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CSR Procurement

Basic ideas

Basic way of thinking on CSR procurement

Tokai Carbon’s corporate philosophy is to develop "Ties of Reliability" with our stakeholders, such as shareholders, customers, business partners, local communities, and employees, through our corporate activities.
It is necessary to face the global environmental and social challenges as a party to roll out sustainable corporate activities while building up the trust with our stakeholders.
These activities will not solely be completed by the effort of Tokai Carbon Group, but more with the understanding and cooperation of our suppliers, in our upstream supply-chain. To make this procurement policy known to all of our suppliers, we have published its contents below.This is the reason of why we formulated the procurement policy, and with this policy, Tokai Carbon Group will contribute to the realization of sustainable society with our suppliers.

Policy

CSR Procurement Policy

Tokai Carbon Group Procurement Policy items
1)Corporate responsibility
2)Transparency
3)Respect for human rights
4)Employment and labor
5)Environment
6)Quality and safety
7)Fair business operations
8)Contribution to community

Procurement Policy (PDF: 170KB)

Procurement Policy(Chinese) (PDF: 170KB)

Initiatives

Implementation of CSR procurement survey for our business partners

The Group's basic philosophy, "Ties of Reliability" represents building relationships of mutual trust between our company and our stakeholders including business partners. At the Tokai Carbon Group, we have bases all over the world and we procure raw materials from suppliers worldwide. We therefore believe that working to provide social solutions throughout our entire supply chain is important in building relationships of mutual trust with our stakeholders.
For our new and priority business partners, we request they agree with our Group Procurement Policy and respond to the CSR Procurement Survey to confirm their compliance status. Major survey items of the survey provided below are defined in accordance with our procurement policy. The fair business conduct comprehensively covers anti-corruption, including bribery.

1)Corporate responsibility Availability of policies and educational training on corporate social responsibility, and the number of violations of compliance for the last three years, etc.
2) Transparency The status of how suppliers monitor environmental and social problems
3) Respect for human rights International covenants on human rights they support, and the status of measures to prevent human rights abuses and human rights seminars
4) Employment and labor Policies and frameworks for the prevention of work-related human right violations including forced labor, child labor, slave labor, human trafficking, and various other harassments; and the number of legal violations
5) Environment Policies and frameworks for the prevention of environmental pollution, effective use of resources, and climate change, and the number of legal violations concerning environmental issues
6) Quality and safety Policies and frameworks for securing quality and safety, and the number of legal violations
7) Fair business operations Policies and frameworks for ensuring sound and fair operations, including prevention of corruption and bribery, prevention of violations of the Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolization and Maintenance of Fair Trade, compliance with export administration-related laws and regulations, and the number of legal violations

The process is characterized by assessing business partners based on the survey result, and requesting them to take necessary improvement actions. In fiscal 2020, we conducted a survey on our priority six raw material suppliers located in Japan in order to assess the status of existing business partners. The survey found a company that had committed employment, labor, and environmental legal violations during the past three years. We will promptly verify the improvement plan, etc. of the company in question, and urge them to prevent recurrence by taking necessary measures, including inspection visits.

Declaration of Partnership Building

Tokai Carbon has announced its “Declaration of Partnership Building” in support of the aims of the Council on Promoting Partnership Building for Cultivating the Future promoted by the Cabinet Office, the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, and other concerned parties. We aim to build new partnerships by promoting collaboration, co-existence, and co-prosperity with our supply chain partners and businesses that create value.

Initiatives for promoting green procurement

【Green procurement, green purchasing】

As a part of our environmental activities, when procuring product raw materials, parts, materials, services, etc., from suppliers, we promote the priority selection of goods and services with a lower environmental burden.

  1. Fuel

    To reduce CO2 emissions, we have switched some of our fuel from heavy oil to gas.

  2. Secondary materials

    To promote the reduction of industrial waste, we are switching to materials with value after initial use and reusable secondary materials.

  3. Packaging and wrapping materials

    To ensure the effective use of limited resources, we are adopting simplified packaging, the use of recycled materials, and other environmentally friendly approaches to packaging and wrapping. We are also employing returnable boxes that can be used repeatedly, and reusing shock absorption materials to help promote resource conservation.

  4. Green purchasing

    We believe that purchasing based on a careful consideration of needs and selecting the most environmentally friendly products whenever possible are incredibly effective for building a sustainable, recycling-oriented society. With this in mind, we have created the Green Purchasing Basic Policy and Green Purchasing Procedures, and apply these uniform standards to aggressively promote green purchasing.

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