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Guidelines for Supplier's Assessment

We consider suppliers as our business partners vital to Yoki-Monozukuri and select them based on our Policies for Procurement in accordance with these Guidelines for Supplier's Assessment.

To contribute to realizing a sustainable society, Kao respects the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in our procurement activities. Accordingly, we request our suppliers to fulfill social and environmental responsibilities and prioritize suppliers in favor of those who accept their responsibilities.
We also ensure that these guidelines are understood by all our suppliers and gather information as to how the guidelines are applied. If our suppliers are found in contravention of Kao guidelines, we will take appropriate action including auditing of the improvement and discontinuation of the business.
Kao requests its suppliers to make similar efforts in order to pursue Yoki-Monozukuri throughout the entire supply chain.

Social responsibility considerations for suppliers

  • Implementation of measures to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, social norms.
  • Maintenance of fair, transparent corporate governance.
  • Formulation of, and implementation of measures to ensure compliance with, corporate policies on ethics, including eliminating all forms of discrimination and prohibiting complicity in human rights violation.
  • Implementation of measures to ban forced labor, according to the following principles: every worker should have freedom of movement, no worker should pay for a job and no worker should be indebted or coerced to work.
  • Implementation of measures to ban child labor and illegal labor
  • Provision of a safe and hygienic working environment and compliance with labor laws
  • Compliance with labor conditions, including minimum wages, specified in laws and ordinances that are applied in relevant regions
  • Respect for freedom to form or join a labor union
  • Support for measures that promote coexistence with society
  • Compliance with laws regarding business transactions and fair trade, such as the antitrust law
  • Establishment of systems for the prevention, early discovery, and rectification of misconduct
  • Rules on entertaining/being entertained by suppliers and giving/receiving business gifts and a ban on bribing public officials
  • Strict control of confidential information including personal information through business and, appropriate provision and disclosure of information including the case of social requirement, for example animal testing.
  • Measures to prevent infringement of intellectual property rights
  • Implementation of necessary measures to ensure the stable supply of products, including Business Continuity Planning (BCP) preparations, etc.

Environmental considerations for suppliers

  • Establishment, maintenance and improvement of environmental management systems
  • Proper management of chemical substances
  • Establishment of a system to assess and control compliance with laws and environmental aspects of products
  • Self-regulation for biodiversity conservation, reduction of greenhouse gas emission, resource and energy saving, and effective use of water.
  • Waste reduction and proper waste treatment
  • Disclosure of environmental efforts including the publication of environmental reports
  • Disclosure of product information (contents and information on environmental impact)
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