Toshiba Group's Supply Chain
Toshiba Group Procurement Policy
The history of the revision of the Toshiba Group Procurement Policy
Cooperation with Industry Organizations
Structure to Promote Sustainable Procurement
Thorough Implementation of the Toshiba Group Procurement Policy and Its Monitoring
We request suppliers to consider CSR in accordance with the Toshiba Group Procurement Policy, which is in accordance with the UN Global Compact, of which Toshiba is a participating party, and the . In FY2021, we requested some 11,000 primary suppliers (cumulative numbers*) to abide by the policy revised in February 2021, and obtained their consent. Further, in March 2022, we revised the Toshiba Group Procurement Policy to reflect the Toshiba Group Human Rights Policy, to clarify the criteria for selecting suppliers with reference to ESG, and to update requests to suppliers. We distributed the Toshiba Group Procurement Policy to new suppliers and briefed them on its content, requesting their consent, including to encourage secondary suppliers to also adhere to the policy. In FY2021, we selected approximately 3,000 new suppliers in accordance with the selection criteria established by each Toshiba Group company.
- As Toshiba Group companies conduct surveys based on each contract, we count a supplier with multiple contracts based on the number of contracts with the supplier, and therefore the number of suppliers is cumulative. Additionally, the company numbers are approximate due to there being commercially sensitive information.
Number of suppliers participating in briefings and those covered by monitoring at site (FY2021, Toshiba Group, cumulative)
Number of suppliers subject to guidance & support or suspension of transactions upon monitoring at site (FY2021, Toshiba Group, cumulative)
Examples of supplier guidance & support (FY2021)
Partnerships with Suppliers
Toshiba Group strives to build with our suppliers’ partnerships founded on mutual trust. We are working to improve these partnerships by supporting our suppliers and organizing awareness-raising activities. We do this so that our suppliers can provide a reliable supply of high-quality, appropriately priced goods that give consideration to human rights, labor conditions, health and safety, and the environment.
Ensuring Responsible Minerals Sourcing
Since Section 1502 on conflict minerals of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) enacted in January 2013, companies listed in American Exchange are required to report on the use of conflict minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its adjoining countries. Toshiba Group is not a listed company, however, as a part of the supply chain of listed companies, investigates and reports to our customers.
Prior to the enactment of the Act, Toshiba Group organized an internal system to address conflict minerals issues, and established the Toshiba Group Conflict Mineral Policy and publicized it on its website in October 2011.
In recent years, however, there has been heightened risk associated with minerals sourcing, affecting not only the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries but also other conflict-affected and high-risk areas, and extending to child labor and other general human rights violations, as well as corruption and other sources of risk. In September 2020, therefore, we revised our Conflict Mineral Policy and formulated the Responsible Minerals Sourcing Policy.
We participate in organizing briefing sessions of JEITA Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group as a member of the group in order to help deepen the understanding of responsible mineral procurement. In FY2021, an online briefing session was held for which we took part in preparing materials and providing briefings on the recent trends in minerals surveys and the questionnaire in the latest version of the survey.
Key examples of external cooperation and dialogues regarding conflict minerals issues