Purchasing departments throughout the Asahi Kasei Group regard suppliers as important partners and work to build relationships with them based on sincerity in accordance with our Group Philosophy. To this end, we are placing greater emphasis on CSR in accordance with our Procurement Policy.
Accordingly, we consider suppliers from environmental aspects including energy use, climate change, biodiversity, pollution, waste, and resource use, and social aspects including discrimination, equal opportunity, freedom of association, and compliance with local laws concerning working hours and wages.
A relationship of mutual trust with our suppliers is fostered through fair and transparent purchasing practices based on regulatory compliance and respect for the environment and human rights.
Corporate Procurement & Logistics is responsible for the Asahi Kasei Group Purchasing and Procurement Policy.
Our purchasing departments conduct a CSR survey every year in order to better understand our suppliers' efforts to promote CSR, and identify any areas where improvement may be requested.
In fiscal 2017, we asked 81 major suppliers of raw materials (including distributors and agents) to participate in a CSR survey, and all of them responded. Survey results were scored on a scale, and feedback was given to the surveyed suppliers including requests for improvement.
Survey items covered:
- CSR promotion systems
- Ethics and compliance
- Operational safety and environmental safety
- Risk management
- Stakeholder dialog
- Product safety and quality assurance
- Human rights and labor
- Information security management
- Intellectual property management
Supplier relations at production sites
Safety seminars are periodically held at our principal production sites to discuss accident prevention and exchange information with suppliers.