Supply Chain Management

With Business Partners

KOKUYO is aware that increasing corporate value is our responsibility to shareholders and investors. KOKUYO strives to make accurate and timely disclosure of corporate information in order to maintain transparent and sound corporate management.

  1. ▼ Basic Concepts
  2. ▼ Initiatives with Partners

Basic Concepts

As corporate activities are becoming more globalized, KOKUYO Group is well aware that managing its own company and subsidiary companies is insufficient for fulfilling the scope of social responsibility. In 2013, the Group therefore invited 32 principal subcontractors to give an account of the procurement policy and implemented a self-examination questionnaire for feedback to the subcontractors. In 2014, we sent the basic procurement policy and guidelines to nearly 400 suppliers. We will strive to further build relationships of trust through these activities.

KOKUYO Group's Procurement Policy

KOKUYO Group's Procurement Policy

The KOKUYO Group shares its Corporate philosophy of "Enrich the world though our products" with its suppliers and, while working to create relationships of mutual understanding and confidence as well as fulfilling its social responsibility, continues to contribute to social development.

Pursuit of Quality and Safety
The Group strives to maintain its position as the first choice of its customers, while responding to the special needs of various countries and regions as well as pursuing the highest standards of quality and safety.
Mutual Development
The Group respects and observes the regulations as well as social norms of various countries and regions, while also conducting fair and transparent transactions, as it works to structure sincere relationships of mutual trust and achieve mutual development.
Respect for Human Rights
The Group understands the culture and business customs of various countries and regions in the aim of creating a society where the rights of all people are respected.
Environmental Protection and Symbiosis with Local Community
The Group takes environmental protection initiatives on a global scale and, by actively participating in the life of the community and acting as a good corporate citizen, seeks to create mutually beneficial relationships with society.

KOKUYO Group Procurement Guidelines

The Kokuyo Group fulfills its social responsibilities throughout its supply chains. To contribute to society through its business activities, the Group has prepared its Kokuyo Group Procurement Policy and the Kokuyo Group Procurement Guidelines.

KOKUYO Group Procurement Guidelines

Initiatives with Partners

Announcement of ACW Awards

Announcement of ACW Awards

Action to Change Workstyle (ACW) was launched in July 2017. After a year, the ACW Awards was held to commend members with outstanding activities. MARUTEN SANGYO Co., Ltd. came in top for the first year of the ACW Awards.

ACW is an initiative that sees the trend for work style reform, which many companies are striving for, as a business opportunity, and seeks to provide proposals for achieving work style reform. Going forward, ACW aims to strengthen the relationship between retailers and customers so as to result in sustained growth for both KOKUYO and the retailers, and expand activities together with retailers.

Subcontractor Meetings Held by KOKUYO's Furniture Business Division

Ceremony to formally recognize superior subcontractors

Ceremony to formally recognize superior subcontractors

Explanation by Mr. Sakagami, Group Managing Officer and Head of Furniture Business Division

Explanation by Mr. Sakagami, Group Managing Officer and Head of Furniture Business Division

KOKUYO's Furniture Business Division holds subcontractor meetings with the executives of major subcontractors twice a year.

In 2018, the meetings were held in May and December. At the May meeting, participants reflected upon the high demand season and shared their forecast for future sales trends. At the December meeting, the furniture business division reflected upon the current financial period, and also explained their policies for the 2018 high demand season and market trends.

In addition, KOKUYO expressed its gratitude by formally recognizing subcontractors that took excellent initiatives. Their initiatives were also presented, enabling us to learn from one another to support our coexistence and co-prosperity, and cooperate to improve the entire furniture business.

In November, a study meeting was held targeting mid-level employees in the design and development departments of subcontractors, to share KOKUYO's approach to market trend analysis and design concepts in our monozukuri.

Stationery Business Conducted an Audit of Subcontractors

The Stationery business has been conducting an audit of subcontractors for the purpose of securing reliability of environmental indicators in product catalogs. In 2018, we conducted a factory audit of 89 companies.

We visit our subcontractors to check for compliance with standards concerning environment-friendliness established by the Green Purchasing Law, etc. The audit follows the audit procedure established by KOKUYO to confirm whether the ratios of used paper and reprocessed resin conform to the standards, whether specified materials that meet the standards aroused in the production process, and whether there are any issues in the legitimacy of materials. In addition, we work with the subcontractors to consider challenges to properly guarantee compliance with environment-conscious standards in the audit. By exchanging information on examples of cases where reliability with regards to production control was improved, we will strive to ensure the reliability of environmental indicators in the future.

In order to enhance the values that we offer to our customers, we will aim to achieve mutual development based on long-term relationships of trust by sharing our strategies and policies with both our manufacturing and logistics service suppliers periodically.

KOKUYO Logitem Holds the 9th Driver Competition

KOKUYO Logitem Holds the 9th Driver Competition

The national final of the Driver Competition, with the goal of further improving customer satisfaction through joint delivery and at the point of delivery of our furniture products, was held on October 13, 2018. The level of recognition for this competition has been increasing both inside and outside the company year after year as a platform for fully demonstrating abilities in product assembly and customer service cultivated through everyday efforts. The competition level has also been increasing every year. The theme this year was "Basic Actions and Product Knowledge + Sense of Speed." Approximately 400 participants from all over Japan took part, and it was a good opportunity for learning by returning to the basics.

KOKUYO Logitem Distributed Hand Warmers

KOKUYO Logitem Distributed Hand Warmers

KOKUYO Logitem, the company responsible for distribution, carried out activities to distribute hand warmers to drivers from January to February 2018.

At the 14 distribution centers participating in this activity, hand warmers and beverages were handed to workers within the premises as well as drivers before the peak period with a reminder to be safe.

Going forward, KOKUYO will continue to plan activities that will make people happy.