Respecting Human Rights

Relevant SDGs

8 Decent work and economic growth 10 Reduced inequalities 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions

Reason for Priority

There are various human rights issues in the world. Many of them are related to the business activities of companies, including forced labor and child labor in the supply chain and infringements of the rights of the socially vulnerable. In particular, through the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement calling for the elimination of racial discrimination, various opinions on human rights issues have been aired in the media and on social networking sites, and interest has been increasing. Also in recent years, there has been an urgent need to address serious labor issues relating to migrant and foreign workers. It is necessary to face up to these serious and complex social issues, and to contribute towards their resolution. More specifically, 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, we launched the Nikon Human Rights Policy in April 2019.
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

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, 2021

Implemented Human Rights Training and Awareness-raising


Engaging in business activities with respect for human rights requires each and every executive and employee to be constantly aware and mindful. Therefore, at the Nikon Group, we work to disseminate information and raise awareness about human rights among our executives and employees.
In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, we held a top-management seminar on the theme of Human Rights following the November 2020 CSR Committee meeting. Moreover, in December 2020, we disseminated a message from the President, urging employees to respect human rights, in the in-house newsletter to coincide with Human Rights Day.
Furthermore, we provided e-learning on respecting human rights for Nikon Group employees in Japan. The e-learning, which had an attendance rate of 87%, also reflected on recent events such as the BLM movement and the COVID-19 pandemic, and included information on day-to-day precautions.

Implemented Human Rights and Labor Monitoring Surveys, and Self-assessment, within Nikon Group


In the Nikon Group, we conduct human rights and labor monitoring surveys for the Group companies at the end of each fiscal year. In the survey, we check whether there have been practices that heighten the risk of human and labor issues, as well as checking up on the employment of migrant workers and foreign technical trainees and the data concerning occupational safety, etc. Starting in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, we expanded the scope of the surveys to non-consolidated Group companies, such as those in which our shareholding ratio is not 100%. No major problems were identified in the surveys for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.
In addition, Nikon has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and uses the self-assessment tool for RBA Code of Conduct compliance for monitoring human rights risk. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, we analyzed the results of self-assessments at the Group manufacturing companies outside Japan with the objective of identifying the level of risk and considering the necessary measures. No major human rights risks were found. However, there were some minor issues, such as the size of employee dormitories, and we are working on improvements at the business sites involved.

  • *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

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