Respecting Human Rights

Approach to Respecting Human Rights

The OPEN HOUSE Group is keenly aware both of the social responsibility associated with our business activities and of our contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, the OPEN HOUSE Group accordingly promotes initiatives through our business activities to address issues involving the environment, society, and governance (ESG).
Meanwhile, the OPEN HOUSE Group provides products and services to our customers through efforts that involve working with numerous stakeholders. We will accordingly work to promote respect for human rights, recognizing that the OPEN HOUSE Group’s business activities may affect human rights with respect to our employees and various other stakeholders throughout our value chain.

In addition, we explicitly stipulate respect for human rights in our Employee Code of Conduct, which serves as action guidelines that are to be followed by all employees and officers of the OPEN HOUSE Group.

System to Promote Human Rights

The Sustainability Committee coordinates with Group companies and relevant departments to promote activities as part of the OPEN HOUSE Group’s human rights initiatives.
Furthermore, any serious human rights issues are reported to the Board of Directors.

Support for International Initiatives

In January 2022, we announced our support for the “United Nations Global Compact” and became a member company of the “Global Compact Network Japan,” the Japanese local network for the United Nations Global Compact. We support the “Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact” in the four fields of “Human Rights,” “Labour,” “Environment,” and “Anti-Corruption,” contributing to the realization of a sustainable society.

Creating an Environment in Which Women Can Work Comfortably

One issue faced by the real estate industry is the low percentage of female employees.
To resolve this issue, we have established and are operating the Counseling Office for Promoting Women’s Empowerment.
The Counseling Office for Promoting Women’s Empowerment regularly holds meetings with the participation of female managerial staff to exchange opinions on female empowerment. In FY2021, around ten female employees from operating divisions met to discuss the practicality of the current system and work-life balance.

Employee Education

The OPEN HOUSE Group carries out education and training on our Corporate Philosophy, Corporate Principles, and Employee Code of Conduct on a quarterly basis, and also covers respect for human rights as part of our education and training.
Moreover, our efforts to promote compliance also involve striving to pinpoint risks and challenges related to human rights particularly with respect to concerns involving harassment and the work environment, which entails actively implementing compliance interviews of our employees. We also raise employee awareness regarding respect for human rights.

Preventing Harassment and Abuse

As part of our policy to prevent harassment and abuse of our employees, we provide e-learning on compliance for all employees and harassment prevention training sessions during manager promotional training sessions for our managers, working to create awareness within the OPEN HOUSE Group.

Labor-Management Dialogue

Although labor unions have not been formed within the OPEN HOUSE Group, we maintain stable labor-management relations. Furthermore, we engage in labor-management dialogues annually through worker representatives.

Consultation and Reporting Hotline

Based on the Whistleblower Protection Act, the OPEN HOUSE Group has established a compliance hotline for consultations and reports from our employees and business partners. Representatives of the OPEN HOUSE Group or third-party organizations receive consultations and reports provided by the OPEN HOUSE Group’s employees and business partners.
The compliance hotline is also available as a hotline for consultation and reporting on human rights concerns such as issues related to harassment and the work environment.