Strengthening Supply Chain Management

Relevant SDGs

8 Decent work and economic growth 12 Responsible consumption and production


In recent years, the impacts that corporate activities have on social issues, such as slave labor, conflict minerals and environmental problems, are in the spotlight. Today, companies need to manage their activities and strategies with an eye on these impacts and their entire supply chain. To make a lasting contribution toward solutions to social issues, companies also need to expand the scope of sustainable procurement from their own procurement partners to those of the Group as well as those of other business partners.

Responsible Officer's Message

The Nikon Group considers suppliers to be key partners in its efforts to help develop a sustainable society. We strive to procure materials in an honest and fair manner based on mutual understanding and trust. We carry out CSR surveys, CSR audits and conflict minerals surveys with the cooperation of procurement partners in order to achieve sustainable procurement. We are also promoting collaboration and dialogue with member companies through our membership in RBA, and then working actively on solutions to social issues. These activities promote dialogue and capacity building with procurement partners, which in turn should yield understanding and improvement of supply chain issues. As a result, we will be able to contribute to the development of a sustainable society and further solidify the procurement system of the Nikon Group.

Jun Nagatsuka
Corporate Vice President
General Manager of Production Technology Division
Chairperson of the Supply Chain Subcommittee

Main initiatives and results in the year ended March 31, 2018

Transaction Value with Nikon Group's Major Procurement Partners by Country


The Nikon Group procures raw materials and components for products from around 1,700 procurement partners as of March 31, 2018. When looking at the transactional value of major procurement partners, most are located in countries where Nikon operates its major production sites, with 30% in Japan, 40% in China, 21% in Thailand and 9% in other countries

CSR Surveys and CSR Audits of Procurement Partners


We have established the Nikon CSR Procurement Standards, and request the Nikon Group's procurement partners as well as their own procurement partners to take responsible actions. In addition, we conduct CSR surveys by asking procurement partners believed to pose various forms of latent risks to complete a self-assessment, in order to verify the actual situation. In turn, we carry out CSR audits based on the results of this analysis. In the year ended March 31, 2018, we conducted CSR surveys of 209 companies (100% response rate) and carried out CSR audits at three companies.

Nikon Sustainability Report

For more details, please see the Nikon Sustainability Report.

Dealing with the Issue of Conflict Minerals

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