Human Rights Initiatives

In today’s globalized market where free trade is on the rise, companies have a significant impact, both positive and negative, on human rights. Operating worldwide, the JVCKENWOOD Group recognizes the need to respect the human rights of all stakeholders that have an interest in its operations, including employees and suppliers, while ensuring fair labor practices. We are taking a wide range of measures to fulfill our responsibilities as a global company by sharing our human rights policy and initiatives across the Group while establishing and administering a relevant management system.

JVCKENWOOD Group Human Rights Policy

JVCKENWOOD Group Human Rights Policy

At the JVCKENWOOD Group ("Group"), we uphold our corporate vision of "Creating Excitement and Peace of Mind for the People of the World." We embrace as one of our action guidelines to "strive for sincere, responsible corporate behavior as our commitment to compliance", to help create a sustainable society through our business.

Being a group of companies operating globally, we are fully aware that our business activities may directly or indirectly affect the human rights of our stakeholders when we pursue the vision. We are therefore committed to fulfilling our responsibility to respect human rights.


I Our Principles

We are committed to respecting human rights. The JVCKENWOOD Group Human Rights Policy ("Policy") has been established in accordance with the International Bill of Human Rights (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenants on Human Rights), the International Labour Organization's ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the UNICEF Children's Rights and Business Principles.

This Policy sets out herein our principle of respect for human rights and our responsibility to respect them based on the JVCKENWOOD Group Compliance Code of Conduct.


II Scope of Application

The JVCKENWOOD Group Human Rights Policy applies to the JVCKENWOOD Group's management and employees and is reflected in the Group's business operations. We actively encourage all those involved in our value chain, including business partners and suppliers who may impact human rights through their business activities, to comply with this Policy and take appropriate action.


III Commitment

1 Compliance with Laws, Regulations and International Standards

The JVCKENWOOD Group complies with laws and regulations of the countries and regions in which it operates. If there are any discrepancies between an internationally recognized human rights standard and human rights law, we will pursue a way to respect the internationally recognized human rights standard.

2 Respect for Human Rights and Eradication of Discrimination

The JVCKENWOOD Group respects fundamental human rights in all aspects of its business activities. We prohibit all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, creed, age, social status, family origin, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. We respect workers' human rights. We prohibit psychological and physical abuse, compulsion, harassment and any form of actual and potential inhumane treatment of workers.

3 Abolition of Forced Labor, Eradication of Child Labor and Respect for the Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining

The JVCKENWOOD Group prohibits forced labor, child labor, human trafficking and bonded labor. We respect workers' freedom of association and right to collective bargaining.

4 Proper Management of Wages and Working Hours

The JVCKENWOOD Group complies with the minimum wage. We ensure that employees' working hours, non-work days, and vacation entitlements are properly managed. We do not allow our employees to work overtime excessively. We strive to provide a safe, healthy and sound work environment for them.

5 Protection of Privacy

The JVCKENWOOD Group takes the utmost care to ensure that its business activities, products and its use and application of new technologies such as artificial intelligence do not violate privacy and human rights.

6 Human Rights Due Diligence

The JVCKENWOOD Group seeks to identify, prevent and mitigate against adverse impacts on human rights by carrying out human rights due diligence in the course of its business operations.

7 Whistleblowing System and Rectification

The JVCKENWOOD Group has a whistleblowing hotline for all employees to take appropriate actions against any misconduct within the business activities of the Group that violates or may violate the JVCKENWOOD Group Compliance Code of Conduct.

8 Employee Training

The JVCKENWOOD Group provides education and training to its employees to ensure that this Policy is well communicated to all employees and effectively implemented in all business processes.

9 Dialogue with Stakeholders

The JVCKENWOOD Group engages in active dialogue with all relevant stakeholders as part of actions taken under this Policy.

10 Reporting and Disclosure

The JVCKENWOOD Group discloses information regarding the above commitment in a timely and appropriate manner.


1st February 2021
Shoichiro Eguchi
Representative Director of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
JVCKENWOOD Corporation

Human rights risk management promotion system

Under the supervisory responsibility of the CEO, JVCKENWOOD Group's Sustainability Management Office takes the lead in implementing risk management related to human rights. In addition, the Sustainability Management Office. conducts annual risk surveillance at all business sites that specializes in human rights risk. We have also established a company-wide system in which matters identified through risk surveillance that require company-wide initiatives through the Enterprise Risk Management Conference.
Please see Enterprise Risk Management for specific risk surveillance mechanisms.

Salient Human Rights Issues

As a company engaged in global manufacturing, the JVCKENWOOD Group recognizes the need to consider a wide range of human rights. We consider not only the human rights of our own employees, but also the human rights of local residents who may be affected through our business activities, and human rights in the supply chain.

Since 2021, we have been conducting an annual human rights risk surveillance process for our global workforce. In December 2022, based on the results of human rights risk surveillance, international norms, domestic laws, and trends in each country, the company-wide risk management meeting identified four salient human rights issues.

1. Employee Labor Management
The JVCKENWOOD Group strives to properly manage employee working hours, breaks, and holidays in accordance with local labor standards laws and Group company's employment regulations. In addition, we are actively working to reform work styles by making working hours visible, promoting the use of planned leave, and promoting telework.

2. Protection of Consumer Personal Information
The JVCKENWOOD Group complies with the laws, guidelines, and other norms of each country regarding the protection of personal information, as well as the JVCKENWOOD Group Privacy Policy. We have established rules, manuals, and guidelines for the safe management of personal data, and also have taken appropriate measures to ensure the safe management of personal data. (Including personal data handling rules, training for employees, etc.).

3. Discrimination and Harassment of Employees
The JVCKENWOOD Group clearly states "Respect for Human Rights and Elimination of Discrimination" as part of its commitment in the "JVCKENWOOD Group Human Rights Policy". We respect basic human rights and prohibit all forms of discrimination based on race, creed, age, social status, family origin, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity, and disability are prohibited.
We also respect the human rights of workers and do not tolerate inhumane treatment, such as mental or physical abuse, coercion, harassment, or the performance of any act that could lead to such treatment.

4. Forced Labor and Child Labor in the Supply Chain
The JVCKENWOOD Group has established the "JVCKENWOOD CSR Procurement Guidelines" and asks our business partners to understand and cooperate with these guidelines. We disseminate the specifics of the "JVCKENWOOD CSR Procurement Guidelines" to our business partners at partners' meetings and ask for their cooperation in our ongoing SAQ surveys.

The JVCKENWOOD Group will strive to identify, avoid, and mitigate negative impacts on human rights by conducting human rights due diligence on its business activities.

Human rights awareness-raising and education

The JVCKENWOOD Group requires all its employees complete Human Rights e-Learning in order to understand human rights initiatives based on the JVCKENWOOD Group Compliance Code of Conduct. In the training conducted in 2021, the new Human Rights Policy was explained in detail to disseminate and raise awareness among employees. In the questionnaire survey conducted after the training, 76% of the participants of this training answered that they had changed their awareness of human rights. We are also actively working to raise awareness of human rights among our employees by focusing on issues such as promoting diversity and preventing harassment in new employee training and managerial training.

Human rights hotline

The JVCKENWOOD Group maintains a whistle-blower system that enables employees to report on possible violations of any law or regulation, the JVCKENWOOD Group Compliance Code of Conduct, and other internal rules. There were no incidents related to human rights violations occurred in FY2021.


Compliance/Internal Whistle-blower System

Complying with the UK Modern Slavery Act

Fair Labor-Management Relations

JVCKENWOOD promotes active dialogue between labor and management in recognition of the fact that trusting labor-management relations will boost the productivity and motivation of employees and lead to sustained growth for the company.

Labor-management dialogue

JVCKENWOOD has established labor agreements with the JVCKENWOOD Labor Union that represents all employees excluding managerial employees, with regard to the three rights of labor (the right to unionize, the right to collectively bargain, and the right to collectively act) and conducts negotiations/discussions on working conditions, etc. When making a practical change that may have a significant impact on the employees’ way of working, the management explains and discusses it with the union in advance, in accordance with the labor-management agreement.

Representatives of labor and management meet on a regular basis in informal management gatherings, financial results briefings, and special labor-management committee meetings to discuss institutional matters, and the agreements reached through these discussions are immediately put into place. In FY2021, 20 labor-management meetings were held to discuss matters such as changes to be made to the personnel system. In FY2022, we will further solidify the sound relations between labor and management by actively continuing to promote labor-management dialogue.