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.

Initiatives on Respecting Human Rights

In accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Conventions, the United Nations 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 for all employees, including contract and temporary staff. We are also continuously addressing human rights issues in our supply chains.

In October 2017, we joined the United Nations Global Compact and declared our commitment to support and respect for human rights protection, and commitment not to be complicit in any manner of human rights abuses.

Our Code of Conduct as part of the Santen Code of Practice, firmly declares, "We do not engage in discrimination against or harassment of individuals based on their nationality, race, skin color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, age, education, family background, place of birth, disability, health problems, social position, etc. We respect individual personalities and do not engage in sexual, moral or any other kind of harassment in the workplace."

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. We conducted a worldwide campaign as Santen Code of Practice familiarization month in February and July 2017, part of an effort to encourage understanding among all Santen Group employees.

Respect and Protect for Human Rights in R&D

The Santen Group has established a Research Ethics Committee to deliberate on our R&D activities and ensure they are ethically appropriate, including protection of participant privacy, scientific validity and content appropriateness. The committee also ensures that participants' human rights are respected and protected.

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 conduct fair recruitment and selection based on the appropriateness and ability of applicants without asking inappropriate questions that may violate human rights.

Human Rights-Related Consulting & Reporting Desk

The Santen Group sets up a desk with staff speaking local languages in each country or regional branch to accept various consultations and reports on harassment, discrimination, and other human rights-related issues from all employees, including contract and temporary staff. We respond appropriately to accepted consultations and reports with full consideration of personal information and privacy.

Human Rights Training

Believing that all employees, who have been becoming more diverse due to the globalization of our business, must respect human rights and act in accordance with a high standard of ethics, the Santen Group has enhanced training programs and other measures to raise employees' awareness of respect for human rights. In Japan, we provide education about harassment and discrimination cases, the desired behavior of employees, and other topics, on the occasion of new employee training and e-learning-based follow-up training. In addition, newly appointed managerial staff are required to receive training to learn the roles and desired behavior of managerial staff through case studies on harassing behavior.