Suppliers

We will grow together with our suppliers as business partners who provide our customers with the best possible products, systems and services on the basis of fair and transparent relationships.

Fundamental Approach to Suppliers

In line with our focus on creating opportunities and reducing business risk, we will continue to promote co-creation activities throughout the supply chain while simultaneously encouraging our business partners to understand the CSR promotional activities in which the Sanden Group is engaged. Promoting the Sanden Group’s sustained global development requires the reliable and efficient supply of competitive materials and components. To ensure that it can obtain such supplies, Sanden is striving to build mutual trust with its suppliers as business partners.

Cooperation with Our Partners

As the mission of the purchasing function of the Sanden Group, we are active from a broad perspective not only the “purchase = buy” viewpoint, but also in providing the reliable and efficient supply of competitive materials and parts to the Group’s factories and customers around the world.

For the Group to continue to develop, it is essential to secure an efficient supply of competitive materials and parts from suppliers. To that end, we strive globally to build true partnerships with our business partners based

Sanden Group Supplier Fundamental Principles

The fundamental principles for the Sanden Group’s suppliers are posted on the website in Japanese, English, and Chinese.

Sanden Group Supplier Fundamental Principles (Eng)(PDF:293KB)
Sanden Group Supplier Fundamental Principles (Chn)(PDF:166KB)
Sanden Group Supplier Fundamental Principles (Jpn)(PDF:732KB)

Sanden Group Green Supply Guidelines

Sanden's Policies and Approaches towards Conflict Minerals

The global Sanden Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to procurement and use of materials and components that are free from conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighboring countries as these minerals may be related to illegal conduct including human rights violations.

These activities have the aim of conducting procurement activities with consideration for the impact on regional societies, and, thereby “use materials that will not be the cause of human resource, environmental, or other problems.” We recognize that the issue of conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighboring countries is an important social issue within global supply chains.  We have investigated and will continue to confirm our compliance with this policy by retracing sources throughout our supply chains to confirm whether conflict minerals are obtained or used. If usage of these conflict minerals is detected, we will immediately take all appropriate steps to terminate procurement of materials that might cause social problems or enable the financing of armed forces.

We request that our partners and suppliers share our company policies and conduct their own responsible material procurement policy for mutually beneficial business relationships.

To match Sanden’s development needs with the superlative technologies of our business partners, we hold informal conferences with business partners. By taking a results theme from business partners. These informal conferences strengthen our product competitiveness and aim for growth through active “co-creation” with our business partners.
<Results in the year ended March 31, 2019>
Planned conferences: 5 companies.
Completed conferences: 5 companies

Deployment of CSR Procurement

As a member of both the international community and local communities, the Sanden Group and its business partners must develop a range of activities in harmony with society and fulfill its corporate and social responsibilities. In line with this, we act and promote CSR procurement based on the fundamental principles for suppliers.
■ Respond to requirements in relation to corporate social responsibility issues such as human rights and environmental protection
■ Respond to requirements in relation to corporate ethics such as compliance with related laws and international rules
■ Respond to requirements in relation to safety and health management, and business continuity plans for such events as natural disasters
■ Respond to requirements in relation to management systems in areas such as quality, environment, chemical substances
In addition, to confirm that suppliers are in compliance with the basic principles, we conduct on-site surveys of business partners and their suppliers, where possible.

Promoting Fair and Transparent Transactions with Suppliers

Sanden is engaged in business activities at the global level and has dealings with world–class companies. The Company and its suppliers are members of the international and local communities, and as such, there is a collective understanding in the Company that all actions must remain in harmony with society. We must also be steadfast in fulfilling our role as good corporate citizens, working together with local communities in meeting our corporate responsibilities to society. Based on this understanding, Sanden has positioned "harmony with society" and "good corporate citizen" as the primary principles of its corporate philosophy.

Sanden will grow together with our suppliers as business partners who provide our customers with the best possible products, systems and services on the basis of fair and transparent relationships. To accomplish this, the Company has put in place a set of fundamental principles (a code of conduct) that outline essential requirements and is calling on all suppliers to adhere strictly to these guidelines.

Realizing Proper Operation and Structure of Purchasing through Internal Control Systems

In all purchase functions within Sanden, to realize effective and efficient operations, Sanden is continually reviewing its MPS business processes.

To conduct purchase operations, Sanden studies all necessary conditions from the full range of perspectives, and establishes these as necessary conditions. Sanden then checks 57 benchmark indicators each year and conducts improvement (Kaizen) activities. Since fiscal 2016, 26 items (in the categories of overall management/planning, strategy, business process management, change management, and risk management) have been included, and efforts are under way to achieve further improvements.

We also undertake operational level evaluations and improvement activities based on the 26 items (in the categories of overall management/planning, strategy, business process management, business partner management, change management, and risk management).

Global Supply Risk Management For Suppliers

To avert supply risk, Sanden has put together a fiscal 2013 version of its basic agreement, which incorporates various requirements that cover a broad range of categories, including, provisions relating to CSR (social ethics), business continuity plans, and environmental preservation.Implementation of the agreements for domestic suppliers commenced around March 2014. New agreements for individual overseas bases were completed during fiscal 2014 and are being implemented in fiscal 2015.

Supplier health and safety management

For its key business partners, Sanden inspects and confirms the status of their initiatives related to safety/health and environmental preservation with the aims of minimizing risks related to safety/health and the environment as well as making improvements in these areas to ensure the safety and health of all persons along the supply chain. These activities, which have been conducted in the Sanden Group since fiscal 2016, are also intended to help create pleasant working environments and further activities to increase business efficiency