Murata has distributed a Green Procurement Standards pamphlet detailing the Group's philosophy of green procurement and our requirements for suppliers, enabling us to promote green procurement with the understanding and cooperation of our suppliers.
When undertaking business with a new supplier, regardless of whether the supplier is located in Japan or overseas, we investigate the appropriateness of its environmental management system (whether it has acquired ISO 14001 or any other management system certification) and its chemical substance management system, as well as the actual operational condition of those systems. Furthermore, only after the supplier has consented to environmental protection initiatives (such as regulatory compliance and surveys of chemical substances contained in products), do we make a decision on whether or not to undertake business with the supplier.
As for existing suppliers, we conduct evaluations, giving first priority to suppliers who supply parts and materials with high environmental risk. In the case of suppliers whose evaluation results are low, we provide guidance through improvement requests and field audits. If no improvement becomes apparent, we respond rigorously by, for example, suspending business transactions.
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