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CSR 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 CSR, 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.

Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy

The Nissui Group declares that it will appreciate the bounty of the earth and sea, and create diverse value through following the company’s “five genes”, carried forward since its foundation, and will try to solve social issues through the business activities covered in our CSR Action Declaration.
Based on that, the Nissui group developed its Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy in order to meet the expectations of stakeholders, and to contribute to society when purchasing raw materials and products.
The Nissui Group is promoting procurement through relationships built on trust, with suppliers who understand and cooperate with this policy.

(1) Procurement Policy

  1. Suppliers and partners shall be selectively chosen, taking quality, cost, delivery timing, and service into consideration.
  2. The Nissui Group shall be open to new supplier candidates.
  3. Transactions shall be conducted with fair quality and price maintained by getting material safety data sheets and competitive quotes.
  4. The Nissui Group shall promote cost reduction in a positive manner on the condition of safety assurances and quality improvement.

(2) Compliance, Procurement Ethics

  1. The Nissui Group shall comply with laws and regulations of all relevant countries, including Japanese law and internal company rules.
  2. The Nissui Group shall fulfill its contracts faithfully with suppliers and partners.
  3. The Nissui Group shall understand the significance of information it obtains through transactions and preserve the confidentiality of such information.
  4. The Nissui Group shall build relationships of trust with suppliers and partners through fair, open and transparent procedures.
  5. Corrupt or dishonest behavior, including granting and/or receipt of inappropriate benefits, is entirely rejected by the Nissui Group.

(3) Awareness of Environmental Preservation

  1. The Nissui Group shall promote purchasing of raw materials and products that take environmental preservation of the Earth and local regions into consideration.
  2. The Nissui Group shall seek confirmation that the raw materials and products it purchases have been harvested or produced having regard to principles of sustainability, biodiversity and of preservation of ecosystems.
  3. The Nissui Group shall purchase raw materials and products from suppliers that are conscious of cyclical usage of resources and energy.

(4) Respect for Human Rights

  1. Suppliers are requested to provide raw materials and products that are not associated with forced labor, child labor or the inhuman  treatment of employees.
  2. The Nissui Group shall purchase raw materials and products provided by suppliers who ensure that their working environments respect employees’ freedom of association and are free from discrimination.
  3. The Nissui Group shall purchase raw materials and products produced in safe and clean work environments.

(5) Collaboration with Suppliers and Partners

  1. The Nissui Group shall promote close collaboration with suppliers as important business partners.
  2. The Nissui Group shall ask suppliers and partners to acknowledge this policy and support and cooperate with the principles set out in this policy.
  3. Various proposals by suppliers and partners are examined and seriously considered by the Nissui Group.
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CSR Supplier Guideline

Nissui, in accordance with the Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy and CSR Supplier Guidelines, promotes CSR procurement based on a 3-point checking system, in an effort to eliminate human rights and environmental risks of the suppliers with which the Nissui Group deals.

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CSR Procurement Promotion System

Nissui, in accordance with the Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy and CSR Supplier Guidelines, promotes CSR procurement based on a 3-point checking system, in an effort to eliminate human rights and environmental risks of the suppliers with which the Nissui Group deals.

Self-Check Sheet of Nissui CSR 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 135 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 CSR 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 CSR. 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 CSR procurement.

Simplified Check Sheet

This check sheet applies to all of the more than 650 suppliers, with which Nissui currently has transactions. The items on the check sheet have been narrowed down and only contain nine items relating to “Respect for Human Rights” which is integral to CSR procurement but Nissui employees conduct physical checks of the supplier sites and goods.

The Nissui Group uses this 3-point checking system to confirm and understand the situation of its suppliers, and in the event that potential risks are detected, works to improve the situation with the supplier. Nissui is aiming to achieve sustainable procurement across its entire supply chain.
 

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Sustainable Procurement Seminar

In February 2019, Nissui conducted what became the second in a series of the Nissui Group sustainable procurement seminars, following the previous year. Among the major suppliers who were required to conduct the “Self-Check Sheet of Nissui CSR Purchasing Initiatives” in fiscal 2019, 16 domestic suppliers attended. The seminar included a lecture by an outside lecturer on “CSR required in the procurement of marine products and foods, as well as the explanation on the Nissui Group’s CSR efforts, the concepts behind the “Nissui Group Basic Procurement Policy” and “CSR Supplier Guidelines,” and the contents of “Self-Check Sheet of Nissui CSR Purchasing Initiatives.” Nissui intends to visit overseas suppliers who are not able to attend this seminar individually and provide a similar explanation. Going forward Nissui will continue to hold these seminars for suppliers and promote CSR procurement based on a relationship of trust.
 

Sustainable Procurement Seminar
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Fiscal 2018 Results and Fiscal 2019 Plan

In fiscal 2018, Nissui received replies to the “Self-Check Sheet of Nissui CSR Purchasing Initiatives” from 32 suppliers both in Japan and overseas. All data was tabulated and analyzed, and upon confirming the supplier’s initiatives, especially for “Respect for Human Rights” and “Awareness of Environmental Preservation,” the results were summarized in a graph and feedback sheets with comments on the initiatives requiring further reinforcement were returned to the suppliers.
In fiscal 2019, 16 suppliers, among those who had undergone the self-check in fiscal 2018, will once again be requested to undergo the self-check, while 19 will be added to the list of suppliers required to answer the “Self-Check Sheet of Nissui CSR Purchasing Initiatives.”

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Stakeholder Dialogue

In August 2018, a stakeholder dialogue was held with two experts. Opinions were exchanged on the surveys on the status of the marine resources procured by the Nissui Group and the experts expressed their views and gave assessments on the evolution of CSR procurement.
In the dialogue, the experts commented, “The development of a system of CSR procurement involving the suppliers is a potent IUU fishing measure. In the future, Nissui will reach a stage where it will need to consider how to incorporate third-party assessments,” and “Expanding IUU fishing measures will become a means of self-defense against the problems of slave-labor, which is increasingly becoming a problem.” 
 

【Picture】Stakeholder Dialogue

Stakeholder Dialogue

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