Blue Citizenship: Nissan's CSR

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Value Chain

The challenges facing modern societies, such as climate change and energy supply, are increasingly global in their scope. To meet these challenges, it is essential for Nissan to identify significant issues at various stages of the value chain and make ongoing efforts to address them.

As a business with worldwide operations, Nissan pursues its activities on a similarly global scale, with a value chain that extends throughout the world. The company promotes consistency in the procurement practices undertaken throughout the value chain, sharing its vision and principles with business partners and engaging with them to ensure their adoption.

Together with its business partners, Nissan aims to achieve sustainable growth built on a foundation of mutual trust. The company listens carefully to and works with its suppliers and dealers as equal partners, developing and maintaining cooperative and competitive relations that enable it to implement best practices.

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Renault-Nissan CSR Guidelines for Suppliers distributed to 100% of suppliers

Nissan's Approach to the Value Chain

To promote effective purchasing activities, in 2001 the Alliance partners established a common purchasing company, the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization, and steadily increased the scope of its activities.

This organization now covers all purchasing domains, incorporates all purchasing functions, and builds mutually-profitable business partnerships with all suppliers.

Nissan uses a common, transparent process and criteria worldwide when sourcing suppliers, and provides a wide variety of opportunities for other companies to do business with it, regardless of their nationality, size or history with the company. When making selections, the relevant Nissan divisions meet to examine from a range of perspectives the proposals received from suppliers. Nissan explains its decision to every supplier that has taken part in the sourcing process, as part of a thoroughly fair, impartial and transparent system.

Transactions with suppliers are based on the three values of trust (work fairly, impartially and professionally), respect (honor commitments, liabilities and responsibilities) and transparency (be open, frank and clear), which are important to the Alliance. Nissan and Renault have produced a booklet, The Renault-Nissan Purchasing Way, outlining the values and processes the Alliance sees as important when doing business. This booklet has been shared with the tier-1 suppliers of Renault and Nissan since 2006.

In Japan, Nissan has also been practicing transactions confirming to “proper trading guidelines” issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for the automotive industry.

More information can be found in the CSR Library.

Action Against Conflict Minerals

Natural resources mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and nine adjoining countries are gaining attention as potential risks to the environment and contributing factors to human rights violations, as they could be the source of funds for armed groups. In acknowledgement of this, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (enacted by the United States in July 2010) includes the below articles.

1)Conflict minerals are defined as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold.
2)Companies must ascertain whether the conflict minerals used in their products are acting as a source of funds for armed groups and report on this annually.

As a company not formally listed on US stock exchanges, Nissan is not legally bound by the act's regulations. Nevertheless, the company agrees with the spirit of the legislation, is aware of the common international understanding on this issue and is actively working to end its use of conflict minerals.

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