Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society


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Item FY 2017 results FY 2018 results
Ratio of new suppliers that business was commenced with after conducting a social impact assessment (Consolidated) 100% (Consolidated) 100%
Negative impacts on societies in the supply chain and actions taken Various surveys, studies and audits were performed on 67 companies that we did business with for the first time
No specific suppliers were identified to have negative impacts on human rights.
Various surveys, studies and audits were performed on 56 companies that we did business with for the first time
No specific suppliers were identified to have negative impacts on human rights.
Raw Materials Procurement Department, Indirect Materials Procurement Department, Global Procurement Division

Why is “Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society” a critical issue to be addressed?
Explanation of the reason and background

The raw materials used in the major products of the Yokohama Rubber Group contain many petrochemical products (chemicals) including various types of synthetic rubber that can cause environmental pollution and the lack of communication with local residents that live near production plants could have a negative impact. In addition, if materials used at business locations are purchased from local suppliers, there could be cases of fair trade not being conducted or costs increasing resulting from delivery delays, defective parts, etc.
In addition, in response to the possibility of profits from transactions involving minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold) in conflict areas being used as funding for anti-social organizations, the Securities and Exchange Commission (USA) established the Dodd-Frank Act that calls for the identification of refiners. We have selected social impact assessments of suppliers as a critical issue to be addressed from both the perspective of the stable procurement of raw materials and the perspective of ethics.

Social impact assessment at the start of new business relationships

When newly adopting raw materials, we request suppliers to answer a questionnaire on (1) whether a framework for just and fair trade has been established, (2) external communication frameworks, and (3) what kind of activities they conduct. In addition, we also ask suppliers to participate in CSR Supplier Study Meetings and to cooperate with surveys on conflict mineral use.

Recognition of social impact in the supply chain

We recognize that in some countries and regions where our business locations are located there is the possibility of corruption related to commercial transactions, compliance, or anti-competitive behavior occurring due in part to the impact of culture or customs.

Countermeasures in response to suppliers found to have a significant impact

We request that corrective action is taken by suppliers that are found to have a significant impact, and promote improvements together. In malicious cases, we inform the suppliers that penalties such as suspension of transactions may be applied, and respond according to the situation.

Vision (attainment goal) / target

As production sites expand on a global level going forwards, we aim to conduct appropriate procurement in each country and region and increase the ratio of appropriate procurement. To that end, to confirm there are no issues in advance, we will begin checking the details of business partner surveys and self-check sheet responses by suppliers.

Measures for vision achievement

We hold CSR Supplier Study Meetings to share information on matters including trends in transaction rationalization and initiatives.
In addition, we ask suppliers that provide raw materials used in the Yokohama Group’s products to investigate and confirm their materials due not contain conflict minerals.

Responding to conflict minerals

At the Yokohama Rubber Group, we endeavor to take into consideration human rights, society, and the environment in our global procurement activities.
As part of these efforts, we do not intentionally use minerals (tantalum, tin, gold, and tungsten) from conflict areas in the Congo.
We conducted various questionnaires, survey, and audits with 56 companies that we commenced businesses with during fiscal year 2018, and there were no items that required improvement.
For products delivered to customers that are listed on the stock market in the US, there were no raw materials that used minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold) coming from conflict areas.
We recognize the continual acquisition and management without exception of results of surveys and assessment on the social impact of suppliers of raw materials used in the products of the Yokohama Rubber Group as an important issue.
We also analyze the aggregated results of questionnaires targeting overseas suppliers, and consider countermeasures.