Sustainability

CSR Procurement

Objective

Teijin Frontier brings stability to its operations and enhances its corporate value by actively engaging in initiatives as a company that promotes responsible conduct in activities that affect social and environmental problems.

Promotion Action Policy

As the leading company of Teijin Limited's Fibers & Products Converting Group, Teijin Frontier has formulated a CSR Procurement Basic Policy and corresponding standards based on the corporate philosophy and Corporate Code of Conduct of the Teijin Group, and promotes CSR procurement accordingly.
To contribute to the creation of a sustainable society, Teijin Frontier promotes CSR procurement while cooperating and collaborating with business partners as a member of civil society.

CSR Procurement Basic Policy

Basic Procurement Policy
  1. 1.Compliance with the law
  2. 2.Fair and equitable transactions
  3. 3.Appropriate selection of business partners
  4. 4.Blocking of relationships with antisocial forces
  5. 5.Harmonious and mutually prosperous relationship with society
Procurement Policy Regarding Human Rights, Labor, and Environment
  1. 1.Respect for human rights
  2. 2.Securing of occupational health and safety
  3. 3.Conservation of the environment

Promotion Organization

Following the launch of the CSR Procurement Strategy Project in 2011 and the establishment of the CSR Procurement Strategy Office, we set up the CSR Procurement Strategy Section inside the Environment, Safety and Quality Assurance Office in April 2017.
By cooperating with the Compliance Risk Management (CRM) and Quality Assurance Section within the same Office, we aim to share information with suppliers and promote CSR procurement activities.

CSR調達戦略プロジェクト組織図

Promotion Methods

We repeat the PDCA cycle in supply chain management, and when detecting a problem, we work out improvement measures together with suppliers, and provide ongoing support.

Supply chain management PDCA cycle
サプライチェーンマネジメントのPDCAサイクル

CSR Procurement Promotion Activities

  1. 1.Clarification of requirements to (and raising of corresponding awareness among) suppliers
    • Formulation of CSR Procurement Standards, distribution, and explanation to suppliers
  2. 2.Gauging of supplier conditions and provision of support
    • Implementation of self-assessment questionnaires (SAQ) and fact-finding surveys, and follow-up
  3. 3.Education of, and provision of information to, stakeholders
    • Organization of internal training and seminars
    • Organization of external training and seminars
  4. 4.Response to social trends
    • Adherence to international norms and participation in international initiatives
    • Acquisition of international standards and certifications

CSR Procurement Standards

Teijin Frontier has formulated CSR Procurement Standards (guidelines) for suppliers, and established a basic policy and standards.
The CSR Procurement Standards call on companies and various countries to improve human rights protections and labor environments, and comply with international guidelines such as the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and with laws and regulations of various countries.

Basic Policies
  • Prohibit discrimination
    • Prohibit forced labor
    • Prohibit child labor
  • Protect juvenile workers
    • Protect migrant workers
  • Set working hours and provision of holidays
  • Respect freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  • Prohibit disciplinary practices
  • Show consideration for health and safety
  • Determine environmental requirements
  • Prevent corruption and comply with ethical business practices

We distribute our CSR Procurement Standards to Japanese and overseas suppliers selected based on company standards, and strive to have our suppliers understand and cooperate with Teijin Frontier's CSR Procurement Basic Policy and standards.

Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ)

自己チェックシート(SAQ)

Our suppliers are asked to complete self-assessment questionnaires (SAQ), which allow us to gauge supplier conditions in terms of labor, safety and health, environment, and quality. On this basis, we prepare plans to implement fact-finding surveys (audits).

Implementation of Fact-Finding surveys (Audits)

Based on the basic policy and standards presented in the CSR Procurement Standards, we conduct fact-finding surveys to gauge work and labor safety.

Document screening stage

書類調査の様子

On-site survey (prior to improvements)

On-site survey (following improvements)

Organization of Internal Training and Seminars

To ensure internal dissemination of CSR procurement, we conduct employee training sessions at Japanese and overseas sites, in which recent topics related to CSR are discussed.

Organization of External Training and Seminars

We conduct seminars to raise awareness of CSR procurement with the aim of ensuring thorough compliance with local laws and protection of human rights in overseas production areas that have attracted a large number of Japanese companies as manufacturing hubs for apparel products.

Past seminars

Year Month Location
2014 December Vietnam
2015 June、November Vietnam
2016 August Vietnam
2017 August Vietnam
November Myanmar
2018 August Vietnam
October Chinese(Shanghai)
2019 June Japan(Hokuriku)
July Japan(Tokyo)
August Japan(Osaka)
September Vietnam
October Japan(Nagoya)
October Chinese(Qingdao)
2020 January Japan(Osaka)
September Japan(Online)
October Chinese(Online)
December Vietnam(Online)
2021 January Japan(Online)
March Indonesia(Online)

Adherence to International Norms and Participation in International Initiatives

To assume responsibility in resolving issues facing the global community, the Teijin Group believes it is necessary to not only comply with the laws and regulations of various countries, but also observe global standards that are internationally recognized, and it accordingly participates in the following international initiatives.

United Nations Global Compact

Description An initiative to resolve global challenges that was officially launched at the United Nations Headquarters in 2000.
Activities by Teijin Frontier We are working to discuss issues faced in CSR procurement, and produce outputs that aim to resolve such issues.

SAC (Sustainable Apparel Coalition)

Founding objective Reduce the environmental and social impact of apparel/footwear products and home textile.
Member companies Adidas, BURBERRY, Disney, FAST RETAILING, GAP, H&M, INDITEX, NEW BALANCE, NIKE, Patagonia, PUMA, and others
Activities by Teijin Frontier We participate in meetings that bring together all SAC members.

Acquisition of International Standards and Certifications

ISO9001/ISO14001

Teijin Frontier Group companies actively promote sustainable initiatives, and have acquired certifications such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

The ISO 9001 (left) and ISO 14001 (right) certifications acquired by Nantong Teijin Co., Ltd., a company that specializes in the dyeing of polyester filament fabrics.
  • The ISO 9001 (left) and ISO 14001 (right) certifications acquired by Nantong Teijin Co., Ltd., a company that specializes in the dyeing of polyester filament fabrics.
Main group companies that have acquired the ISO 9001/ISO 14001 certifications for their plants
FRONTIER TEX LTD. ISO9001、ISO14001
NANTONG TEIJIN CO., LTD. ISO9001、ISO14001
THAI NAMSIRI INTERTEX CO., LTD. ISO9001、ISO14001

bluesign® system partner

BLUESIGN is a system that provides safer and more sustainable environments for people to work in and everyone to live in.
Teijin Frontier supports the bluesign policy and has been a system partner since 2015.