Sustainable Supply Chain
- Dentsu Group Initiatives
To ensure that procurement activities are socially responsible throughout its supply chain, the Dentsu Group distributes guidelines and CSR-related questionnaires to its business partners, while monitoring environmental, social and governance risks.
Dentsu Basic Procurement Policy
In line with the Dentsu Group Code of Conduct and desire for fair business dealings with its suppliers and business partners, the Company established the Dentsu Basic Procurement Policy.
- Fair business dealings
We shall conduct fair business dealings.
(1) Our business dealings shall comply with laws and regulations.
(2) When selecting suppliers and business partners, we shall not only take into account economic factors, but also give due consideration to compliance and environmental issues.
- Cooperation with Dentsu’s management system
When our suppliers and business partners collaborate with us, we request understanding of, and cooperation with, Dentsu’s management system, including the Dentsu Group Code of Conduct, the Dentsu Procurement Guidelines and other Dentsu Group rules.
Dentsu’s CSR Procurement Activities
The Dentsu Group promotes CSR initiatives even with regard to procurement. By distributing Dentsu procurement guidelines among its business partners, we expect them to respect human rights, comply with prevailing laws and regulations, support environmental conservation, and show respect for intellectual property rights in terms of the production and provision processes of all services.
The Dentsu procurement guidelines were revised in March 2014, in order to observe the addition of international anti-corruption regulation tenets (the 1977 US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the 2010 UK Bribery Act), as well as regulations pertaining to conflict minerals (Section 1502 of the US Dodd-Frank Act of 2010) as part of our business ethics with the aim of realizing CSR procurement that helps contribute to human rights.
To monitor environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks in the supply chain, Dentsu conducts supply chain assessments. These are online surveys comprising 30 ESG-related questions. By 2020, we aim to have collected survey responses from 900 companies. Having already received responses from 246 companies, it was revealed that 182 companies (73.9%) are specifically aware of the existence of the Dentsu Group Code of Conduct.
In addition, we ask all new clients to comply with the requirements of CSR-related procurement by incorporating a subcontractor basic agreement clause governing CSR procurement activities.