The Meiji Group has established the following policies pursuant to the Meiji Group Corporate Behavior Charter.
At the Meiji Group, we recognize that all people are born free and with equal dignity and rights. We act fairly and faithfully to uphold this Policy on Human Rights in all of our business activities.
1. As a member of the international community, the Meiji Group respects fundamental human rights and seeks to avoid any complicity in the violation of human rights under any circumstances.
We comply with the laws and regulations of each country and region, respect local cultures, and have zero tolerance for discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, age, language, religion, nationality, disability, social origin, property, or any other personal status.
2. We do not utilize forced or child labor under any circumstances.
3. We have zero tolerance for sexual, psychological or verbal harassment, or any other kind of conduct that constitutes a violation of human rights.
4. We strive to maintain a safe, comfortable working environment to help ensure the physical and mental health of all of our employees.
5. We respect the fundamental rights of all of our employees. We maintain dialogue with employees in an effort to build sound relationships with them and resolve any issues that arise.
The Meiji Group's first priority is safety. With this in mind, we ensure workplace safety.
We are committed to helping maintain and improve employees' health.
1. We comply with all laws and corporate rules related to occupational health and safety in the workplace.
2. We identify and assess sources of danger in the workplace and reduce or eliminate risks to prevent work-related accidents.
3. We provide safe, comfortable workplace environments and support employees' sound physical and mental health.
4. We regularly offer in-house training on occupational health and safety as well as traffic accident prevention. We encourage employees to be aware of the importance of occupational health and safety.
At the Meiji Group, we seek to provide our customers with high-quality, safe, and secure products. We are committed to fair and transparent transactions and maintain compliance with all laws and regulations, working in cooperation with our partners to ensure that all procurement activities fulfill our social responsibilities, including those related to human rights and the environment.
1. We comply with the laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate and engage in fair, transparent, and proper procurement activities. We fulfill the terms of our contracts with partners in good faith and appropriately manage all confidential and personal information related to procurement transactions.
2. In our procurement activities, we place the highest priority on quality and safety in order to bring peace of mind to everyone who selects our products.
3. We are committed to selecting suppliers in a fair and transparent manner. We evaluate potential suppliers based on product quality and safety, as well as price, delivery time, and their track record in providing stable supplies.
4. In line with the Meiji Group Policy on Human Rights and the Meiji Group Environmental Policy, we integrate human rights and global environmental considerations in developing and executing procurement activities.
5. We work to build cooperative, trusting relationships with suppliers, thereby striving to reduce procurement-related risks, and we pursue initiatives to be of benefit to the broader society.
The Meiji Group procures cocoa according to the Meiji Procurement Policy, working with suppliers to engage in socially responsible activities (human rights, environment, etc.).
Cocoa used in the production of consumer-use and industrial-use products.
The Meiji Group procures palm oil according to the Meiji Procurement Policy, working with suppliers to engage in socially responsible activities.
Palm oil used in the production of consumer-use and industrial-use products.
The Meiji Group procures paper according to the Meiji Procurement Policy, working with suppliers to engage in socially responsible activities.
We, Meiji Group, are working on procurement of raw milk according to Meiji Group Procurement Policy, cooperating with the suppliers to engage in socially responsible activities which include human rights, environment and animal welfare.
Recognizing that our business operations originate from the bounty of nature, we, the Meiji Group, will contribute to the creation of a sustainable society. To this end, we intend to harmonize our business activities with the global environment and manage us in a way that protects the environment.
1. We comply strictly with environment-related laws, regulations and ordinances, stakeholder agreements, industry norms, and our voluntary standards.
2. We improve our environmental conservation activities continually throughout our entire supply chain.
3. We pursue energy conservation toward a decarbonization, striving to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
4. We use water effectively and manage water quality appropriately, treating this valuable and limited resource with respect.
5. We reduce waste, reuse resources, and encourage recycling throughout our product lifecycle in general and in all business activities, contributing to achieve a circular society.
6. We pursue biodiversity conservation by protecting ecosystems based on a global perspective in all our business activities.
7. We engage with our stakeholders, providing timely and appropriate disclosures of environmental information.
Revised September 1, 2018
At the Meiji Group, we comply with the tax laws and provisions of each country and region in which we operate. At the same time, we accomplish our social responsibility as a corporate citizen to pay taxes properly, contributing to economic and social development.
1. We comply with the tax laws, international agreements, social norms, and internal rules determined by each group company, etc., acting fairly and faithfully in accordance with high ethical standards.
2. To minimize tax-related risks, we strive to understand the tax laws and administrative systems in every country and region in which we operate, responding as appropriate.
3. At times, group companies enter into business transactions for which the tax interpretation is not clear. In these cases, we investigate carefully any tax-related risks, seeking the advice of experts when necessary. In this way, we reduce uncertainties related to taxes.
4. We strive to comprehend the objectives behind OECD transfer pricing guidelines, mechanisms based on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting(BEPS), and various policies related to tax havens, responding to the tax systems and requirements the countries and regions in which we operate. In this way, we aim to ensure the transparency of our international business transactions.
5. To ensure the appropriate allocation of profits among the countries and regions in which we operate, we conduct transactions appropriately with related overseas entities in consideration of arm's-length pricing.
6. We cooperate with tax audits and tax administration in the countries and regions in which we operate, striving to maintain positive relationships with tax authorities.
Disclosed in March 2019
At the Meiji Group, we engage in anti-corruption initiatives to remain a transparent, wholesome corporate group trusted by society, as defined in our Management Attitude.
1. We comply with the laws and regulations of each country and region in which we operate, as well as with group internal rules, to prevent corrupt practices. We also note the extraterritorial application of laws and regulations in countries and regions outside of Japan.
2. We prohibit, whether through direct or indirect means, the granting, proposing, or promising of bribes to government officials or equivalent persons, holding improper relationships with business partners or others, or engaging in relationships with antisocial forces.
3. We prohibit the offering or receiving of inappropriate money, gifts, entertainment, or other property benefits exceeding a scope deemed proper according to social convention.
4. We provide full cooperation and appropriate responses to financial-related audits, etc. conducted by external financial statement auditors and group internal audit departments, as well as investigations conducted by relevant government authorities, etc.
5. To prevent or detect corrupt practices as quickly as possible, we strive to improve a system for officers and employees to seek consultation or to submit notice of acts in violation of this policy or acts which may be in violation of this policy. We do not punish person seeking consultation or submitting notice in connection with its action.
6. We provide appropriate education and training related to this policy and anti-bribery rules, etc. to officers, employees and business partners or others, striving to prevent corrupt practices.
7. We take strict disciplinary action against officers or employees who violate this policy, in accordance with employment rules and other group internal rules. We also take appropriate measures against business partners or others who violate this policy.
Disclosed in March 2019
We, Meiji Group, recognize that people need correct and useful information provided clearly and simply. Our food nutrition labeling policy is designed to help people have clear information about our food products, to make right choices and to support health daily life.
1. We provide nutrition information on back of pack on all of our food products in all markets worldwide. Nutrition information is provided as per serving/per portion and/or per 100 grams basis (depending upon local regulations) on the following key nutrients—energy (calories), protein, total carbohydrates, fat and salt.
Nutrition labels usually include the nutrient adequacy based on the official daily intake guidance where such guidance is available.
2. We provide meaningful information fitting local needs on front of pack on our certain food products at a glance.
3. If we make a claim about a healthy function or a nutrition for fortification purposes, we provide information on that nutrient on the label in accordance with local regulations or those set out by Codex for markets where regulatory standards have not been established.
Disclosed in October 2019
The Company published its Pledge of Health and Productivity Management in April 2018. The Company aims to create a comfortable workplace for employees to be healthy and active, both physically and mentally. This pledge applies to domestic Meiji Group companies and their officers and employees.
Mental and physical health are fundamental to our employees and their families in enriching employee lives and allowing them work to their full potential. Mental and physical health are also fundamental to the company to increase productivity and corporate value.
We at the Meiji Group aim to be a comfortable place to work, fostering dynamic employees who are healthy in mind and body.