Partnership with Our Suppliers

The Nissha Group procures the materials, equipment, and services necessary for production and a wide range of business activities from suppliers in various regions. We work fairly and equally with all suppliers to promote CSR procurement based on our Purchasing Principles in order to share awareness of our social responsibility and enhance mutual corporate value.

Purchasing Principles

Nissha Group achieves sustainable procurement by building relationships of trust with our suppliers through mutually fair purchasing.

Nissha Group evaluates our suppliers in terms of fairness, impartiality, and comprehensively based on the following criteria.
  1. Stable business foundation and reliable management principles
  2. Excellent technology development and the abilities to propose products or services that consider environmental impacts
  3. Provision of stable, high-quality products or services
  4. Price competitiveness
  5. Stable production capacity and lead times
  6. Effective business continuity management plans

Nissha Group achieves sustainable procurement by working with our suppliers in the following areas.
  1. Labor and human rights
  2. Health and safety
  3. Environment
  4. Ethics
  5. Information security

Hisashi Iso
Director of the Board, Executive Vice President, Corporate Supply Chain
Nissha Co., Ltd.

Established on April 2, 2009
Revised on May 1, 2022

Items of CSR Procurement Guidelines and SAQ (Self Assessment Questionnaire)

We request all of our suppliers to comply with the Purchasing Principles and the CSR Procurement Guidelines. These Guidelines are based on the RBA (Responsible Business Alliance), a code of conduct mainly for the electronics and automotive industries, and on other codes of conduct that our customers request we follow. The items are listed below.

1. Labor and human rights

  1. Elimination of Involuntary Labor
  2. Prohibition of child labor, protection of young workers and student workers
  3. Working hours
  4. Wages and benefits
  5. Humane treatment
  6. Non-discrimination
  7. Freedom of association

2. Health and safety

  1. Occupational safety and health
  2. Emergency preparedness
  3. Prevention of occupational injury and illness
  4. Industrial hygiene
  5. Physically demanding work
  6. Machine safeguarding
  7. Sanitation, food, and housing
  8. Health and safety communication

3. The environment

  1. Environmental permits and reporting
  2. Pollution prevention and resource reduction
  3. Hazardous substances
  4. Solid waste
  5. Air emissions
  6. Materials restrictions
  7. Water management
  8. Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions

4. Ethics

  1. Business integrity
  2. No improper advantage
  3. Disclosure of information
  4. Intellectual property
  5. Fair business, advertising and competition
  6. Protection of identity and non-retaliation
  7. Responsible sourcing of minerals

5. Information Security

  1. Building of information management system
  2. Defense against threats on computers and networks
  3. Management and protection of personal information and confidential information
* These guidelines are implemented mainly in our Devices Business.

Nissha Group Supply Chain

We at the Nissha Group collaborate with various suppliers through our business activities, and our supply chain is expanding globally. The global supply chain has been severely affected recently by COVID-19, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, lockdowns in China, the sharp rise in raw material and fuel prices due to the sharp depreciation of the yen, etc., and shortages and price hikes due to labor shortages. However, thanks to the cooperation of our suppliers, the Nissha Group has been able to continue our sound business activities.

CSR Audit and SAQ

Acceptance of customer-based CSR audits

Nissha Group production bases are subject to customer-based CSR auditing. Among these audits, some items require passing scores as preconditions for mass production orders, some incorporate periodic monitoring, some employ on-site auditing, some use remote auditing, and some have auditing conducted via a web-based question-and-answer platform.

So far, the audits found that no serious claims existed, including significant human rights violations or environmental law infractions.

CSR audits of suppliers

At the same time as receiving these customer-based audits, we have been particularly promoting CSR auditing targeting important and new suppliers from the fiscal year ended March 2015 onward as part of an effort to maintain a safe and secure supply chain. The total audits to-date are 19 companies with a total of 187 improvement comments. All corrective action has been completed with the cooperation of our suppliers.

In addition to on-site auditing, we also implement annual surveys using our own Self Assessed Questionnaires (SAQ) to gauge the status of supplier CSR activities. Continuing on from 2022, the Devices business conducted a survey of 40 companies (materials suppliers, assembly contractors, etc.) in Europe and Asia, including China, in addition to Japan. As a result of the survey, no particular points of concern were found.

In the fiscal year ended December 2022, the Task Force took the lead in conducting a survey on labor and human rights.

As a result of the survey, no points of concern were found at any suppliers.

Development of Procurement Personnel

Since 2008, the Nissha Group in Japan has been continuously providing training to develop procurement personnel (basic procurement education, training for technical and development departments, procurement training by external instructors, etc.). To date, a total of more than 1,000 people have taken this training.

We are also providing training to Nissha Group companies overseas. In the fiscal year ended December 2022, we offered basic procurement education to three Group companies in China. We plan to continue to expand training to other Group companies.

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