Responsible Procurement

 

Companies are now facing mounting demands for more responsible procurement of raw materials. Because of the enormous, wide-ranging impacts the global companies have on the ecosystems through their supply chains, it could be said that it is now up to them to develop a model that can lead to and ensure sustainable procurement and mainstream biodiversity in business. It was with such thoughts in mind that the Responsible Procurement Working Group was launched in fiscal 2012. Currently, in fiscal 2014, 11 companies from a broad range of industries, from manufacturing to insurance, are taking part in this group.

 

Our group conducts activities with the aim to study and strengthen initiatives for better procurement of raw materials that are closely associated with the businesses of the participating companies. Our major goal is to create a comprehensive procurement guidebook for companies that can help them formulate their own guidelines for an environmentally responsible procurement process.

 

In fiscal 2013, discussions were held on the challenges as well as significant points concerning procurement from the three perspectives of: 1) in-company promotion of the necessity of responsible procurement, 2) supply chain related issues, and 3) communication to clients and consumers about our efforts. Two subgroups were respectively launched to study the supply chain issues and in-company promotion of responsible procurement. With regard to the supply chain, we sorted out the items that need to be confirmed and studied. For in-company promotion, we looked at how to share information and commitment with the procurement department and other relevant departments within the company.

 

These efforts culminated in the preparation of the “Responsible Procurement for Biodiversity Guidebook.” In this guidebook those in charge of CSR and environment management provide their thoughts and methods on how to utilize the company’s management system and specifically promote responsible procurement in the procurement department and other related departments. Important points that the companies require their suppliers to consider from the perspective of conservation of biodiversity are also covered. This guidebook is now being proofread by JBIB member companies and is scheduled to be published after fine-tuning the contents through discussions with companies and experts.

 

The working group’s current activities include exchanging information and holding discussions at regular meetings; holding study meetings by inviting experts and other lecturers; and exchanging views with experts, NGOs, and other organizations. We are also scheduled to visit the facilities of relevant suppliers.