Basic Approach

The Toppan Group aims to contribute to the sustainable growth of society. To this end, we promote sustainable procurement activities, whereby corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities are extended throughout the entire supply chain in cooperation with our suppliers and contractors (hereinafter referred to as “Business Partners”). Through these activities, we also aim to enhance the corporate value of the Toppan Group as well as our Business Partners.

In light of recent trends with regard to sustainable procurement, such as the establishment of international standards and social demands, in January 2022 the Toppan Group revised its CSR Procurement Guidelines, which were originally established in 2007 and subsequently revised in 2014, and renamed them as the Toppan Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines.

Promotion Framework (As of December 2021)

As sustainability policies, the Toppan Group issued the CSR Procurement Guidelines in 2007, The Toppan Group Declaration on the Global Environment in 2009, and the Basic Policy on Biodiversity in 2010. Personnel at the Purchasing Center in the head office Manufacturing Management Division and other procurement departments across the Group continue to oversee sustainable procurement in close cooperation with business partners.

Group Policies and Management Metrics on Sustainable Procurement (As of December 2021)

*Business partners that have been trading goods and services with the Group in amounts of more than 10 million yen per year, and suppliers of materials essential for the Group’s business continuity

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Applying CSR Procurement Standards throughout the Supply Chain

Procurement departments in the Toppan Group continue to implement the following measures to tighten the application of the CSR Procurement Standards by entities throughout the entire supply chain:

  • Check the efforts of business partners to safeguard business continuity in the event of a wide-scale disaster;
  • Brief business partners on the Toppan Group CSR Procurement Guidelines;
  • Conclude sale and purchase agreements (stipulating the observance of the Toppan Group CSR Procurement Guidelines) with business partners; and
  • Check the efforts of business partners to act ethically with regard to human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.

The Toppan Group has also formulated its Standards for the Management of Chemical Components of Raw Materials, a set of standards to control chemical components throughout the entire supply chain.

Advocating the Basic Procurement Policy (to ensure compliance in procurement departments)

CSR procurement should be built upon trust between businesses.

Toppan has set up a Supplier Hotline on the corporate website as a portal for receiving reports from business partners involved in the Group’s procurement operations. The hotline is open for use by all suppliers of the Group.

Toppan also monitors whether the Group’s procurement departments operate properly in accordance with the Basic Procurement Policy in their transactions with the suppliers.

Promoting the Conservation of Biodiversity

The Toppan Group promotes sustainable procurement based on the Basic Policy on Biodiversity. In procuring raw materials, the Group has formulated a set of paper procurement guidelines to advance the sustainable use of paper, a resource representing 70% of the Group’s material input.

As for the sustainable use of forest resources, the Group has cooperated with paper manufacturers in the supply chain to ensure that the lumber they use for paper production is legally obtained.