Respecting Human Rights

Relevant SDGs

10 Reduced inequalities 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions

Reason for Priority

There are still many human rights issues in the world today that are related to the business activities of companies, including forced labor, child labor, and slave labor in deplorable conditions. Particularly in recent years, it has become apparent that there are serious labor issues relating to the abuse of migrants and foreign workers, and there is an urgent need to address these problems. In order to face up to these serious and complex social issues, and to contribute towards their resolution, companies are expected to carry out human rights due diligence in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Nikon Approach

As a company with global operations, the Nikon Group deeply recognizes the importance of respecting human rights in its business activities. One of our significant responsibilities to society is addressing human rights issues sincerely. In order to more clearly express our stance and strategy in response to expectations from society, in April 2019 we launched the "Nikon Human Rights Policy."
We will be striving to further strengthen our efforts to ensure that this Policy is disseminated among all Nikon Group employees, and to build a corporate culture where respecting human rights is valued. In addition, as enunciated by the Nikon Human Rights Policy, we will be implementing human rights due diligence steadily in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Not only by avoiding engagement or complicity in human rights violations in our own operations, but by promoting prevention and mitigation of the negative impacts on human rights among our business relationships, the Nikon Group is doing its utmost to uphold internationally recognized human rights standards.

Launch of "Nikon Human Rights Policy"

We launched "Nikon Human Rights Policy" in April 2019 so as to clarify our approach to human rights issues in Nikon group worldwide.
The policy has been approved by the Board of Directors of Nikon Corporation.

Main initiatives and results in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019

Human Rights and Labor Monitoring Surveys within Nikon Group


The Nikon Group conducts human rights and labor monitoring surveys within the Group at the end of each fiscal year.
In recent years, growing attention has been paid to the issue of slave labor involving foreign technical intern trainees in Japan and migrant workers in Asian countries outside Japan. In response, as part of the group monitoring surveys, the Nikon Group has sought to confirm the current status of foreign technical intern trainees and migrant workers, following the survey conducted in the previous fiscal year.

Nikon Sustainability Report

For more details, please see the Nikon Sustainability Report.

Compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act