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Asahi Group Sustainable Procurement Principles

The Asahi Group Sustainable Procurement Principles are aimed to set forth basic matters regarding goods and services purchased from suppliers, in order to build sustainable relationships that promote mutual growth based on establishing a solid and trustful relationship and a long-term cooperative relationship with suppliers.

1. Placing first priority on food safety and securing good quality

  1. We will place our first priority on food safety and promote procurement activities ensuring to offer products and services at an optimum price that reassures our customers.

2. Ensuring thorough compliance

  1. We will comply with all relevant laws and regulations as well as social norms, and act in accordance with high ethical standards.
  2. We will not commit any act that conflicts with the interests of the company without the company’s prior approval.
  3. We will not solicit or accept from suppliers monetary donations, or entertainment, gifts or any favor that exceeds commonly accepted business practice. We will follow the procedures in accordance with laws and regulations and internal policies even when accepting entertainment or gifts within the scope of commonly accepted business practice.
  4. We will have no connection with organized crime elements or any individuals or groups which engage in illegal acts such as money laundering.

3. Promotion of CSR activities together with suppliers

  1. We will ask suppliers to comply with the Asahi Group Supplier Code of Conduct, and engage in CSR activities together with suppliers.
  2. We will pursue the sustainability of purchased goods and services with suppliers. In the unlikely event that a problem is found in the assessment of sustainability, we will work with suppliers to resolve the problem.

4. Fair and just transactions

  1. We will provide fair and just opportunities to suppliers both at home and abroad, regardless of the scale of a company.
  2. We will select and determine suppliers by comprehensively evaluating not only quality, price, delivery date, and stable supply but also technological capabilities, attitudes to compliance and the environment, respect for human rights, and other factors.

5. Information management

  1. We will appropriately manage information and technologies provided in procurement activities, and limit disclosures.

Asahi Group Supplier Code of Conduct

Many operators are involved in providing Asahi Group products to customers and consumers. For this reason, in order to fulfil our social responsibilities, it is important to manage the entire supply chain, not just the areas where our company is directly involved.
In order to realize a sustainable supply chain, the Asahi Group requires our suppliers, their upstream suppliers and their subcontractors to act in accordance with the Asahi Group Supplier Code of Conduct. In addition, we ask for their understanding of the Asahi Group Code of Conduct, the Asahi Group Human Rights Principles, and the Asahi Group Environmental Principles.
We ask for their cooperation as we conduct surveys and visits to assess the status of compliance with the Asahi Group Supplier Code of Conduct. If an act that deviates from the Asahi Group Supplier Code of Conduct is confirmed, it will be promptly improved. If there is no improvement and significant deviations continue, the transaction may be reconsidered.

1. Respect of human rights

  1. Suppliers should respect the human rights of individuals and diversity.
  2. Suppliers should not discriminate against or commit any act that damages the dignity of any individual based on nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, ideology, gender, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or employment status, or any other protected characteristics as defined by national and regional laws and regulations.
  3. Suppliers should uphold their human rights responsibility in the communities in which they do business.
  4. Suppliers should not engage in any behavior or any harassment that will harm their opponent, regardless of whether it is done through mentally or physically.

2. Improvement of working environment

  1. Suppliers should ensure safe and healthy work environment.
  2. Suppliers should not allow any form of modern slavery, including human trafficking.
  3. Suppliers should eliminate forced labor.
  4. Suppliers should abolish child labor effectively.
  5. Suppliers should respect the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations of the countries and regions where they do business.
  6. Suppliers should comply with all applicable laws and regulations related to working hours and wages, especially to minimum wages, of the countries and regions where they do business.

3. Environmental consciousness

  1. Suppliers should strive to improve the use efficiency of essential resources for business activities such as energy, water and raw materials for sustainable use of natural resources.
  2. Suppliers should promote waste control and recycling.
  3. Suppliers should reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Suppliers should strive to prevent pollution of air, water, soil and so on.
  5. Suppliers should promote the development and spread of environmentally friendly technology.
  6. Suppliers should respect the biodiversity and conduct business activities in consideration of the biodiversity.

4. Fair business practices

  1. Suppliers should comply with all relevant laws and regulations as well as social norms.
  2. Suppliers should comply with commonly accepted business practice to matters such as entertainment or gifts, and should work against corruption including bribery.
  3. Suppliers should have no connection with organized crime elements or any individuals or groups which engage in illegal acts such as money laundering.
  4. Suppliers should not participate in any agreement (cartel) with competitors or other parties that inhibits fair competition.
  5. Suppliers should not commit any act that conflicts with the interests of the company without the company’s prior approval.

5. Quality assurance

  1. Suppliers should supply goods and services with the first priority on food safety.
  2. Suppliers should respond to information disclosure, notification of the relevant authorities, product recall, and safety measures for supply destinations, in case of an accident or defective products.

6. Information management

  1. Suppliers should not infringe on intellectual property rights of third parties.
  2. Suppliers should thoroughly manage business information including employee personal information and technical information.

7. Respect of local communities

  1. Suppliers should conduct responsible business activities in consideration of local communities.
  2. Suppliers should contribute the achievement of a sustainable local communities.

8. Responsible drinking

  1. Suppliers should recognize that inappropriate alcohol consumption may cause issues such as drink driving, underage drinking, drinking during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and binge drinking. Therefore suppliers should strive to reduce inappropriate alcohol consumption.

Asahi Group Sourcing and Purchasing Policies

The Asahi Group Sourcing and Purchasing Policies are aimed to set forth practical rules regarding sourcing and purchasing activities.
The key points are shown as following;

Definitions of terms

“Sourcing” means drafting a procurement strategy and, based on the procurement strategy, finding new suppliers, conducting comparative estimates, price negotiations, selecting suppliers, determining prices and other contract terms.
“Purchasing" means purchasing goods and services based on the contract terms and conditions determined with suppliers in advance in procurement activities.

Selection

We shall, in principle, have multiple suppliers make an estimate.

Agreement

We shall, in principle, make sure to enter into an agreement with the suppliers in starting transactions.

Placing an order, etc.

We shall implement a series of purchasing procedures in accordance with the internal policies of each Asahi Group Company.

Hedging

We shall take appropriate measures for risk hedging. However, no speculative transactions are allowed.

Monitoring

We shall perform monitoring to ensure that goods to be purchased are supplied stably by the supplier with a high quality. If an issue is found, we shall request the suppliers to make an improvement thereof.

In addition, Scope of compliance, Reporting, Structure and deployment of personnel, Development of personnel and Confidential matters are set forth in the policies.