System to Promote the Respecting and Protecting Human Rights
Focused around the Corporate Ethics Office and the Code of Conduct Committee, Advantest strives to promote and set policies on human rights issues and deal with complaints about discriminatory treatment.
We share the Advantest Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidebook with our suppliers, and endeavor to ensure that they are fully aware of the need to respect human rights (including the prohibition on forced labor, child labor, and discrimination, etc.).
Creating a Workplace that Respects Human Rights
The ADVANTEST Way and the Code of Conduct incorporate a pledge that we will respect human rights without discriminating on the basis of age, gender, nationality, religion or other factors. We have established manual for human right and discrimination, prevention guidelines for sexual harassment and workplace bullying, and promoted to respect and protect human right.
To enhance employees’ understanding of these issues, every year starting from April 2006 the training provided for new employees and for new managers has incorporated training in sexual harassment and workplace bullying prevention as well as human rights education.
In fiscal 2013, we launched an e-learning program on The ADVANTEST Way and the Code of Conduct for all Group employees. In fiscal 2016, this training was expanded to include all employees in the Advantest Group, both in Japan and overseas.
To prevent sexual harassment and workplace bullying, in July 1999 we created a manual and placed it on the intranet for easy reference.
The key points are as follows.
- Definition of sexual harassment and workplace bullying
- Sexual harassment and workplace bullying in the workplace
- Impact of sexual harassment and workplace bullying
- Sexual harassment and workplace bullying prevention measures
We are working to devise methods for self-checking that can be conducted in response to the issues above.
Reporting and Consultation Framework for Human Rights Issues
We have set up a Corporate Ethics Helpline to address human rights issues and concerns that are not readily resolvable in the workplace, designed so that those facing such issues can draw on the support of our Corporate Ethics Office. Reports and consultations are handled mainly by the Corporate Ethics Office, and every precaution is taken to prevent those employees seeking help from suffering any disadvantage or retribution, for example, by protecting their anonymity. This helpline can also be used from overseas.
Moreover, in Japan, we have established a human rights protection committee together with the labor union to handle consultations about domestic human rights issues.
Through this activity, Advantest aims to foster a stress-free environment where employees respect one another’s human rights.