In the spirit of the Citizen Group Code of Conduct and the UN Global Compact, we work in close partnership with our suppliers to actively promote CSR in areas such as legal compliance, the environment and respect for human rights.
Basic Approach to Purchasing
Striving to build relationships with suppliers based on mutual trust
Promotion of CSR Procurement
Citizen Group and the Citizen Electronics Group promote CSR procurement to fulfill its social responsibility throughout the supply chain. Specifically, we ask suppliers to comply with the CSR Procurement Guidelines, a statement of requirements concerning observance of human rights, environmental protection, occupational safety and health, fair trade, and other issues in accordance with the United Nations Global Compact and the Citizen Group Code of Conduct. We will continue to strengthen relationships with our business partners to ensure social responsibility is practiced throughout the supply chain and, thereby, our craftsmanship is chosen and appreciated by customers.
Citizen Group Procurement Basic Policy
Citizen Group provides various kinds of products/services under its corporate policy "Loved by citizens, working for citizens." For the procurement of articles and services necessary for this, we have decided the following procurement basic policy in order to carry out fair, transparent, and free trading.
Responding to Conflict Minerals and Human Rights
The Citizen Group recognizes that tantalum, tin, gold, and tungsten ("conflict minerals") produced in DRC countries※ represents an important source of funding for armed insurgents in these countries. The Citizen Watch Group and the Citizen Electronics Group are working with their business partners to conduct responsible procurement, ensuring against complicity in human rights abuses. Please refer to these companies’ websites for details.
Realizing a Society without War—Initiatives to Protect Human Rights
The concept of "conflict minerals" ballooned into a major international issue due to the role these minerals have played in providing funds to support protracted conflict by armed insurgents in the Congo. Extended conflict prompts declines in public safety, and attracts a host of human-rights abuses, such as the use of child soldiers and the abuse of women. Stamping out the use of conflict minerals is akin to helping protect the human rights of children and women.
In the past, global companies have been keen to reduce their environmental impact and eliminate practices such as child labor, and have taken an early stance in these areas. Awareness of conflict minerals remains low, however, and the link between using such minerals and contributing to human-rights abuses in conflict-plagued areas is not well recognized. The fact that the term "conflict minerals" has even emerged suggests an increase in awareness and a small step forward to resolving this international problem.
I believe that if global companies address the issue of conflict minerals head on, consumer awareness will change. Consumers will then become willing to pay slightly more for "conflict-free" products that do not employ conflict minerals. Once society accepts "human rights expense" as a cost incurred in the same manner as raw materials, labor, and advertising expenses, the issue of conflict minerals will surely fade away. Being involved in this process is also certain to generate corporate trust.
As a global company, I hope that Citizen will continue to eschew the use of minerals throughout the Group. (Ms. Reiko Taniguchi, Amnesty International Japan)
Children working in tin mines
※DRC countries: The 10 countries identified in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as being producers of conflict minerals
Appropriateness of Subcontracting
Subcontracting Law Training