Human Rights and Labor-Management Relations

Basic Approach to Human Rights

Citizen adopted the Citizen Group Code of Conduct in 2007, explicitly stating its policy of complying with the laws and regulations in each country where it does business, respecting universal human rights in accordance with international norms, respecting the character of each person involved in its business, and emphasizing basic human rights in labor. Citizen also signed the United Nations Global Compact in 2005, and makes Group-wide efforts to maintain, respect, and practice the 10 principles relating to human rights, labor, the environment, and the prevention of corruption.

Relationship with the Labor Union

Each company in the Citizen Group works to build stable labor-management relations through periodic negotiation and discussion by the labor union that represents the employees and the Company in a manner that respects the ideas of both sides. Overseas Group companies hold talks with labor unions and employee representatives in accordance with the laws and regulations of each country. Each Group company will hold talks on Group operational systems and optimal working environments to raise corporate value and improve employee satisfaction.

Initiatives to Prevent Harassment

In June 2015, Citizen Holdings, Citizen Watch, and Citizen Business Expert Co., Ltd., established regulations related to the prevention of sexual harassment and power harassment, which have become major social issues. In conjunction with the establishment of these regulations, we invited Yasuo Mikami, an attorney, to conduct a seminar on harassment prevention at our offices in September 2015. This seminar served as a way to raise employee understanding and awareness of harassment as well as to ensure compliance with in-house regulations. The seminar targeted management personnel who held a position above section head and shared practical and specific details on harassment, focusing primarily on situations during day-to-day work where harassment often occurs. In doing so, the seminar provided our management personnel with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of harassment prevention and in-house regulations.
​Going forward, we will continue to make efforts to establish a healthy work environment by further enhancing employee understanding toward harassment prevention and thoroughly enforcing in-house regulations.

Initiatives to Prevent Harassment

People-Friendly Corporate Management

The Citizen Group has made a swift entrance into Thailand, with several production bases already established. We position the country as a primary location for its manufacturing bases following China.
​In 2001, Keiichi Nakajima, the current president of Citizen Machinery, set up Citizen Machinery Asia Co., Ltd., with only three employees. At a time when most companies considered local hiring to be only for the purpose of providing manpower, Mr. Nakajima respected and valued his employees as important business partners. Due to the success of that approach, Citizen Machinery Asia became a model for Japanese companies’ entrance into Thailand and was publicly honored by the country’s king.
​Carrying on this tradition of respecting and valuing employees, we hold regular events to communicate to our employees the excitement and importance of working together as a team as well as to encourage them to act independently.

People-Friendly Corporate Management

An Invigorating Work Environment

Citizen Watch Goodrington listens carefully to the opinions of its employees. With the aim of becoming even more competitive company that works hand-in-hand with its employees, we are strengthening our communication with labor unions. In addition, we are making efforts to establish a work environment where employees can voice their opinions and suggestions at any time, not just during deliberations on important projects. The content of these efforts is shared between the company and labor unions.
Furthermore, we are enhancing our employee welfare programs and taking initiatives to deepen exchange among employees by holding athletic meets and basketball tournaments.
In these ways, we are focusing our efforts on establishing a welcoming work environment where employees can better understand each other and carry out their duties with peace of mind.

An Invigorating Work Environment

MCLG Receives Certification As AA Rank Labor-Management Relations Company

Guangzhou Most Crown Electronics Ltd.

Guangzhou Most Crown Electronics Ltd. (MCLG) received certification as a Guangzhou AA rank labor-management relations company from the city of Guangzhou in April 2012. In May, company executives and labor union members conducted a ceremony to unveil the certification plate. This certification is a source of pride for MCLG employees and will spur further efforts to develop labor-management relations based on standards, fairness, and harmony.

Certification plate unveiling ceremony

Certification plate unveiling ceremony