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Japan: Japan Responsible Supply Chains Committee releases guidelines on implementing grievance mechanisms

"Engagement" and "Remedy" Guidelines for Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Responsible Supply Chains. Dec 2019

The Japan Responsible Supply Chains Committee (JRSC), which is comprised of multi-stakeholder members, and which is led by Business and Human Rights Lawyers Network Japan (BHR Lawyers) and Global Compact Network Japan (GCNJ), has formulated and announced   "Engagement" and "Remedy" Guidelines for Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct and Responsible Supply Chains.

The "Engagement" and "Remedy" Guidelines provide practical guide and basic actions for Japanese business to establish effective operational level grievance mechanisms in accordance with international norms, such as UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human RightsOECD MNE Guidelines, and ILO MNE Declaration. The Guidelines aim to promote constructive dialogues between business and society, strengthen grievance mechanisms, and ensure access to remedies around Japan.

The "Engagement" and "Remedy" Guidelines also intend to contribute to the development of the legacy of Tokyo 2020, the enrichment of the content of Japan's National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, and the effective dissemination of the ESG initiatives by Japanese companies.

We expect many business enterprises and other stakeholders to use and implement the Engagement" and "Remedy" Guidelines...

[Guidelines are available as four PDF files and can be downloaded using the link.]