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Respect for human rights

The POLA ORBIS Group promotes the Group philosophy "Sensitize the World to Beauty" by respecting the sensitivities and values of each individual and striving to help people all over the world live rich, colorful, and enjoyable lives.
This is why we formulated For Appreciating Each One to Be One's Self (POLA ORBIS Group Human Rights Policy) in May 2018, based on the UN's Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, and are working to fulfill our responsibility.
In particular, we are promoting respect for human rights with an emphasis on "women's empowerment" and "value creation with the local area," which are closely connected with the business field.

Employee Training

As part of the CSR-related e-learning carried out once annually, our employees learn about human rights. In 2017, they learnt about human rights also at the CSR lecture. All officers and employees of the POLA ORBIS Group are invited to participate, and we achieved a 100% training completion rate.

Dialogue with Our Stakeholders

In 2017, we participated in a stakeholder engagement program organized by Caux Round Table Japan. We discussed important human rights issues by industry, using human rights guidance tools created by the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).

(1) Women's Empowerment

70% of people living in poverty across the world are women, and 75% of people in need of humanitarian aid are women and children, requiring "self-reliance support" and "humanitarian support" for women. Japan also has big issues, such as the wide employment rate gap between men and women. The POLA ORBIS Group is a business that has been supported by women. We are working to empower women so that everyone around the world can live as themselves.

Endorsing the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

Endorsing the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

The POLA ORBIS Group has been promoting women's social advancement since the introduction of female salespersons in 1937. We will continue to promote the women's empowerment in the future.

Endorse the Women's Empowerment Principles

Principle 1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
Principle 2: Treat all women and men fairly at work ? respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
Principle 3: Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
Principle 4: Promote education, training and professional development for women
Principle 5: Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
Principle 6: Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
Principle 7: Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

POLA: International Women's Day

Photo of our Kyoto Office in 1937

Photo of our Kyoto Office in 1937

POLA supported the International Women's Day on March 8, 2018 and conducted a workshop for women working at Happy Woman and POLA shops. "Would you hire a woman?" In 1937, a woman who had seen our "Salesman wanted" sign came to our Kyoto Office. Since then, we have been running our businesses with the idea that women should take the lead in sales. We will continue to make efforts for women to be able to be active in society.

A Corporate Venture Capital Project Specializing in Female Entrepreneurs

The first investee SHE Inc.

The first investee SHE Inc.

POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS drafted a Corporate Venture Capital Project Specializing in Female Entrepreneurs for the internal venture system and commenced the project from 2018. The project aims to create female leaders that can be role models for the next generation. We are not only investing in and supporting female entrepreneurs mainly in the seed and early stages, but also providing training through female entrepreneur training programs (collaborating with external parties, organizing seminars, etc.) and support by utilizing branding and channel building knowhow cultivated in our cosmetics business.

POLA ORBIS Group Initiatives for Female Employees

POLA ORBIS Group Initiatives for Female Employees

At the POLA ORBIS Group, the female manager ratio is 42.3% and female employees make up 71.6% (the Group in Japan, regular and irregular employees). We are working to create an environment that makes it easy to work for all employees. In recognition of our initiatives we were selected for the MSCI Japan Empowering Women (WIN) Select Index. (As of December 2017)

(2) Value Creation with the Local Area

Wherever you live, you have the right to lead a happy life. The POLA ORBIS Group contributes to providing "rich, colorful, and enjoyable lives," including Regional Revitalization, without any restrictions because of where you live.

POLA: Creating Value in Unison with the Local Area

POLA: Creating Value in Unison with the Local Area

POLA possesses a nationwide sales network and is making efforts to contribute to the revitalization of regions based on locally oriented business. By making our Beauty Directors into shop owners and having them expand their business, we have been able to revitalize regional economies and foster businesswomen who are active locally.
Moreover, we concluded a comprehensive partnership agreement with Akita Prefecture on November 16, 2017. We are working to give form to "bi-no-kuni Akita" and improve the lives of prefectural residents.
To the Beauty Directors, who are POLA's business partners, this was an opportunity to take pride in POLA as a company that works together with local governments and to create value together with the local area. We will continue to cooperate with local governments in the future as well.

A Project that Coordinates Traditional Crafts and Businesses

In 2018, POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS started a project for coordinating traditional crafts and businesses, entered and accepted as part of our internal venture system, in order to create opportunities to practice traditional crafts that developed in each region and to help them develop further. We go beyond commercialization within the Group, coordinating contract support centering on project proposals for using traditional crafts as novelty goods. This is for businesses with energetic CSR/CSV activities and businesses conducting event and campaign for customers.

Collaborating with Our Supply Chains

In 2017, the POLA ORBIS Group adopted the CSR Procurement Guidelines and we asked our partners at a purchasing briefing to cooperate with us with regard to CSR procurement. We conducted a questionnaire with some partners as well as carried out field inspections and requested some improvements. Our supply chains extend to numerous areas in Japan and abroad, and we are asking our partners to avoid any human rights violations.