Value for Business Partners

Basic Approach

Creating a stable and sustainable business requires that management to be aware of and addresses the social issues of environmental protection, human rights, and labor safety in our supply chain. The Maruha Nichiro Group has established the Maruha Nichiro Group Basic Procurement Policy and the Maruha Nichiro Group Supplier Guidelines and requires all of its business partners to comply with our practices.

Medium-term Sustainability Management Plan (FY2018–2021)

Build a CSR-oriented Supply Chain

Medium-term Goal
Implement CSR-oriented supply chain management based on the Basic Policies of Procurement, Supplier Guidelines, and the Declaration of Anti-corruption.
Action Plan
  • Raise awareness among suppliers of the Basic Policies of Procurement, Supplier Guidelines, and Declaration of Anti-corruption
  • Monitor suppliers

Sustainable Procurement: Constructing Supply Chain from a CSR perspective

The Maruha Nichiro Group Basic Procurement Policy and the Maruha Nichiro Group Supplier Guidelines

Our Group Code of Conduct follows the definitions of social responsibility in areas including human rights, labor practices, the environment, and anti-corruption in the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the seven core subjects of the ISO 26000 international standard for social responsibility.

The Maruha Nichiro Group Basic Procurement Policy and the Maruha Nichiro Group Supplier Guidelines were both formulated in line with our Group Action Guidelines.

The Maruha Nichiro Group has constructed a supply chain in which the Group and its business partners engage in honest business activities and fulfill our social responsibilities in our procurement practices.

Management Structure

The Maruha Nichiro Group's various businesses encompass a broad-ranging supply chain, and each business division is responsible for the selection of raw materials, manufactured materials, products, and other items used in its business activities. To ensure all Group companies fulfill our social responsibility, the Maruha Nichiro Group's supply chain management has constructed a supply chain and conducts its procurement activities based on the principles in the Basic Procurement Policy and the Supply Chain Guidelines established by the Procurement Department in fiscal 2017.

Case Study: Approach of Kingfisher Holdings

Kingfisher Holdings, a group company firm in Thailand that manufactures and sells frozen and retort-packaged foods, has diligently enhanced its supply chain management while emphasizing transparency and visualization. In 2014, Kingfisher became the first company in Thailand to receive the International Fishmeal & Fish Oil Organization (IFFO) Good Manufacturing Practices Chain of Custody (GMP+CoC). The company further reinforced its operating practices in 2016 by bringing all primary processing of seafood in-house and establishing a Responsible Sourcing Policy for all suppliers. The company also revised its internal Supplier Code of Practice, which details its policies for respecting human rights, health and safety, environmental protection, and operating transparency, and only conducts business with companies that comply with these policies. Kingfisher verifies compliance with regularly scheduled sustainability audits.

In 2016, Kingfisher became a founding member of the Seafood Task Force of seafood processors, retailers in Europe and the United States, and the Government of Thailand, and is a leader of activities to resolve supply chain issues throughout Thailand.

Kingfisher Holdings completely renovated its website in 2018, where it provides reports on supply chain management and provides continuous information disclosure. The homepage can be found at the following address. http://www.kingfisher.co.th/

Additional information about Kingfisher Holdings'sustainability activities can be found at the following address. http://www.kingfisher.co.th/Sustainability.php

Seafood Task Force

Maruha Nichiro Communications with Business Partners

Maruha Nichiro Corporation has established regional seafood industry associations of seafood wholesalers across Japan with the objectives of promoting smooth seafood distribution and ensuring a stable supply of safe and secure seafood. As of March 2019, association membership numbered 147 companies, most of which are operators at Japan's seafood wholesale markets.

The Company and the association members are dedicated to providing fresh and safe fish to an ever growing number of customers, providing information to promote healthy diets and the consumption of fish, and ensuring accurate product information.

President Ito at the regional seafood industry association
President Ito presenting at a regular general meeting of the seafood industry association