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Feature 3: Establishment of NTT Global Human Rights Policy

For the inclusion of diverse values

Establishment of the NTT Group Global Human Rights Policy

In its goal of achieving a sustainable world, the NTT Group is shining a spotlight on various human rights themes that exist in various countries and regions, and is highlighting its attitude toward human rights issues in value chains. To this end, we included parts of NTT Group's existing Human Rights Charter in the new NTT Group Sustainability Charter, and established the NTT Group Global Human Rights Policy in November 2021, based on principles like the International Bill of Human Rights (Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenants on Human Rights), Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights.

Accordingly, an internal due diligence manual was established to ensure that effective due diligence can be conducted as part of efforts to promote the respect for human rights.

This human rights policy applies to all people involved in the NTT Group's value chain. The NTT Group is committed to respecting human rights throughout its business operations by proactively working with and engaging in constant dialogue with all of its partners and stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, investors, employees, local communities, business partners, other companies and industry organizations, national and local government agencies, and NGOs, NPOs, and experts. We will comply with respect for human rights through our business activities while making the most of the voices of society. To ensure that the NTT Group is not complicit in infringing human rights moving forward, we hold dialogue with stakeholders and staff in charge of human rights overseas every year, and we are always revising the human rights policy so that we can respond in the appropriate manner.

Responding to International Norms

As a company that operates globally, the NTT Group supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted as a common standard for all people and countries to achieve. International covenants and conventions are discussed and adopted from a global perspective. The NTT Group will also pursue ways to respect international human rights principles when there is a conflict between internationally recognized human rights and the laws and regulations of individual countries and regions.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
Eight core principles of the International Labour Organization:

"Forced Labor," "Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize"
"Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining"
"Equal Remuneration"
"Abolition of Forced Labour"
"Discrimination (Employment and Occupation)"
"Minimum Age Convention"
"Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour"

Respect for human rights throughout the entire value chain

We will strive to build relationships of trust and cooperation with our stakeholders to better understand and respond appropriately from the perspective of those affected by our business.

As the NTT Group handles a wide variety of network and digital services worldwide, ensuring a sustainable value chain has become one of the most critical issues.

Various problems have arisen in the supply chain in recent years, such as long working hours, child labor, illegal dumping of chemical substances, and bribery. Therefore, companies are required to comply with social norms and laws in their procurement activities and fulfill their social responsibilities.

In response to this situation, NTT Group will ask all members of the value chain to comply with respect for human rights in the six areas of human rights and labor, health and safety, environment, fair trade and ethics, quality and safety, and information security, in order to fulfill our social responsibility in our procurement activities.

In the value chain, the NTT Group will identify the existence and risks of human rights violations, such as forced labor, inhumane treatment, child labor, discrimination, and wages below the minimum wage, and work toward eradicating human rights violations.