Basic Approach

The Toppan Group regards human rights as a paramount principle in engaging in business activities and sustainability initiatives.

The Group operates business under the foundational concept of respect for human beings. To ensure this foundational concept, Toppan calls for respect for human rights as the first principle of the behavioral norms set under the Conduct Guidelines for Toppan personnel. The guideline stipulations include protecting individual dignity, prohibiting discrimination and harassment, and prohibiting child labor and forced labor.

Toppan announced a Groupwide human rights policy in November 2021 as a foundation for the management of human rights risks of any kind.

Supporting the Principles of Human Rights Manifested in the United Nations Global Compact

Toppan has been participating in the United Nations Global Compact and therefore supporting its two principles of human rights since 2006. The Group also espouses the United Nations Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights and implements the human rights due diligence process and other initiatives for human rights.

  • Human Rights

    Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

    Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


    Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

    Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

    Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

    Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

  • Environment

    Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

    Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

    Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


    Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Labor-Management Initiatives for Human Rights

Toppan’s labor union and management undertake various measures for labor-related human rights based on a fundamental policy stated in a collective labor agreement.

The Toppan Printing Labour Union and Toppan’s management have concluded the collective labor agreement in order to ensure stable labor-management relations, maintain and improve working conditions, and secure the corporate concord. This agreement sets forth a fundamental policy between labor and management, the rules governing union activities and labor-management negotiations, and employment conditions such as wages and working hours.

The Toppan Printing Labour Union is run by members from Toppan and seven Group companies. The union and the management have concluded an agreement to impose a uniform set of liability-related clauses (rules governing union activities and labor-management negotiations) on all eight companies represented.

Fundamental Policy under the Collective Labor Agreement

As a fundamental policy between labor and management, Article 1 of the collective labor agreement, the General Principles, stipulates that the Company and union shall contribute to society through business operations and collectively work for the benefit of the Company and long-term stability of the livelihood of employees. Labor and management both uphold this policy as a common goal. Article 2 of the agreement clearly states that the union has all the rights established by law, specifying that the Company shall respect the union’s rights to organize and collectively bargain and act.

Toppan has also been taking measures to avoid human rights violations that might adversely affect the lives of people living near Group sites in the course of business. For example, Toppan promotes environmental conservation initiatives based on The Toppan Group Declaration on the Global Environment and the Basic Policy on Biodiversity.