Sustainable Supply Chain Management
The DMC Group established its Procurement Policy to specify our mission to purchase materials and services in consideration of the environment and society. We also established the CSR Procurement Guidelines to promote appropriate procurement throughout our supply chain with a priority on consideration for the environment and society by thoroughly familiarizing suppliers and partner companies with our commitment to realizing a sustainable society. We also provide questionnaires regarding CSR procurement to suppliers to supervise their approaches.
We reviewed our CSR Procurement Guidelines in 2021. With the aim of strengthening collaboration with suppliers to promote sustainability throughout the supply chain, the revised Guidelines require that suppliers agree to comply with the Guidelines. In light of changes in the global situation, we plan to revise our CSR procurement questionnaire in FY2023.
DMC follows the laws and regulations specifi ed by each country, social norms, and corporate ethics, and conducts fair procurement activities to fulfi ll our social responsibility taking into account human rights, the global environment, and labor safety as we establish cooperative and trusting relationships with our employees and businesses for mutual growth.
Compliance with Laws, Regulations and Social Norms
DMC conducts procurement activities in accordance with laws, regulations and social norms both at home and abroad.
Fair and Equitable Business Transactions based on Economic Rationality
DMC thoroughly evaluates economic rationality such as quality, reliability, price, delivery date, and procurement period to conduct fair, equitable and transparent business transactions.
Ensuring Quality and Safety
DMC strives to maintain and improve quality and safety with suppliers to provide valuable products.
Human Rights Protection
DMC procurement activities respect human rights in accordance with our Human Rights Policy.
DMC strives to manufacture products containing fewer hazardous substances and conducts activities considering environmental conservation.
Management System & Operation
Procurement activities are overseen by the Procurement Group headed by the Production Management Division Manager, who conducts supply chain management based on a Procurement Policy that includes social aspects such as the suppliers’ environment and human rights. The evaluation and selection criteria are also reviewed accordingly and spread to all employees to establish a system that ensures proper judgment throughout all group companies.
In the primary assessment, each division assesses engineering capability, reliability, hazardous substances contained in materials and material performance in accordance with the evaluation and selection criteria specified by DMC Group.
In the secondary assessment, the Purchase Group conducts an assessment based on supply stability and price, and determines supplier qualifications after taking into account CSR procurement questionnaire results.
Concludes transaction contract.
Decisions are made based on various aspects, including legal compliance, response to defects, and the status of CSR initiatives.
Request for Agreements with our CSR Procurement Guidelines
We ask our suppliers to sign a Confirmation of Consent to our CSR Procurement Guidelines to ensure compliance with the Guidelines. As of the end of FY2022, we have obtained agreements from 35 suppliers that account for 80% of our total procurement. In addition, from FY2022, new suppliers are now required to submit an agreement before conducting business.
Questionnaire on CSR Procurement
DMC works with its suppliers on procurement in consideration of the environment and regional society in accordance with the Procurement Policy and CSR Procurement Guidelines. DMC has monitored major CSR approaches by its suppliers and promotes activities through its CSR Procurement questionnaire based on the items shown below, aiming for the further promotion of CSR activities throughout our supply chain. In FY2020, we did not conduct CSR procurement questionnaires due to COVID-19. However, to further promote CSR procurement approaches, in FY2021, we updated our CSR Procurement Guidelines and requested our major suppliers to agree to the Guidelines (agreement to the Confirmation of Consent). We continue working on the realization of a sustainable society with our suppliers in accordance with the CSR Procurement Guidelines.
Questionnaire Items on CSR Procurement
- Health and Safety
- Management System
Training for Purchasing Division
To promote CSR procurement throughout the supply chain, it is vital that employees in the internal purchasing division are aware of sustainability issues in the supply chain. We plan to conduct CSR procurement training for all employees in the purchasing and sales divisions during FY2023.
Response to Confl ict Minerals
DMC is committed to not using confl ict minerals, minerals mined under conditions in which armed confl ict, human rights abuse or environmental destruction occur, to prevent funds from fl owing to armed groups. We procure the tin and gold used as raw materials in the manufacture of DMC touchscreens from confl ictfree smelters such as CFSI*. If we fi nd that our product contains confl ict minerals, we take prompt corrective measures.
* CFSI: International confl ict-free sourcing initiative
Management System & Operation
Tin and gold are essential to the manufacture of touchscreens. DMC established a system under the supervision of the Director & Standards Management Office Manager designed to prevent the use of conflict minerals. We gather information on conflict minerals from all suppliers and require tin and gold to be procured from smelters whose products are certified conflict-free. We surveyed our 110 suppliers using the Conflict Mineral Reporting Template (CMRT) developed by the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). The response rate was 94.5% (104 suppliers) in FY2022. Currently, no minerals have been identified as a source of funding for armed groups.