Responsible Supply Chain
Procurement Collaboration System
Promoting procurement collaboration to increase customer satisfaction
Seeking to increase customer satisfaction, the Business Technologies Business promotes a Procurement Collaboration System in which suppliers and Konica Minolta work together in pursuit of improvements. In this initiative, the Group shares challenges through dialogue with and visits to suppliers, makes proposals needed for their resolution, and provides concrete support aimed at comprehensive improvements in terms of quality, delivery, productivity, the environment, and business management. Suppliers also point out issues to Konica Minolta, which serves to improve problems in business transactions.
Environmental Collaboration Aimed at Strengthening the Management of Chemical Substances Included in the Supply Chain
Konica Minolta has implemented environmental collaboration with suppliers to reduce environmental risk as a procurement collaboration system in the area of the environment. This initiative creates solid partnerships through on-site assessments and educational support for suppliers in order to strengthen management of chemical substances included in the supply chain.
In fiscal 2017, Konica Minolta went directly to the manufacturing sites of 40 suppliers in and outside Japan and conducted on-site assessments, working with suppliers to strengthen the chemical substances management system.
In addition, Konica Minolta has established an educational system focused on laws and regulations as well as on-site management that it uses to train suppliers’ internal assessors in an effort to support the independent management of chemical substances on the part of suppliers. Education on changing trends and Konica Minolta’s initiatives was added to CSR procurement initiatives starting in the current fiscal year. In fiscal 2017, Konica Minolta held three training sessions in and outside Japan, training more than 95 internal assessors from 67 companies, and conducted around 210 internal assessments.
Holding Suppliers’ Meetings
Konica Minolta holds annual suppliers’ meetings as part of its procurement collaboration system. Since fiscal 2015, accompanying the growing number of suppliers in the ASEAN region, the Group has held suppliers’ meetings in Malaysia, in addition to the meetings in China already held regularly.
At a meeting held in fiscal 2017, the Group explained the Konica Minolta Procurement Policy, reported procurement results and the procurement plan for the next fiscal year, and shared goals and challenges. Similar to the previous year, over 330 attendees from 170 suppliers participated in the meeting, which was a meaningful opportunity for communication.
Suppliers’ meeting in China
Commendation of Suppliers
Konica Minolta takes the opportunity of the suppliers’ meeting to commend suppliers. The purpose of commending suppliers with excellent records in terms of quality, delivery, productivity, and the environment is to encourage all suppliers to undertake further improvement initiatives.