Material Procurement

KOSÉ values the relationship of trust with its suppliers in the supply chain and aims for lasting mutual development. When procuring, we share the following “Basic Procurement Policy” and “Guidelines for Suppliers” with all suppliers, and procure raw materials, materials, and OEM products in consideration of sustainability.
If you are interested in a new transaction (contract), please be sure to confirm the following before submitting an application via our e-mail form.

Basic Procurement Policy

1. Quality and safety assurance

Our procurement activities are implemented in line with the “KOSÉ Quality Policy”, with the highest priority on quality and safety.

2. Fair and unbiased competition

We offer opportunities for fair and equitable competition to all suppliers, regardless of scale, both in Japan and abroad. Procurement decisions are made in a fair manner based on a comprehensive consideration of quality, prices, delivery times, supply capacity, management stability and other factors.

3. Compliance with laws, regulations and social norms

In our sustainable procurement practices, we comply with laws, regulations and social norms of different countries and regions, and give due consideration to the conservation of resources and the global environment, safety, human rights, and other factors in order to fulfill our social responsibility.

4. Co-existence and co-prosperity

Our aim is to ensure the permanent development of both our suppliers and ourselves by building mutual understanding and trust through our procurement activities.

5. Assurance of information security

Confidential information and personal information related to procurement activities are strictly protected.

Sustainable Procurement Guidelines for Suppliers

As a member of the international community, KOSÉ respects its responsibility for the sustainability of society and the global environment which form the foundation of the community. In procurement, KOSÉ respects the “United Nations Global Compact” and other laws, regulations and norms, and asks its suppliers to comply with “Considerations for suppliers’ social responsibility and “Supplier environmental considerations.”

Considerations for suppliers’ social responsibility

Compliance with laws and social norms

ESG risk management and execution of the PDCA cycle

Basic Stance on Human Rights

  • Respect for human rights and prohibition of discrimination
  • Prohibition of forced labor
  • Prohibition of child labor
  • Establishment of a safe work environment and maintenance of health
  • Fair application of working hours (reduction of excessive working hours), breaks, paid leave, etc.
  • Respect and support suppliers’ rights to exceed the legal minimum wage and meet the living wage
  • Respect and support suppliers’ rights to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining

Basic attitude toward fair corporate activities

  • Anti-corruption
  • Fair competition
  • Elimination of antisocial forces
  • Responsible political involvement

Basic Stance on Information Security

  • Defend against computer network attacks
  • Personal data and privacy protection
  • Prevent unauthorized use of confidential information

*In 2020, KOSÉ exchanged “Memorandum on Human Rights” with suppliers to confirm our basic stance on human rights and clearly communicate KOSÉ’s expectations for human rights.

Supplier environmental considerations

Basic Stance on Environmental Initiatives

  • Reduction of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions
  • Control of chemical substances specified in laws and regulations in manufacturing processes, products and services.
  • Management of wastewater, sludge and exhaust and reduction of emissions
  • Sustainable and efficient use of resources (energy, water, raw materials, etc.)
  • Identification, management and reduction of waste and responsible disposal or recycling
  • Biodiversity initiatives

For these considerations, we check the status of our annual questionnaire surveys to suppliers and request that we strengthen our efforts as necessary.

Sustainable Procurement

KOSÉ performs annual Supplier Survey and periodic information exchange sessions to ensure sustainable procurement. Find more details at the link below:

Process from receiving an application from a supplier to starting transactions with the supplier

The following outlines the process from the receipt of a proposal from a candidate supplier, through the review and evaluation of the proposal, to the eventual signing of a contract.

*In the case of a new transaction, in addition to the content of the proposal as described in our basic guidelines on procurement, we would like to determine whether or not to do business with your company after executing a comprehensive evaluation including handling condition and risk assessment toward social responsibility, environment/nformation improvement as well as looking at previous transactions with other companies. In addition, we will inspect and confirm the compliance status after visiting improvement related facilities in Japan and overseas.

Material/OEM Supplier Application

We encourage potential suppliers who understand and share our vision on Basic Procurement Policy to offer proposals.

Procurement Items

Items for KOSÉ products (cosmetics and toiletries):

  • Packages and accessories for cosmetic products
  • Raw materials and fragrances for cosmetic products
  • Items procured from cosmetics OEMs

Please note that we do not procure items other than those listed above, including POP materials, printed materials, sales promotion goods, manufacturing facilities, building and equipment, and office automation equipment, and no response will be provided.

  • Proposal of equipment and various supplies for Minami Alps Factory (tentative name)