Respecting Human Rights

Fundamental Approach

Nomura provides various mechanisms to prevent discrimination and harassment, in line with the Nomura Group Code of Conduct.

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.

Nomura Group Code of Conduct

11. Create a comfortable work environment

We respect each other and foster a positive environment where everyone can contribute and have an active role.

We hold ourselves to a higher standard and do not engage in behavior that can be perceived as harassment.

19. Respect diversity and human rights

We promote equal opportunity and do not discriminate on grounds such as nationality, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, creed, social status, or existence of or nonexistence of disability.

We respect differences in values and are always sincere.

To meet corporate social responsibility and to ensure the dignity of all employees, we will deliberate our desirable conduct of the firm and our employees based on the philosophy of the Code, and share initiatives among group companies at the Nomura Group Conduct Committee.

In addition, we continue to hold human rights training for all employees and officers, to foster greater awareness of human rights issues.

Our Internal Harassment Consultation Desk helps prevent all forms of harassments in the workplace. Consultations can be made anonymously and are strictly confidential.

Preventing Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment, power harassment, harassment due to pregnancy, childbirth, child/family care leave, etc., are within the scope of the definition of workplace harassment. Workplace harassment is a socially inappropriate act that not only violates the victim’s dignity as an employee but also hinders them from performing up to their full capabilities. We also deem workplace harassment to be a serious problem that undermines workplace order and performance.

Nomura Group strives to prevent workplace harassment and to create workplace environments where people respect one another, and where each individual can demonstrate their full abilities and play an active role.

Varieties of Efforts

We have established the “Guidelines on the Prevention of Workplace Harassment,” internal and external consultation services, and also conduct training programs.

  • In addition to a variety of harassment prevention programs in conduct trainings for all executives and employees, thematic training programs on sexual harassment, social harassment, and other forms of harassment are also provided
  • All Nomura Group employees can seek advice anonymously from professionals outside the firm through our Workplace Harassment External Consultation Desk.
  • In the event that harassment in the workplace is found, each Group company will respond promptly, and if deemed necessary, will take strict measures and appropriate disciplinary action.

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 and act in line with our Code of Conduct.

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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