Responsible Supply Chain
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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 2021, Konica Minolta went directly to the manufacturing sites of 10 suppliers in and outside Japan and conducted on-site assessments, working with suppliers to strengthen the chemical substances management system. In addition, the Company confirms activities in areas such as labor, health and safety, the environment, and ethics at its suppliers’ manufacturing sites.
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 fiscal 2018. In fiscal 2021, Konica Minolta conducted approximately 130 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 2018, 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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting has switched since fiscal 2019 from face-to-face to web-based and is held for suppliers in Japan, China and ASEAN countries.
In fiscal 2021, the switch to a web-based format made it possible for more suppliers to participate, with approximately 600 attendees from 280 companies making it 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.