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Supply Chain CSR Procurement Guideline

Hitachi Metals Group, based on its Corporate Philosophy of “Contributing to society by creating ‘the best possible company,’” strives to fulfill its responsibility to meet global expectations and to contribute to society through its business activities.

Based on this Corporate Philosophy, we formulated the Code of Conduct for Hitachi Metals Group Companies in 2006 and the Good Practice Guidance for Hitachi Metals Group Companies in 2010, both of which incorporate CSR perspectives, such as sharing the awareness of social responsibility with stakeholders, building trust with them, environmental considerations, as well as business and rights. We have been promoting our daily activities according to this Code and Guidance.

The procurement departments also started working on socially responsible supply chain management in the early 2000s, and it has further accelerated and promoted its efforts since the Hitachi Group announced to join the United Nations Global Compact in February 2009.

Looking at the world today, many agreements were set within the framework of the United Nations to deal with problems faced by various countries around the world. Examples include the “UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” endorsed in June 2011, “Sustainable Development Goals” in September 2015, and the Paris Agreement which was adopted at the “21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (abbreviated COP21)” in December 2015. Companies throughout the world are expected to comply with the details of these agreements and to actively fulfill their roles. In this way, global society now expects companies to fulfill their social responsibilities more so than before, a trend that is expected to accelerate even further in future.

Under these circumstances, the Hitachi Metals Group has concluded that developing socially responsible supply chain management would lead suppliers and the Hitachi Metals Group to prosper together. This has resulted in the second edition of the Hitachi Metals Group’s Supply Chain CSR Procurement Guidelines, which incorporates supply chain management methods that meet global CSR standards. We trust you will understand the purpose of this document, read it thoroughly, and support its ideas and put them into practice.

May, 2017
Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
Procurement & VEC Division
CSR Management Office