In accordance with the "Charter of TOTO Group Corporate Behavior", the TOTO Group supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which sets international standards for human rights, and the ILO (International Labour Organization) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
The "Charter of TOTO Group Corporate Behavior", which defines the basic stance of all the people working in group activities, upholds respect for human rights and international standards. The Charter also states that TOTO's supply chain companies will also fully respect international standards in a similar manner. The international standards stated in the charter include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO (International Labour Organization) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Furthermore, as stipulated in the "TOTO Group Procurement Policy", the TOTO Group fulfills its corporate responsibility in including human rights and carries out balanced activities with the aim of achieving the sustainable development of businesses, society, and the earth. Through fair, equitable purchasing from suppliers, the TOTO Group continues to offer valuable products and services to customers.
Human rights awareness activities and promotion system
The TOTO Group has established the "TOTO Group Business Conduct Guidelines"so that employees can regularly check examples of behavior in line with the "TOTO Group Business Conduct Guidelines". The TOTO Group Business Conduct Guidelines, which outline the conduct expected of TOTO employees and include the TOTO Group Corporate Philosophy, top commitment, and various guidelines for conduct, were drawn up in FY2013 (translated into 13 languages) and distributed to all Group Companies so as to ensure awareness among TOTO Group employees in every country and region. The guidelines include a compliance guide on "Respect for Human Rights" as one of the important compliance items in promoting corporate activities. In Japan, the TOTO Group has established a Committee for Promoting Training on Human Rights Issues in order to train and educate employees with the goal of pleasant, discrimination-free workplaces, families and society for many years. We had approximately 18,000 attendants for training sessions by level conducted in FY 2018.
Human Rights Due Diligence
Process to identify and mitigate risks
The TOTO Group participates in the "United Nations Global Compact," and refers to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and a variety of other international standards.
Upon promoting human-rights due diligence, we consult the Worldwide Governance Indicators surveyed and published by the World Bank to recognize risks in individual countries in an effort to be aware of human-rights risks in each region surrounding the TOTO Group.
In addition, the identification of potential human-rights risks of TOTO Groups has been conducting in reference to the results of a dialogue with external experts and Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop (Stakeholder Engagement Programme) which is based on Human Rights Issues by Sector (Version 7) *1 hosted by the Caux Round Table.
Currently, based on these efforts, we assess, reduce, and mitigate potential human-rights risks among the employees of the TOTO Group and its supply chain.
*1 Human Rights Issues by Sector (Version 7) were formulated at the consortium by reference to the Human Rights Guidance Tool formulated by the UNEP FI (Finance Initiative).
In this program, the possibility was recognized of specific concerns within our company and its supply chain with regard to human-rights issues in the chemical and building-materials industries.
[Potential human-rights risks among TOTO Group’s employees]
The TOTO Group annually implements an Employee Awareness Survey of its employees in order to comprehensively know about the penetration of its corporate philosophy and organizational culture related to compliance. This Survey has identified such potential human-rights risks as harassment, forced labor, and discrimination. Additionally, for the purpose of reducing and mitigating risks, we share the results of the Survey at company-wide conferences and the intranet, deliver feedback to all divisions, and address remediation.
[Potential human-rights risks among supply chain]
The TOTO Group implements CSR procurement .
Upon promoting CSR procurement, we have compiled the Supplier Code of Conduct as the basic way of thinking in addressing the realization of a sustainable society with suppliers. And by giving policy briefing sessions for suppliers and conducting questionnaire surveys and on-site audits, we assess, mitigate, and reduce potential risks, aiming at continuously enhancing the level of these activities.
For our overseas business sites in particular, with the aim of deeper mutual understanding and mutual growth with suppliers, we promote CSR procurement that are in line with the conditions of each country while complying with its relevant local laws, regulations and practices.
In recent years, overseas suppliers have accounted for nearly 20% of our procurement expenses.
Initiatives to identify and mitigate risks in the supply chain
Share the Policy
Content of initiatives
・Policy Briefing Session for Suppliers
・Confirm supplier compliance with the standards prior to initiating a transaction.
・Follow-up activities by improvement plans
【Share the TOTO Group Policy】
・Supplier Code of Conduct
・TOTO Group Purchasing Policy
・Importance of CSR
【Commendation of the Suppliers】
・Presented letter of appreciation
・Visit the production area of raw ingredients.
・CSR interview sessions
・Understand the state of efforts
・Confirm the results after improvements
FY 2018 results
635 companies attended
【Commendation of the Suppliers】
Commendation of 43 companies
Extract suppliers that need confirmation for details.
Visited mainly overseas suppliers.
Follow-up of suppliers who need confirmation for details.
Whistleblower system covering human-rights issues
The TOTO Group has established a desk for reporting where personnel can consult about problems on compliance, human rights, and other issues. We adequately confirm the facts about the issues reported, and if we recognize a problem, we will implement measures as a remedy.
【TOTO Group (Japan)】
TOTO has a system of internal and external hotlines. The system can be used by TOTO Group employees in Japan as well as trading partners of the group's companies.
【TOTO Group (Overseas)】
In China and Singapore, we have established an external reporting desk targeting the employees there. Currently, we are discussing and promoting the introduction to other regions.