In 2015, we continued to define human rights topics for assessment and worked to identify potential human rights risks at each of our offices.

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