Relationships with Suppliers

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With the basic objective of pursuing procurement that is fair, transparent, and proper, the UACJ Group engages in procurement activities that are global in scale and environmentally conscious.

Fair Transactions

Basic Approach

The UACJ Group’s basic policy on procurement rests on the principle of free competition and calls for us to engage in fair, transparent, and proper procurement activities. To adapt our procurement activities to changes in social conditions, we revise the composition of procurement items, procurement methods, and procurement conditions, as needed, and make other changes as well.

We look beyond past performance in choosing who we do business with and are open to dealing with domestic and overseas suppliers that meet price, quality, delivery time, stable supply capability, reliability, environmental, and other requirements. Products with new functions and functions that offer improved performance are of particular interest and we actively include them in our scope of purchases.

Compliance in Procurement Activities

The UACJ Group takes steps to promote strict compliance in procurement activities.

In fiscal 2015, employees working in procurement at our headquarters and each of our works participated in external workshops and then reviewed their procurement practices to ensure compliance with Japan’s Subcontract Act.

In fiscal 2016, we will begin to hold internal workshops on compliance with the Subcontract Act at individual UACJ and Group company business locations.

CSR Procurement Initiatives

The UACJ Group believes it is important to consider the needs of society and the environment not only within the Group but throughout the supply chain. We, therefore, have developed the UACJ Group CSR Procurement Guidelines and ask that our suppliers work with us based on a thorough understanding of our position on CSR procurement.

Environmentally Conscious Procurement

The UACJ Group’s Purchasing Department works with manufacturing and other user departments to obtain environmentally conscious raw materials, indirect materials, office supplies, and services wherever practical.

Regarding raw materials and indirect materials, in particular, we endeavor to procure alternatives with the least environmental impact. These efforts include having individual works request, as part of their ISO14001 activities, that suppliers perform surveys to identify the presence of designated chemical substances and provide certifications that designated chemical substances have not been used. When there are no options free of these substances, attention focuses on using those with the lowest amounts. Efforts to ensure that our procurement activities are as environmentally conscious as possible also extend to areas like packaging, where we encourage suppliers to be efficient in their use of packaging materials.

For office products, the department is taking steps such as shifting to products that comply with Japan’s Law on Promoting Green Purchasing.