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Procurement Policy

The following explains Kubota’s basic approach to materials procurement in its business activities.

Basic approach to materials procurement
1. Providing fair opportunities
We provide opportunities for competition among all of our business partners in a fair and equitable manner.
2. Economical rationality
When selecting a business partner, we make a full evaluation on the material quality, reliability, delivery timing, price, technology and development capability, proposal ability, and business stability, etc. of that partner, and then select the best business partner based on a suitable set of criteria.
3. Mutual trust
We establish relationships of trust with our business partners and also aim for mutual development.
4. Social trust
We are committed to ensuring adherence to all relevant laws and regulations when making procurement deals. We will also ensure the confidentiality of our business partners’ confidential information that we have gained through our procurement deals.
5.CSR procurement
We promote CSR procurement, while paying close attention to compliance with laws and regulations, occupational health and safety, human rights (including addressing the issue of conflict minerals), environmental conservation, symbiosis with society, and information disclosure in a timely and appropriate manner.
6. Green procurement
We are committed to the procurement of products with a reduced environmental impact from business partners that engage in environmental activities, as part of our commitment to providing society with products that are friendly to global and local environments.

Promoting CSR Procurement Based on Established Guidelines

Customers are becoming increasingly aware of what goes on in the entire supply chain that creates products and services.
For this reason, Kubota has established the Kubota Group CSR Procurement Guidelines, based on the belief that it is necessary to have a common understanding of CSR with its major business partners in order to engage in collaborated efforts. By requesting business partners to submit a consent form indicating their intention to observe the terms of these guidelines, Kubota is encouraging its business partners’ initiatives that target safe work practices, respect for human rights, and other important factors.

The Kubota Group CSR Procurement Guidelines
  1. Winning Customer Satisfaction
  2. Conducting Corporate Activities Based on Compliance with Legal Regulations and Ethical Principles
  3. Respecting Human Rights
  4. Building up a Safe and Vibrant Work Environment
  5. Conserving the Global and Local Environment
  6. Achieving Symbiosis with International and Local Societies
  7. Fulfilling Responsibilities for Improving Management Transparency and Accountability

Click here for the Kubota Group CSR Procurement Guidelines.

Click here for Request for Understanding and Cooperation in Anti-Bribery Activities.

CSR Procurement Self-Assessment

In fiscal 2023, we asked approx.220 core suppliers in Japan to complete a self-assessment on CSR.
We provided feedback on the results after clarifying the points for improvement of each company. We asked to make voluntary improvements for low scoring theme.

Handling of Conflict Minerals

Promoting Optimal Regional Procurement and Supplier Quality/Productivity

Procurement at overseas production bases has risen sharply in parallel with the rapid globalization of business.
The Kubota Group promotes optimal procurement in every region through the establishment of a global supply system. Moreover, the Group unites with major global suppliers to promote systematic improvement activities for the purpose of strengthening competitiveness by improving quality and productivity.
Kubota holds a Kubota Supplier Technical Skills Competition to improve the skill level of its suppliers. Moreover, the annual Kubota Kaizen World Cup has also been held since 2015 in order to vitalize improvement activities. In this World Cup, suppliers selected from various regions around the world present their company’s successful improvement cases as they compete for the status of World Champion.
Throughout the entire supply chain, Kubota will continue its efforts to make the Kubota brand trusted and appreciated by its customers around the world.

Information Security Measures Kubota Requests Its Business Partners to Implement

In promoting CSR management, Kubota requests its business partners that share confidential information with Kubota Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates (hereunder, “the Group”) to implement certain information security measures. Thus the Company hereby presents the matters related to its information security measures.
Through proper management of confidential information, we will realize stable business continuity, thereby aiming for the ongoing synergistic development of the Company, business partners, and society. We would like to ask for your further understanding and cooperation.

Information Security Measures Standards for Business Partners
Information Security Measures Standards for Business Partners Check Sheet

Green Procurement