Basic Principle

As a basic principle of human rights, the “K” LINE Group stipulates at the start of its Charter of Conduct that it will consistently respect human rights and well consider personality, individuality, and diversity of its corporate members, and improve work safety and conditions to offer them comfort and affluence. Each Group company shares this principle and strives to enhance the awareness of human rights in its working environment and business activities. Furthermore, the Company clearly states in the “K” Line Implementation Guideline for Charter of Conduct that it does not tolerate child labor or forced labor, and upholds the principle that it will eliminate any discrimination in employment or compensation based on nationality, gender, religion, social class, or other social status such as race, age, sexual orientation, and disabilities, etc., and ensure equal opportunity in the implementation of human resources management.

 

In April 2020, we signed the UN Global Compact and declared our support for the principles related to human rights, “support and respect the protection of human rights” and “not be

complicit in human rights abuses,” and the principles related to labor, “elimination of forced and compulsory labour”, “effective abolition of child labour,” and “elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.”

 

Moreover, in order to enhance its effort on human rights, the Group has formulated the Basic Policy on Human Rights, with effect in February 2022, based on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP).

Human Rights Due Diligence and Initiatives for Enhancing Awareness

Under the supervision of the officer in charge of sustainability promotion, the Corporate Sustainability, IR, and Communication Group has become responsible for implementing human rights due diligence in “K” LINE’s business activities. Additionally, the Group is responsible for conducting risk analysis for “K” LINE’s business activities and supply chain and enacting prevention measures and countermeasures when necessary.

 

Based on the above approach, we aim to establish awareness of respect for human rights across the entire “K” LINE Group through the following initiatives:

• Implementation of e-learning

• Publication of a newsletter

Respect for Basic Labor Rights

The Company aims to maintain and improve working environments and to build good relationships between workers and management. We engage in constructive dialogue combining reciprocal perspectives to generate ideas, which we incorporate into our systems to support work-life balance and other aspects of workers’ lives.

Identifying Human Rights Issues

As part of the process to identify material issues regarding human rights, “K” LINE had taken part in “Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop” (http://crt-japan.jp/en/portfolio/human-rights-due-diligence-workshop/) organized by “Caux Round Table Japan” since 2014, and participated in development of “Human Rights Issues by Sector” through dialogue and collaboration with multi-stakeholders.

 

In October 2019, we participated in the Business and Human Rights Conference in Tokyo (http://crt-japan.jp/files2019/Conference/conference%20report%20en.pdf) organized by the CRT Japan, where we joined group discussions and exchange of opinions with overseas experts.

 

Respect for Diversity

The “K” LINE has been increasing diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and so on, corresponding to the globalization of its business activities, expecting that improved diversity may contribute to creation of new ideas that may result in future business developments and sustainable growth of the company. It will continue improvement of HR systems and work environments so that it can support and promote diversity further.

In addition, seafarers working on board come from varying parts of the world, including the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, China, and elsewhere in Asia, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, and other European nations. United as one, they work day and night to ensure the safety in navigation and cargo operations of our fleet.

 

Preventing Harassment

“K” LINE has established a dedicated consultation service for sexual harassment, power harassment, and mental issues. How to use such services has been communicated on the corporate portal site, with contact details for the consultation desk. The Company has set up a system in which it can quickly solve problems while giving the maximum consideration to privacy of persons who want to have consultation, for example, by placing a female consultant as well, working with an industrial physician, etc. In addition, we hold seminars for executives and employees on the subject of preventing harassments.

The attendance rates of harassment prevention seminars
FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Regular employees 91% 88% 87%
Managers 86% 61% 78%
※postponed due to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Modern Slavery Act

In accordance with the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 legislation, our Group companies in UK have published “Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement” as follows.

 

“K” Line Holding (Europe) Limited

Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement