The ULVAC Group has established the Basic Procurement Policy. We observe the policy and are promoting CSR procurement in cooperation with our business partners. Furthermore, "Requests to Our Business Partners" states our requests to business partners in areas such as the environment, human rights, labor and compliance as well as compliance with the RBA*¹ Code of Conduct. With regard to promoting CSR procurement, we had conducted a questionnaire survey with reference to the RBA Code of Conduct covering 610 suppliers by FY 2022. As a result, we confirmed that there were no incidences of child labor, forced labor, inhumane treatment, fraud or bribery, which are particularly emphasized in the RBA Code of Conduct, and the handling of conflict minerals. We plan to expand the scope of this CSR questionnaire survey to cover ULVAC Group companies in Japan in FY 2023 and overseas Group companies in FY 2025.
Furthermore, we revised the basic transaction agreement in April 2020 and explicitly mentioned understanding the content of "Requests to Our Business Partners" and its observance.
ULVAC enforces strict security measures with regard to individuals who share in or gain unfair enrichment in commercial transactions inside or beyond the Group. Our directors and employees carry out appropriate decision making and exercise moderation to avoid damaging the Group's reputation.
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We established the Purchasing Code of Conduct, a set of principles emphasizing compliance for employees engaged in procurement, in 2019 with an aim to maintain sound, good relationships with business partners. Inhouse education such as case studies on the Act against Delay in Payment of Subcontract Proceeds, Etc. to Subcontractors is provided twice a year for employees engaged in ULVAC, Inc.'s procurement and that of Group companies in Japan.
Conflict minerals are minerals, such as 3TGs*2and cobalt, that are sourced from conflict-affected and high-risk areas(CAHRAs) and whose extraction and sale directly or indirectly serve as sources of funding for armed groups or are root causes of serious human rights abuses and poor working conditions. ULVAC, Inc. does not purchase 3TGs, cobalt, or other raw materials that are derived from these conflict minerals.
In particular, we manufacture and sell sputtering targets and various tantalum wrought products in the materials business. We conduct due diligence in accordance with the guidance of OECD and RMI*3through conflict minerals surveys covering raw materials suppliers in order to ensure transparency of transactions.
Requests to our business partners
The ULVAC Group seeks understanding of our Group's basic stance on procurement activities for the fulfillment of our responsibilities from not only by our own Group alone, but also by our entire supply chain. In 2013, as a part of this effort, we posted a message entitled "Requests to our business partners" on our website, which lists specific requests we make to our business partners in areas including the environment, human rights, labor affairs, and compliance.
ULVAC Group decided to develop its Green Procurement Standard and
promote environmentally conscious procurement activities.