Activities to Reduce CO2 Emissions and Conserve Water Resources in the Upstream Portion of the Supply Chain

Our Approach

In addition to reducing our own emissions, as a green procurement initiative, the Fujitsu Group has also been requesting its suppliers to act toward reducing their own CO2 emissions in order to help contain global warming. As a result, all of our primary suppliers have undertaken efforts to reduce their CO2 emissions.

Starting in FY 2016, we have also been expanding these efforts further upstream in the supply chain by including efforts by the suppliers of those companies (secondary suppliers from the perspective of the Fujitsu Group) in our requests.

From FY 2019, in addition to the reduction of CO2 emissions, we have also situated the conservation of water resources as a priority issue which we need to ask our suppliers to address. We reviewed the questions we posed on our environmental survey forms so that we would be able to understand the status of our suppliers’ activities and their actual circumstances, and are promoting the implementation of water risk assessments as the initial step for our water resource conservation activities.

We have participated in the CDP Supply Chain program since FY 2018, in parallel with the above-mentioned activities. Based on our international environmental research activities, we are taking a more in-depth look at the activities of our primary suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions and conserve water resources, and considering the issues and our policies.

We expect that having the supply chain as a whole work toward reducing emissions can produce even greater reduction effects (synergies), while also expanding the network of these activities through the supply chain to cover an even wider area spreading beyond national boundaries. Through efforts such as these, the Fujitsu Group hopes to help create a carbon-free future society and a sustainable water environment.

FY 2020 Performance

Targets Under the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage IX)Last fiscal year (FY2020 result)
Reduction of CO2 Emissions: Drive Activities to Reduce CO2 Emissions in the Supply ChainMade requests for secondary suppliers (over 60,000 companies) to take action on reducing emissions through primary suppliers of the Fujitsu Group (approximately 700 companies)
Conservation of Water Resources: Issue Requests for Primary Suppliers to Take ActionCompleted making requests to take action to approximately 700 of the Fujitsu Group's primary suppliers

Reduction of CO2 Emissions: Requesting and Supporting the Expansion of Activities to Secondary Suppliers

The Fujitsu Group communicated requests to its primary suppliers who account for the top 80% of the Group’s procurement volume to engage in activities to reduce their CO2 emissions, and to expand these efforts to also include their own suppliers (the Fujitsu Group’s secondary suppliers). We also conducted our own environmental survey to ascertain the activity status of these suppliers. As a reference for their future activities, we then provided suppliers who responded to the survey with feedback in the form of a report that analyzed survey responses to show trends in emissions reduction activities, while also requesting further activities and expansion to the activities of their own suppliers.

As of the end of FY 2020, approximately 140 suppliers (roughly 20%) responded that they had requested their own suppliers to engage in emissions reduction activities, but this still amounted to a total of at least 60,000 secondary suppliers receiving such requests, giving reason to believe these efforts can have a tremendous awareness effect.

Implementation Status of Requests from Primary Suppliers for Secondary Suppliers to Take Sction to Reduce CC2 Emissions

Offering Guidelines for Activities for Reducing CO2 Emissions

The Fujitsu Group created original explanatory materials to facilitate the spread of activities for reducing CO2 emissions throughout the entire supply chain, and since the end of November 2017, we have made the materials available on the company website and started providing them to suppliers. The purpose of these materials was not only to give suppliers a greater understanding of the importance of these activities taking place in the supply chain, but also to serve as something they could use to request and assist such activities amongst their own suppliers. To fulfill our responsibilities as a global enterprise, the Fujitsu Group will continue to think about what must be done to contain global warming and will continue to take action.

“Guideline for activities for reducing CO2 emissions” can be downloaded from the following sites.

Informational materials for business partners

Conservation of Water Resources: Conducting Initiatives to Conserve Water Resources as a Key Theme for Taking Action

Against the backdrop of worsening water resource problems and growing international concern, in addition to continuing our work to reduce CO2 emissions as pursued under the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage VIII) from FY 2016 to FY2018, we situated the conservation of water resources as a priority issue which we need to ask our suppliers to address, starting in FY 2019. We reviewed the questions we posed on our environmental survey forms so that we would be able to understand the status of our suppliers’ activities and their actual circumstances, and identified the challenges we will face in expanding our activities in the future.

Status of Water Risk Assessments Conducted by Suppliers

As many businesses are connected in the global supply chain, conservation of water resources is a relevant issue for any company. The first step in working to conserve water resources is to comprehend exactly what water risks are associated with one’s own company. However, in our environmental survey, just slightly more than 20% of suppliers said that they were conducting water risk assessments. We received many responses from suppliers who are not conducting water risk assessments who said that conservation of water resources was not relevant to their companies—answering that they had “no water risks” or had “no need to conduct assessments” —as well as responses from companies that did not know how to assess water risks. In order to have suppliers think about conservation of water resources as a more familiar issue, we are offering the “Water Risk Assessment for Companies” document, which compiles materials on topics such as the importance of risk assessments, and introduces publicly available assessment tools. In the future, we will engage in activities to encourage even more suppliers to conduct water risk assessments and endeavor to conserve water resources.

“Water Risk Assessment for Companies” can be downloaded from the following sites.

Water risk assessment for companiesContents of "Water Risk Assessment for Companies"

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