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Research on New Procurement Strategies under Growing Liberalization of Trade and Investment -Corporate Social Responsibilities throughout Supply Chains in the Asian Region-

Research on New Procurement Strategies under Growing Liberalization of Trade and Investment
—Corporate Social Responsibilities throughout Supply Chains in the Asian Region—

Outline


Amid growing liberalization of trade and investment, the importance of the corporate social responsibilities (CSR) throughout the company's supply chains has been increasing. This research was carried out by compiling best practices of CSR within supply chains, by highlighting various CSR issues, their effective management, promotion and problem solving methods. Analysis was conducted based on actual cases of Japanese companies, including those of overseas operation. In the case studies, specific CSR efforts of the Asian supply chains of three companies, OMRON Corporation, TOTO LTD., and FUJITSU LIMITED, are highlighted.

OMRON Corporation
In 2005, OMRON had contract renewals of Shanghai plant, and taking this opportunity, OMRON added items concerning the observation of CSR matters in the terms and conditions. China is the corporation's most important procurement base and OMRON implemented this observation of CSR in China prior to the OMRON's company-wide inclusion of CSR issues in business contracts. This report showcases OMRON's approach to the observation of CSR items in contracts, and future efforts and challenges of monitoring the status of CSR.

TOTO LTD.
CSR had not yet widely been recognized among many companies in the same industry as of 2006, yet TOTO has been taking a proactive stance on CSR issues. The report includes a result of the fact-finding survey of its suppliers in China on CSR, which TOTO independently carried out to prevent risks caused by negative reputation. TOTO's policies, methods of enforcing CSR actions and their challenges in relation to its customers are also introduced.

FUJITSU LIMITED.
With the aim of applying green procurement standards which were revised as part of the introduction of RoHS and CSR activities, FUJITSU established a green procurement base abroad (Taiwan). This was the first case among the same industry in Japan to establish such a facility abroad. In this report, discussions are focusing on FUJITSU's efforts, challenges on green procurement activities in China and Taiwan, as well as their environmental management systems installed in the business partners ; the systems were uniquely developed and installed based on a result of the audit by FUJITSU.


Contents of the Report (language: Japanese only)


1 Introduction
2 Case study
(1) OMRON Corporation
• Introduction
• Corporate profile
• Efforts for CSR
• Efforts for CSR management by supply chains
• Problems in promoting efforts

(2) TOTO LTD.
• Introduction
• Corporate profile
• Current conditions of Chinese market
• Efforts for CSR
• Efforts for CSR management by supply chains

(3) FUJITSU LIMITED
• Introduction
• Corporate profile
• Efforts for CSR
• Efforts for CSR management by supply chains
• Green procurement management
• Conclusion



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