ONO believes that it is important to build a sound network with all business partners in the supply chain in order to achieve sustainable social development. Under this belief, we have established a “Basic Policy for Procurement Activities” and “CSR Procurement Guidelines” to promote CSR procurement. "The Basic Policy for Procurement Activities" is the basic policy of all employees involved in procurement activities. "The CSR Procurement Guidelines" summarizes items we would like suppliers to cooperate with. We seek to enhance the corporate value of both us and its suppliers by establishing a sound network for further cooperation with suppliers through CSR procurement.
We utilize a third-party EcoVadis's CSR Assessment System (EcoVadis) to objectively and continually monitor the CSR management status of key suppliers in our supply chain. The use of EcoVadis enables us to obtain highly reliable information regarding suppliers’ CSR management at least once a year, and thereby propose appropriate corrective actions to our suppliers.In the FY2019 evaluation, none of our suppliers were classified as having a high risk in terms of CSR.
We also hold CSR procurement briefing sessions for suppliers to explain our approach to CSR procurement. We continue to further strengthen our partnerships with our suppliers through briefing sessions, and the use of EcoVadis, feedback on results, and proposals for corrective actions.
For more details on our supply chain management through promotion of CSR procurement, also see ONO’s Approach to CSR.
When we outsource animal experiments, we ensure that the outsourcing contractor complies with the laws and standards of the relevant country concerning animal welfare. We also make every effort so that such an outsourcing contractor complies with our standards as much as possible. Please click here for our thoughts on ethical considerations in animal experiments.
Before appointing a third party such as a subcontractor or an agent, we perform due diligence using an Anti-bribery Check Sheet to see if there are any red flags. We have developed a process through which we submit the third party’s replies to our detailed question sheet to the Corporate Compliance Officer to get his/her approval before appointing the third party in case we identify a red flag.