SoftBank's Human Rights Policies
- Promises with respect to human rights
All of the executives and employees of SoftBank Corp. and its Group companies (hereinafter, “We”) contribute to the development of a sustainable society by respecting human rights in every aspect of our corporate activities.
- References and scope
We strive to avoid involvement in discrimination and the violation of human rights in all services, products, and business activities in accordance with the international principles of human rights*1 while also requiring suppliers and business partners to respect and refrain from infringing on human rights under these principles.
- Emphasis on diversity
We respect the diversity of the colleagues that we work with and do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, birthplace, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation, age, disability, or illness. Opportunities shall be equal at all times, and hiring, placement, evaluation, remuneration, and promotion are conducted based on individual abilities, experience, and performance.
- Prohibition of forced labor and child labor
We prohibit any and all forms of forced labor and human trafficking as well as child labor and undertake the revision and eradication of labor practices which violate human rights.
- Respect for the freedom of association and the exercise of the right to collective bargaining
We respect the right to form labor unions based on the wishes of individual employees as well as the right to choose whether or not to participate, and we affirm the exercise of effective collective bargaining rights. The company shall negotiate in good faith through constructive dialog with labor representatives.
- Benefits and wages
We endeavor to comply with applicable laws regarding wages, working hours, overtime, and benefits. In addition, we endeavor to reduce excessive working hours which are not limited to legal compliance and provide employees with remuneration that exceeds living wages and is competitive when compared with other labor markets in the region and industry.
- Employee safety and health preservation
We comply with the laws, regulations, and rules concerning safety and health while providing a sound and intelligent working environment and maintain such compliance through implementing the appropriate measures for health risks.
- Freedom of expression and the protection of privacy
We recognize the freedom of expression and the protection of privacy in telecommunications and the Internet and communications on social media and take the utmost care not to infringe on such rights. In addition, we serve all customers in a fair and equitable manner while providing reliable and highly convenient services.
- Initiatives and systems directed at the respect of human rights
We construct mechanisms for effective countermeasures to prevent the violation of human rights by establishing the appropriate reporting point of contact. In order to evaluate the impact of business activities on human rights, we carry out human rights due diligence, continuously monitor the impact, and report to the appropriate parties. In the unlikely event that business activities should have a negative impact on human rights, we shall respond appropriately using fair and equitable remedial actions to mitigate and resolve such effects.
The promotion of this charter is under the jurisdiction of the human rights committee which includes the Chief Executive Officer, and the contents of the charter shall be disseminated to all executives, employees, and external stakeholders through the proactive promotion of activities concerning the awareness of human rights.
- *1Refers to the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” “UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,” “Children's Rights and Business Principles,” and the “Eight Fundamental Conventions of the ILO*2”.
- *2The Eight Fundamental Conventions of the ILO are:
- 1.Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
- 2.Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
- 3.Forced Labour Convention
- 4.Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
- 5.Minimum Age Convention
- 6.Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
- 7.Equal Remuneration Convention
- 8.Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention