Throughout Our Supply Chain
Alpine promote consideration for the global environment and the execution of social responsibilities throughout our entire supply chain.
Material Procurement Policy
Alpine obtains materials throughout the world in accordance with the Alpine Material Procurement Policy. Alpine recognizes the necessity of promoting CSR not only in its business activities, but also throughout its entire supply chain, and enhancing the fulfillment of social responsibility at each company in conforming to the Supply-Chain Development Guidebook established by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). Alpine added content regarding CSR in the Agreement with its suppliers to enhance its approaches in 2015.
Alpine Material Procurement Policy
Global environmental preservation requires broad approaches not only by manufacturers, but also by the suppliers of parts and materials. Alpine asks all of our suppliers to conform to our Green Procurement Standards to promote environmentally-friendly material procurement. In 2015, we issued the 12th edition of the Alpine Green Procurement Standards to enhance conformity to laws and regulations.
Warring factions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring countries (9 countries including the Republic of Rwanda) violate human rights through the use of child and forced labor to mine tin, gold and other minerals used in the production of minor metals, and profits from the sale of these minerals are used to fund the purchase of weapons and widen conflict in ways that have a global impact.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed in the United States in 2010 defines these minerals as “conflict minerals”1, and companies listed on US stock exchanges are required to disclose information to prevent the use of conflict minerals in their products.
From the standpoint of respecting human rights, Alpine understands and agrees with the intent of the law and partners with group companies, suppliers and JEITA to promote efforts aimed at pursuing responsible approaches to material procurement. In 2015, we surveyed each supplier about their response to conflict minerals.
Note 1: Columbite – tantalite, tin, gold, wolframite and other derivatives (tantalum, tungsten)
Supplier Information Security Management
Alpine shares a common understanding with our suppliers that information management is an important issue, and via such means as information security education support and information management status investigations, we are working to raise the level of information management throughout our entire supply chain.
We conduct annual information security surveys to improve supplier information security, and carry out follow-up meetings with suppliers that need to make improvements to reduce information security risk.
The graph shows the results of the 2015 survey on information security.
Final Evaluation Results After Meetings
Material Procurement Risk Management
Alpine prepares for disasters and accidents all year round in cooperation with our suppliers for stable operation of the production lines. In addition to the emergency contact system and dedicated disaster e-mail address for our suppliers to notify our purchasing division of incidents, we have a system in place that allows us to take measures promptly to address any situation that arises.
Reduction of Environmental Load through Streamlined Logistics
Alpine collaborates with parts suppliers and group distribution companies to reduce the environmental load associated with our supply chain and cut costs. For example, we promote increased container load efficiency through improved packing methods for parts sent between facilities. We are also working on shortening the transportation time after local arrival through such means as reviewing the delivery routes to production facilities.
Communication with Suppliers
Alpine enhances its partnerships with suppliers to facilitate coexistence and co-prosperity through trusting relationships. We invite suppliers to biannual briefing sessions in Japan, and annual sessions in China, North America, and Europe to explain the current state of production and sales as well as announcing our material procurement policy. We also present awards to suppliers that have contributed to the improvement of quality, delivery, and cost reduction with the goal of building relationships built on trust.
Briefing on business conditions（Hungary）
Briefing on business conditions（Japan）
Status of Briefing Sessions (2015)
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|Number of Suppliers Attending||95||98||73||65||72|
|Number of Participants||219||200||140||112||127|
Locally Led CSR Activities
ALPINE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING OF EUROPE, LTD. (Hungary)
Alpine Hungary is located in central Europe producing high performance car infotainment systems for European premium car manufacturers. Parts and raw materials for those products are directory procured by ourselves so we purchasing department members will play active roll to contribute for CSR together with our supply chain partners.