Human Rights Policy
KOSÉ formulated the “KOSÉ Group Action Guidelines” in 2005, which stipulate that we respect the human rights of all those involved and take actions accordingly.
We participated in the 2019 Stakeholder Engagement Program hosted by CRT Japan. After exchanging opinions with experts on human rights and NGOs on environment and human rights, we raised human rights issues facing the cosmetics industry in particular, and we reviewed the Consumer Goods (Cosmetics and Daily Goods) sector in the “Draft of Human Rights Issues by Sector” formulated last year in cooperation with industry companies. Based on our recognition of important human rights issues unique to the industry, we intend to use the draft in our crafting of future initiatives.
In addition, as a member of the global society, we have formulated the “KOSÉ Group Human Rights Policy” to further deepen our understanding of human rights issues and promote corresponding initiatives. In formulating the plan, a workshop was held by experts with the heads of major related departments (business planning, human resources, legal affairs, purchasing, production, and sustainability) participating. In addition to re-evaluating global trends regarding human rights and the current situation of the company and confirming the direction to be taken in the future, we formulated this human rights policy.
KOSÉ Group Human Rights Policy
Under the corporate message, “Creating Beauty in a Sustainable World”, the KOSÉ Group aims at realizing a sustainable society and global environment that will be passed on to the next generation through corporate activities.
In addition, our Behavioral Charter states that with the “Mind to Follow the Right Path”, we will act in accordance with ethics, observe laws and social norms, and respect the human rights of all people involved in the KOSÉ Group, and continue to be an honest and sincere company supported by customers and society.
The KOSÉ Group recognizes that it may affect human rights, directly or indirectly, in the course of conducting business. To fulfill our responsibility to respect the human rights of all persons involved in the business, we herein set forth the “KOSÉ Group Human Rights Policy” (hereinafter referred to as the “policy”) and are committed to the basic rights of all.
1. Basic Concept
The KOSÉ Group recognizes the importance of respecting human rights in all activities, as a company that is a part of society, based on our Behavioral Charter. The KOSÉ Group views the United Nations’ “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)” as the framework for its implementation, and supports and respects the following international principles in its business activities.
- United Nations “International Bill of Human Rights” (such as the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, the “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”, and the “International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”)
- The core labor standards and the conventions on human rights regarding wages and working hours based on OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ILO (International Labor Organization) “Tripartite Declaration of Principles on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration)”, and “ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.”
- UN General Assembly Resolution “UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”
- The ten principles of the UN Global Compact
- UNICEF, UN Global Compact, Save the Children “Children’s Rights and Business Principles”
2. Scope of Application
This policy applies to all officers and employees of the KOSÉ Group. We also request that all business partners related to KOSÉ Group products and services support this policy and respect human rights.
3. Respect for Human Rights
The KOSÉ Group recognizes that business activities in all value chains cannot completely eliminate any potential negative impact on those involved. We will ensure that our business activities do not infringe on the human rights of those affected, and that any negative impacts that arise from our business activities should be addressed in an appropriate manner in order to fulfill our responsibility of respect for all humans.
4. Human Rights Due Diligence
The KOSÉ Group will establish a human rights due diligence system to identify any negative impacts of the KOSÉ Group on human rights and society, and to work towards mitigation and/or prevention of these effects.
5. Dialogue and Consultation
The KOSÉ Group will engage in dialogue and consultation with stakeholders in the process of implementing this policy utilizing independent, external human rights experts.
6. Education and Training
The KOSÉ Group will provide appropriate education and training to ensure that this policy is incorporated into all of our business activities and implemented effectively.
If it is clear that KOSÉ Group’s business activities have caused a negative impact on human rights, or if involvement in such impact through business relations is evident or suspected, we will work on relief through dialogue and appropriate procedures based on international standards.
8. Person Responsible※
The KOSÉ Group will clarify the officer responsible for implementing this policy and ensuring its effectiveness.
9. Information Disclosure
The Kosé Group will disclose, on its website, the progress and results of its efforts to spread respect for human rights.
10. Applicable Laws
The KOSÉ Group complies with the laws and regulations of each country or region where we do business. Where there is a conflict between internationally recognized human rights and the laws of each country, we will seek ways to maximize respect for international human rights principles.
This policy has been approved by the company’s board of directors and signed by President and Representative Director KOBAYASHI Kazutoshi.
Kazutoshi Kobayashi President & CEO KOSÉ Corporation
Responsibility for implementing the KOSÉ Group Human Rights Policy
・Responsibilities for supervision: Executive Director in charge of the administrative department and the board of directors
・Execution: Head of Human Resources and related departments
・Governance system: “Sustainability Committee” and “Sustainability Promotion Committee” under its umbrella
Support for “Sakura Girls Secondary School” in Tanzania
In response to serious human rights issues for women in Tanzania in Africa, the Group Kilimanjaro Inc., a volunteer group of Japan, opened a dormitory-based Sakura Girls Secondary School in 2016 at the foot of Kilimanjaro.
They have created an educational environment for outstanding female students and promoted future employment and active support. KOSÉ supports their activity and provides tuition support (support for the right to education) to students.