CSR procurement

Approach to CSR Procurement

The CSR theme “CSR Procurement” is based on the policy of “TAMRON engages in sound trade practices, and works with its business partners to promote procurement activities that consider social responsibility including human rights, labor standards and the environment”. Not only we take into consideration the quality of our products, but we are also working on solving social and environmental issues.
TAMRON engages in sound trade practices, and works with its business partners to promote procurement activities that consider social responsibility including human rights, labor standards and the environment.

Related SDGs

Decent work and economic growth

8.Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Responsible consumption, production

12.Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Management of Chemical Substances with Business Partners

TAMRON develops products in line with the policy of not using harmful chemical substances in its materials. We also ask our business partners to perform management based on the standards of our own environmental quality assurance system through the chemSHERPA(*1) scheme.
TAMRON also implements internal analysis work using equipment including Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES) and Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) to ensure only the safest and most secure products are delivered to customers. In July 2019, the scope of application of RoHS is being expanded from the original six substances ‒ Cadmium, Lead, Hexavalent chromium, Mercury, Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) – to include four additional substances, all of which are types of phthalates : Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP). TAMRON'’s systems also allow it to analyze these four substances.
TAMRON is also establishing the frameworks and systems needed to ensure compliance with other new regulations relating to the control of harmful chemical substances that may be established in different countries around the world in the future.

*1. chemSHERPA is a new scheme for sharing information about the chemical substances in products in the supply chain. Through widespread adoption the scheme aims to reduce the burden on those providing and receiving information

Response to Conflict Minerals

A portion of the minerals(tantalite, tin, gold and tungsten) produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring countries of Africa are being used to fund armed militants.
These minerals are now collectively referred to as conflict minerals and are regulated.

(*1) Every year, TAMRON asked over 200 suppliers to complete surveys relating to conflict minerals. All of the suppliers submit questionnaires.
As a result, Conflict minerals that have become social issues have not been found.

Conflict minerals policy
TAMRON has adopted a policy of non-use of conflict-affected minerals as raw materials to fulfill its social responsibility in its procurement practices.
TAMRON is working together with business partners to identify the history of minerals used in its products with the aim of avoiding the use of conflict minerals.
TAMRON would like our business partners to understand the international circumstances surrounding the conflict minerals issue and support us in not using conflict minerals.
By cooperating with surveys and audits conducted by TAMRON, we expect our business partners to join TAMRON in carrying out the responsible procurement of necessary minerals.

CSR improvement at TAMRON Group plants

TAMRON utilizes SAQ at its production plants, and continually implements monitoring and improvement activities. In So far, we verified activities at our plants in Foshan (China) and Vietnam.
As a result, we made enhanced fire prevention measures and made improvements to ensure that industrial physicians monitor the state of health of employees working a lot of overtime.

Management system for CSR Procurement

(1)CSR Procurement
Important matters and targets determined by the CSR Committee are managed by each CSR administrative division. For the “CSR Procurement” theme, the CSR Procurement Sub-Committee under the CSR Committee manages specific policies and targets.

FY2021 Target Results Measure
Add CSR assessment items to supplier management indicators Achievement In addition to control items such as quality and the environment, the status of suppliers' CSR initiatives was added as an evaluation item.