Under the internationally accepted philosophy of sustainable development, OHARA recognizes that achieving compatibility between corporate activities and the environment is one of the most important issues in running a business. All employees at the company will build environmental management systems in keeping with international standards, pursue environmental management activities, and contribute to society through business activities in optical glass, specialty glass, and applied products that are compatible with the environment. In terms of environmental activities, we are pushing hard to reduce and reuse waste glass, conserve energy, and boost activities to conserve resources with the intention of lessening the burden on the environment. We are also keen participants in local environmental activities.
OHARA is qualified for Environment Management System ISO14001
In April 2000, OHARA obtained certification under the international ISO14001 standard for environmental management (the certification body was JIC Quality Assurance Ltd.). We attained the environmental objectives and targets, and escalated environmental management systems through the Waste Reduction and Reuse Promotion Committee, the Resource Conservation Committee, the Energy Saving Promotion Committee, and environmental management activities at every department.
The OHARA Group procures starting powders, raw materials, and other key constituents of a superior quality and a reasonable price in accordance with the following policies. 1. Sincere corporate activities: OHARA engages in sincere corporate activities that comply with laws and social norms. Similarly, we also require our suppliers to comply with laws and social norms. 2. Open door procurement: OHARA undertakes wide-open procurement activities in Japan and overseas based on a long-term international perspective. 3. Promote fair transactions: Based on the principles of free competition, OHARA prioritizes excellent suppliers on the basis of quality, economy, delivery, and the reliability of the corporation. 4. Procurement based on partnerships: OHARA strives to maintain and deepen mutual understanding with suppliers, and to build relationships of trust. 5. Green procurement: For reasons of global environmental protection, OHARA prioritizes suppliers that consider the impact on the environment during use and at disposal. We also prioritize suppliers who engage with environmental protection in the supply manufacturing process. 6. Prohibition against personal gain: OHARA does not accept offers of entertainment or gifts with the aim of obtaining inappropriate personal gain.
Requests for Suppliers
We ask all suppliers to pay attention to the following points to fulfill their social responsibility and pursue customer satisfaction based on partnerships with suppliers. 1. Comply with laws and regulations, and social norms: Please comply with national and regional laws and regulations, and social norms when conducting business. 2. Promote social contribution: Please engage with social contribution as “good corporate citizens” to be able to contribute to the development of international and regional society. 3. Care for the environment: Please understand the environmental policy at OHARA, and consider environmental protection in business and procurement activities. 4. Maintain information security: Please manage information carefully to avoid leaking information obtained in transactions with OHARA. 5. Ensure product quality: Please provide materials and raw materials that meet the specifications and product quality required by OHARA. 6. Fair prices: Please provide materials and raw materials at a price that is competitive on the market, and continually promote efforts to lower prices. 7. Ensure reliable delivery and stable supplies: Please maintain stable and flexible supply structures for materials and raw materials, and ensure guaranteed deliveries to provide a continuous supply of products and to satisfy requests that involve sudden supply and demand fluctuations. 8. Stable business management: Please implement stable business management to ensure continuous and stable supplies of materials.
Approach to Conflict Minerals
It has been an internationally significant issue that serious human-rights abuse is being committed by armed forces in “dispute regions”, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighboring countries. Minerals mined in such regions (tantalum, tungsten, gold and tin) are called “conflict minerals”. There is a concern that conflict minerals would serve as direct or indirect sources of funding for the local armed forces. With respect to this issue, conflict minerals provisions under the Dodd-Frank Act were enacted in 2010. In addition, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued a “Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High-risk Areas”. Through the above, companies are being strongly required to take responsible initiatives in regards to their supply chains. OHARA has been advancing initiatives towards the non-use of “conflict minerals” by, for example, conducting surveys on the circumstances of use of minerals in products, in order to fulfill social responsibility in procurement activities.
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