Sustainable Procurement Guidelines

A. Human rights and labor

  1. 1Prohibit forced labor

    Respect the rights of workers to work based on their own free will and do not allow inhumane labor practices, including forced labor or bonded labor.

  2. 2Prohibit child labor

    Do not allow labor by children below minimum working age. Also, do not allow young workers under the age of 18 to work at nights, overtime, or dangerous work that is likely to jeopardize their health or safety.

  3. 3Manage working hours

    Do not allow working hours that exceed mandated labor hours. Also, ensure appropriate management of working hours, days off, or holidays.

  4. 4Payment of wages

    Compensation paid to workers shall comply with mandated standards on minimum wage, overtime hours, and statutory benefits.

  5. 5Prohibit inhumane treatment

    Do not engage in inhumane treatment including violence, corporal punishment, sexual harassment, or physical or mental coercion.

  6. 6Prohibit discrimination

    Do not apply discriminatory employee conditions, including employment and wages, based on gender, age, academic history, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or any physical, intellectual, or mental disability.

  7. 7Respect basic labor rights

    Comply with relevant laws and respect the basic labor rights of workers to form and join trade unions, to bargain collectively, and to engage in peaceful assembly.

B. Health and safety

  1. 1Occupational safety

    Ensure worker safety by identifying and assessing workplace or labor health and safety risks, and by engaging in appropriate designs, technology, or management methods.

  2. 2Prepare for emergencies

    Prepare for emergency situations, such as disasters or accidents, that could harm life or physical safety. Minimize potential impact by organizing response plans and response procedures, including education and training.

  3. 3Prevent occupational injuries and illness

    Work towards prevention by identifying the status of occupational injuries and illness, and creating a framework for implementing appropriate measures.

  4. 4Ensure clean workplace environments

    Identify, assess, and appropriately manage workplace risks that cause biological, chemical, or physical harm to workers.

  5. 5Assess physically demanding work

    Identify and assess physically demanding work and manage appropriately to prevent occupational accidents or illness.

  6. 6Machine safeguarding

    Assess potential safety risks for production and other machinery used by workers and implement appropriate safety measures.

  7. 7Health and safety communication

    Use language and methods understood by workers to provide appropriate health and safety information, education, and training concerning the various potential workplace risks facing workers in the workplace.

C. Environmental conservation

  1. 1Create environmental conservation framework

    Create a management framework for promoting environmental conservation activities and work continuously to make improvements.

  2. 2Reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas

    Engage in a planned and continuous response to climate change, and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

  3. 3Reduce waste

    Reduce environmental load by contributing to waste reduction through the proactive adoption of paperless offices and 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

  4. 4Control environmental pollution (wastewater, sludge, exhaust, etc.)

    Comply with laws relevant to wastewater, sludge, and exhaust, and implement appropriate measures towards minimizing emissions.

D. Ethics

  1. 1Prevent corruption

    Apply a high standard of ethics in all aspects of business, and maintain and comply with policies prohibiting all corruption, including bribery, blackmail, and embezzlement.

  2. 2Eliminate inappropriate profits

    Do not exercise or allow bribery or any other means of securing illegal or inappropriate profits.

  3. 3Appropriate information disclosure

    Comply with relevant law and industry customs to disclose information concerning labor, health and safety, environmental practices, business activities, structure, financial situation, and performance. Also, do not allow any information disclosure involving falsified or misrepresented records.

  4. 4Respect intellectual property rights

    Respect intellectual property rights and conduct the transfer of technology or know-how in a manner that protects intellectual property rights. Also, protect intellectual property rights of third parties, including customers and suppliers.

  5. 5Conduct fair business

    Comply with relevant law and the principles of free competition to engage in fair business activities.

  6. 6Protect whistleblowers

    Secure the confidentiality of whistleblowing reports and the anonymity of whistleblowers, and eliminate any retaliations against whistleblowers.

  7. 7Protect personal information

    Comply with relevant laws to ensure the appropriate management and protection of all personal information, including the information of business partners, customers, consumers, and workers.

E. Management system

  1. 1Company Commitment

    To ensure compliance with these Guidelines, create a management structure to promote continuous engagement and improvement activities.

  2. 2Responsibilities of business partners

    Disseminate the details of these Guidelines to your company's business partners to ensure understanding and gain cooperation from your business partners.