Sustainable Procurement

Constructing a sustainable supply chain is an important issue for realizing the growth of a corporate group and a sustainable society.

The JVCKENWOOD Group is actively promoting sustainable procurement on a global basis, recognizing the importance of sustainable procurement in fulfilling its social responsibility in the supply chain, while considering social needs such as the environment and human rights.

JVCKENWOOD Group Procurement Policy

JVCKENWOOD Group Procurement Policy

Ver. 1.0 (October 2018)


JVCKENWOOD Group (the "Company" or "we"), having established its Corporate Vision of "Creating excitement and peace of mind for the people of the world," regards its suppliers as important partners in achieving this vision.

The Company will continue to promote procurement activities along with suppliers based on the following basic concepts with the aims of providing products and services that meet the expectations of customers and of achieving a sustainable society.


Basic concepts for procurement

1. Fair and impartial selection of suppliers
The Company, which is developing production activities globally, offers equal opportunities to all domestic and overseas suppliers. In selecting suppliers, we strive to ensure a fair, impartial, and transparent selection process.

2. Compliance with laws and social norms
The Company will continue to promote procurement activities that fulfill its corporate social responsibilities (CSR), such as prohibition of child labor, forced labor, and discrimination, along with its suppliers, in compliance with laws and social norms in each country.

3. Pursuing cutting-edge technologies and optimal quality
As it is vital to develop products incorporating cutting-edge technologies in order to achieve our corporate vision, we are willing to employ cutting-edge technologies held by suppliers and will continue to create value.
Furthermore, we set our clear quality objectives from the product development phase, and strive to employ materials and products that can ensure an optimal quality level.

4. Pursuing optimal costs
To achieve product prices that are acceptable to customers, we aim to reduce not only material costs and processing costs but also all elements composing product cost. To those ends, we will continue to promote development and purchasing activities together with suppliers, and proactively employ their suggestions for cutting-edge technologies, new materials, and Value Engineering.

5. Promoting Green Procurement
We will continue to promote Green Procurement activities in creating products, while giving due regard to reducing environmental impacts, and preferentially employ materials and products that have low impacts on the global environment.

6. Promoting stable procurement and BCP
To maintain stable supplies of products to customers, we will continue to work with our suppliers toward the efficient and stable procurement of materials and products.
In addition, we consider it important to secure supply chains in the event of a disaster also in the context of fulfilling our corporate social responsibilities, and will continue to promote the procurement of materials and products based on our BCP policy.


Expectations of suppliers

1. Maintaining a sound management base
We request that our suppliers maintain a sound and stable management in order to build strong partnerships with us through long-term transactions.
We also ask our suppliers to disclose their management policies, management and financial information on a regular basis.

2. Compliance with laws and social norms
We request that our suppliers comply with laws and social norms in each country and each region where they do business, in addition to understanding our "JVCKENWOOD CSR Procurement Guidelines," and be committed to complying with those guidelines.

3. Suggesting cutting-edge technologies and ensuring optimal quality
We ask our suppliers to suggest cutting-edge technologies that lead to our product development, while developing their quality assurance systems together with us and providing materials and products that meet our specifications and quality standards.

4. Fair price and cost improvement activities
To achieve product prices that are acceptable to customers, we request that our suppliers supply materials and products at fair prices and implement continuous cost improvement activities.

5. Committing to Green Procurement
We request that our suppliers understand our "Green Procurement Guideline" and be committed to complying with those guidelines.

6. Pursuing stable supply and BCP
To maintain stable supplies of products to customers, we request that our suppliers achieve reliable delivery schedule management for materials and products, reduce lead times, and make suggestions to secure stable supplies.
Furthermore, to secure supply chains in the event of a disaster, we also ask our suppliers to develop thorough systems for ensuring stable supplies by formulating BCP policies such as production in multiple factories.


JVCKENWOOD CSR Procurement Guidelines

Promoting CSR Procurement

To ensure sustainable procurement, the JVCKENWOOD Group confirms not only the quality, cost, turnaround time, and technological capabilities of its suppliers, but also seeks to ensure respect for human rights and proper labor practices. This includes the prohibition of child and forced labor and the establishment of appropriate wages and working hours.

To achieve these goals, we will promote the following items.


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Promotion of

sustainable procurement


Obtaining signatures in support of our CSR procurement guidelines when opening a new account


Requesting the implementation of CSR self-audits by business partners and implementing corrective measures for business partners with identified problems

- Consideration of participation in RBA and other alliances and utilization of global frameworks

Participating in alliances such as RBA and taking advantage of global frameworks

Initiatives for suppliers

We have New Supplier Selection Standard that address not only quality, cost, turnaround time, technological capability, and the ability to maintain a stable supply but also the sustainable use of resources, chemical substance management, and other aspects related to the environment, human rights, and occupational safety. 

When we start transacting with new suppliers, we make them aware of the JVCKENWOOD Group Procurement Policy, the JVCKENWOOD Group Human Rights Policy, and the JVCKENWOOD CSR Procurement Guidelines. Also, when opening a new account, we make sure to collect signatures signifying their endorsement of the CSR Procurement Guidelines.

As part of our ongoing assessment of sustainability in areas such as the environment, human rights, and labor safety, we have sent out self-assessment questionnaires (SAQ) to all our existing suppliers since 2021. In March 2022, we performed a major update of the SAQ based on the "Responsible Business Conduct Guidelines" published by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), an organization for the domestic electronics industry.

The new self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) consists of eight items related to compliance with laws and regulations and respect for international norms, human rights and labor, safety and health, environmental conservation, fair trade and ethics, and the establishment of a management system. The form asks about the existence of policies, regulations, and systems and the implementation of specific initiatives.

In June 2023, we sent the new SAQ to all of our suppliers, and received responses from more than 90%.
Analysis of the responses identified existing suppliers with a high risk of material legal violations, particularly in the area of human rights. The suppliers were given feedback and were sent written requests to make improvements on areas of risk. Special effort was made to quickly reduce risks in the supply chain by drafting the requests in the languages of the recipients.
We will study the potential for confirmations with on-site audits and changes to transactions if, despite ongoing requests for improvement, there is no improvement seen, or there are material violations of law. We will continue to take initiatives to avoid, prevent and mitigate risks in human rights and other areas of sustainability through ongoing efforts to seek and guide improvements.

Implementation of supplier continuous evaluation and follow-up

The JVCKENWOOD Group implements supplier continuous evaluations and follow-ups in order to identify risks in its supply chain. We use evaluation results as one of the factors in selecting new suppliers and in determining whether or not to continue doing business with suppliers.

Supplier Communication

The JVCKENWOOD Group is strengthening communication with business partners in order to realize sustainable procurement together with them. At the annual Partners Meetings, we inform our suppliers of the JVCKENWOOD Group Procurement Policy, JVCKENWOOD Group Human Rights Policy, and JVCKENWOOD CSR Procurement Guidelines and explain specific CSR procurement initiatives, based on the understanding that building a sustainable supply chain is an important issue not only for corporate growth but also for the realization of a sustainable society.

Approaches to Conflict Minerals

Our stance on conflict minerals

To promote sustainable procurement on a global basis, JVCKENWOOD continues to work to establish a responsible supply chain and ensure responsible mineral sourcing based on its policy of not using any components or parts that may contain four minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold) from regions that finance or benefit armed groups, and source from Conflict Free Smelters (CFSs).

Specific Initiatives

Significant human rights violations and environmental destruction by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries have been broadly recognized as serious issues in the international community. While it has been noted that the minerals produced in this region finance or benefit armed groups, the U.S. Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd–Frank Act) names four minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold) produced and refined in this region as conflict minerals and requires companies to disclose information on the smelters and refiners that supply components and parts that contain these minerals. Since 2014, we have conducted a Conflict Minerals Survey on subject parts, and continue to procure minerals responsibly with the cooperation of our suppliers. JVCKENWOOD has been promoting the following initiatives.


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Approaches to Conflict



Response to customer survey requests: 100% response rate (ongoing)


Select target parts of customer needs and conduct survey (ongoing)

Conflict Free Smelter (CFS) usage rate of 100% for minerals extracted from conflict areas in subject parts (ongoing)

Moreover, as a member of the Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), JVCKENWOOD is actively working to raise awareness for responsible sourcing of minerals outside the company, for example, by serving as a lecturer at Responsible Minerals Sourcing Inquiry Briefings held by the JEITA.

A proactive approach to conflict minerals is important for establishing a responsible supply chain. Due attention should be paid so that we will not become complicit in human rights abuses or other violations in the course of sourcing materials. The JVCKENWOOD Group will continue its group-wide efforts to address the issue of conflict minerals in collaboration with various other stakeholders, including public and private sector partners engaged in the establishment of responsible supply chains for minerals.

Participation in supply chain-related initiatives

"The JVCKENWOOD Group participates in the CSR Committee of the Policy and Strategy Board of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). The CSR Committee is an organization that addresses issues common to the industry related to CSR, and conducts surveys, research, information dissemination, and makes external proposals from a professional CSR perspective.

As part of the CSR Committee's initiatives, a Responsible Supply Chain Working Group has been established to improve the efficiency of CSR procurement management, and the JVCKENWOOD Group serves as a member.

Within the working group, the JVCKENWOOD Group participates in a task force that formulates and maintains the ""Responsible Business Conduct Guidelines"" and the supplier SAQ based on the Guidelines, through which member companies share issues they face in building sustainable supply chains and consider solutions."

In the future, we will consider participation in such partnerships as the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and utilization of global frameworks.

Among supply chain-related initiatives, particularly those related to the environment, JVCKENWOOD participates as a member of the Global Environmental Committee and the Environmental Laws and Regulations Expert Committee of the Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment (JMC). Regarding trends in environmental impact in the supply chain, the committee brings together information on trends in overseas product-related environmental laws and regulations, and exchanges opinions on the interpretations and responses of member companies.

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