Respecting Human Rights

Fundamental Approach

Nomura has established various mechanisms to prevent discrimination and harassment, in accordance with the Nomura Group Code of Ethics.

Our standards are aligned with international human rights principles. As a member of the UN Global Compact, we support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the ILO's international labor standards and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

To ensure that the dignity of all employees is protected, we have set up the Nomura Group Human Rights Committee to determine human rights initiatives and share information across the group from its secretariat.

In addition, we continue to hold human rights training for all Nomura people, including the Board of Directors, to foster greater awareness of human rights issues.

Our Harassment Hotline helps prevent all forms of bullying and harassment in the workplace, and the Human Rights Awareness Office provides advisory functions for other human rights issues.


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Preventing Harassment in the Workplace

In order to prevent harassment, we have compiled guidelines on prevention of harassment at work. We provide consultation avenues internally and externally for our employees to register any concerns or complaints, and hold regular training sessions.

Our people can seek advice anonymously from professionals outside the company through our harassment hot lines. We take any report of bullying or harassment seriously and have the necessary mechanisms in place to thoroughly investigate and take immediate and appropriate disciplinary action.

In 1994, Nomura created the Basic Policy Concerning HIV-infected Employees. This policy clearly stipulates that the Nomura Group will eliminate discrimination and prejudice and work harder to safeguard the human rights of HIV-infected employees.

Basic Policy Concerning HIV-infected Employees in Japan

  1. The Nomura group shall neither dismiss employees on the grounds of HIV infection nor subject them to any other form of discrimination.
  2. The Nomura group shall rigorously safeguard the personal data of HIV-infected employees.
  3. The Nomura group shall not test for HIV in regular employee health checks.
  4. The Nomura group shall strive to ensure that executive officers and employees have a correct understanding of HIV to prevent infection and eliminate prejudice toward those infected with HIV.
  5. The Nomura group shall create workplaces where HIV-infected employees can comfortably work.

Supply Chain and Modern Slavery Act Statements

We publish our Modern Slavery Act Statement annually to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our business or supply chain. This is in accordance with the requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act.

We also request that outsourced service providers understand the Nomura Group Code of Ethics and act in accordance with it.

Modern Slavery Act Statements

Efforts to Resolve Human Rights Issues through Multi-stakeholder Dialogues

We have been a part of Global Compact Network Japan's Human Rights Due Diligence Working Group since 2016. At the working group, we discuss various themes related to human rights due diligence processes with experts and exchange information with other members.

In addition, we participated in the Nippon CSR Consortium for two years from 2012. The consortium looks at human rights issues through dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders.

We took part in the consortium's Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop, and participated in discussions regarding human rights issues that companies should be aware of and consider addressing.

Together with other companies, NPOs and NGOs, various experts and other stakeholders, we reviewed major human rights issues affecting each industry, and talked about the importance of each issue and what measures need to be taken. These discussions helped deepen our understanding of key human rights issues.

Nomura Group is committed to implementing initiatives to address human rights issues.

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