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Supply Chain Initiatives

In our supply chain, from the procurement of raw materials to the manufacture, sale, use, and disposal of products, we are promoting various sustainable procurement initiatives with the aim of putting into practice our Group Mission "TechnoAmenity - Providing prosperity and comfort to people and society, with our unique technology".

Sustainable Procurement Policy

We recognize our suppliers as important partners, and we will build a relationship of mutual understanding and trust with them. We will also conduct fair and impartial business transactions in compliance with laws and regulations and with high ethical standards for the sustainable development of both parties.
With the cooperation of our suppliers, we will also promote sustainable procurement initiatives that take human rights and environmental protection into consideration.

CSR Procurement Guidelines

We are committed to sustainable procurement in order to fulfill our social responsibility throughout the supply chain, and we believe that the understanding and cooperation of our suppliers are indispensable in promoting such efforts. Based on this belief, we have compiled a set of CSR Procurement Guidelines that we would like our suppliers to work on together with our Group companies. We ask our business partners to understand these guidelines and take action accordingly.

CSR Procurement Guidelines

Green Procurement Initiatives

We promote initiatives to ensure supplies of safe and reliable products throughout the supply chain, from procurement of raw materials to manufacture and sales of products. In accordance with our regulations for green procurement management, we have independently assigned substances that are regulated or highly hazardous to two categories: "prohibited substances" and "restricted substances". We are promoting the development of green products and the procurement of raw materials with low environmental impact while controlling the inclusion of such substances in our products. For information transmission sheets, we have introduced chemSHERPA*, which was developed under the guidance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

* chemSHERPA: This shared system for transmitting information about chemicals contained in products to supply chains was developed under the leadership of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. Full-scale utilization began in April 2018.

Responsible Procurement of Minerals Policy

To fulfill our social responsibilities, we continue to confirm that we do not procure so-called conflict minerals*. We continuously monitor the actual situations at our suppliers, and stop procurement promptly if the use of conflict minerals is discovered.

* Gold (Au), tantalum (Ta), tungsten (W), tin (Sn), and cobalt (Co) are mined under conditions of conflict, human rights violations, etc. and sold in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its surrounding countries, and CAHRAs (Conflict and High Risk Areas). Risks include Annex II risks of the OECD Guidance and global environmental impacts.

Conduct of CSR Supplier Survey

We recognize that the understanding and cooperation of our suppliers is indispensable in order to enhance sustainability throughout supply chain.
Therefore, we have been conducting CSR questionnaire-type survey to our suppliers. By asking them to reply to the questionnaire, we confirm whether they conduct business activities in accordance with our "CSR Procurement Guidelines".
We will continue to strengthen cooperation with our suppliers and promote sustainable procurement initiatives.

Initiatives to promote Responsible Procurement

We endeavor to steadily respond to human rights, labor practices, health and safety, environment and Fair Operating Practices in Nippon Shokubai and our group companies, while we also implement a variety of initiatives to ensure responsibility on the supply chain.
We utilize Supply Chain Ethical Information Sharing Platform, such as Sedex*1 and EcoVadis*2 to disclose sustainability information. We have acquired RSPO *3 (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certification.

*1 An online platform is organized by non-profit organization Sedex, for storing and accessing data regarding ethical and responsible business practices. Enterprises in the global 35 industries, including food, automobile, cosmetics and amenity over 180 countries and regions, have joined Sedex.

*2 The supply chain ethical information sharing platform is operated by the French CSR rating agency EcoVadis which is used by over 65,000 multinational companies in about 160 countries.

*3 RSPO stands for Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, a non-profit organization promoting the sustainable production and use of palm oil.

Logistics Initiatives

Training for accidents during product transportation
Training for accidents during product
transportation

We have commissioned Nisshoku Butsuryu Co., Ltd. to handle all our logistics operations. To ensure the safety and quality of our logistics tasks, they cooperate closely with the Environmental Safety and Quality divisions of both our Himeji and Kawasaki Plants, where we work diligently to prevent logistics accidents.
With the aim of minimizing damage should an accident occur during product shipment, we periodically conduct drills to respond to accidents on transportation routes.
Moreover, in support of the White Logistics movement promoted mainly by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism toward the realization of sustainable logistics, we made a White Logistics declaration in April 2020, and we have been implementing relevant activities.