JVCKENWOOD is continuously working to reduce the environmental impact of the products we produce and sell throughout the product lifecycle, from the production phase, the use and end-of-use phase to the end-of-life phase, including recycling and disposal. As part of such efforts, we attach importance to preferentially procuring parts and products with a low environmental impact.
Based on our original green procurement guidelines, we conduct chemical substance inspections on the materials we procure and green procurement assessments. In the green procurement assessment, each supplier of JVCKENWOOD is requested to conduct a self-assessment of its chemicals control system and the status of their efforts, with the objective of encouraging each supplier to establish and maintain the control system for chemicals contained in its products and deploy continual improvement of that system. After reviewing the assessment results, we may conduct audits on suppliers depending on these results. In this manner, we conduct activities to reduce our adverse effects on the Earth and people in cooperation with our suppliers.
We have increasingly been procuring parts from overseas parts procurement partners, and will further accelerate our activities for checking their parts procurement processes, conducted by staff members in our overseas production bases in accordance with the green procurement guidelines.
For the green procurement guidelines, please visit our website.
Information disclosure initiatives related to mineral production in conflict areas
Respecting fundamental human rights and protecting vulnerable people are the most important issues for all organizations as well as companies in general that are required to fulfill their social responsibilities. Many people have become involved in disputes around the world, and inhuman acts have been committed, including massacres, child labor, and plunder and sexual assaults by armed groups. These acts are often related to the sources of funds, and this situation has fallen into a vicious circle in some areas. The United Nations is also concerned about these problems, and the United States has enacted new rules on mineral purchases from conflict areas for the first time in the world. JVCKENWOOD is not directly subject to these rules, but agrees to the concept of the rules as a company promoting CSR procurement in the global supply chain. It also promotes activities to cut off the funding sources of armed groups in cooperation with other companies. Based on the corporate policy of not using product parts containing tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold that are wrongfully produced and refined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring countries, JVCKENWOOD continues to establish a solid supply chain and promote responsible mineral procurement activities.