There is a growing interest in the international community of corporate social responsibilities. Amid this rising trend, the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group is promoting CSR activities throughout the entire supply chain, including suppliers. In doing so, we believe it is important to share the same CSR awareness with our business partners to prevent supply chain risks.
In January, 2017, Hitachi Group revised its “Hitachi Group CSR Procurement Guideline the 3rd Edition”. In this revision, the “Hitachi Group Code of Conduct” (http://www.hitachi.com/about/corporate/conduct) based on “Code of Conduct Version 5.1” by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), has been incorporated into the Guideline. Distributed to our suppliers as a reference for CSR code of conduct and standards, this Guideline is expected to be fully implemented by all our suppliers.
Through a designated selection process, suppliers shall be evaluated by product quality, reliability, delivery, price, suppliers’ business stability, technical development ability, fair employment , elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor, environmental preservation activities, social contributions, good working environment, and recognition of social responsibilities with partners. (These policies are specified in “Guidelines for Procurement Activities”.)
In November 2017, in order to reinforce compliance efforts, we revised procedures for internal audits.These rigorous audits are carried out on new suppliers and include provisions in consideration of environmental and social criteria, such as anti-bribery measures.
HITACHI GROUP CSR PROCUREMENT GUIDELINE
Guidelines for Procurement Activities