In fiscal 2008, Casio started conducting a questionnaire survey* of principal suppliers in Japan on CSR performance in order to confirm the status of CSR procurement. In fiscal 2010, the survey was expanded to include suppliers in China and Thailand.
Based on the fiscal 2012 survey results and changes in society’s expectations, the questionnaire for suppliers was revised in fiscal 2013. Overlapping questions were eliminated and a new theme, policies for avoiding conflict minerals, was added.
The fiscal 2022 questionnaire was sent to 149 companies in Japan, and responses were received from 148 companies, for a response rate of 99.34%, clearly indicating suppliers’ high level of interest in CSR fulfillment. For suppliers outside Japan, responses were received from 285 companies (219 companies in China and 66 companies in Thailand), for a response rate of 100%. Again, the great concern for CSR fulfillment among suppliers is clear. Casio compiles and analyses the response data, and shares the results with suppliers, along with Casio's approach to CSR procurement.
Since fiscal 2011, Casio has been conducting onsite audits of major suppliers in China and Thailand with local staff members of the CSR promotion projects launched at sites in those countries. In fiscal 2012, the company started planning onsite inspections performed mainly by local Casio staff, and the number of visits is increasing.
In fiscal 2022, Casio postponed onsite inspections in China and ASEAN countries due to the spread of COVID-19. Even with the suspension in inspections due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has cumulatively covered almost all suppliers. Going forward, Casio will continue onsite inspections with the aim of instilling commitment to CSR throughout the supply chain.
CSR inspections were also conducted at the request of a major distribution customer at three of Casio’s plants.
*The questionnaire was prepared in accordance with a Supplier Checklist for CSR Procurement based upon the Guidebook for Supply Chain Implementation of CSR Procurement published by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). It covered: (1) human rights and labor conditions; (2) health and safety; (3) the environment; (4) fair transactions and ethics; (5) quality and consumer safety; (6) information security; and (7) social contribution.
A list of the items included in each category of the questionnaire is available here.
Questionnaire given to a total of 434 suppliers
Responses to all questions received from 433 suppliers (99.8% response rate)
Status of responses by CSR category
China and Thailand
An abstract five-point evaluation system (for example: 5 = sufficient measures, 3 = not enough measures, and 1 = no measures) was used until fiscal 2018. Starting in 2019 however, specific achievement levels are listed for each and every question, just like in Japan, which started doing this in fiscal 2018. This helps to more objectively assess the current state of CSR activities at suppliers. In addition, the guidelines for further improvement have also been clarified.
As a result, the evaluation scores were lower than 2019, but there were no serious problems requiring an urgent response. In addition, points for improvement were progressively clarified for each supplier and improvement measures were requested.
Responses by CSR category in China and Thailand