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Our basic policy is to comply with the laws and regulations of each country in which we operate and to conduct procurement activities in the global markets for all necessary materials and services at an appropriate quality, price, and with delivery schedule based on fair business relationships. In order to tackle social issues such as the environment, human rights and labor, we strive to strengthen our supply chain to be sustainable and ethical to increase our customers’, business partners’, and our own corporate value.
Please refer here for our procurement policy.
We established the Procurement Division as a global organization that promotes sustainable procurement activities. In collaboration with the Business and Production Units, we are working towards optimal procurement activities and the promotion of sustainable, global procurement.
Educating Procurement Personnel
As part of promoting corporate ethics within the Procurement Division, we conduct various compliance education on topics such as the Renesas Code of Conduct as well for new employees and employees transferring into the team. We also conduct regular education and training for the most recent CSR issues, such as the environment, in order to penetrate and share information inside the team.
Promoting Sustainable Procurement through Fair and Equitable Transactions
In order to provide high-quality products and services to our customers, we believe it is important to promote sustainability throughout the supply chain, including taking into considerations the environmental, society, safety and security issues. Therefore, we have created the “Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook” (in Japanese and English) which states specific activities and behaviors we would like the partners that make up our supply chain to comply with. We distribute this "Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook " to approximately 1200 suppliers worldwide, promoting sustainable practices throughout the supply chain.
This Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook is in compliance with the “Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook” established by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). We ask all partners within the Renesas supply chain including secondary suppliers and beyond to follow Renesas’ approach to sustainable procurement and ethical values, and to promote activities from this common perspective.
<Criteria which we ask partners to take initiatives based on the Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook>
Click here to view the Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook for the Renesas Group Supply Chain.
Understanding Risks within the Supply Chain
We ask our main partners with continuous business interactions to regularly conduct self-tests in order to confirm the compliance status of the “Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook” and make improvements if necessary. At this current time, we have confirmed that suppliers that cover 90% of the total transaction amount are conducting these self-tests. In addition, when starting procurement from new suppliers, we ask new suppliers to report on the actions they are taking towards the criteria listed in the “Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook” and to agree to undertake the necessary initiatives. We ask for the immediate establishment of an improvement plan as well as offer support in improving their compliance status, if we confirm any suppliers that may pose a high risk to our supply chain.
Promotion of Green Procurement
Based on Environmental Policies, Renesas is contributing to realize a sustainable society by providing environmentally friendly products and solutions. To realize such a society, it is crucial to reduce the environmental impacts of the parts and materials used within the products. At Renesas, we promote “Green Procurement” where we preferentially procure environmentally conscious parts and materials from companies that are proactive in environmental conservation.
We ask all suppliers that provide parts and materials used as components of our products, suppliers that provide parts and materials used in our products, suppliers that provide parts and products used in the packaging of our products as well as suppliers that deliver our out-sourced products to comply with the Green Procurement Guideline by clarifying the green procurement standards and stating the aims of the guideline which is to reduce the environmental impact of Renesas products.
Through compliance with Environmental RoHS Directives and conducting surveys of the substances contained in purchased products at Renesas, we are able to confirm that each supplier is making progress in environmental initiatives. In addition, for procuring raw materials used in products, we preferentially purchase from suppliers who actively promote environmental protection, whose products have less environmental impact and contain no hazardous substances. We also actively and preferentially select environmentally conscious products in the procurement of goods such as business goods and IT equipment, based on the information on the environmental impact of those goods. We have confirmed that suppliers that cover over 95% of the total transaction amount of outsourced manufacturing recorded in the second half of 2019 and the first half of 2020 are ISO14001 certified.
Guidelines and Standards
|Green Procurement Guidelines (Japanese) Ver.2|
|Green Procurement Standard (Japanese) Ver.2|
|Management of Chemical Substances List (Japanese) Revision:Ver.9||XLS|
|Green Procurement Guidelines Ver.2|
|Green Procurement Standard Ver.2|
|Management of Chemical Substances List Revision:Ver.9||XLS|
Reference: Green Procurement Answer Format
|Green Procurement Questionnaire A, B (Japanese)||XLS|
|Investigation Sheet for Chemical Substances Included (Japanese)||XLS|
|Data Sheet for Purchase Unit (Japanese)||XLS|
|Green Procurement Questionnaire A, B||XLS|
|Investigation Sheet for Chemical Substances Included||XLS|
|Data Sheet for Purchase Unit||XLS|
- There is no format for "Environmental Hazardous Substance Analysis Data" report. Answers are provided as free-form. (Please refer to "Green Procurement Standard Ver.2")
- Answers are sent via email with the Excel file attached.
Responsible Mineral Procurement Initiatives
Renesas has taken the following actions in support of its customers’ conflict minerals obligations and initiatives:
- Renesas has integrated a prohibition on purchasing conflict minerals, and any materials or products incorporating conflict minerals into its global sourcing policy.
- Although we have no knowledge or reason to be believe that any conflict minerals are included in any products marketed or sold by Renesas, to the extent that we become aware of any procurement of conflict minerals, we are committed to taking corrective action to cease the ongoing use of such conflict minerals and to eliminate any applicable suppliers from our supply chain.
- Although conflict minerals legislation originated in the United States, this legislation (and the conflict mineral issue generally) is both commonly understood and taken very seriously in Japan. In addition to the efforts Renesas has undertaken on its own, Renesas has also taken part in country-wide efforts to study and mitigate conflict minerals issues. In particular, Renesas is a participant in the Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group under the Japan Electronics and Information Technologies Industries Association (“JEITA”). This group has been working to establish industry-wide standards and best practices for the procurement of 3TGs in Japan. Furthermore, JEITA has entered an MOU with EICC/GeSI in order to coordinate efforts in working towards further control and visibility of the global 3TG supply chain.
- Nearly all of Renesas’ products contain at least one 3TG; however, Renesas does not purchase these 3TGs directly from smelters but instead from suppliers that are downstream in the supply chain. We have and continue to work closely with the suppliers in our supply chain to investigate the source of the 3TGs incorporated into products and materials supplied to Renesas. Specifically, we undertook an exhaustive research study and analysis project with our suppliers from October 2012 through December 2012. During this study, we were able to confirm the smelters used by approximately 80% of our suppliers. For various reasons, we have been unable to definitively identify the smelters used by approximately 20% of our suppliers. In an effort to be able to definitively assert that all of our products are “conflict free,” we continue to pursue additional and complete information from those suppliers that have not yet provided us with complete information. Furthermore, regardless of whether we have received a complete response, we have also provided all of our suppliers with both our expectations regarding the use of conflict minerals and our official 3TG procurement policies.
In order to realize responsible mineral procurement, when we confirm any potential risks as a result of an investigation, we ask our direct suppliers to make improvements, such as to shifting to a smelter from a list of certified smelters for procurement.
In 2019, for tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold (3TGs), we have confirmed a total of 253 smelters are included in our supply chain, and those 253 smelters are listed under RMI’s Conformant Smelter List. In addition to the 3TGs, we began monitoring cobalt in 2019 and identifying smelters for cobalt within the supply chain. However, because of the lack of regulations, we are facing difficulties in confirming whether the smelters are following the "Cobalt Report Templates (CRTs)" certification from Responsible Materials Initiative (RMI)”.
Renesas Joins the Responsible Business Alliance
Renesas has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) (announced on April 19, 2021), a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 committed to supporting the rights and well-being of workers and communities worldwide affected by global supply chains. By joining the RBA, Renesas will fully support the vision and goals of the RBA to ensure that its manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible and that its workers are treated with respect and dignity.