Implementation of Fair, Free, and Transparent Transactions
With a basic policy centered on the three principles of openness and fairness, partnership, and relationship with society, the NGK Group is engaged in fair and honest business transactions with the procurement partners in our supply chain.
The NGK Group has established the Basic Purchasing Policy in an attempt to conduct fair and honest business transactions and to prosper together with all our procurement partners.
Supply Chain Management System
At NGK, the Purchasing Department is responsible for managing tier 1 suppliers. It also manages tier 2 and beyond suppliers that provide critical items such as raw materials. All supplier management is done in line with NGK's Supplier Management Regulations.
Familiarization of the Purchasing Handbook
Purchasing operations are directly related to various important aspects of corporate management, such as assets, production, development, and business performance, and also involve external and financial activities, major areas prone to compliance issues. In light of this, we created the Purchasing Handbook to summarize internal rules for purchasing engagement and issued the first edition of it in fiscal 2007. The Handbook has since been reviewed every year.
Efforts have also been made to better familiarize personnel with the tool: it has been made available on the company intranet and its significant objectives are discussed in company training programs, particularly for new managers.
Fair and Honest Procurement Partner Evaluations and Extensive Resource Diversification
In accordance with the Basic Purchasing Policy, NGK selects procurement partners based on fair and honest evaluations.
We also attempt to ensure procurement when disasters occur through the extensive diversification of procurement resources.
Selection of Suppliers Based on Fair and Honest Evaluations
NGK opens its doors to a wide range of procurement sources, including companies with which it has had no previous transactions.
In terms of selecting new suppliers, we choose from multiple companies through fair and honest evaluation of their CSR initiatives, environmental conservation efforts, and financial condition as well as QCD (quality, cost, and delivery). In addition to the procurement department being involved in the selection of suppliers, multiple departments are also involved in this process, which requires multi-stage approval before selection occurs in an effort to ensure fair and honest evaluation and decision-making.
Promoting Business Continuity Plan (BCP) through the Diversification of Procurement Resources
In the event of unforeseen circumstances such as a major natural disaster, NGK promotes the sourcing of raw materials, equipment, secondary materials, and other critical purchased parts from multiple suppliers as part of its BCP efforts to ensure procurement is uninterrupted. For items which are available from only one supplier, we ensure that we have sufficient inventory and that their storage facilities are located in a safe place that cannot be damaged by disasters like a tsunami. In addition, when selecting a new procurement partner, we take into consideration the existence or absence of multiple locations and efforts to ensure inventory.