Respect for Human Rights

The Santen Group raises human rights awareness so that employees can demonstrate a high standard of ethics in all countries and regions in which we operate.

Raising Human Rights Awareness

The Santen Group strives to prevent the abuses of human rights. In accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Conventions, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, other international norms, and the spirit behind them, the Santen Group believes in the importance of respecting the rights of each of its employees and acting with the highest ethical standards, and is working to strengthen awareness of these issues through training for new employees and ongoing training via e-learning.

Our Code of Conduct as part of the Santen Code of Practice, which defines how every Santen employee should act, firmly declares, "We do not engage in discrimination against or harassment of individuals based on their gender, nationality, race, skin color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, age, education, family background, place of birth, disability, health issues, social position, etc. We respect individual personalities and do not engage in sexual, moral or any other kind of harassment in the workplace." Also, we are addressing human rights issues in our supply chains, such as child labour and forced labour.

As global expansion brings increasing diversity to our workforce, we are working to ensure each employee is familiar with and can put beliefs into practice by translating the Santen Code of Practice into 13 languages. In a worldwide campaign held in February 2017, we established a Santen Code of Practice familiarization month, part of an effort to encourage understanding among all Santen Group employees.

Top management is taking human rights training

Pursuing Fair Recruitment and Selection

The Santen Group has formulated the policy of recruiting and selecting new employees without regard to the applicants' nationality, place of origin, sex, family situation, or creed, etc., which are unrelated to the applicants' aptitude or abilities.

In the employee selection process, we make efforts to achieve fair recruitment and selection without asking inappropriate questions that are unrelated to applicants' aptitudes and could in some cases violate human rights.