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15 Dec 2021

Japan: First Govt. survey of corporate efforts on human rights in supply chains finds 1 in 5 companies have no human rights guidelines or safeguards

In September and October 2021, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly conducted the first government survey on the situation of corporate initiatives on business and human rights in supply chains. In the Japanese National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) established in October 2020, the Japanese government expressed its expectation that Japanese companies, regardless of their size or industry, would introduce Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD). This survey was conducted as part of the follow-up to the NAP.

The survey targeted 2,786 firms listed in the first and second sections of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. 760 companies responded, revealing crucial issues that need to be addressed by the Japanese government and businesses, including the fact that 1 in 5 companies have no human rights guidelines or safeguards. In response to the result, the industry ministry says the corporate efforts remain insufficient, and further analysis will be made for potential policies.

This page compiles related updates in response to the survey result.