- “Fair business practices” means conducting procurement in accordance with prescribed policies and procedures.
- “Transparency” means avoiding any arbitrary actions.
- “Equal opportunities” means providing supplier with a level playing field.
Relationships with Society
- Quality Management
- Human Resource, Diversity, Workplace
- Health and productivity management
- Occupational Health and Safety, Disaster Prevention
- Contribution to Local Communities
- Communication to Shareholders & Investors
Basic Philosophy of Supply Chain Management
- 1．Emphasizing “fair business practices, transparency, and equal opportunities,” the Dexerials Group’s procurement is founded on relationships of mutual trust with suppliers.
- 2．Dexerials also emphasizes cooperative relationship with suppliers in such areas as strengthening technological competence, assuring and improving the quality of parts and maintaining competitive prices.
- 3．To preserve the global environment and realize a sustainable society, Dexerials strives for environmental management together with suppliers by observing the Green Procurement Policy.
- 4．To ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and social standards and to realize contributions to society, Dexerials works not only internally but also with suppliers to achieve practical results.
For fair business practices, transparency, and equal opportunities in transactions
Based on the Basic Philosophy of Supply Chain Management, for the implementation of procurement with “fair business practices, transparency, and equal opportunities,” Dexerials is engaged in the following initiatives.
- Respect for social standards and commercial practices, etc.
Regarding procurement, in addition to obviously following the laws of each country, we respect the social standards, ethics and commercial practices, etc.
When negotiating the conditions of a transaction with suppliers, including pricing and technical specifications, honesty and faithfulness are essential. With regard to businesspersons engaged in the procurement business, Dexerials ensures complete anti-corruption by prohibiting the reception of money, goods or services that aim to influence or that have the risk of influencing business decisions.
- Publicizing the Dexerials procurement policy
In order for suppliers to gain an understanding of Dexerials basic policies regarding legal compliance, respect for human rights, environmental conservation and products/service safety, we regularly holding individual explanatory meetings, for the thoroughness of relevant policies.
- Handling information
In addition to striving to disclose appropriate information to suppliers, we conduct appropriate management based on internal policies and procedures related to the Code of Conduct and information security so that confidential information from Dexerials and suppliers is not leaked.
- Risk management
In order for transactions to go smoothly, it is necessary for the Procurement Division to strive to prevent and predict dangers that could become factors that inhibit the procurement business. For that reason, when situations occur or may occur that will have a serious impact on business (quality issues, collapse of supplier business, disasters, labor disputes, etc.), crisis management information is shared with the Procurement Division, the Business Division and other relevant divisions and necessary risk avoidance measures are promptly drafted and implemented.
- Selection of suppliers
In line with the principles in the Basic Philosophy of Supply Chain Management, we strive to find new suppliers in accord with technical reforms and the supply environment (pricing changes, supply and demand balance, corporate social responsibility, etc.). In the selection of new suppliers, the most important and fundamental requirements are “stable management,” “legal compliance,” “environmental considerations,” and “technical capacity,” and we also evaluate results and expectations for quality, pricing, stable supply, technology services and environmental contribution.
Initiatives for legal compliance
Dexerials is engaged in employee training in order to ensure thorough procurement with “fair business practices, transparency, and equal opportunities.”
Specifically, we confirm compliance with the Act Against Delay in Payment of Subcontract Proceeds, etc., to subcontractors and share information by regularly conducting in-person surveys of the procurement, production management, and other related departments.
Also, we conduct internal audits with regard to the procurement business, and we provide training for relevant parties using improvement guidance based on the audit results.
CSR Promotion Together with Supply Chain
In order to promote CSR in overall supply chain, Dexerials have established the Dexerials CSR Procurement Guidelines, and we ask for the understanding and cooperation of our suppliers of materials and other items.
To be more specific, while confirming CSR policies of our suppliers whose dependence on us is 20% or more, we conduct a CSR survey to grasp the status of their CSR initiatives, and confirm the status of their efforts in areas such as human rights, labor, health and safety, and environment. In this way, we are making efforts for sustainable procurement.
Response to conflict minerals
Metals extracted by means of illegal mining by antisocial forces have become a global issue, and companies are required to take a responsible attitude toward procurement. Even among Dexerials products, four metals (gold, tin, tantalum, tungsten) in the scope of the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S.* were being used, and an investigation has been requested from a client. The Dexerials Group promotes responsible procurement based on a policy of not using raw materials and parts that contain conflict minerals produced in the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring countries where armed conflicts are continuing, obviously involved in human rights violations or similar issues. As a product supplier, we check for trace levels of the relevant minerals in our products and provide the appropriate information to customers. Regarding procured raw materials and parts, in the selection stage, a survey is conducted among manufacturers about content and usage, and if content or usage is discovered, we strive to obtain reliable information by requesting the manufacturer to provide information about the refinery.
*Dodd-Frank Act: The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act financial regulatory reforms were enacted in 2010, and an additional clause was enacted in 2013 demanding a usage report for four metals designated as conflict minerals from all companies listed on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
For the purposes of global environmental conservation and the realization of a sustainable society, Dexerials has established a set of Management Standards for Environment-Related Substances. The Standards define controlled substances, which are categorized as substances to be banned immediately, substances to be phased out, or exempted substances. They are also subject to monitoring in order to prevent inclusion in our products or to confirm reduction of their use.
Dexerials designates suppliers who cooperate with these standards as Dexerials Green Partners. In principle, the Dexerials Group procures all raw materials and parts used for its products from suppliers who have been qualified as Dexerials Green Partners.
As the process to grant certification as a Green Partner, we start with explaining the “Management Standards for Environment-Related Substances” to suppliers for their understanding. Next, we individually investigate specific matters such as legal compliance to check conformity with our internal certification criteria. Each supplier meeting the certification criteria is certified and registered as a “Green Partner,” and business with such supplier starts.
Through the stable procurement based on the trust relationship with “Green Partners,” the Company will provide high-quality, reliable, and safe products to customers.
About “Management Standards for Environment- Related Substances”
Raw materials, parts, or other elements of our products that are judged by Dexerials to have a significant impact on the global environment or human health are defined as “controlled substances” and are managed accordingly. These controlled substances are categorized as (1) substances to be banned immediately, (2) substances to be phased out, or (3) exempted substances. They are also subject to monitoring in order to prevent inclusion in our products or to confirm reduction of their use. Our aims here are to conserve the global environment and reduce our impact on the ecosystem. Even if there are no specifications in these standards with regard to certain substances and uses, we comply with the appropriate laws of each country and region in connection to prohibitions and restricted use
The Management Standards for the Environment-Related Substances
Procurement/Logistics Risk Management
In order to reduce procurement/logistics risks arising from natural disasters, etc., Dexerials is further enhancing measures for BCP including our supply chain.
Specifically, supplier’s BCP status is confirmed through the questionnaire, and, based on its contents, risks at domestic and overseas suppliers are identified and compiled as a database to build a system for monitoring status of response to BCP. In this way, the Company is building the system capable of responding to various risks and disasters in the supply chain.
Response to Climate Changes
As measures against climate changes in combination with the supply chain, the Company works to visualize CO2 emissions (carbon footprint) concerning its products from procurement of raw materials through distribution.
Going forward, we will push ahead with the reduction of CO2 emissions in the entire supply chain, by knowing CO2 emissions at suppliers through the questionnaire survey, and managing the survey data by incorporating them into the system for visualization.