1. Working together with Suppliers
Suppliers are invaluable partners in our efforts to continually better serve customers in all of our business areas, mainly by helping us to develop products that meet the customers’ expectations. Igloo is committed to creating the functions and values customers demand by establishing relationships of mutual trust with suppliers though joint efforts.
To evaluate and select the best suppliers in a fair manner, Igloo has adopted the following criteria.
– Assurance of required product quality and safety
– Competitive pricing
– Fulfillment of on-time delivery
– IT-oriented responsiveness to changes
– Advanced technology and development capability
– Stable operation infrastructure
– Environmental consciousness
– Information security
– Respecting human rights and the health and safety of labor
2. Implementation Information Gathering and Purchasing during the Development Phase
Our procurement employee serves as a liaison between the company and its suppliers to collect information on market trends in parts, materials, and products as well as new technology, materials, and processes. We are responsible for collecting key information and sharing it with the relevant sections and individuals.
Procurement employee must collaborate with suppliers and the company’s product planning, design, and R&D operations to take proactive actions. We want to help make products that are more competitive through active involvement in all manufacturing processes, from product development to after-sales services and making effective proposals.
3. Ensuring Product Quality and Safety
In line with the autonomous quality assurance policy, we will clarify the quality level of functions and standards that procured parts, materials, and products must fulfill in the development phase and request suppliers to secure and maintain the required quality.
We also ask each suppliers to develop their own autonomous quality assurance systems by ensuring high quality in manufacturing processes.
4. Implementation Cost Reduction Programs
We will endeavor to reduce not only materials and processing costs but also total costs to achieve the product values and prices expected by customers. To this end, we will closely work with our suppliers to expedite the development of new materials and processes and VE (Value Engineering) activities.
5. Achieving Optimum Procurement by Shortening Lead-times
We will strive to shorten lead-times for procurement, product development, production and administrative processing to flexibly respond to changes in market needs by closely collaborating with our various sections.
6. Living in Harmony with the Global Environment through Green Procurement
We will place priority on procuring environmentally friendly parts, materials, and products and promote the development of new materials and parts that have less impact on the global environment with a view to achieving Green Procurement.
7. Improving Global Procurement
Igloo must contribute to host countries through local procurement. We aim to establish partnerships with suppliers by considering the feasibility of long-term business arrangements in addition to optimum quality and prices. We will also develop an information network among global production operations to make flexible and prompt responses.
8. Enhancing Compliance
To conduct procurement activities with integrity, we will ensure compliance with the laws, regulations, and social ethics in each nation and region and promote fair and open competition.
9. Better Utilizing Information and Enforcing Information Security
We will make efforts to gather information that is useful to our business operations and then effectively manage, utilize and eventually dispose of this information. Regarding the information of other companies, we will carefully consider whether it’s necessary before obtaining it and take every possible measure to maintain its confidentiality and prevent leakage.
10. Respecting Human Rights and the Health and Safety of Labor
Igloo will conduct its procurement activities while respecting the human rights of individual employees of the company and its suppliers and thus provide a safe and healthy working environment.
How Igloo Expects its Suppliers to Achieve CSR Procurement
A genuine partnership with our suppliers is essential for Igloo to implement its business activities. In this respect, Igloo intends to fulfill CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) throughout its supply chain.
Therefore, we strongly ask our suppliers to meet the following CSR requirements.
1. Agreement with Igloo’s Clean Procurement Policy
Our suppliers must agree with Igloo’s “fair and ethics-based procurement principle” (Clean Procurement Declaration) and implement fair business.
2. Product Quality and Safety
Our suppliers must provide the product quality and safety levels required by Basic Purchase Agreements and individual contracts concluded with Igloo. They must also develop quality assurance systems and fulfill requirements specified by quality warranties.
3. Environmentally Consciousness Management (Green Procurement)
Our suppliers must actively implement programs for conserving the global environment and conduct environmental management. The supply of all parts, materials, and products to Igloo must be carried out in accordance with the Green Procurement Policy.
4. Compliance and Fair Trade
Our suppliers must ensure full compliance with laws, regulations, and social ethics under the Basic Purchase Agreements concluded with Igloo.
5. Information Security
Our suppliers must implement information management for sharing information in line with the information security policy set forth in Igloo’s ISM Criteria for Suppliers.
6. Safeguarding of Human Rights and the Health and Safety of Labor
Our suppliers must not use any illegal, forced, or child labor force. They must also fully comply with the laws and regulations in each country and region where they conduct business operations with regard to employment conditions and occupational health and safety standards, including remuneration and working conditions.
7. Corporate Citizenship
Our suppliers must actively implement corporate citizenship programs that contribute to the well-being of international and regional society by utilizing their managerial resources to support the community.