MEDIA DO Group Human Rights PolicySUSTAINABILITY FOR THE MEDIA DO GROUP
The MEDIA DO Group (comprised of MEDIA DO Co., Ltd., and its consolidated subsidiaries) recognizes that respect for human rights in its business activities is a social responsibility of extreme importance. Accordingly, the Group endorses and observes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and conducts its business activities in accordance with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The MEDIA DO Human Rights Policy was established for the purpose of clearly delineating the Group’s policies and responsibilities for respecting human rights and to provide guidelines to be observed by all officers and employees. We are committed to respect for basic human rights in all of our business activities and clearly prohibit all forms of discrimination, compulsory labor, and child labor. In addition, steps are taken to prevent human rights violations through corporate activities based on this policy, human rights education and awareness raising, and human rights due diligence.
Decisions regarding the amendment or abolishment of this policy are to be made based on resolution by the Board of Directors.
Commitment to Respect for Human Rights
The MEDIA DO Group defines its mission as “unleashing a virtuous cycle of literary creation” and its vision as “More Content for More People!” With this mission and vision, we aim to create a social ecosystem characterized by co-creation between the creators and publishers who produce written works, the users who consume these works, the eBook distributors who provide access to these works, and the MEDIA DO Group, which functions as an intermediary between these parties.
Article 21, Paragraph 1, of The Constitution of Japan guarantees freedom of expression. The MEDIA DO Group believes that freedom of expression is indispensable to the ongoing growth of the publishing industry. At the same time, it is important to ensure that such free expressions do not impose on the human rights of others. We therefore recognize that we have a social responsibility to fulfill our mission and realize our vision while contributing to the realization of a society in which human rights are fully respected.
The MEDIA DO Group Human Rights Policy has been established for the purpose of clearly delineating the Company’s policies and responsibilities for respecting human rights in exercising our corporate philosophy. This policy also represents our commitment to acting in accordance with the described provisions.
1. Respect for Basic Human Rights
The MEDIA DO Group respects diverse individual values throughout its corporate activities and practices inclusion and respect for individual human rights in accordance with international standards.
2. Prohibition of Discrimination
In its corporate activities, the MEDIA DO Group exercises respect for the individuality of every person and forbids all forms of discrimination, whether on the basis of race, nationality, ethnicity, belief, religion, social position, upbringing, age, gender, sexual preference, or physical or mental characteristics.
3. Prohibition of Harassment
The MEDIA DO Group prohibits all forms of harassment, including behavior that makes others uncomfortable or robs them of their dignity based on their gender or position.
4. Respect for Basic Worker Rights
The MEDIA DO Group is committed to maintaining healthy relationships between labor and management and resolving any issues that might arise through an earnest and proactive dialogue with employees. Also to this end, we comply with the laws and regulations of countries of operation and with labor customs and international standards. Moreover, the Group strives to maintain a safe and healthy workplace environment that promises motivation to all employees.
5. Prohibition of Compulsory and Child Labor
The MEDIA DO Group strictly prohibits all forms of compulsory and child labor in all countries and regions of operation.
6. Encouragement of Action by All Stakeholders
Initiatives for promoting respect for human rights apply to all MEDIA DO Group officers and employees. In addition, stakeholders across our supply chain and otherwise touched by our business are expected to understand and adhere to this policy in order to contribute to the realization of a society in which everyone’s human rights are respected.
Established on October 13, 2021