Cooperation with Partners
For Mizuno, “good manufacturing” does not simply mean producing high quality, safe and reliable items. We believe that the manufacturing processes should meet international criteria in terms of respect for human rights, labor practices, and environmental conservation. As Mizuno productions involve a variety of partners in Japan and overseas, it is essential to cooperate with these partners regarding “good manufacturing.” For this reason, Mizuno examines respect for human rights, the safety of the working environment, and environmental conservation as well as legal compliance with suppliers, and undertakes improvements if there are any problems. We commenced CSR procurement activities in 2004 in order to maintain a proper working environment. We recognize that our manufacturing affects people working in factories and communities, and we promote CSR procurement based on trust and cooperation with our suppliers, asking them to improve their management and working environment to provide the benefits of production efficiency and strengthened competitiveness, and have a positive impact in communities.
Mizuno respects the labor-related international code of conduct including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. We comply with all labor-related laws and regulations, including working hours, remuneration, union options, right to collective bargaining, working conditions etc.in the respective countries., and we aim to achieve a workplace where each individual’s dignity and fairness are respected. Mizuno determines the CSR code of conduct for suppliers, adding the perspective of ISO 26000, the international guidance on social responsibility, conveys Mizuno’s approach to our suppliers, and requests that they adhere to those principles.
Furthermore, we have translated the CSR code of conduct for suppliers into local language of each county where main factory is located so that local workers can understand it well, and we are requesting suppliers to post it in their factories.
Implementation of CSR audits of domestic and overseas factories and corrective actions
The scope of Mizuno’s CSR procurement is not only the suppliers of Mizuno Corporation, but also overseas branches, subsidiary companies and licensed sales agencies. It includes two activities. One is the CSR evaluation in advance of a supplier’s manufacturing factory before commencing business, and the other is CSR audits during business.
In the case of the CSR evaluation in advance before commencing business, based on Mizuno’s CSR procurement regulations, we evaluate the human rights, labor practices, and environmental aspects of a potential new manufacturing factory, and ensure that we are undertaking procurement from a supplier that meets our criteria before we commence business (*). We also hold CSR procurement briefing sessions in a variety of locations to explain Mizuno’s approach. With regard to the CSR audits during business, we undertake regular audit visits to the main factories (every three years). We usually use second-party audits for our CSR evaluations, which are undertaken by multiple auditors from an external specialized agency based on Mizuno’s criteria. As the aim of our CSR audits is to prevent the risk of problems from becoming actualized, we don’t stop dealing immediately even if we discover the problems. We consider appropriate corrective actions, improve the situation through dialogues and approaches, and emphasize feedback to suppliers following the audits. Particularly in instances of improving the CSR situation of overseas manufacturing factories, we believe that it is effective to take a joint approach with organizations or competitors who have knowledge of the field, so we work actively on cooperation toward improving the CSR situation of suppliers.
* CSR evaluations in advance and CSR audits are implemented for the factories selected based on the amount of business or on Mizuno’s share in them. Mostly, CSR audits in Japan and China are undertaken by auditors of the Mizuno group who have undergone audit training.
Highlight of annual performance in FY2016
- The implementation rate of CSR evaluation in advance against new candidate manufacturing factories
- The number of CSR Audit implementation for tier 1 suppliers in countries worldwide, including Japan