Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is also a member company of the Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group at Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), and of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). We are proactively working on issues that are difficult to solve as an individual company, such as creating industry-wide frameworks.
We also participate in the JEITA-sponsored Responsible
Minerals Sourcing Inquiry Briefings as a lecturer.
Due to the EU’s Conflict Minerals Regulation that will become effective in 2021 and growing awareness of human rights issues, the scope of responsible mineral procurement is being further extended to more regions, risks, and minerals. Murata is currently preparing our response to these developments in cooperation with the industry peers. We are planning to provide customers with supply chain information based on industry standards regarding new areas such as Annex II of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, Conflict Affected and High-Risk Areas (CAHRAs), and cobalt. With regard to battery products, we have already initiated efforts for a transparent supply chain that includes cobalt.
Despite the increasing difficulty of responding to the expansion and changes in various requirements, Murata will continue to actively address these issues. It is also our intention to ensure the transparency of our supply chain and to soon realize CSR procurement including responsible mineral procurement by closely cooperating with our customers, suppliers, and the industry, etc., more than ever.
We believe that advancing and realizing these initiatives is important not only to assure our stakeholders of safety and security but also to deliver Murata’s sustainable growth.
In addition, to enable cooperation with our industry, we are participating in the JEITA Responsible Mineral Trade Working Group (http://home.jeita.or.jp/mineral/eng/index_e.html
) and RMI*1(http://www.responsiblemineralsinitiative.org/
*1: Responsible Minerals Initiative