Initiatives on Human Rights
MOL participates in the United Nations Global Compact, supporting universal principles regarding human rights and labor and putting them into practice. In addition, the treaty concerning the Maritime Labor Convention in 2006 (MLC2006), which stipulates the basic rights of crewmembers, sets forth the following four acts regarding human rights:
- Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
- The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
- The effective abolition of child labor; and
- The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Our vessels adhere to onboard compliance guidelines, respect the four human rights as mentioned above, prohibit discrimination by religion, nationality, age, and gender, and establish procedures to address complaints of harassment. They also hold monthly onboard compliance committee meetings to implement and evaluate efforts on human rights issues, discrimination, and harassment through dialogues between crewmembers and onboard compliance officers.
To build awareness of human rights, we organize lectures to prevent harassment at briefing sessions for expatriates before their assignments in Japan and overseas, in addition to training sessions about human rights-related issues in position-specific programs at the Head Office.