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Sustainable Procurement

The Nissui Group has designated “Preserve the bountiful sea and promote the sustainable utilization of marine resources and their procurement” as one of the key issues of sustainability and aims to have the items that the Nissui Group procures confirmed as sustainable by the year 2030.
The preservation of resources and resolution of labor-related human rights issues is called for when using and procuring marine resources. We are working with our suppliers to implement sustainable procurement that maintains respect for human rights.

Preparation of the Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy

Nissui has formulated the Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy by summarizing the basic approaches to the procurement of raw materials and products.

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Supplier Guideline

In April 2022, Nissui revised its Supplier Guideline, given the need to collaborate more intensely with suppliers to carry out sustainable procurement. The Supplier Guideline, the topics of which are comprised of "Compliance with Laws and Regulations," "Respect for Human Rights," "Safety and Health," and "Environmental Consideration," places emphasis especially on the human rights of employees.

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Promotion Framework - The Sustainable Procurement Subcommittee

The Sustainable Procurement Subcommittee is chaired by Executive Officer (Commissioned Fisheries Business Operating Officer), and consists of Executive Officer (in charge of Sustainability Department), Deputy Fine Chemicals Business, Sourcing and Procurement Development Department, Fisheries Business Department 1,2,3,4, Food Products Production Promotion Department, Quality Assurance Department Manager and Section Chief, and Sustainability Department (Secretariat).

Promotion Framework - Sustainable Procurement Subcommittee

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Specific Initiatives in Sustainable Procurement

In accordance with the Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy and the Supplier Guideline, we check suppliers by using three check sheets in order to eliminate human rights and environmental risks from the Nissui Group's supply chain.
If a supplier is deemed to have any risks after checking and getting a grasp of its current status, we will make improvements to the current situation by working together with the supplier. Nissui aims to realize sustainable procurement throughout the entire supply chain.

Self-Check Sheet of Nissui Purchasing Initiatives

This is a self-check sheet for suppliers that maintain close relationships with the Nissui Group, including relationships based on large transaction amounts and relationships with a high degree of dependence. The self-check sheet asks the supplier to provide the status of its initiatives relating to “Compliance, Procurement Ethics,” “Awareness of Environmental Preservation,” “Respect for Human Rights,” “Ensuring Quality and Safety,” “Information Security” and “Contribution to Society.” The self-check sheet comprises 132 items with many of the questions emphasizing the environment and human rights. Seminars are held for suppliers who are required to conduct this self-check sheet (Sustainable procurement seminar).

Check Sheet of Purchasing Initiatives for New Suppliers

This is a check sheet for potential Nissui suppliers. The check sheet is conducted in an interview format and comprises 17 basic questions on sustainability. The check sheet is conducted to confirm the potential supplier’s intentions to work with Nissui and to have the potential supplier express consent to the concept and ideals of Nissui’s susutainable procurement.

Check Sheet for Visits

This is a check sheet for all suppliers except trading companies with which Nissui already has business relationships. The 9 items are focused on " Respect for Human Rights," which is especially important in sustainable procurement, and are checked by Nissui employees on site and in person.

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Sustainable Procurement Seminar

We hold a preliminary briefing session for suppliers in Japan who will be replying to the "Self-Check Sheet of Nissui Purchasing Initiatives" for the first time. In addition to communicating the sustainable procurement initiatives of the Nissui Group, including the "Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy" and the "Supplier Guideline" and the gist of the "Self-Check Sheet of Nissui Purchasing Initiatives," we invite outside lecturers to hold lectures on "sustainable procurement required in sourcing seafood and food" in order to share the basic concepts of sustainable procurement.
In fiscal 2020 and 2021, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a briefing video was produced in place of a seminar and streamed to all suppliers who had been asked to reply to the Self-Check Sheet of Nissui Purchasing Initiatives.

[Photo] Sustainable Procurement Seminar

Sustainable Procurement Seminar

Excerpt of Matters Communicated in the Seminar (Briefing Video) 

  • Significance of sustainable procurement throughout the entire supply chain
  • Importance of environmental activities (reducing environmental impact and environmentally friendly procurement)
  • Sharing of human rights issues such as child labor and forced labor
  FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Number of suppliers participating in seminar (including number of suppliers outside of Japan) 16 36 (4) 34
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Results and Targets of Other Initiatives

In fiscal 2021, Nissui received replies to the "Self-Check Sheet of Nissui Purchasing Initiatives" from 34 suppliers in and outside Japan (New: 33 suppliers, Repeat: 1 supplier). We not only tallied the results of the survey and summarized them in the form of a graph but also returned feedback sheets to the suppliers, including comments focusing on their understanding and initiatives toward "Respect for Human Rights" and "Environmental Consideration," and informed them of areas in which they should enhance their initiatives moving forward. Furthermore, to confirm the suppliers' intentions behind their replies and their actual situations, we visited and interviewed three suppliers and interviewed one supplier online, advised them of their respective issues and how to rectify them, and shared examples of other suppliers' good practices with them.
Also, Nissui is in the process of building a Web checking mechanism. Going forward, Nissui plans to finish checking all of its primary suppliers by 2024.

  FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Number of suppliers replying to the
Self-Check Sheet of Nissui Purchasing Initiatives
(Including repeat respondents)
32
(-)
33
(14)
36
(13)
34
(1)
Number of suppliers replying to the
Check Sheet for Visits
Not carried out 5 Not carried out Not carried out
Number of suppliers replying to the
Check Sheet of Purchasing Initiatives for New Suppliers
Not carried out Not carried out Not carried out Not carried out
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Procurement of Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil is a vegetable oil sourced from the fruit of oil palm (Elaeis), which is grown in Indonesia, Malaysia and other tropical regions. In areas where palm oil is produced, various problems have been pointed out, including the deforestation of tropical forests, forest/peat fire and loss of biodiversity associated with plantation development, as well as issues in terms of workers' safety and human rights.
The Nissui Group has been making efforts to procure raw materials in consideration of the environment and human rights, in accordance with the "Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy" formulated in August 2017. In order to resolve the issues specific to palm oil and promote the procurement of sustainable palm oil, the Nissui Group joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in January 2021. As an initiative to promote the procurement of RSPO-certified palm oil, the Nissui Group has obtained RSPO Supply Chain certification based on the mass balance model in two of its plants in Japan by March 2022.

NISSUI→DFF RSPO


Check our progress at www.rspo.org

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Initiatives by Nordic Seafood A/S

Nordic Seafoods (Denmark), an Nissui overseas group company, has converted all soybeans in its raw materials and aquaculture feed to sustainable use through RTRS (Note) credits in order to avoid deforestation and other unsustainable land use.
The main use of soybeans in Nordic Seafood's value chain is in aquaculture feed, followed by Edamame. The total amount of soybeans in these products is calculated and RTRS credits are purchased to cover the entire amount.

(Note) RTRS: Round Table on Responsible Soy

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Gorton's Sustainable Procurement Program: "Gorton's Trusted Catch"

Gorton's Inc. (USA), a member of the Nissui Group, is promising to improve sustainability in the procurement stage in various fields in its business (raw materials, energy, container/packaging materials) under its program "Gorton's Trusted Catch."

[Logo] Gorton's Trusted Catch

Seafood Procurement

As a company engaged in the production of frozen foods using seafood, Gorton's is making efforts to procure sustainable seafood while cooperating with suppliers.

Initiatives in 2021
  • Maintained >99% of seafood procured from sources certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Best Aquaculture Practices/Aquaculture Stewardship Council (BAP/ASC), and Fishery Improvement Project (FIP)(Note 1).
  • All aquaculture seafood sources BAP 2 Star or higher.
  • Supported the newly-certified Western Bering Sea Pollock fishery through directed purchase orders.
  • Improved THESIS (Note 2) Index score by ~10% on average.
  • Actively engaged and supported the Russian Salmon Coalition to help further salmon certification efforts.
2022 Targets
  • Engage with Ecuador’s Gulf of Guayaquil Wild Shrimp FIP to establish a formal support plan aiding fishery improvement efforts in 2022.
  • Execute Russian Salmon Coalition objectives to increase the total % of MSC/FIP salmon in 2022.
  • Join the GGGI (Note 3) to contribute to efforts in ocean plastic/pollution reduction in 2022.
  • Improve THESIS Index score by 3% on average in 2022.
  • Host roundtable on bycatch reduction with suppliers & NGO partner New England Aquarium in 2022 to identify opportunities for collaboration & striving for an industry initiative by 2025.
  • Maintain ≥ BAP 2 Star on all aquaculture, goal of 85% 4 Star by end of 2022, 95% by end of 2023.

(Note 1) FIP: Acronym for Fishery Improvement Project. FIP seeks to improve sustainability based on cooperation among fishery stakeholders. Staged initiatives presented in the "Guidelines for Supporting Fishery Improvement Projects" of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions are required.
(Note 2) THESIS: Acronym for The Sustainability Insight System. THESIS is a system to collect and analyze information throughout the entire lifecycle of products. It is recommended that suppliers check their own scores and ranking and translate them into opportunities for making improvements.
(Note 3) GGGI: Acronym for Global Ghost Gear Initiative. An international body working to prevent fishing gear from flowing out into the ocean.

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Initiatives by King & Prince Seafood

King & Prince Seafood Corp. ("K&P"), which is one of the Nissui Group companies outside Japan, manufactures and sells frozen foods, mainly seafood, in the USA. K&P places importance on "Fairness" in its business operations and requires the suppliers involved in the manufacture of its seafood to sign a pledge not to engage in unfair labor practices, including modern slavery. As of December 31, 2019, 58 suppliers have signed the pledge. In addition to conducting its own audits on the labor environment, K&P became a member of SEDEX (Note) in 2020 and has continued to promote initiatives that enhance the reliability of its sustainable procurement.

(Note) SEDEX: A non-profit organization in the UK engaged in activities aimed at promoting socially- and environmentally-conscious business practices. It operates one of the world's largest supply chain management systems and has more than 50,000 member companies and organizations in 150 countries.

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Initiatives by NIGICO Co., Ltd.

NIGICO Co., Ltd., (Vietnam) a member of the Nissui Group, has been working on SMETA audit (Note). Having had a preliminary survey conducted by an audit firm in February 2020, which led to the identification of the following issues and problems and the commencement of improvements, NIGICO passed the SMETA audit in November 2020.
(i) Suspend overtime work and late-night work (ii) Change regular working hours from 10 hours to 8 hours (48 hours per week) (iii) Specify Saturday as a regular non-working day (iv) Prescribe care for female employees (pregnant women and infants) in the form of breaks and grants (v) Introduce a salary calculation system (vi) Introduce an annual paid leave system (vii) Introduce a fingerprint authentication system (identification of hours worked) (viii) Set up medical offices separately for male and female employees (ix) Update documents related to labor affairs (x) Reorganize the disaster prevention team (xi) Clearly indicate safety aisles and emergency exits (xii) Put up warning signs in hazardous areas (electricity, high temperatures) (xiii) Improve firefighting facilities (alarm system)
NIGICO treated 2021 as a year for instilling the above and continued engaging in activities. No serious occupational accidents have occurred; only one minor occupational accident occurred in January 2021 (bruising due to a container falling).

(Note): SMETA audit (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is an audit scheme formulated for the purpose of improving corporate ethics in global supply chains with the participation of major retail and food companies worldwide.

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Initiatives by Flatfish Ltd.

Flatfish Ltd. (UK), which is one of the Nissui Group companies outside Japan, partially finances or participates in the following FIPs (Note 1) as a fishery sustainability initiative.

  • Plaice and Lemon Sole (FAO 27, ICES 4 and 3a), Demersal trawl and Seine.
  • King Scallops (FAO 27, ICES 7d-e), Dredge.
  • King Scallops (FAO 27, ICES 4, 6a and 7a), Dredge.
  • Monkfish, Lophius Spp. (FAO 27, ICES 4 and 6a), Gear TBD.

Flatfish has also joined NAPA (Note 2) and is working on sustainable seafood procurement together with over 40 retailers, eating-out business operators and suppliers.

(Note 1) FIP: Acronym for Fishery Improvement Project, in which fishery operators, companies, logistics firms, non-governmental organizations and other interested parties cooperate with each other to improve fishery sustainability.
(Note 2) NAPA: Acronym for North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group. NAPA is a collective of retailers and supply-chain businesses working on sustainable seafood procurement. NAPA aims to promote fishery sustainability by ensuring that an agreement is made on the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) according to scientific advice and on long-term fishery management strategies based on science.

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