Policy and Basic Concept
ITOCHU also gives consideration to human rights, labor and the environment in our supply chain and business investments. We do this through sustainability management tailored to each business activity. Through this, we have built a sustainable value chain. This is leading to an improvement in the competiveness and corporate value of the ITOCHU Group.
Notifying Suppliers of the Sustainability Action Guidelines for Supply Chains
We believe it is important to acquire understanding and cooperation from our suppliers for our procurement policies. Accordingly, we once again notified approximately 4,000 suppliers engaged in ongoing business of the ITOCHU Sustainability Action Guidelines for Supply Chains in FYE 2014. We also stipulated that new suppliers must be notified of these guidelines in advance when engaging in business with us from January 2015. We are promoting on our sustainability policy in this way.
Sustainability Action Guidelines for Supply Chains
ITOCHU adopted the "Sustainability Action Guidelines for Supply Chains" to clarify and communicate the sustainability concerns we expect our suppliers to address. We will take necessary measures to communicate and cooperate with our suppliers to ensure responsible management of the following items:
- Suppliers shall respect the human rights of all of its employees and shall not engage in inhumane treatments, including discrimination, harassment, abuse and corporal punishment.
- Suppliers shall not engage in forced labor or child labor and must prohibit the employment of children under the minimum working age.
- Suppliers shall not engage in employment discrimination based on characteristics including but not limited to gender, race, and religion.
- Suppliers shall comply with statutory minimum wages and aim to exceed living wages. Also, suppliers shall not conduct unjust wage reductions.
- Suppliers shall respect the freedom of association and right to collective bargaining of its employees and ensure that labor-management discussions on working conditions and environment are held, as appropriate.
- Suppliers shall comply with statutory working hour restrictions. Suppliers shall also appropriately manage its employees' working hours and provide holidays and paid leaves as necessary. Finally, suppliers shall strictly prohibit excessive overtime work.
- Suppliers shall take necessary measures to provide a safe, hygienic and healthy working environment to its employees.
- With regards to its business activities, suppliers shall consider potential and existing impacts on local communities and the environment – such as impacts on nearby biodiverse habitats or pollution of the local ecosystem. Suppliers shall also take necessary measures to reduce its consumption of energy, water and other natural resources, as well as its emissions of greenhouse gases and waste.
- Suppliers shall comply with all applicable local and international laws and regulations. Suppliers shall also ensure its compliance to fair business practices and anti-corruption.
- Suppliers shall disclose information on all items listed above in a timely and appropriate manner.