06/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/16/2021 00:05
Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) (TSE: 2914) has published its first Human Rights Report, showcasing the Group's contributions over the last decade to the United Nations (UN)'s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), marking the 10th anniversary of their inception.
The report sets out the pillars of JT Group's human rights strategy, which is an essential part of the Group's business activities and one of three absolute requirements of its sustainability strategy.
In launching the report, Masamichi Terabatake, President and Chief Executive Officer of the JT Group, said: 'This important milestone for the UN and the global business community is an opportunity to highlight our progress and the ongoing process of embedding human rights into every area of our business.'
The JT Group has used the UNGPs as a framework for safeguarding human rights across nine identified salient issues. These cover child labor, environmental impacts, fair wage, forced labor, harassment and gender impacts, health and safety, health risk, non-discrimination and equality, and working hours.
'Protecting human rights is everyone's responsibility: across the private sector, government and civil society. We have a corporate responsibility to respect human rights, and we will continue to be committed to adhering to the UNGPs in every country we operate in,' added Suzanne Wise, JTI's Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications.
The below highlights some of the JT Group's contributions to respecting human rights globally.
ARISE - Achieving Reduction of Child Labor in Support of Education
Non-Discrimination and Equality
Japan Tobacco Inc. is a leading international tobacco company with operations in more than 130 countries. With approximately 58,000 employees, it manufactures and sells some of the world's best-known brands including Winston, Camel, MEVIUS and LD. The JT Group is committed to investing in Reduced-Risk Products (RRP) and currently markets its heated tobacco products under its Ploom brand and various e-cigarette products under its Logic brand. The Group is also present in the pharmaceutical and processed food businesses. For more information, visit https://www.jt.com/.
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