Respect for human rights

Daiwa Securities Group states in its corporate principles that “the Group will strive to maintain a high sense of morality and duty, endeavoring to continue contributing to the sustainable growth of the societies in which we operate.” To improve a corporate culture rooted in the basic principles of respect for human rights, we are further strengthening our efforts to educate and enlighten our employees about human rights. We therefore support and respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ISO 26000, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and international standards on human rights, such as the Act on the Promotion of Human Rights Education and Human Rights Awareness-Raising. We have also joined the UN Global Compact.

Basic Policy for Initiatives Addressing Human Rights and Social Integration Issues

  1. 1.Daiwa Securities Group supports and complies with the protection of human rights as advocated internationally and does not infringe on human rights within the boundaries of its influence.
  2. 2.The Daiwa Securities Group educates and instructs Group employees with accurate information on human rights and social integration issues.
  3. 3.At the same time, the Group views human rights and social integration issues as our own problem, not somebody else’s problem, and fosters a sensitivity that enables empathy with the suffering of others.
  4. 4.We provide an equitable working environment that values people and is free of discrimination or human rights violations based on race, nationality, biological sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
  5. 5.Each employee is a member of society unburdened by prejudice.

Specific Efforts

  1. 1.We highly value the human rights of every stakeholder and our staff will always address clients, local communities and their members with great awareness of human rights.
  2. 2.We work to ensure that our hiring and recruiting, personnel evaluations and labor management practices are always fair.
  3. 3.The Group is continually improving internal human rights education and awareness programs, including regular training and feedback and response loops.

Human Rights Awareness Promotion Committee
Revised on August 12, 2016

Human Rights Education and Awareness System

Human Rights Education and Awareness System

In 1984, Daiwa Securities Group set up the Human Rights Awareness Promotion Committee. The committee aimed at promoting activities and training for raising human rights awareness, thereby encouraging better understanding and appreciation of social integration and other human rights issues. We have been working to achieve its objectives. Besides the committee, all Group managers at the head office or branch level act in a promotional role, engaging in education and awareness activities to ensure that employees correctly understand and acknowledge human rights and social integration issues.
Daiwa Securities Group has been a member of the Industrial Federation for Human Rights, Tokyo, since 1998. The Federation is composed of 123 companies mostly headquartered in Tokyo with a combined total of 1.5 million employees (as of April 2021). Federation members work together to further improve their employees’ awareness of human rights issues through research and communication.

Initiatives in FY2020

In FY2020, we provided human rights education as part of training for the Group’s new employees conducted immediately after their induction ceremony. It is also included in training for young employees (annex education) and for those newly becoming general managers, managers, and associate managers. The chief of the Human Rights Awareness Promotion Committee Secretariat has taken charge of all of these training courses.
We have also been providing training on LGBT issues since FY2015. It has been conducted for those in the Group’s compliance and human resources divisions. The issues are also taken up in training for new employees every year.
LGBT issues are also included in training for promoted employees as an opportunity to deepen their understanding. The cumulative number of employees participating in training on LGBT issues is now 6,154.
The Group held a Human Rights Awareness Workshop for all executives and employees to consider human rights from multiple viewpoints.
Times are changing, and we are moving from the stage of understanding our differences to that of actively turning those differences into value. Discussions between participants were therefore held after watching “Turning Differences into Strengths,” an educational video with the theme of hints for promoting greater workplace communication.
We also called for human rights awareness slogans between October and November 2020 in a contest designed to promote a broader and deeper understanding of human rights issues. Contest participation was open not just to employees but also to their families. The winning entries were presented in our in-house magazine.

Human rights education for employees for FY2020

Training participants 311 new employees
Objective To acquire basic knowledge concerning human rights and to understand and raise awareness of the Group’s fundamental principles concerning respect for human rights
Training participants 1,008 promoted employees
Objective To acquire knowledge and raise awareness concerning human rights required for their respective positions

Whistleblowing System (Corporate Ethics Hotline)

Our group has a whistleblowing system (Corporate Ethics Hotline), and the matters to be reported include harassment (bullying, power harassment, sexual harassment, maternity harassment, etc.) and other human rights violations. When the hotline is contacted, we appropriately address the matters.