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Create value to society through
sustainable procurement practices
We are committed to creating value and continually working toward a sustainable society to realize long-term environmental, social, and economic benefits by incorporating the following into our entire supply chain:
  1. Transparency
  2. Compliance
  3. QCD & Innovation
  4. Sustainable Procurement Practices

Procurement policy

Bridgestone’s Procurement vision is to create value to society through sustainable procurement practices.
We aim to realize this vision through our Global Sustainable Procurement Policy (Procurement Policy).

Procurement Guideline

The Bridgestone Group pursues CSR procurement through a Supply Chain Partnership Development System framework, which improves the overall competitiveness of the Bridgestone Group and our business partners.

Management Structure

To promote Group-wide sustainability activities, Bridgestone created a structure comprising a global CSR management system, a regional CSR management system, and working groups (WGs) for each area of activity.
The global CSR management system prioritizes initiatives in areas pertaining to a variety of global issues, formulates global sustainability strategies, confirms the progress of activities in each area, reports to the Global EXCO,*1 and confirms the in-house penetration of CSR activities conducted by the Global CSR Enhancement Committee (GCEC).

The Procurement WG, in consideration of the current demands of society, checks the progress of the matters and activities for the whole procurement activity that is embraced on a global scale, and reports outcomes to the top managements of GCEC and each SBU*2 region. We endeavor to fulfill the expectations from society in a proactive manner and apply this attitude to our activities.

  1. Global Executive Committee: The highest-level committee associated with Bridgestone Global Group business execution
  2. Strategic Business Unit

Initiatives Designed to Promote CSR Procurement

The Bridgestone Group pursues CSR procurement through a Supply Chain Partnership Development System framework, which improves the overall competitiveness of the Bridgestone Group and our business partners.

Procurement Information

Holding Supplier Meeting to Extend Procurement Policy

Bridgestone Group holds an annual conference to explain its procurement policy to ensure that business partners understand Bridgestone procurement policies.

Information pertaining to the business environment surrounding the industry, as well as our strategy for mutual improvements to overall supply chain competitiveness, was shared with suppliers. The status of Supply Chain Partnership Development System activities was discussed as one aspect of improving competitiveness. Business partners were asked to make voluntary CSR improvements.

In Japan, Bridgestone established the “Green Partner Award” to recognize suppliers for their environmental activities in 2013. Based on the Environmental Mission Statement of the Bridgestone Group, "In harmony with nature,” “Value natural resources,” “Reduce CO2 emissions,” it commends activities that help reduce the environmental footprint and result in an environmental contribution. The winners of the Green Partner Award in 2016 were Asahi Saisei Gomu Co., Ltd. and Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd.

Holding CSR Seminars

Bridgestone holds CSR Seminars for business partners selected based on the results of their CSR Self-Check Sheet, in support of their efforts to improve the level of CSR activities.

Going forward, Bridgestone Group will continue to support activities that enhance the CSR activities of our business partners through these seminars and other methods.

[Overview of CSR Seminars]

Basic Course

  1. Description of the seminar’s purpose (Theme: conducting CSR procurement activities)
  2. Fair trade (Subcontract Act of Japan)
  3. Fraud prevention
  4. The Environment (promoting environmental activities throughout the entire supply chain)
  5. Human rights and labor (issues pertaining to labor and workplace management)
  6. Occupational health and safety/disaster prevention
  7. Information security

Extended Course

  1. Explanation of CSR Workshop goals
  2. The Environment
  3. Health and Safety/Disaster Prevention
  4. Quality

Offering On-Site Environmental Assistance to Business Partners

Bridgestone has begun offering on-site assistance to business partners whose CSR Self-Check Sheet results indicated environmental initiatives that needed improvement since 2009. In 2016, Bridgestone sent employees from environmental-related departments to five business partners' worksites to review their environmental initiatives and propose advice to their improvement.

The business partners who received this assistance made comments such as “This was very worthwhile, and will be helpful when considering future improvements.” In addition to ensuring business partners are engaged in initiatives with the usage of the CSR Self-Check Sheet, Bridgestone works with business partners to improve the level of CSR activities throughout the supply chain. We plan to continue offering this on-site environmental assistance.

Supporting activities for Natural Rubber industry

In 2016, Bridgestone Singapore Pte Ltd, in cooperation with Bridgestone Sumatra Rubber Estate, helped to improve productivity and quality in rubber production by holding a workshop on tapping in Hatyai, Thailand, the process of making an incision in a Para rubber tree to extract the latex. This workshop was attended by around 30 local rubber farmers, who gained tapping knowledge and techniques.

Global Rollout of the CSR Self-Check Sheet

In 2016, the Bridgestone Group continued its efforts to promote a better understanding of our CSR activities on the part of business partners, distributing CSR Self-Check Sheets and the CSR Procurement Guideline to business partners in Japan, in Europe, Southeast Asia and China. These sheets cover the issues of human rights and labor, occupational health and safety/disaster prevention, the environment, fair trade, information security and contribution to society. The Check Sheet indicated that 97% of Bridgestone's business partners had started CSR activities.

To support our business partners’ voluntary improvement activities, Bridgestone visited the production sites of our business partners to provide proposals on improvements based on the business partner's completed Self-Check Sheet and to offer advice as part of their on-site environmental assistance.

Going forward, we will continue to work closely with our business partners to make improvements to CSR initiatives being undertaken across the entire supply chain.

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