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Improvement of the Management Structure as Part of Internal Control
As part of the Yokogawa Group's internal control, Yokogawa's management structure governs the overall business processes, including its relationship with customers and suppliers. For the procurement processes in the supply chain, Yokogawa Group's "Group Procurement Code" has been defined based on its Corporate Philosophy and Standards of Business Conduct, to ensure fair and equitable transactions. Yokogawa observes the local ordinances of the country and regions with whom we do business, began working on the issue of conflict minerals, and focuses on establishing a supply chain that considers environmental protection.
In 2008, the Yokogawa Group Supply Chain CSR Guideline, which is compliant with JEITA*, was created and published. In addition, Yokogawa's basic procurement policy, which is summarized in three points, is used as a set of principles to guide its every day operations. In 2009, a network of responsible parties of Yokogawa Group's sales and procurement processes was built as a foundation for all supply chain CSR activities.
Three Basic Procurement Principles
- Create an ethical, clear, and open corporate culture and establish ourselves as a company that can be trusted by society.
- Promote socially responsible procurement activities throughout the supply chain, including not only the Yokogawa Group, but also the suppliers of Yokogawa.
- Comprehensively evaluate and select suppliers, giving priority to our commitment to being a good corporate citizen.
Strengthening of Partnerships with the Suppliers
Supplier Policy Presentation Meeting
Yokogawa Electric, in order to reinforce its partnerships, is actively organizing events on a regular basis to promote discussion and deepen trust with key suppliers and their management teams.
For example, each year we host the "Supplier Policy Presentation Meeting", in which we explain our management policy, business plan, purchasing strategy, etc., to the suppliers.
Additionally, we organize "Component Exhibitions" and "Technical Seminars" through the Purchasing Department in order to introduce the products of suppliers, along with market trends, component trends and other relevant information, to the product development teams of companies within the Yokogawa Group.
Reinforcement of Compliant Procurement
Yokogawa regularly organizes education programs for group companies in Japan so that they can learn about the "Act Against Delay in Payment of Subcontract Proceeds, Etc., to Subcontractors" as it applies to purchasing processes. Furthermore, we have added a new chapter on compliance to the Master Transaction Agreement in order to reinforce compliant procurement. As part of this effort, we are working to build greater ties/partnerships with the suppliers and prevent the establishment of ties with antisocial forces in order to eliminate such forces from society.
We have set up a "help line" as a channel for reporting and inquiry that can be contacted by suppliers, should they find an actual or potential violation of compliance.
Promotion of Green Procurement
Under the philosophy to contribute to building a sustainable society in various areas of business activities, Yokogawa has created the "Green Procurement Guidelines" to promote green procurement activities. Specifically, we have established a system for promoting the control of chemical substances contained in our products and are also investigating/controlling chemical substances in materials/components.
*JEITA: Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association