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Human Rights Policies and Philosophy

As the value chains of global corporations expand, the international community is ever more concerned about respect for human rights and how business affects them. As a leading automobile company, Nissan considers the strict adherence to corporate rules and applicable laws and practices fundamental to its business activity in every country and area where it operates. We are committed to delivering engaging, valuable and sustainable mobility to all and acknowledges that, for this to be achieved, the human rights of all stakeholders must be respected and all employees must uphold the highest ethical standards. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, gender, religion, disability, age, place of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic. We also work to rectify and eradicate working practices that infringe human rights, such as forced labor and child labor.

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Human Rights Policy Statement

As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, Nissan’s respect for human rights is informed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Based on the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), we have formulated the Nissan Human Rights Policy Statement* to actively prevent adverse human rights impacts. This policy statement makes our commitment to protecting human rights clear to all stakeholders and underpins our initiatives in this area.

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Human Rights Management

The Nissan Human Rights Policy Statement is applicable to employees at every level, including management. Nissan’s fundamental ethical expectations are also clarified in the Nissan Global Code of Conduct, and all management and employees recognize the importance of applying the statement beyond Nissan’s own operations. At every level of our global supply chain, we aim to conduct ethical, social and environmentally conscious business activities, and we work together with suppliers, contractors and other business partners to achieve this goal.
Since 2006, we have shared a set of common values and processes around procurement known as The Renault-Nissan Purchasing Way with its worldwide network of suppliers. Common values regarding human rights and labor are also shared via the Renault-Nissan CSR Guidelines for Suppliers, in which we detail our expectations and request implementation regarding respect for human rights and prohibition of child labor and forced labor. In addition, we require businesses we deal with to take the initiative on responsible procurement of minerals and carry out due diligence on conflict minerals.
We are also strengthening communication with our sales companies and promoting consistent sustainability management, including on human rights issues.

See below for more details about our guidelines.

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Human Rights Achievements

Nissan recognizes the need to take a comprehensive approach to managing human rights. After identifying actual or potential adverse impacts that we might have inadvertently caused or contributed to, we consider it vital to monitor and assess such situations, as well as to develop appropriate response strategies.
In the 2001 Nissan Global Code of Conduct, we detailed our policies regarding equal opportunity and respect for diversity. In 2004, we signed the United Nations Global Compact, accepting reporting obligations that we continue to fulfill today. Regarding suppliers, in 2010 we published the Renault-Nissan CSR Guidelines for Suppliers, clarifying our respect for human rights and commitment to eliminating forced and child labor and sharing our sustainability policies.
In 2017, in accordance with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), we issued the Nissan Human Rights Policy Statement. This policy makes it clear that, as a world-leading automobile company, we respect all our stakeholders’ human rights, and require our employees to act according to the highest ethical standards. In 2018, we cooperated with an NGO to implement human rights due diligence, allowing us to identify key areas of particularly high risk.
In June 2018, we launched our new sustainability strategy, Nissan Sustainability 2022, specifying the main goals through fiscal 2022 for the aspects of Environmental, Social and Governance. For the Social aspect, the strategy also reiterates the importance of respecting all stakeholders’ rights.
We also work to build awareness of human rights among employees. For example, a total of 222 people have taken part in our LGBT seminars, held annually since fiscal 2014. Since fiscal 2016, all senior managers have been required to take an e-learning program about LGBT issues. We also have proactive initiatives to support LGBT staff.*1
As described in the Nissan Global Code of Conduct, employees can submit inquiries related to human rights issues via a global reporting system.*2 We are committed to investigating, addressing and responding to any concerns raised, and employees who make inquiries are protected from any form of retaliation.