Respect for Human Rights

KIOXIA Group has established Standards of Conduct incorporating a set of values that should be shared by all employees in order to achieve our Basic Commitment and Vision. In accordance with one of the Behaviors—Act with Integrity, Transparently—we commit to respecting human rights.

Policy and Framework Governing Respect for Human Rights

It is a fundamental principle that a company conducting business in the international community should understand the culture of the countries and regions in which it operates, as well as accepting diverse values and respecting the basic rights of people. KIOXIA Group promotes activities with reference to ISO26000, which is an international standard regulating the social responsibilities of organizations.

As part of the promotion framework, we have appointed a staff member who is responsible for human rights enlightenment within the Human Resources and General Affairs Department of KIOXIA Corporation. The staff member regularly attends external lectures to ascertain the latest social trends, and communicates these internally.

Identification of Human Rights Risks

KIOXIA Group creates a risk map based on ISO26000 covering the company’s entire value chain in order to identify any human rights issues across all of our business activities.

We are also enhancing our efforts to monitor the implementation of human rights initiatives, and we will perform CSR surveys targeting both KIOXIA Group companies and our suppliers, and surveys of conflict minerals (minerals sourced from conflict zones, trade in which may perpetuate the fighting).

Education and Awareness-Raising of the Need to Respect Human Rights

We provide training on human rights issues as part of our staff onboarding process and when employees are appointed to managerial positions.

Establishment of Whistleblower System and Consulting Service

Whistleblower System “Risk Hotline” for Employees

KIOXIA Group has established a whistleblower system – the “Risk Hotline” – to collect internal information via email and telephone on alleged violations of KIOXIA Group Standards of Conduct, particularly those concerning laws and regulations, and to deal with any wrongdoing. Under this system, an employee can report an incident and seek advice. Employees are protected from retaliation and steps are taken to ensure they are not treated disadvantageously for having provided such information.