SGH

Human Rights and Community

Policies, Systems and Initiatives

Policies, systems and initiatives related to human rights

Identification of Prominent Human Rights Issues Unique to the Business

The SG Holdings Group is aware of the following human rights risks in the logistics and transportation business

  • Health and safety of employees
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Forced labor in the workplace

Stakeholder Engagement for Verifying Human Rights Risks and Effects

The SG Holdings Group conducts education by exchanging opinions through groupwork between employees on the identification of causes and the prevention of harassment, and aims to eradicate human rights violations.

Commitment to the Respect of Human Rights in Corporate Activities

The SG Holdings Group has established its policies on respect for human rights and the ethics and norms of employees in the "Code of Ethics and Conduct," and is working to spread awareness by posting it on the company Intranet. Furthermore, periodic training is conducted for all employees to foster correct understanding and awareness of the policies. Efforts are also being made to introduce this into first-year training and prevent the violation of human rights.

Policies on Labor Standards

The SG Holdings Group conducts groupwide education by sharing Japanese and English versions of the Code of Ethics and Conduct on the company Intranet to ensure all employees understand it and are able to implement it in their duties.

In addition, the Singaporean overseas subsidiary SG Sagawa Ameroid Pte. Ltd. has created a handbook specifying policies on labor standards in accordance with the Ministry of Manpower's requirements. The policies are communicated to all employees, and the handbook has been uploaded to the company Intranet and translated into English and Chinese to enable employees to view it at any time. A system enabling all employees to check the Code of Ethics and Conduct monthly has been adopted.

Initiative on the Labor Standards Framework

At present, the SG Holdings Group has not signed the United Nations Global Compact, which is a global framework for realizing sustainable growth. However, by adhering to the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact and implementing them in business activities, we would like to create a healthy corporate culture and contribute to the sustainable development of society. Major consolidated overseas subsidiary Expolanka signed the United Nations Global Compact in October 2018.

The United Nations Global Compact is a voluntary initiative in which companies and organizations participate to act as good members of society and realize sustainable growth by exhibiting responsible and creative leadership. See the website of the Global Compact Network (https://www.unglobalcompact.org/) for details.

Commitment to Local Employment

The SG Holdings Group recognizes that "contribution to local communities" is essential for the sustained implementation and expansion of business activities. The Corporate Charter of Business Conduct states that we shall "contribute to the development of those countries; whilst respecting their cultures and customs, and taking into account the concerns of stakeholders." In addition, the Group Code of Ethics and Conduct that describes the specifics of this states "We shall serve toward the development of local communities in Japan and overseas, and aim to coexist with society as a whole." We see local communities to be important stakeholders and believes that creating good relationships is important.

Based on this view, we will conduct economic activities that contribute to the establishment and expansion of local socioeconomic infrastructure, and actively work to contribute to local communities and conduct community investment through business activities to contribute to the development of local communities. We will generate regular local jobs by locally hiring drivers and other staff in business operations in Japan and overseas, and contribute to the stimulation of local economies by procuring goods and services locally whenever possible.

The overseas subsidiary Expolanka Holdings PLC is locally hiring staff in Europe and the United States where it is especially expanding business. Furthermore, the number of local staff members exceeds the number of Japanese staff members in all locations other than the head office in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Policy on Supporting Minimum Wages

The SG Holdings Group complies with labor laws and regulations on the payment of wages to employees, and has set wages at no less than the minimum wages specified by law. Some overseas subsidiaries have also established policies on wages and wage management concerning minimum wages.

Policy on Reduction of Overtime Hours

The SG Holdings Group is continually proceeding to reduce the total overtime hours of employees by promoting the improvement of efficiency of each employee's work. Furthermore, the Group thoroughly implements time management aimed at the prevention of overwork. Overseas subsidiaries also comply with the labor laws and regulations of their respective countries, and are proceeding to reduce overtime work with the aim of preventing overwork in accordance with policies based on these.

Policy on Supporting the Right of Freedom of Association

The SG Holdings Group will contribute to the development of society in its business activities and corporate management with the aim of realizing the ten principles outlined in the United Nations Global Compact. Furthermore, the Group will sincerely promote the effective approval of the right of freedom of association of workers and employers and collective bargaining rights.

Contribution to the Community

Policies, Systems and Initiatives

Policies, systems and initiatives related to contribution to the community

Auxiliary Organizations

Item Unit Accumulated Total Unit Accumulated Total
International student scholarship support
(Accumulated total for 35 years from FY1986 until FY2020)
Persons 558 Million yen 128,526
Promotion of cancer research
(Accumulated total for 32 years from FY1989 until FY2020)
Cases 506 Million yen 49,900
Item Unit FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Scholarships provided to international students Cases 16 16 16
Million yen 3,840 4,608 4,608
Applications for cancer research grants Cases 198 179 228
Cancer research grants provided Cases 15 15 15
Million yen 1,500 1,500 1,500
International economic cooperation China (students) Persons 10 10 –*
(human resource development support) Laos (students + workers) Persons 80 79 –*
Vietnam (students) Persons 138 161 -*

*Suspended in FY2020 in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

*Name changed from "Sagawa Art Museum" in October 2019

Item Unit FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Number of museum visitors Persons 213,276 284,295 83,717
Major collaborative projects and education promotion activities with Moriyama City
Welfare Day
Persons 1,364
(122 facilities)
721
(78 facilities)
-
Art viewing classroom
(All 4th grade students in 9 public elementary schools in Moriyama City)
Persons 1,013 1,003 -

*For Welfare Day, the Sagawa Art Museum invited users of nursing care facilities in Shiga prefecture at no charge on a closed day. Art viewing classrooms are aimed at helping local residents gain a deeper understanding of and love for art. However, the activities were suspended in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in FY2020.

Social Contribution Activities

Item Boundary Unit FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Social contribution activity expenses Japan Million yen 237 237 238