Since 2013, the OMRON Group has been engaged in conflict mineral surveys to contribute to a better society. We have established a policy to refuse mineral resources (3TG) mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and nine surrounding countries that have continued to violate human rights and damage the environment.
Since fiscal 2013, the issue of conflict minerals has been specified as one of main themes to be deliberated upon and addressed by the Corporate Ethics and Risk Management Committee, which is in charge of devising and promoting counteraction against the OMRON Group’s significant risks. As such, the Committee reports the status of conflict mineral use to the Board of Directors and Executive Council every half year.In fiscal 2013, ORMON set up the Anti-Conflict Minerals Project to formulate an annual action plan based on the review of results of the previous year’s activities, managing the progress of plan implementations for each supplier and each parts/material category on a monthly basis.
OMRON has been conducting surveys by using CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template), the industry standard developed by RMI (Responsible Minerals Initiatives), tracking upstream supply chain.
This survey is based on OECD guidelines for due diligence in risk survey processes. More specifically, we conducted the following steps:
In fiscal 2019, OMRON examined materials purchased by the OMRON Group over the past two years.
Through monthly management of survey responses, OMRON checked with suppliers who hadn’t responded yet, asking for their progress in order to help raise the response rate. The responses were examined thoroughly, and in any case of missing or inadequate answers, OMRON communicated with such suppliers to improve the reliability of responses.
To date, there has been no discovery of usage of conflict minerals for which any association with armed rebel groups is suspected. Should the use of any conflict minerals in OMRON Group products be discovered, OMRON will take corrective action as quickly as possible.
Cobalt is used in lithium-ion batteries that are indispensable for electronic vehicles, mobile phones among other products. The Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest cobalt producer in the world, and there is a concern pointed out about manual mining in the country with poor working conditions and child labor.
OMRON has a basic policy in its Sustainable Procurement Guidelines that bans any forms of forced and child labor, and promotes cobalt procurement in a manner not to drive environment destruction and human rights violation.
During fiscal 2019, we used the RMI (Responsible Minerals Initiative) Cobalt Reporting Template as a trial survey for lithium ion secondary batteries, which have come under scrutiny around the world.
Since fiscal 2013, OMRON has been organizing a meeting with its suppliers to brief them on the surveys on use of conflict minerals. In fiscal 2014, OMRON held a meeting with suppliers seven times in Kyoto and Kyushu, drawing some 240 suppliers. Since fiscal 2015, OMRON holds one-on-one briefings with suppliers whom OMRON newly asks for the cooperation in the survey.
In April 2011, OMRON joined the Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group organized by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), actively collecting information and promoting partnerships with industry organizations. Since fiscal 2015, OMRON participates in the planning and management of conflict mineral investigation conference meeting hosted by the Working Group to promote dissemination of conflict minerals efforts across supply chains of the industry as a whole.