Our Relationship with Suppliers
and the Promotion of CSR Procurement

Basic Procurement Policies Based on Fair Procurement

In a bid to offer safe and secure products and services, the Asahi Group will establish a solid and trustful relationship and a long-term cooperative relationship with suppliers.

Asahi Group Basic Procurement Policies

(1) Placing first priority on food safety and securing good quality
  • 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
  • We will comply with all relevant laws and regulations as well as social norms, and act in accordance with high ethical standards.
  • We will in no way request  the Suppliers to provide any entertainment or gifts or force the Suppliers to make donations, and we will not receive any reward or gifts from the Suppliers.
(3) Environmental consciousness
  • We will engage in procurement activities friendly to the global environment and the local communities together with the Suppliers.
(4) Fair and just transactions
  • We will provide fair and just opportunities to the Suppliers both at home and abroad, regardless of the scale of a company.
  • We will select and determine the Suppliers by comprehensively evaluating not only quality, price, delivery date, and stable supply but also technological capabilities, attitudes to compliance, environmental consciousness, and other factors.
(5) Keeping information security
  • We will appropriately manage information and technologies provided in procurement activities, and limit discloses within our group.

CSR Principles for Asahi Group Suppliers

The Asahi Group seeks to contribute to the development of a sustainable society through all our business activities worldwide.
This includes implementing CSR work in our procurement operations according to the Asahi Group Basic Procurement Policies.
We are working to ensure CSR throughout our supply chain. To assist us with this, we ask that our suppliers comply with the following principles.

CSR Principles for Asahi Group Suppliers

(1) Human Rights
  • Business partners should ensure that their working environments are safe and sanitary.
  • Business partners should eliminate forced labor as well as discrimination.
  • Business partners should abolish child labor effectively.
(2) Environment
  • Business partners should promote reduction of the use of natural resources, and conservation of energy and water.
  • Business partners should promote waste reduction and recycling.
  • Business partners should promote the development and spread of environmentally friendly technology.
(3) Compliance with Laws and Regulations
  • Business partners should comply with all relevant laws and regulations as well as social norms.
  • Business partners should comply with regulations relating to matters such as entertainment or gifts, and should work against corruption including bribery.
  • Business partners should maintain full confidentiality of trade information and technology.

Initiatives for Quality Enhancement

The Asahi Group carries out initiatives aimed at quality enhancement based on the Asahi Group Basic Procurement Policies and Quality Policy.
We strive to maintain an awareness of quality among suppliers by regularly carrying out Supplier Quality Audits and holding QA Meetings for Asahi Group suppliers.
If we discover any problems with the raw materials provided by a supplier, we cooperate with the supplier to solve the problem in establishing management systems to identify problems, as well as studies into causes of the problem and ensuring it does not occur again.
In addition, we evaluate each supplier over a year-long period on a range of aspects including quality, technical standards, delivery reliability and CSR initiatives. We present the results of each evaluation to the supplier and work together to develop strategies and solutions where required. In order to promote this on a Group-wide scale, we regularly hold Global Procurement Conferences and Group Procurement Section Conferences, attended by Group company members.

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Sharing and Raising Awareness with All Suppliers

The Asahi Group is committed to working together with our suppliers to achieve sustainability in society in line with our corporate environmental and social responsibilities. To this end, we actively engage in information sharing and consciousness raising with our suppliers.

Asahi Group Basic Procurement Policy Workshop

The Asahi Group holds information sessions on procurement policy for senior managers at suppliers, where we set out Asahi Group Basic Procurement Policies and CSR Principles for Asahi Group Suppliers and also provide an overview of the current domestic and overseas operations of the Group and future plans. The aim is to deepen supplier understanding and promote initiatives and cooperation to realize these policies.

Supplier Quality Audits

The Asahi Group regularly implements quality audits of suppliers to assess a range of parameters including process control, quality standards, hygiene management and employee safety against targets set out by the Asahi Group.

Approaching new suppliers

The Asahi Group selects new suppliers by comprehensively evaluating items such as quality, technology and supply stability as well as the supplier's considerations for the environment and human rights, and its stance on compliance. Upon starting dealings, a trade contract agreement clearly prescribing compliance with the relevant laws etc. is drawn up.

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Procurement Clean Line System

The Procurement Clean Line System enables our suppliers or parties wishing to become our suppliers to report incidents where employees of the Asahi Group act in a manner contrary to the Asahi Group Basic Procurement Policies, or when they are involved in activities that appear not to comply with the law or with social ethics. In 2016 and 2017, no notifications were received.
Should a supplier report an incident to the Procurement Clean Line, this will in no way disadvantage our dealings with them. On the contrary, reports increase the transparency of the Asahi Group's procurement activities, and help strengthen the mutual trust we have with our suppliers. However, suppliers must avoid false reporting and slanderous behavior.
The Procurement Clean Line does not respond to requests for information concerning the Asahi Group's procurement methods, or the specifications of goods procured. For further details, suppliers are directed to ask their individual procurement representatives.

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Commitment to sustainable palm oil

Asahi Group Holdings joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in December 2016.