The Nikon Group has established a basic approach to corporate social responsibilities founded on its corporate philosophy of "Trustworthiness and Creativity."
Nikon High-Level Policy and Stakeholders
This term refers to person or organization with which the company has a mutual relationship in business operations. This includes customers, shareholders, investors, employees, business partners and local communities.
The Nikon Group's Approach to CSR
For the Nikon Group, fulfilling CSR means embodying our corporate philosophy: "Trustworthiness and Creativity." We seek to contribute to the sustainable development of society by responding to the trust that society places in us, and creating new value that exceeds expectations.
Celebrating our 90th anniversary in 2007, and looking ahead to the centenary of the founding of our Company, we have formulated "Our Aspirations" a vision that looks toward the future, and "Our Commitments" the policy for realizing this vision through a discussion project involving both top management and employees.
We are also working to increase CSR awareness among each and every employee through the Nikon CSR Charter, which is Nikon Group's basic policy on social responsibility, and the Nikon Code of Conduct, which guides our behavior in daily business activities.
Furthermore, we participate in the UN Global Compact* and support its Ten Principles regarding human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption. We also take account of related international codes in the pursuit of business activities.
- *United Nations Global Compact
The UN Global Compact was announced by the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum (Davos Conference) in 1999, and was officially launched at the UN headquarters in New-York in 2000. It is composed of ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and supportive companies are requested to embrace and implement these principles.
- Nikon Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Charter
Established April 27, 2007, revised December 1, 2009 and February 1, 2013
- Sound corporate activities
The Nikon Group endeavors to comply with international regulations, related laws, and internal rules, exercise sound and fair corporate practices, earn the trust of stakeholders such as customers, shareholders, employees, business partners, and society. The Group will maintain constructive relationships with administrative bodies, remaining politically neutral and complying with laws, and will not engage in relationships with individuals or groups that threaten social order or safety.
- Provision of valuable goods and services for society
The Nikon Group will provide valuable products and services with superior quality and safety to society, endeavoring to increase the satisfaction and trust of our customers and contributing to the healthy development of society.
- Respect for human beings
The Nikon Group will respect diversity and individual human rights and provide a healthy and safe working environment in which all persons receive fair treatment without discrimination. It will also oppose enforced labor and child labor and respect fundamental human rights as well as workers' rights.
- Protection of the natural environment
The Nikon Group will proactively engage in environmental efforts and work to protect the natural environment, as these are common issues for all of mankind.
- Responsibility to society as a corporate citizen
The Nikon Group will carry out corporate activities that take into account the cultures and practices of each country and region and proactively engage in activities that contribute to society as a good corporate citizen.
- Socially responsible behavior within the supply chain
The Nikon Group will encourage socially responsible behavior within its supply chain.
- Transparent operating activities
The Nikon Group will communicate extensively with customers, shareholders, employees, business partners, and society and disclose business information in a timely and fair manner. It will also conduct reliable financial reporting through accurate accounting processes.
- Responsibility of top management
Top management and employees in managerial positions within each department must understand that they play an essential role in fulfilling the spirit of this Charter and thus, in addition to leading by example, they must ensure that this information is disseminated to everyone in the Group and all related parties. Management must always strive to understand the opinions of those both inside and outside of Nikon to develop a sound internal framework that ensures that the spirit of this Charter is upheld. If any incident occurs that violates this Charter, top management will demonstrate, internally and externally, their determination to solve the problem and strive to identify the cause and prevent its recurrence. Furthermore, they will uphold information disclosure and accountability obligations. They will clarify the authority and responsibility of each manager and employee and deal rigorously and objectively with all people involved in the matter, including top management.
- Sound corporate activities
- The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.