Our Basic Policy and Commitment to Human Rights

At Renesas, we understand that the human rights regulated under the International Bill of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration (Note 1) on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to be the very basic rights, and based on the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we are committed to respecting human rights in all aspects of our business. In addition, we support the 10 Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. In compliance with these international initiatives, and our “Code of Conduct” we are committed to respecting human rights and ensuring equality of opportunity and treatment free from discrimination (in word or deed), on the basis of race, beliefs, creed, gender, age, social status, family origin, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, and to prohibiting sexual harassment, forced labor, and child labor in all aspects of our employment activities, including hiring, personnel training, and working conditions. We guarantee that this commitment is upheld by all our group companies conducting business throughout the world, that they strictly adhere to applicable local laws and regulations, and that they carry out human rights education and activities to raise awareness throughout our workforce.

Note 1: The international covenant on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Civil and Political Rights, as well as the international covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Human Rights Policy

At Renesas, we have reflected our respect for human rights in our Code of Conduct and have continued to promote human rights initiatives. 

In recent years, the importance of initiatives to respect human rights in corporate activities is increasing. In order to further define such initiatives, we established the Renesas Group Human Rights Policy in November 2021. This policy promotes initiatives for respecting human rights across the Group and was approved by the Board of Directors as a guideline to fulfill our responsibilities. 

Renesas follows this policy and respects the human rights of all stakeholders, including suppliers and business partners we work with. We will continue to review and improve our human rights policy, and adapt to any changes in the situation and environment.

Renesas Group Human Rights Policy

Human Rights Education

1. Human Rights Education

To promote the education on human rights compliance and raise awareness within the company, we have developed a curriculum in Japan for new employees and additional courses at each seniority level of employment to improve the understanding of our Code of Conduct. We conduct a variety of activities for human rights education for employees in Japan, including web-based training for all employees every year until 2018 and in 2020, and workplace discussions in 2019, as well as sending messages during the Human Rights Week set every December. Efforts are being made to promote both understanding and respect among all employees for our human rights policy throughout the Renesas group.

Participation Rate in Human Rights Education (Employees in Japan)

2018 2019 2020
91% (Note) 96%

Note: Participation rates are unavailable for 2019 as workplace discussions were held instead of web-based training.

2. Education on Harassment for Managerial Level Employees

In addition to the above mentioned education in Japan, we conduct education and training throughout the Renesas Group in each of the countries we operate in. 

The global participation rates are as below:

Participation Rate in Managerial Level Workplace Bullying and Harassment Education (Global) 

2018 2019 2020
78.8% (Note) 87.2%

Note: Participation rates are unavailable for 2019 as workplace discussions were held instead of web-based training.

We will introduce common training contents across our global operations, and we will conduct unified managerial level bullying and harassment education across the entire Renesas Group.

Respect for Human Rights and Labor Practices

image: Human Rights and Harassment Consultation (Japan)


Human Rights and Harassment Consultation (Japan)

We have assigned consultation contact person to all our sites in Japan to provide a consultancy service, giving all our employees, including temporary employees and suppliers’ employees, the chance to discuss human rights and harassment issues or concerns. Information about the names of the consultants or the departments to which they are assigned is shared via the company intranet and bulletin boards, and an effort is made to make discussions with them as easy as possible by phone or email as well as actually talking face-to-face. When consultation contact persons notices harassment in the workplace or receive consultation or complaints directly from employees, an investigation is undertaken swiftly. While ensuring the privacy of the involved parties, maintaining care of the complainant and information confidentiality, the issue is taken care of, with the priority placed on the relief of the complainant.

In 2020, there were 5 harassment cases (1 power harassment case and 4 sexual harassment cases) but was swiftly dealt with and disciplinary action was taken. The cases have since been resolved.

Child Labor Policy

At Renesas, we believe that children are in a vulnerable position where their rights may be violated and we must take special considerations to protect their rights. Therefore, we support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Children's Rights and Business Principles. In addition, we ensure that the rights of children are respected in our business activities and are committed to contributing to society by preventing violation of children's rights such as child labor, and protecting the rights of all children. 

Labor-Management Relations (Japan)

At Renesas, we respect the “freedom of association” as a company and guarantees basic labor rights including collective bargaining rights. In Japan, where labor union formation is permitted, the Renesas Group Labor Union Confederation composed of Renesas employees is organized. Employees below manager levels residing in Japan, with the exception of those who are designated as non-members by the labor union (such as human resources or corporate planning personnel) are all members of the Confederation. 

Renesas and the labor union which operates under the Renesas Union Labor Union Confederation have entered into labor agreements in the spirit of the Labor Union Law, which requires mutual respect for each other’s basic rights and responsibilities, and to maintain labor-management relations built on the key principles of sincerity and trust with the promise to observe their commitments in mutual good faith.

Due to the increased need for problem-solving and sustained growth, the two parties engage in close dialogue, with respect for each other’s positions, and both parties are working to achieve sustainable growth of the company and the happiness of union members.

Contributing to SDGs

Renesas’ efforts in respecting Human Rights contributes to these Sustainable Development Goals targets:

8-Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8.7 Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms

10-Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard


SDG 16.b Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development