Business Partner Relations

Collaborations with our business partners on quality, the environment, and social responsibility allow us to deliver products that are satisfactory to customers.

Purchasing policy
Promotion of CSR-based procurement
Promoting green procurement
Our Initiatives for Issues of Conflict Minerals


Purchasing policy
The Tamura Group Procurement Guidelines, which were established in March 2007, state, “As a company operating around the globe, we shall maintain a global perspective in our procurement of materials, working in the pursuit of profit creation together with companies that can demonstrate an understanding of the Tamura Group Vision and are able to participate in an ongoing partnership.” The Guidelines also indicate the Group's seven fundamental purchasing principles covering quality, the environment, and uniqueness as follows:
   

 Tamura Group Fundamental Purchasing Principles

  • (1) With regard to quality, the Tamura Group will trade with corporations that have a keen awareness of “putting quality first”, understand the Tamura Group's quality control principles, and have established quality management procedures.
  • (2) With regard to the environment, the Tamura Group will trade with corporations that are fully aware of worldwide trends in environment preservation, abide by the Tamura Group Green Procurement Standards and take the lead in initiatives that consider the environment.
  • (3) The Tamura Group will trade with corporations that constantly make proactive improvements and reforms in accordance with market demand.
  • (4) The Tamura Group will trade with specialized manufacturers that have a uniqueness not found in other corporations.
  • (5) The Tamura Group will promote the simplification of trade routes.
  • (6) The Tamura Group will trade with corporations that are proactive in providing opinions, proposals and information, and conduct their activities with enthusiasm.
  • (7) The Tamura Group will trade with corporations that consider human resources as a company asset, are passionate about employee education and training, and strive to improve the corporation on the whole.



Promotion of CSR-based procurement
In order to meet the growing interest of stakeholders in the entire business processes from manufacturing to sales of products, the Tamura Group indicated basic purchasing policies in its Procurement Guidelines as mentioned above with the aim of advancing its CSR initiatives in the entire supply chain. Furthermore, the Group asks its business partners to understand and cooperate in the below-listed specific principles it promotes in daily operations.Click here to refer ‘Tamura Group Procurement Guidelines.’
In order to reflect recent societal demands, the Guidelines were revised at the end of March 2014, in which the Promotion of Socially Responsible Procurement, Promotion of Green Procurement, Promotion of the Disuse of Conflict Minerals, and Formulation of a Business Continuity Plan were specified. Moreover, the Prohibition of Participation in Antisocial Behavior was added as a new principle. Our business partners were notified of the revision of the Guidelines and were asked to cooperate by signing a memorandum or a contract. 
We will continuously promote our CSR activities through the supply chain in a united way with all of our business partners.


 Specific Focus Items


  • (1) Ensuring Customer Trust and Satisfaction
  • (2) Respecting Basic Human Rights
  • (3) Safe and Healthy Workplace Environment
  • (4) Free Competition and Fair Trade
  • (5) Prohibition Against Insider Tradingv
  • (6) Prohibition Against Inappropriate Entertainment and Gifts
  • (7) Prohibition of Inappropriate Transactions with and Inappropriate Political Contributions to Public Bodies
  • (8) Compliance with Laws and Regulations Regarding Import and Export Controls for Security
  • (9) Creation, Protection and Use of Intellectual Property Rights and Know-How
  • (10) Prohibition of Participation in Antisocial Behavior
  • (11) Appropriate and Timely Disclosure of Information
  • (12) Appropriate Protection and Handling of Information (Corporate Information, Private Information, etc.)
  • (13) Management of Loaned Assets
  • (14) Respect for the Global Environment
  • (15) Cooperation with the International Community and Co-existence with Local Communities



Promoting green procurement
In order to deliver environment-friendly and safe products to customers, the Tamura Group established its Green Procurement Standards in 2002. These standards were revised in FY2009 and FY2010 to further promote active procurement of parts and components with less environmental impact from suppliers and other business partners engaged in environmental protection activities. Furthermore, we are asking them to design environmental management systems, chemical substance control systems based on JIS Z 7201 and other guidelines, and systems that guarantee chemical substances contained in products, as well as to conduct research on environmentally controlled substances specified by the Tamura Group. Click here to refer “Tamura Group Green Procarement Standards.”



Our Initiatives for Issues of Conflict Minerals
The Final Rule of the disclosure provisions regarding Conflict Minerals under Section 1502 of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act (Financial Regulatory Reform) was issued on August 22, 2012 and became effective in January 2013. The four minerals, which can be used in products and are defined as Conflict Minerals, are tin, gold, tantalum, and tungsten. Companies are obliged to disclose if they use the minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) conflict region and the nine adjoining countries. It is essential to avoid complicity in conflict by stopping purchasing them and cutting off funding to the armed groups. Conflict Minerals that do not fall under the above conditions are called DRC Conflict Free and companies are required to certify that the Conflict Minerals used by them are DRC Conflict Free.
As our solder paste and thermal-links use solder containing tin as a major component, it is important for us in relation to CSR (respect for human rights, compliance, etc.) to investigate and confirm that it is DRC Conflict Free.
In response to issuance of the Final Rule, we established the investigation procedure in October 2012 and requested our suppliers to conduct a substantial investigation. The investigation should include identifying the smelting works by tracing back the supply chain and certifying that the mineral supplied is DRC Conflict Free.
As a result, it was reported that the tin contained in the solder base metal supplied to the Group is DRC Conflict Free, regarding which all the smelting works could be identified.
With regard to other materials, investigation of use of Conflict Minerals is also underway with the cooperation of our primary, secondary, tertiary suppliers. We are determined to continue fulfilling our Corporate Social Responsibility through promoting CSR procurement.


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