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As our value chain expands on a global scale, we find diverse working conditions, business norms, and trade practices in countries and regions around the world, and this has highlighted the need to ensure respect for human rights in our operations. Society's awareness of human rights issues is also rising, and companies are expected to address human rights issues in accordance with such international standards as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Companies are now being asked not only to undertake initiatives for the in-house promotion of human rights but also to avoid abetting human rights infringements by suppliers and customers.
In carrying out our business, Hitachi recognizes human rights as a key issue related to risk management. On the basis of this awareness, we will respect the human rights of all stakeholders, including our own employees and supply chain, in every country and region where we operate. We are also engaged in raising awareness of human rights throughout the Hitachi Group and in expanding the scope of our activities through such measures as the launching of human rights due diligence.
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Hitachi operates in line with the Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy and other guiding principles that set forth its respect for international human rights norms. To implement these principles, we carry out educational activities targeting executives and employees on an ongoing basis to help foster an organization in which human rights infringements do not occur. At the same time, we are pressing forward with human rights due diligence. In fiscal 2015 we took steps in our procurement divisions to assess potential human rights risks in the supply chain, identify higher-priority issues and craft specific measures to address them.
Our employees are tasked with maintaining respect for human rights within the supply chain, but at the same time, in their role as employed persons, they are also stakeholders whose human rights must be upheld.
Hitachi's longstanding approach has been to give importance to building a mutually beneficial relationship with our employees as partners in a common effort. Moving forward, we will continually strengthen our system of mutual cooperation to build an equitable worker-employee relationship and improve worker health and safety levels based on respect for workers' fundamental rights.