THK’s daily operations are performed in accordance with our policy to manufacture products in the optimal location and to conduct our business and improve our technology in a way that meets the needs of our customers.
In order to continue to provide THK products that satisfy our customers, we establish good, healthy, and mutually beneficial relationships with our suppliers.
THK considers suppliers to be valuable partners for ensuring mutual growth. We share the common goal of continuing to provide customers with satisfying products, so we provide forums for sharing information about new technology, production methods, and materials; build collaborative frameworks; and promote product improvements. Furthermore, we exercise our social responsibility and environmental awareness by rejecting dealings with criminal organizations and promoting green procurement throughout our supply chain.
Based on our belief that efforts at every step of the supply chain are essential to the promotion of CSR activities, we distribute our CSR Procurement Guidelines to our suppliers and request that they actively engage in CSR activities.
THK meets with suppliers to exchange technical information about processes in order to improve and refine both party’s techniques. Businesses in the THK Association actively conduct value analysis proposals relating to machining technology, and the number of proposals jumped dramatically from 467 in 2017 to 550 in 2018.
Due to the new system of accountability for freight owners* announced by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in 2018, our distribution centers moved the time they stop shipping forward by one hour, from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in an effort to alleviate the workload of truckers. With the introduction of this new system, we have taken steps to limit the following types of behaviors that actively lead to violations:
As we promote our CSR activities, in addition to reflecting the voices of customers, we will also continue to implement activities that involve the entire supply chain, such as conducting CSR surveys of our suppliers.
We require members of the THK Association, which comprises our business partners and main suppliers, to be familiar with our corporate policies and the THK Basic Policy on Procurement. We accomplish this by explaining these policies at a general meeting held at the headquarters and three other meetings held at various branches each year.