Procurement Management

Our Approach to Procurement

The high-value manufacturing that Tokyo Electron(TEL) group strives for is based on the functions of all materials and components that make up the products and the pursuit of high quality. We value communications with suppliers and seek to grow manufacturing on a global scale with our suppliers based on ongoing trusting relationships.

Procurement Policy

  1. Compliance with Applicable Laws, Social Norms, and the RBA Code of Conduct*

    We engage in procurement activities based on business ethics and with integrity, in compliance with the laws, regulations, and social norms of each country as well as the RBA Code of Conduct.

    * The RBA Code of Conduct: Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct

    A code of conduct drawn up by the RBA. The RBA Code of Conduct establishes standards to ensure that working conditions are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that business operations are environmentally responsible and conducted ethically.

  2. Priority on the Environment

    We conduct procurement with full consideration for reduction of environmental impact and protection of the global environment.

  3. Fair Business Practices

    We continuously seek high-value technologies and create broad opportunities for their business transactions based on the precondition of open competition.

  4. Partnership

    We prioritize relationships of trust based on mutual understanding with suppliers and conduct activities in the pursuit of mutual continuous growth.

  5. Information Management

    We properly manage the confidential information of suppliers that we obtain in the course of business

Procurement Policy - Supplement: Requests to Our Suppliers

The Tokyo Electron Group aims for sound and sustainable growth together with suppliers to contribute to the development of society. We will strive to achieve this, with the cooperation of our suppliers. We therefore request your active efforts in the following matters.

  1. Compliance with Applicable Laws, Social Norms, and the RBA Code of Conduct

    In addition to complying with the following matters, we ask our suppliers to observe the applicable laws and social norms in the countries and regions where they engage in business, as well as the RBA Code of Conduct.

    ·Compliance with prohibition of child labor, and forced labor, and with other labor-related laws and regulations

    ·Respect for fundamental human rights, beginning with the prohibition of discrimination

    ·Protection of intellectual property rights

    ·Compliance with export/import-related laws and regulations

    ·Prohibition of involvement with antisocial forces

    [Conflict minerals]
    We see our efforts with regard to conflict minerals as part of our corporate social responsibility, and promote all efforts to eliminate any use of raw materials that utilize conflict minerals which have been mined or extracted with illicit funds or by illegal methods, as well as components or parts that contain such conflict minerals. To this end, we are conducting due diligence surveys of our supply chain, using the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) and referring to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. We request that all suppliers work with us in dealing with conflict minerals.
  2. Working Conditions

    We request that suppliers respect fundamental human rights, also prepare independent standards, and provide safe and healthy work environments.

  3. Environmental Activities

    In accordance with "Tokyo Electron Green Procurement Guidelines", we request that, together with the acquisition of ISO 14001 and the development of a structure for environmental conservation, suppliers also actively engage in environmental conservation activities and strive to use parts and materials, and methods of production, that have a reduced environmental impact and that consider resources conservation.

  4. Management System

    We request that management systems are developed and continuously improved, including systems related to safety, health, the environment, product quality and labor, in accordance with the corporate procurement agreement or any specific agreements or arrangements with the Tokyo Electron Group.

  5. Technical Skills

    We request that, in order to provide products and services that conform to customers' needs, suppliers always strive for improved technical skills and technological innovations.

  6. Quality

    We request that suppliers provide high-quality products and services which meet the specifications required by the Tokyo Electron Group, by means of building quality during the design phase, and strengthening change control.

  7. Supply, and Provide Systems

    We request that suppliers provide a stable and flexible supply of products and services to deal with huge volatility in demand. Also, we request that suppliers prepare precautionary steps and continuity plans to reduce risks in the event of unforeseen situation such as disaster.

  8. Price

    We request that products and services are offered at competitive prices, and that continuous effort is made to reduce costs.

  9. Business Management

    For the continuation of our business transactions, we ask that sound and stable business management be implemented. We also request that the financial and company information needed to confirm those matters is disclosed.

  10. Information Security

    We request that a system be provided which prevents the leaking of confidential information and that any information acquired in dealings with the Tokyo Electron Group is strictly controlled.


To maintain a robust supply chain capable of supporting streamlined product manufacturing, TEL has instituted a procurement policy and established a system for administering fair procurement practices based on mutual trust with suppliers. Under the TEL Representative Director and President as the top of the procurement system, the manufacturing companies presidents’ council and the purchasing department manager council are convened to share information on various procurement issues. The council also serves as a venue to address current problems and discuss approaches to improve partnership with suppliers.

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