Together with Our Partners
In addition, with an aim to lessen environmental burden, we have established the “Green Purchasing Guidelines” in cooperation with our business partners. We shall further promote more eco-friendly purchasing activities giving importance to partnership with our suppliers.
Clarion aims to conduct open and fair transactions with its suppliers at all times sensibly and with sincerity. We seek new business partners both domestically and overseas as we expand our global purchasing/procurement activities in 7 Group manufacturing companies in 6 countries around the world. In the process of selection, we put importance on their approach to the environment and CSR in addition to their quality and R&D capabilities.
We value communication with our business partners, and aim to establish relationships by which both parties can share their strategies and improve each other’s competitiveness.
Briefing Meeting on Purchasing
We hold an annual meeting to give briefings and explanations on our purchasing policy and request cooperation with our CSR initiatives and eco-friendly activities. A total of 350 partner companies (Japan 156, China 135, Thailand 59) attended briefing meetings held between March and April, 2015 in Japan, China and Thailand. In the course of purchasing activities, we are promoting activities, with more consideration on environmental protection, laying out the “Green Purchasing Guidelines” as an example. Further, as we joined the Hitachi Group, we are also communicating the “Hitachi Group CSR Activity Policy” to our business partners. We also have regular meetings with Hitachi’s CSR departments to share information.
Business partners commended at the Briefing Session of Purchasing Policy (Japan)
Annual Awards to Business Partners
We have a system in place for awarding our business partners annually to encourage their improvement activities and suggestions related to dealing with products with higher added value. The awards are presented to those partners whose performance with respect to Q (Quality), C (Costs), D (Delivery Time) and VEC* activities were particularly outstanding in that year. In fiscal 2014, the awards were given to 8 such companies in Japan, 6 in China and 3 in Thailand.
VE is a technique for analyzing various factors related to costs and features in order to develop and offer products equipped with features customers want at minimal cost.
Education on Fair Trade with Our Business Partners
Responsible personnel in purchasing attend regular outside seminars in connection with Act against Delay in Payment of Subcontract Proceeds, Etc. to Subcontractors (Subcontract Act) in order to ensure law compliance and fair trade transactions. In fiscal 2014, seven staffs participated in the outside seminars. We are also making efforts for higher CSR awareness through regular divisional educational lectures.
We will continue to improve knowledge and competence of individual staffs through active use of outside seminars and e-learning on laws and regulations, and as well as on professional skills in purchasing operations.
Conflict Minerals Procurement Policy
In 2010, U.S. Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requiring companies who file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to report on their use of “conflict minerals” in their products that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or in adjoining countries.
The Clarion Group is committed to responsible procurement practices to mitigate the risk of sourcing conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold) that can directly or indirectly finance armed groups abetting human rights violations in the DRC and adjoining countries.
The Clarion Group Procurement Division strives to establish a sustainable supply chain that eliminates procurement of materials and/or parts using conflict minerals.
We expect our suppliers to agree to our Conflict Minerals Procurement Policy and to cooperate with us in our efforts to ensure procurement of conflict-free minerals.