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

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 labor and forced labor.

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.

Providing Management Training in Response to Globalization in Business

In the state of California, U.S., where Santen Inc. and Advanced Vision Science Inc., Santen's group companies, are located, the laws obligate workers to receive regular training to prevent sexual harassment and power harassment and keep records on the training.

In February 2015, Santen provided training for corporate officers and managerial staff at the Corporate Headquarters who have subordinates at the U.S. group companies, to deepen their understanding of points requiring special attention in management, including specific methods of giving direction and advice.

Corporate officers and managerial staff are taking training.

Implementing Education Programs about Cases of Harmful Effects of Medicines

Based on our position as a life-related company, we at Santen believe that it is important for Santen employees to become aware of the "preciousness of life" and our "great responsibility as a pharmaceutical company." We therefore implement education programs, targeting all employees, on past scandals over the harmful effects of medicines produced by other companies.

In March 2014, we implemented an education program for the top management, including the President, on the necessity and importance of education about the harmful effects of medicines, the history and details of cases of harmful effects of medicines in Japan, lessons from past scandals over the harmful effects of medicines produced by other companies, and other topics. Through this program, the top managements confirmed the importance their own initiative in being fully aware of the harmful effects of medicines and preventing similar errors.

Furthermore, in September 2014 we implemented education programs for all employees in Japan about examples from past scandals of other companies over the harmful effects of medicines. In December 2016, we also implemented education programs on the necessity of collecting and reporting safety information to prevent the harmful effects of medicines.