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Procurement Activities

Fujikura Group Basic Procurement Policy

The Group's business is supported by business partners who supply raw materials, parts and equipment. Through fair and fair and sincere procurement activities, the Group has formulated the "Fujikura Group Procurement Basic Policy" in order to establish a solid relationship of trust with its business partners. In addition, we have established the Fujikura Group Procurement Purchasing Division Code of Conduct to strictly control our own actions. In addition, each group company in Japan participates and regularly conducts subcontract law sessions, and we are continuing our compliance efforts.
We also provide education such as e-learning and seminars on the Subcontracting Act, and conduct regular business audits for departments related to procurement and purchasing within the Group. In order to solve social issues, we are promoting sustainability, such as compliance and consideration of human rights such as responsible mineral procurement.

Fujikura Group Basic Procurement Policy

Fujikura Group CSR Procurement Guidelines

With corporate activities becoming more global in nature, a company’s corporate social responsibilities are being called into question not only for itself but its entire supply chain.
We created the Fujikura Group CSR Procurement Guidelines in June 2016 to further understanding and implementation of CSR procurement by suppliers and revise the guidelines as society changes. The 5th version of these guidelines was revised in August 2021 to be compliant with RBA Guidelines.

Responding to Issues of Great Interest in Society

The British Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement

The Fujikura group created the "Fujikura Group Statement on the Modern Slavery Act and Human Trafficking" in response the United Kingdom's Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Fujikura group understands that we must protect the human rights of all of the people effected by our business. To respect human dignity and internationally recognized human rights, we created a statement regarding efforts for the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Fujikura Group CSR Procurement Promotion System

With the globalization of companies speeding up today, the importance of social responsibilities in procurement activities continues to increase. Fujikura and the Fujikura Group regularly convenes internal meetings on CSR, which were held on two occasions in fiscal 2017. In addition, the theme of ESG has been increasing recently, such as the importance of human rights due diligence in the supply chain and information on climate change. These meetings lead to the strengthening of procurement staff.

In addition, the Fujikura Group Partners Meeting is held annually as a venue for direct dialogue with all suppliers. Through direct communication, we make efforts toward CSR procurement across the supply chain, including fostering understanding in CSR procurement of the Fujikura Group.

Risk Assessment of the Supply Chain

The Fujikura Group carries out investigations of supply chain management at procurement divisions of each Group company in order to identify and minimize risk in the supply chain. In fiscal 2018, we provided feedback based on the survey results and promoted improvements in our efforts. At the same time, as an initiative in human rights due diligence, we hold a study meeting with experts, identify priority issues based on the prepared report, and commence initiatives.

CSR Survey for the Supply Chain

The Fujikura Group conducts a supply chain management survey regularly for major suppliers in order to understand the situation of their CSR activities in the supply chain. The results of the survey are shared with suppliers in the form of feedback. The survey covers the following matters.
Furthermore, starting from the fiscal year 2022, we have also been utilizing the "CSR Procurement Self-Assessment Questionnaire (Common SAQ)" provided by the Global Compact Network Japan.

  • Implementation status of CSR procurement by suppliers
  • Implementation of supplier assessments
  • Response to conflict minerals in procurement
  • Status of initiative to prevent the use of environmental load substances in products
  • Implementation of the Fujikura Group CSR Procurement Guidelines
  • Visibility of the UK’s anti-slavery law and response, among others

Supplier Assessment System

In order to achieve an appropriate supplier structure by fairly and equally evaluating suppliers from the standpoint of quality, cost, delivery, development, and management, the Fujikura Group introduced a supplier assessment system in fiscal 2016. We are currently expanding the scope of our implementation, and we are building deeper partnerships with highly rated business partners.

Partners Meeting

The promotion and penetration of CSR procurement requires direct dialogue with suppliers. The Fujikura Group hosts the Fujikura Group Partners Meeting in Tokyo, Shanghai every year to obtain the understanding and cooperation of suppliers and work toward CSR procurement across the entire supply chain.
At the Partners Meeting, the Fujikura Group's management plan and procurement policy are explained to the business partners who participated, and through the distribution of CSR procurement guidelines, the business partners are encouraged to participate in the Fujikura Group's procurement activities. We ask for your understanding and cooperation.

Responsible Mineral Sourcing

Establishing Fujikura Group Policy for Responsible Mineral Sourcing

Fujikura Group Policy for Responsible Mineral Sourcing

Based on Fujikura Group Corporate Philosophy MVCV, Fujikura group promotes procurement of minerals which are free from inhuman acts including human right violations and labor issues in regard to mineral procurement in conflict-affected and high-risk areas/countries in order to establish responsible supply chain.

The Fujikura Group established the "Fujikura Group Conflict Minerals Non-Use Policy" in August 2011 to increase transparency in the supply chain regarding the procurement of conflict minerals, and in response to recent changes in social trends regarding mineral procurement, the "Fujikura Group Responsible Mineral Procurement Policy" was In May 2019, we established the Fujikura Group Responsible Minerals Procurement Policy.
 With regard to mineral procurement in conflict zones and high-risk countries (CAHRAs*), we recognize all risks and injustices, such as local human rights violations and labor issues, as serious social issues and will promote responsible mineral procurement throughout our supply chain.
 In addition, we will continue to strengthen our response to responsible mineral procurement by providing information to our suppliers and within the Group. We ask that our suppliers understand this policy and cooperate with us in achieving responsible mineral procurement.
*CAHRAs: Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas

Our Activites Against Responsible Minerals Sourcing

We participated in the study group of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) on the socially responsible procurement of minerals to establish an industrial framework for the issue. And The Fujikura Group held a study meeting for those in charge of the issue of conflict minerals within the Group. Participants examined international trends on conflict minerals and measures implemented by the Group, shared information, including related problems, and discussed countermeasures to take against the identified problems.
We also hold Fujikura Group Partners Meetings in Japan and China to request cooperation in CSR procurement and conflict mineral investigations with our suppliers.