ILO Seminar on Labour Dimension of CSR Trends of global supply chains and the challenges facing Japanese corporations

News | 21 November 2016

The globalization of the world and the economy has made Japanese firms accelerate the expansion of their overseas operations. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is now implementing the future of work initiative, one of its seven centenary initiatives, to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019.

This summer at its International Labour Conference, the “Global Supply Chains (GSCs) and Decent Work” was selected as one of the agenda and the associated roles of the ILO, Government, workers and employers was discussed. This year Japan celebrates the 60th anniversary of its membership to the UN while the UN started the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in January.  In the meanwhile it has been ten years since the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) was founded. 

This seminar attempts to provide an update on the trends in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the PRI, the relevant effort by the government as well as the related policies and practice of workers and employers.

  • Organized by: ILO Office for Japan, Sophia University, The Japan Association for Advancement of ILO Activities
  • In cooperation with: Global Compact Network Japan, Japan Productivity Center
  • Date & Time: Fri. 16th December, 2016  13:30-17:15
  • Venue: Sophia University International Conference Hall  (Bldg. #2, 17th Floor)  Click Here.
  • Participants:  150 seats available
  • Admission: free
  • Languages: English-Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation provided.)
  • Registration: Please go to the website of the University and send your name and affiliation.
  • Programme:

Opening remarks

-       Mr. Takashi HAYASHITA, President, Sophia University

-       Ms. Akiko TAGUCHI, Director, ILO Office for Japan

Keynote speech: “ILO activities on global supply chains”
by Ms. Alette VAN LEUR, Director, Sectoral Policies Department, ILO Geneva

Case reports

  1. Our companies’ activities by Mr. Shuji HIROSE, Senior Director, Corporate Purchasing Unit, Fujitsu Limited
  2. Our Trade Union’s activities by Ms.Hanae NAKANO, Director, International Affairs Bureau,
    UA Zensen (The Japanese Federation of Textile, Chemical, Food, Commercial Service and General Workers' Unions)
  3. Global Compact Network Japan’s activities by Mr. Daisuke HARA, Convenor, Supply Chain Study Team, Global Compact Network Japan (CSR & Environment Sect., Public Relations Dept. Sojitz Corporation)
  4. Ministries’ activities report by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare


Panel Discussion on Global Supply Chains and Challenges of CSR on Human Rights & Labour Dimensions


  • Mr. Yoshiteru URAMOTO, Distinguished Professor, Center for Global Discovery, Sophia University
  • Ms. Miwa YAMADA, Director, Law and Institution Studies Group, Inter-disciplinary Studies Center, Institute of Developing Economies Japan External Trade Organization
      & 4 panelists
  • Moderated by Mr. Kenichi KUMAGAI, Project Planning Committee member, the Japan Association for Advancement of ILO Activities     

Comment by Ms. Alette VAN LEUR 

Closing remarks by Ms. Aiko KIMURA, President, the Japan Association for Advancement of ILO Activities