Honda Corporate Responsibility Statement
Honda strives to be a company that society wants to exist. Whether developing fuel-efficient, low-emission products, minimizing the environmental impact of our global manufacturing operations, or assisting communities in need, Honda seeks to be a responsible company and community partner. As part of our North American effort to embody this ideal, we have developed an approach to conducting business that seeks to uphold the following principles and responsibilities of good corporate citizenship.
1. Respect for the Individual
Honda’s relationships with its associates (employees), customers, dealers and business partners are guided by the company’s philosophy of “Respect for the Individual.” As envisioned by our company’s founders, this philosophy leads us to value and respect the unique contributions of each individual.
Honda seeks to create an environment in which each associate’s ambitions and abilities can be developed, as well as a workplace where an individual’s potential can be actively realized. Accordingly, we are committed to ensuring that each person involved in the development, production, distribution, sale and service of our products is treated with dignity and respect, and has a meaningful opportunity to contribute to the company’s success.
2. Human Rights
The respect for human rights is an extension of our philosophy of “Respect for the Individual,” which centers on initiative, equality and trust. As part of our effort to conduct business in an ethical manner, Honda will not engage in business practices or activities that compromise fundamental human rights.
3. Working Conditions
Honda is committed to ensuring that the individuals building our products and components and providing services to our company are afforded responsible working conditions, and are treated with dignity and respect.
We shall not hire children who do not reach the legal age for work in each country and region.
No form of human trafficking, forced, bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labor, slavery or trafficking of persons will be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, transporting, harboring, recruiting, transferring or receiving persons by means of threat, force, coercion, deception, abduction or fraud for labor services.
Compensation and Working Hours
Wages, including overtime and benefits, shall comply with local law, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime hours and legally mandated benefits. Working hours shall comply with applicable local laws.
Harassment and Discrimination
Honda will ensure that there is no harsh or inhumane treatment or threat of such treatment in the workplace. Honda does not tolerate discrimination in any form based on characteristics such as race, color, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, military veteran status, educational background, economic status or , or any other status protected by law.
Freedom of Association
We encourage open communication with management regarding working conditions without fear of reprisal, intimidation or harassment. We believe that maintaining an environment for dialogue between associates and management will deepen free, open-minded and two-way communication, making it possible to build a stronger relationship of mutual trust. In addition, associates shall, in accordance with local laws, have the right to associate freely, and join—or choose not to join—labor unions or workers’ councils.
Health & Safety
Associates shall have a safe and healthy working environment that meets or exceeds applicable standards for occupational safety and health.
4. Business Ethics and Compliance
Trust is a critical foundation of a successful and sustainable business. We have worked diligently throughout the history of our company to foster trusting relationships among Honda and its customers, suppliers, business partners and dealers. To maintain a high degree of trust with all stakeholders, it is therefore a core responsibility of all Honda associates to conduct business in an open, honest and ethical manner, and to follow the company’s code of ethics in all their business practices. This includes upholding all laws in the places where we do business.
Responsible Sourcing of Materials: Honda does not knowingly provide products containing raw materials that contribute to human rights abuses, bribery, and ethics violations or negatively affects the environment. To support this effort, Honda will continue to conduct due diligence within our supply chain to understand the source of raw materials within our products and will promote utilization of conflict free smelters and refiners for procurement of materials and metals to ensure responsible and ethical sourcing.
Anti-Corruption: Honda has zero tolerance for all forms of bribery, corruption, extortion or embezzlement.
Privacy: We take appropriate measures to respect privacy, to protect personal data against loss and unauthorized access or use, and to comply with relevant privacy and information security laws and regulations.
Financial Responsibility/Accurate Records: All business dealings are transparently performed and accurately reflected on the company’s financial reports and filings.
Disclosure of Information: Honda discloses financial and non-financial information in accordance with applicable regulations and prevailing industry practices.
Fair Competition/Anti-Trust: Honda upholds standards of fair business and conduct business in accordance with all applicable anti-trust or anti-competition laws and regulations.
Conflicts of Interest: Honda conducts business in a manner that avoids any appearance of impropriety.
Intellectual Property: We respect valid intellectual property rights and use commercially reasonable practices to protect the transfer of confidential technology and know-how.
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions: Honda complies with applicable restrictions on the export or re-export of goods, software, services and technology, as well as with applicable restrictions on trade involving certain countries, regions, companies or entities and individuals.
Protection of Identity and Non-Retaliation: Honda has established processes that allow concerns to be raised anonymously with confidentiality and without retaliation.
5. Environmental Stewardship
Honda’s approach to the environment is reflected in the Honda Environmental Statement:
As a responsible member of society whose task lies in the preservation of the global environment, the company will make every effort to contribute to human health and the preservation of the global environment in each phase of its corporate activity. Only in this way will we be able to count on a successful future not only for our company, but also for the entire world.
Based on the Honda Environmental Statement, we shall pursue our daily business interest under the following principles:
We will make efforts to recycle materials and conserve resources and energy at every stage of our products’ life cycle—from research, design, production and sales to services and disposal
We will make every effort to minimize and find appropriate methods to dispose of waste and contaminants that are produced through the use of our products, and in every stage of the life cycle of these products
As both a member of the company and of society, each associate will focus on the importance of making efforts to preserve human health and the global environment, and will do their part to ensure that the company as a whole acts responsibly
We will consider the influence that our corporate activities have on the local environment and society, and endeavor to improve the social standing of the company.Honda shall comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations in all jurisdictions in which we operate.
6. Inclusion & Diversity
At Honda, we honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender identity or expression, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, disability, military status, genetic information, marital status or any other status protected by law.
Diversity within the workforce enhances its total strength by providing equal opportunities to people regardless of their personal attributes and encouraging them to respect each other’s individual differences and talents while exerting their own abilities to the fullest, based on Honda’s fundamental belief of Respect for the Individual.
The Company regards these individual differences demonstrated by its workforce as one of its strengths in responding to the ever-changing business environment. Honda pursues workforce diversity believing that these individualities are the key to innovation.
Honda aims to serve as a positive force to promote inclusion and diversity throughout all aspects of our operations and our supply base. We will continue to support programs and initiatives that help foster and maintain diverse traditions, heritages and experience in the workplace and throughout society.
7. Community Involvement
Beyond creating jobs at the facilities we establish in communities throughout North America, we recognize the responsibility to act responsibly and constructively as a member of these communities. Through a broad range of community initiatives, charitable giving, foundation grants, and volunteerism, Honda seeks to create value for society and bring joy to people’s lives. Honda supports a number of programs aimed at advancing education and creating experiences for young people from underserved communities to achieve their dreams. We are proud of the many partnerships we have established with non-profit organizations that share our value of community involvement.
8. Commitment to Principles
In adhering to the above principles, Honda seeks to communicate its commitment to its customers, associates, suppliers, dealers, other business partners, and to the communities in which we live and work. Further, we expect that any party conducting business with Honda will embrace and uphold these principles to the best of their ability.