The Nabtesco Group does business with about 1,000 suppliers of various scales, centering around the purchase of metal parts, and electronic and electrical components, outsourced machining, assembly and processing. Our business with suppliers is an important factor that affects the Nabtesco Group’s cost structure and QCD performance. It is indispensable to secure the supply chain continuously in order to achieve medium- to long-term growth. Therefore, we develop collaboration systems through fair, proper and transparent business transactions based on the proper cost structure, and close partnerships with suppliers.
Also, we are well aware of the importance of meeting the demands and expectations of society regarding social and environmental impacts of activities in our supply chain. By developing mutual trust relationships with suppliers through fair, proper, and transparent transactions, we are committed to meeting our social responsibilities not just through the efforts of the Nabtesco Group alone but with the cooperation of the entire supply chain, placing emphasis on local procurement and local employment.
We at the Nabtesco Group have been taking measures for manufacturing innovation by pursuing collaboration with suppliers with the aim of strengthening our comprehensive procurement capabilities from the perspectives of sustainability, including quality, cost and delivery (QCD) and technological development. In order to achieve medium- to long-term growth for the Group, it is essential to secure a sustainable supply chain. We are promoting CSR-oriented procurement by recognizing fair, proper and transparent procurement activities as one of our material CSR issues (materiality).
In order to promote CSR-oriented procurement, we need to have expertise and know-how on environment- and human rights-related issues, which are not conventionally handled by procurement departments. Therefore, the Procurement Planning Department of the Production Innovation Division, in collaboration with the head office departments, plays a central role in promoting CSR-oriented procurement, including supporting the activities conducted to this end by the in-house companies and Group companies. The Procurement Planning Department discusses and decides on the related policies and measures at the Group Procurement Meeting held with the participation of the procurement departments of each in-house and Group company, providing education and training for procurement managers. Through these Group-wide efforts, we endeavor to fulfill our social responsibility throughout the supply chain in cooperation with our suppliers.
In accordance with the globalization of our business, we increasingly need to respond appropriately in our supply chain to the worldwide demands related to the environment and human rights. On April 1, 2014, aiming to further foster CSR activities across the supply chain, we established the Nabtesco Group CSR-Oriented Procurement Policy. In formulating this policy, we referred to the ISO 26000 standard, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct, and other international guidelines, and also incorporated into the policy the ideas expressed in the Nabtesco Group Code of Ethics. (Revisions currently being internally discussed)
We provide practical training to procurement managers of in-house companies and Group companies to deepen their understanding of the Nabtesco Group CSR-Oriented Procurement Policy, which stipulates the norms for working on social issues including the environment, and how to ask for cooperation from suppliers with regard to the survey research and interview visits. Upon completion of the training, the procurement managers, equipped with a full understanding of CSR-oriented procurement, work to ensure that the Policy is thoroughly implemented by gaining support from the suppliers.
Regarding Nabtesco Group's CSR-Oriented Procurement Policy, since the latter half of FY2014 we have visited local sites in China, Thailand, and South Korea and provided briefings to the relevant employees of our suppliers to accelerate the penetration of our global policy. Since then, we have held the briefings for approximately 600 suppliers annually. Based on the policy, the entire group will work as one to promote and implement CSR-oriented procurement activities to fulfill the expectations of customers and other stakeholders, while facilitating the understanding of new suppliers and strengthening our partnership with existing suppliers.
The Nabtesco group identifies the important suppliers for our business sustainability based on their trade volume, QCD (Quality, Cost, and Delivery compliance) performance, technical development capability, financial health, and other factors. To enhance our CSR-oriented procurement, we have implemented SAQ for the primary suppliers, including key suppliers in and outside Japan every year since FY2014.
In FY2019, we implemented a SAQ-style questionnaire based on our CSR-Oriented Procurement Policy for all first-tier suppliers, totaling around 1,000. The suppliers who responded account for over 90% of procurement by transaction amount. The questions in the questionnaire comprise six large categories and 41 middle categories based on the items in the CSR-oriented Procurement Policy. We performed an evaluation according to the weight of each middle category item. We have revised the questions in the environment field in accordance with our SBT (Science Based Targets). We analyzed and evaluated the questionnaire survey responses (average score 79, target score 80) for each supplier individually and provided feedback to each of them. We continuously monitor the risks identified in the questionnaire survey and take measures to address them.
Moreover, in FY2019, we visited nine suppliers individually and made necessary corrections, such as extracting risks regarding the environment, safety, and health, and proposing improvement measures. We will continue to refine the SAQ by, for example, considering items to include in the questions, and methods for responding.
|Step 1||Implement regular ESG assessments using a SAQ for suppliers once a year. Identify potential ESG risks by analyzing the survey.|
|Step 2||Visit selected suppliers and interview them on-site.|
|Step 3||Propose improvement measures as needed.|
|Step 4||Follow up with them.|
In FY2019, we received no reports of serious violations related to labor or the environment in our supply chain.
In the Basic Purchase Agreement that we conclude with new suppliers, we list not only compliance, including the prevention of any form of corruption such as bid rigging or bribery, but also consideration to the environment and occupational health and safety and the elimination of anti-social forces as the most important items to be observed by our suppliers.
In FY2019, we received no reports of serious violations (including regarding social issues such as the environment) in our supply chain.
We have requested that even existing suppliers comply with our Basic Purchase Agreement, as well as consideration of the environment, safety, and health through the SAQ. Through the penetration of a CSR-Oriented Procurement Policy within our supply chain, on-site briefings, and the SAQ, we have taken proper actions to encourage new and existing suppliers to conduct themselves in accordance with social norms.
Nabtesco signed the United Nations Global Compact in April 2014 to show that it supports this international initiative, and has since been proactively participating in the activities conducted by the Global Compact Network Japan. We have worked to set norms and criteria and to solve problems for global CSR-oriented procurement (including themes on the environment, labor, and human rights) in cooperation with peers and companies in other industries in the study group on supply chains. In FY2017, Nabtesco was appointed a corporate leader for the supply chain study group again and contributed to the completion of an SAQ (self-assessment tool for CSR-oriented procurement) that can be used across the industry. In FY2019, we contributed to creating the Chinese version of the SAQ. We will continue to work on the enhancement of the SAQ while promoting its use in collaboration with external initiatives in the future.
As neither Nabtesco Corporation nor its Group companies are listed on US stock markets, we are not subject to the Dodd-Frank Act or the reporting obligation with regard to the use of conflict minerals. The Nabtesco Group, however, is focused on strategic measures for conflict minerals from the perspective of risk management through establishing a sustainable supply chain system while keeping an eye on maintaining international peace and security. To this end, we will conduct the Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) in cooperation with our suppliers in response to requests from customers to conduct surveys on conflict minerals. Furthermore, questions regarding conflict materials are included in the SAQ. At Nabtesco, we aim to establish a responsible procurement system to avoid becoming complicit in the activities of armed groups and conflicts by working closely with our suppliers and Group companies.
At the Nabtesco Group, we have been actively advancing initiatives to contribute to suppliers in terms of improvements in their manufacturing and administrative capabilities. We conduct audits of suppliers’ factories before they start to manufacture products for us, providing instructions on improvement measures from quality control perspectives such as strict compliance with operations standards, the installation of foolproof devices, and the removal of defective products, while also supporting the establishment of 5S (Sorting, Setting-in-Order, Shining, Standardizing, Sustaining the Discipline) activities from the perspective of overall factory operations.
Regarding the enhancement of administrative capabilities, we provide value engineering (VE)-based practical training programs at suppliers’ facilities to ensure that they can effectively conduct functional analyses of products and daily operations.
The Nabtesco Group works on the enhancement of its business continuity plan (BCP), to develop the ability to quickly resume business, even if seriously impacted by a large disaster. We have held BCP sessions for employees centered on education and training at major sites and have redesigned the previous BCP. We agree with the purposes behind the Basic Act for National Resilience that are advocated by the government. As proof that the company works on practical BCP, all of our nine domestic plants obtained the Certification for Companies Contributing to National Resilience (Resilience Certification).
We recognize that not only the factors for ourselves that we consider in our own BCP, but also the possible damage that may be suffered by suppliers, which are external management resources, are important risk factors for business continuity. We are currently supporting the BCP of our suppliers, expanding the scope of our activities.
In 2019, the Act for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Resilience was passed to facilitate the enhancement of business continuity for these companies. Prior to the Act, the Government (METI, SME Agency) paid attention to the advanced initiative of Nabtesco, which expanded BCP to its suppliers. We had valuable opportunities to highlight our BCP activities internally and to the world, such as committee presentations, newspaper interviews, symposium appearances, and articles in the “white paper on small and medium-sized businesses.”
The dissemination and promotion of BCP among our suppliers is a big challenge. As a new measure to accelerate these efforts, we started fostering buyers (in the procurement departments) capable of being instructors that support the BCP of our suppliers. The first 13 BCP buyers have graduated from the program.
Through these BCP activities, the Nabtesco Group aims at building a resilient organization. In the future, we will position global BCP structure building as a priority subject in 2020 and after, and sequentially begin supporting the BCP of overseas sites.
The Nabtesco Group does business with about 1,000 suppliers of various scal...
We at the Nabtesco Group have been taking measures for manufacturing innova...
In accordance with the globalization of our business, we increasingly need ...
Organization of Briefing Sessions for Suppliers in Japan and Abroad Br...
In the Basic Purchase Agreement that we conclude with new suppliers, we lis...
Nabtesco signed the United Nations Global Compact in April 2014 to show tha...
As neither Nabtesco Corporation nor its Group companies are listed on US st...
VE-based training conducted at a supplier’s facility. At the Nabtesc...
Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat certification for companies contributing to n...