Committed to maintaining and enhancing the health, safety, and daily comfort of people around the world, the Shionogi Group aims to create a brighter future through better healthcare, always at the service of our four stakeholders: our patients, physicians and other healthcare providers, our shareholders and investors, and the general public. 

In recent years, the severity of human rights issues and demands for responses to them have increased due to the globalization of business and the expansion of supply chains. Having clarified its stance on further expanding its business globally under the New Medium-Term Business Plan—Shionogi Transformation Strategy 2030 (STS2030) —Shionogi is promoting initiatives while recognizing that it is important to respect human rights, not only as a responsibility that a company must fulfill but also when implementing management strategies.

To promote the prevention and reduction of human rights risk, we will identify global human rights issues with the cooperation of an external expert on human rights*, while advancing our efforts toward building a human rights due diligence system.


* Caux Round Table Japan (Global network of business leaders working to realize a fair, free and transparent society through sustainable and socially responsible business)

Human Rights Policy

  • Shionogi Group Human Rights Policy

    The Shionogi Group recognizes that it is our responsibility to respect for human rights of all individuals affected by our business activities. On 22 March 2020, we adopted the “Shionogi Group Human Rights Policy”, based on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2011.

  • Human Rights issues

    The Shionogi group recognizes the following items are our Human Rights issues. These may be revised when necessary, because of future risk assesment.


    Strict prohibition of discrimination

    Shionogi prohibits all forms of discrimination in employment and at work. Shionogi will work for early discovery and prevention of harassment by setting up contact points for internal consultation and notification, and providing consultation staff members and employees with education on harassment.


    Prohibition of child labor and forced labor

    Shionogi will never allow child labor, forced labor, slave labor, human trafficking and any other conduct that goes against the maintenance of human dignity and respect.


    Respecting basic labor rights

    Shionogi guarantees freedom of association, respects the labor right to organize and the right of collective bargaining, and observes local laws.


    Providing safe and healthy working conditions

    Shionogi ensures a safe, healthy and comfortable workplace environment, and properly manages wage payment and working hours. It endeavors to prevent overwork by setting up a consultation service.


    Improving diversity

    Shionogi respects diverse values and will endeavor to improve diversity so that all people can grow and play active roles regardless of their race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disabilities.


    Ensuring compliance

    In accordance with the Shionogi Group Compliance Policy, Shionogi will endeavor to ensure compliance by all officers and employees of the Shionogi Group for the purpose of assuring compliance with laws and ethical behavior in its business activities.


Human Rights Due Diligence

Human Rights Due Diligence
  • Steps of Human Rights Risk Assessment

    As a result of the risk assessment, we found problems in identifying risks in the labor situation in the production areas of raw and other materials, and the labor situation of foreign workers in Japan. In response to this, we conducted concrete activities in FY2021 to identify risks more precisely.

Steps of Human Rights Risk Assessment
  • Human Rights Impact Assessment


    ● Labor situation of foreign workers

    In response to the problems relating to Japan’s Technical Intern Training Program, we conducted a survey on the issue in the Shionogi Group companies in Japan. As a result, we found that no technical intern trainees are employed in our group. Furthermore, we conducted dialogues with three outsourcing companies related to one of our production plants. We again found that no technical intern trainees are employed by the companies. We informed our outsourcing companies of the Shionogi Group Human Rights Policy and the Shionogi Group Procurement Policy. We also requested that they use a legitimate recruitment agency when employing technical intern trainees and that they not violate the human rights of the trainees.


    ● Labor situation in the production areas of raw and other materials

    Based on the respective reports by PSCI* and CRT Japan, Shionogi set cellulose, glass, ethanol, and aluminum as important items and decided to conduct further investigation of the risks of human rights violations. In 2021, we started the investigation from cellulose. As part of the effort, we conducted online dialogues from August to September with eucalyptus (a raw material of cellulose) farmers in India to check the local labor situation. We will share the knowledge gained on this matter with our business partners and proceed with confirmation of the risks of human rights violations in the supply chain.

    *Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative

Dialogue with eucalyptus farmers in India




Dialogue with experts

  • Dialogue with experts on Human Rights

    Shionogi holds dialogues with experts to exchange views on Shionogi’s business and its efforts to respect human rights in order to strengthen its human rights initiatives.

Dialogue 2021
  • 2020年

    To enhance our activities to respect for Human Rights, we held a dialogue with overseas experts on Human Rights in 2020.


    ・Hiroshi Ishida(Caux Round Table Japan)

    ・Gus MacFarlane (Verisk Maplecroft)

    ・Pauliina Murphy (World Benchmarking Alliance)



    In October 2021, we held a dialogue with overseas experts on  Human Rights and discussed about the result of our Human Rights Impact Assessment in 2021.


    ・Hiroshi Ishida(Caux Round Table Japan)

    ・Neill Wilkins (Institute for Human Rights and Business)

    ・Camille Le Pors (Lead, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, World Benchmarking Alliance)


    For details of our efforts, refer to the Dialogue in 2021 page on our website.





  • Education

    Shionogi conduct Regular Human Rights education.


In 2020, The Shionogi Group held workshops on Business and Human Rights for our officers and employees in cooperation with CRT Japan. They learned about "United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" and listed up our Human Rights issues by themselves. This risk map is used effectively for our human rights due diligence process.

Workshop 2020






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