To promote sustainable procurement throughout the entire supply chain, in 2019 we began an independent survey to determine the degree to which our major suppliers are adopting sustainable procurement. The Corporate Sustainability Department, the Procurement Department, and some other departments collaborated to send a Sustainable Procurement Self-Evaluation Sheet consisting of 35 items in 7 fields—organizational governance, human rights, labor practices, the environment, fair business practices, consumer issues, and social contribution to major suppliers—based on the Sustainable Procurement Guidelines and asked them to perform self-evaluations. In FY 2019, we conducted a survey of around 300 major suppliers, and, in FY 2020, we opened a dialogue with 75 of these companies to ask them to make improvements. In addition to providing feedback on the results of these assessments, if there are any concerns, we work with suppliers to improve and solve those issues together through dialogue, thereby reducing risk throughout the entire supply chain. We are working to deepen mutual understanding while communicating our stance on sustainable procurement and the Human Rights Policy. Specifically, we are making such improvements as sharing our cyber security letter with suppliers who request it from the perspective of preventing threats to our computer network and establishing reporting hotlines in the supply chain. This survey will be repeated once every three years to ensure continuous improvement.
Our sustainable procurement initiatives have only just begun, but we are working with society and suppliers to achieve a triple win.