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 and child labor. 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 due diligence in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.


As a company with global operations, the Nikon Group is profoundly aware of 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.
In order to ensure that this Policy is disseminated among all Nikon Group employees, we will be striving to further strengthen our efforts 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 also 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.

Toshikazu Umatate
Representative Director and President
Chairperson of the CSR Committee

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 the 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, 2020

Implementation of human rights training throughout Nikon Group


In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, the Nikon Group has implemented human rights training for the employees at all Nikon Group companies, to ensure awareness among employees of the Nikon Human Rights Policy and promote a better understanding of human rights. The training included an overview of the Nikon Human Rights Policy and major risks related to Nikon Group’s business activities, and explained points to bear in mind or actions to take in employees’ everyday duties in order to prevent or respond to such risks. The training was implemented in an appropriate way – such as e-learning, classroom training or self-learning – at each Group company. Throughout the Nikon Group as a whole, over 90% of employees took part in this training.

Implementation of Human Rights and Labor Monitoring Surveys, and Self-assessment, 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 human rights risk issues involving foreign technical intern trainees in Japan and migrant workers in Asian countries outside Japan. In response, in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, the Nikon Group has sought to confirm the current status of foreign technical intern trainees and migrant workers, following on from the survey conducted in the previous fiscal year.
The Nikon Group has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)*, and we implement assessment to verify the state of compliance with the RBA Code of Conduct, as well as identifying issues and discussing how to realize improvements. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, we carried out RBA self-assessment at eight Group manufacturing companies outside Japan.

  • *RBA(Responsible Business Alliance)
    The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is an international industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility (labor, health and safety, environment and ethics).

Nikon Sustainability Report

For more details, please see the Nikon Sustainability Report.

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