Promoting “Responsible Minerals Procurement”

Serious human rights violations have become a social problem in mineral procurement, and interests in responsible mineral procurement are rising.
Murata regards this as part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, and conducts surveys and provides information in compliance with the industry standards based on our responsive policies. Furthermore, as an internal framework, the CSR Management Committee, chaired by a Representative Director, shares information with top management on activities, progress, and any issues regarding responsible mineral procurement, and makes any decisions.

Response Customers Requirement for our Supply Chain Information

In response to requests from our customers for our supply chain information, we provide information using the CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template) issued by the RMI (Responsible Minerals Initiative). We also regularly conduct surveys on our suppliers to keep the information updated. We continue to carry out our efforts to reduce risk and make our supply chain transparent by working together with our suppliers for improvement. This entails reviewing reported information in line with the internal standards prescribed based on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and carrying out corrective measures, and so forth.
Promoting responsible mineral procurement

  1. Working within the framework of CSR procurement activities based on the Murata Manufacturing CSR Charter
  2. Building a management framework in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
  3. Using the above mechanisms to promote responsible procurement of minerals used by Murata, such as by preventing the financing of armed groups for conflict minerals (gold, tin, tantalum, tungsten) through continued efforts to use low-risk components and materials. Also, refusing to conduct procurement from companies that are clearly involved in conflicts or human rights violations
  4. Conducting sensible and efficient procurement in a sincere manner, based on industry standards, and in close collaboration with industry organizations
  5. Sharing information regarding minerals that are obtained through the supply chain with partner companies as quickly as possible
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