Partnership with Business Partners

Promotion of CSR procurement

In recent years, it has been increasingly required to fulfill social responsibility throughout the entire supply chain. The Toyo Tires Group aims to grow and develop together with our business partners, by building and maintaining sincere and sound relationships and by cooperatively addressing human rights, labor, and environmental issues.

Rolling out the CSR Procurement Guidelines

The Toyo Tires Group established the Toyo Tires Group CSR Procurement Guidelines (Ver.1) in 2010, and we were engaged in CSR procurement activities while seeking cooperation from business partners. After that, however, various social issues in the supply chain came to light and it became necessary to respond to a broader range of procurement-related issues. Against the backdrop of these circumstances, we further revised the Guidelines from a global perspective and published the second version (in Japanese, English and Chinese) in November 2014. Specifically, some new sections were added, such as thorough compliance and responsible material procurement.

To share the Guidelines with our business partners in and outside Japan and to promote CSR procurement throughout the supply chain, we held briefing sessions on the Guidelines for our business partners in and outside Japan.

Briefing session on the CSR Procurement Guidelines, held in JapanBriefing session on the CSR Procurement Guidelines, held in Japan

Briefing session on the CSR Procurement Guidelines, held in MalaysiaBriefing session on the CSR Procurement Guidelines, held in Malaysia

Implementation of the CSR Self-Assessment Checklist

Since fiscal 2015, to check our business partners’ compliance with the Guidelines, we have distributed the CSR Self-Assessment Checklist to business partners in Japan and asked them to conduct self-assessment using the checklist. We compile and analyze the responses and provide feedback to these business partners. We also conduct individual interviews on an as-needed basis with business partners to discuss problems associated with procurement activities and exchange ideas for improvement.

We will strengthen CSR procurement efforts across the entire supply chain by having our business partners evaluate their procurement performance using the CSR Self-Assessment Checklist, on a regular and continuous basis.

In-house training session

Training session for purchasing staff members of DiverTech Business Group HeadquartersTraining session for purchasing staff members of DiverTech Business Group Headquarters

To promote CSR procurement, it is also important for the Group’s purchasing personnel to perform purchasing tasks based on a full understanding of the objectives and content of the Guidelines. So, prior to rolling out the Guidelines to our business partners, we held training sessions on the second version of the Guidelines for purchasing staff members of domestic and overseas.

Response to the conflict minerals issues

Conflict minerals refer to tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold which are produced in and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo and sales from which are believed to finance the local armed forces that propagate conflicts and violations of human rights. We conduct thorough investigations by tracing all the way back along the supply chain to refining companies to determine whether the materials or products supplied to us contain conflict minerals from the relevant countries, in cooperation with our customers and suppliers.

Participation in Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiatives (SNR-i)

Stable procurement of natural rubber is a top priority for rubber product manufacturers. The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), an inter-governmental organization composed of rubber producing and consuming stakeholders, is promoting the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiatives (SNR-i*), which aims to establish a sustainable natural rubber economy in harmony with the three pillars of economy, environment, and society. In June 2016, the Toyo Tires Group voluntarily declared its support of the objectives of the SNR-i and participation in the initiative. We will strive to contribute to the sustainable development of the natural rubber industry in cooperation with the industry organizations and administrative agencies in relevant countries, while working to strengthen our CSR activities across the entire supply chain through collaboration with business partners.

  • *SNR-i: Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiatives

SNR-i Criteria

  • Criterion 1: Support improvement of productivity
  • Criterion 2: Enhance natural rubber quality
  • Criterion 3: Support forest sustainability
  • Criterion 4: Water management
  • Criterion 5: Respect human & labour rights