Working Together with Business Partners

We are committed to development that should contribute to society and strive for lasting transactions, while respecting each other's position and rights when engaged in corporate activities within international society.

Basic Purchasing Policy

The USHIO Group's 10 Action Guidelines expresses our commitment to always respecting the position and rights of the other party in business dealings, to conducting transactions fairly and equitably, and to not taking advantage of a dominant position to impose inappropriate terms or conditions. We also promise to work to prevent corruption and carry out appropriate business transactions in line with socially accepted practices.

  1. Compliance with Laws and Social Norms
    USHIO complies with laws and social norms, faithfully conducts contractual obligations and engages in business transactions while abiding by statutes to protect business partners and sound business customs.
  2. Fair and Equitable Business Opportunities
    USHIO provides fair opportunities with new business transactions and decides based on equitable and objective judgments.
    - Decisions regarding transactions are based on a stipulated procedure of comprehensive judgements based on quality, price, stable supply, delivery response, and technological development together with management stability, environmental consideration, social contribution and the state of initiatives for CSR.
  3. Building Relationships of Trust
    Business transactions are always maintained on a relationship of trust based on mutual understanding achieved through dialogue and working toward development and lasting transactions.
  4. Environmentally Conscious Purchasing
    In regard to the environment, USHIO engages in green procurement, complying with international regulations, statutes, agreements, guidelines, customer standards and our own standards.
  5. Maintenance of Confidentiality
    Confidential information from companies, suppliers or any third party will not be disclosed without following prescribed procedures, nor will it be leaked. Regarding procurement activities, unfair means will not be used to acquire confidential information from suppliers or any third party.
  6. Procurement Activities
    Procurement activities will be conducted by those in charge of purchasing in the Procurement Department who have undergone the prescribed education and guidance.

Supplier Selection Guidelines

Figure: Supplier Selection Guidelines

Toward Respect for All Human Rights in Business Activities throughout the Supply Chain

The USHIO Group includes in its 10 Action Guidelines, as a member of society, clarification that “we respect the basic human rights relating to all our business activities,” based on international norms.  Under our CSR Procurement Policy, we also make clear that we support the human rights of all people. Please refer to the “Respect for Human Rights ” page for details.

Respect for Human Rights

About the USHIO CSR Procurement Policy

USHIO is meeting its social responsibilities as a corporate citizen by supplying superior products and services to the global market through free and open corporate activities. For its procurement activities and in the spirit of encouraging coexistence and prosperity for all, USHIO has defined the five points below as the USHIO CSR Procurement Policy, encapsulating its respect for laws, social norms and environmental protection.

  1. Human Rights Alongside Occupational Health and Safety
  2. Environmental Consideration, Green Procurement
  3. Ensure Product Safety
  4. BCP (Business Continuity Planning)
  5. Fair and Equal Transactions, Legal Compliance

CSR Procurement Policy

Checking for Conflict Minerals

The USHIO Group uses tungsten, tantalum and other minerals to make the electrodes and filaments in its lamps. To do this and based on our Basic Policy Statement for Conflict Minerals, Group companies and our suppliers are prohibited from using conflict minerals. USHIO checks for the use of any conflict minerals and reports the results of its findings to customers using the EICC/GeSI Conflict Minerals Reporting ledger sheet.

(Conflict Minerals)
Conflict minerals is the generic term for minerals that are produced in areas of conflict and are a source of funding for local armed groups when purchased. As a result, there are concerns about companies' complicity in the conflicts affecting the production areas of these minerals. In accordance with the clause on conflict minerals in the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, companies listed on US stock exchanges are legally obligated to disclose and report on the use of conflict minerals in their products. Conflict minerals include tantalum, tin, gold, and tungsten produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjacent countries.

Basic Policy Statement for Conflict Minerals

  • Do not knowingly procure specified materials (tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold) from “Armed group in Conflict region” of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in surrounding countries.
  • We also expect our partners to support this policy throughout the supply chain to ensure that only conflict free materials and components are used in the parts and components we procure. And also we do required investigation.
  • If we discover the use of these materials that are considered to be non-conflict free, we will stop our procurement, and take appropriate actions to make our products conflict free.

October, 2014
Kenji Hamashima
President and Chief Executive Officer

Promoting Green Procurement and Compliance with International Environmental Laws and Regulations

USHIO's products are delivered to a variety of countries and are used in various fields. USHIO has formulated its original Green Procurement Standards as guidelines for purchasing component materials to respond appropriately to laws and regulations in various countries and territories based on international standards, naturally including RoHS, and responds to requirements related to harmful substances in products.

Responding to Increasingly Complicated and Expanding Environmental Information Management (Web Operations)

Types of chemical substances found in products and product categories for which these are applied are increasing and updated every year. The scope of product categories under RoHS regulations, in particular, is scheduled to expand significantly from 2017 onward.

USHIO devices and products are comprised of numerous types and varieties of materials and we have updated and strengthened the Environmental Management System (ECODUCE2) for materials in order to respond to these strict requirements. By exchanging environmental information with business partners on websites, it is possible to acquire more accurate environmental information and significantly reduce the corresponding number of work processes.

Moreover, the Risk Management Office gathers the latest appropriate information on laws and regulations and communicates this to various bases to advance timely construction of a value chain. USHIO's Green Procurement Standards are published on our website to enable our customers and business partners to always view the latest status.

Participation in the Joint Article Management Promotion-Consortium (JAMP)

USHIO takes part in the Joint Article Management Promotion-Consortium (JAMP) in the belief that we should communicate information about harmful chemical substances throughout the supply chain and respond to environmental laws and regulations in various countries. We utilize the AIS shared throughout the industry and work to advance its spread.

Working Together with Business Partners

USHIO holds regular procurement and CSR procurement briefings for business partners. We explain our CSR Procurement Policy and Green Procurement Standards, as well as updates on revisions to RoHS and REACH regulations to deepen understanding of CSR procurement throughout the entire supply chain and ask for cooperation for CSR procurement.

Moreover, USHIO is moving ahead on deepening mutual understanding with respective business partners through dialogue as well as enhancing responsive capabilities in regard to stable supply and quality. Through such measures as holding meetings to explain revisions in Green Procurement Standards, the RoHS directive and REACH regulations, USHIO strives to improve customer satisfaction regarding its products as well as in the market.