1. Basic procurement policy
The SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group supports the foundations of LIFE and creates "peace of mind for the future" in line with its vision statement "Innovation for the Earth", which aims to realize a sustainable society. In order to realize a sustainable society through innovation and creativity with a focus on ESG management, the SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group will build its supply chain and conduct procurement activities based on the following purchasing policy.
|Open||For purchasing transactions, we open our doors to a wide range of national and international companies in order to receive better proposals.|
|Fairness and impartiality||Business partners are selected on the basis of their sound management, quality, price, delivery time, and service, and in a fair and impartial manner, also taking into consideration the realization of a sustainable society.|
|Compliance with laws, regulations, and social norms||When conducting purchasing transactions, the company complies with national and international laws and regulations.
We equally comply not only with laws and regulations, but also with social norms as a discipline that must be observed in social life.
|Mutual trust||We recognise that all our business partners are partners in the conduct of our business, and we build relationships of trust by exchanging the necessary information and deepening mutual understanding. We also aim to build genuine partnerships to achieve a sustainable society.|
|Environmental friendliness||In conducting purchasing transactions, we collaborate with our business partners to help solve environmental challenges such as climate change and resource depletion. In addition, we give due consideration to chemical substance management.|
|Prevention of corruption||In conducting purchasing transactions, we work across the entire supply chain to ensure that there is no corruption whatsoever.|
|Human rights||In conducting purchasing transactions, we respect human rights in cooperation with our business partners. Particular attention will be paid to the prohibition of child and forced labor, recognition of freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, and prohibition of discrimination.|
2. Requests to business partners on sustainable procurement
In order to promote more socially and environmentally friendly procurement activities, the SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group has formulated the "Sustainable Procurement Guidelines (Supplier Code of Conduct)" for the Company and all business partners involved in the production of our products, which sets out standards to be observed based on its basic procurement policy. We ask our business partners to cooperate with us in aiming to understand and comply with the aims and content of this Code of Conduct, so that together we can work towards the realization of a sustainable society. The Code of Conduct applies to the entire SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group.
3. About sustainable timber procurement
In the course of our business activities, the company procures wood itself or wood-based raw materials and recognizes that this may have negative impacts with regard to human rights and the environment.
In addition, at COP26 in November 2021, leaders from over 100 countries, including Japan, signed a document committing to end deforestation by 2030.
In response to this, we have set a new target of "2030: Zero Deforestation" and revised our "Timber procurement policy" to achieve this goal. And in order to realise procurement in line with this policy, we have established new "Sustainable Timber Procurement Guidelines", and are working to further reduce the negative impact of deforestation on the human rights and environment of indigenous peoples, performing legal timber procurement to date as a matter of course.
Timber procurement policy
1) Environmental considerations for timber procurement
- Promote the procurement of timber from forests that are properly managed for sustainable use.
- Promote the procurement of timber that does not lead to natural forests being converted to other uses.
- Procure timber from forests other than those with high conservation value, such as biodiversity conservation.
- Procure timber from non-threatened tree species.
- Procure wood materials that contribute to resource circulation, such as recycled materials and unused thinned wood.
- Proactively employ suppliers that are implementing activities that lead to an increase in forests.
2) Social considerations for timber procurement
- Promote procurement in a manner that does not have a negative impact on local communities and respects local cultures, traditions, and economies in the sales channels, including logging and processing of timber products.
- Promote procurement that respects the rights of indigenous peoples.
- Promote procurement that respects the rights of all workers.
3) Governance initiatives
- Comply with all laws and regulations relating to forest procurement.
- Ensure traceability of timber and timber products, and promote clear place of origin and problem-free procurement of timber and timber products.
4. Responsible mineral procurement
At SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group we strive to avoid human rights violations, the use of conflict minerals that fund armed groups, and other such risks related to minerals and mining. We comply with regulations such as the Dodd-Frank Act (USA) and EU Conflict Minerals Regulation, and take pains to eliminate any minerals connected to OECD Annex II risks in Conflict Affected and High-Risk Areas (CAHRAs), including the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries.
In order to promote sustainable and responsible mineral procurement, if any minerals are discovered that are determined to be applicable to the above items, we will work with suppliers to take appropriate measures.
Proposals for New Materials and Technologies
SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group welcomes proposals for new technologies and materials.
Also, when submitting a proposal, please confirm that it complies with the requirements of SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group "Basic Procurement Policy" (Section 1. above).