Sustainability

Supply Chain Management

Basic Approach

The H.U. Group carries out purchasing activities based on its Procurement Policy. This policy incorporates the requirement for fair, stable, and sustainable procurement transactions. In addition, in order to fulfill the social responsibility of the supply chain in purchasing activities, we have compiled and thoroughly disseminated the Basic Policy on Business Partner Selection, a policy describing the efforts we would like our business partners to take alongside the Group. In addition, these policies are available in three languages, Japanese, English and Chinese.

Procurement Policy

Established on July 5th 2019
Revised on July 16th 2021

The H.U. Group engages in fair, stable, and sustainable procurement in order to contribute to human health through the creation of new value. We value our relationship with suppliers, pursuing the following basic approach to procurement in establishing mutual trust.

  • We comply with the laws and social norms of every country in which we conduct business, striving to engage in procurement activities that consider respect for basic human rights, labor environments, occupational health and safety, child labor, and other related factors.
  • We provide opportunities for free and transparent procurement with suppliers around the world, working to improve our competitive capabilities through active due diligence, including procurement from new business partners.
  • We procure from excellent, highly trustworthy suppliers, selected based on a comprehensive list of factors including quality, price, delivery, technological capacity, Sustainability/EMS initiatives, business continuity, local procurement, and other factors.

Basic Policy on Business Partner Selection

Established on July 5th 2019
Revised on July 1st 2020

The H.U. Group selects excellent business partners based on our procurement policy and through the following assumed conditions.

  • Compliance with laws, basic human rights, and corporate ethics in every country in which the entity conducts business activities
  • Stable, healthy business infrastructure
  • Quality, pricing, delivery are at appropriate levels and based on rational economics
  • Compliance with non-disclosure agreements
  • Ongoing activities that consider environmental preservation
  • Capable of uninterrupted delivery activities, even in emergency situations

The H.U. Group recognizes the challenges and responsibilities involved in ensuring animal welfare, and is working to resolve societal issues while requiring its business partners to comply with local laws in each country and the Group's own regulations on issues including animal welfare.

Management

The Supply Chain Management Subcommittee, managed by the division head of Procurement at H.U. Group Holdings and with Procurement as its main driver, formulates and executes plans related to sustainable procurement. This subcommittee regularly monitors the progress of these activity plans and their results, and strives to act and take corrective action going forward.

Initiatives

Initiatives

When initiating a new transaction, we share our Procurement Policy and Basic Policy for Business Partner Selection. For existing business partners, we confirm the status of initiatives toward the realization of a sustainable society with business partners accounting for 80% of the order amount of each Group company approximately once every three years. Specifically, we utilize the United Nations Global Compact Self Assessment Tool (hereafter the UNGC SA), confirming details in a wide range of items: environmental conservation, occupational safety, and quality assurance, as well as corporate governance, fair trade, human rights (incl. child labor), information security, and more. We also use these results to evaluate our business partners, providing guidance for improvement based on the results of that evaluation.

Targets and Results

In FY 2019, We accessed 89 business partners and collected the 100% of UNGC / SA results from them, which account for 80% of the annual procurement and purchase amount of each our group company (* 1) that are subject to internal control evaluation in Japan. In fiscal 2020, group companies (* 2) subject to overseas internal control evaluations attempted to evaluate 61 target companies calculated from the same purchase price ratio, and UNGC / SA was selected from 33 companies, which corresponded to approximately 54.1%. We collected it and found that about half of them fall into class A.
Then in fiscal 2021, we expanded the scope of evaluations to 26 target companies among other consolidated subsidiaries, etc. (* 2), and as a result of collecting UNGC / SA results from 23 of them, which is around 88.5%, we found that 69.2% of them fall into class A.
Based on the results, we will hold dialogues and engage in continuous improvement activities in order to improve the ratio of Class A business partners.

Sustainability Roadmap for Supply Chain Management (Three-year Targets)

Sustainability Roadmap for Supply Chain Management (Three-year Targets)

Our Companies Subject to Survey

FY2019:(1st Survey) H.U. Group Holdings, SRL, Fujirebio, NIHON STERY, Japan Clinical Laboratories, Care'x
FY2020:(1st Survey) Fujirebio Diagnostics (US), Fujirebio Europe (Belgium)
FY2021:(1st Survey) Non-domestic Group consolidated subsidiaries as of FY2019
FY2022:(2nd Survey) H.U. Group Holdings, SRL, Fujirebio, NIHON STERY, Japan Clinical Laboratories, Care'x

Result in FY 2019:
[Business partners of domestic group companies] results of the assessment of the 89

Result in FY 2019:[Business partners of domestic group companies] results of the assessment of the 89

Result in FY 2020:
[Oversea companies’ business partners] results of the assessment of the 33

Result in FY 2020:[Oversea companies’ business partners] results of the assessment of the 33

Assessment of human rights items

An analysis of human rights assessments, including labor, at business partners of overseas group companies conducted in FY 2020 revealed some issues in "4. Respect for the lives of indigenous peoples and local communities.". Based on this awareness of issues, we will work on continuous improvement activities.

Result in FY 2020: [Oversea companies’ business partners] results of the assessment of the 33[PDF:113KB]

Result in FY 2020: [Oversea companies’ business partners] results of the assessment of the 33[PDF:113KB]