INTRODUCTION FROM RICHARD FABIAN,
PRESIDENT & CEO OF FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc. (“Sonosite”), a wholly owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, is a manufacturer of bedside and point-of-care ultrasound equipment in the Medical Device and Imaging Technologies sector. We are a part of the group of companies owned by FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation which has its head office in Japan (“Fujifilm Group”).
As a global organisation providing customers with innovative product and service solutions around the world, the Fujifilm Group is involved in the procurement of numerous materials, components and services. In this role the Fujifilm Group acknowledges that it is responsible for ensuring the quality and safety of its product and service solutions and appropriately managing the supply chain of materials, components and services used in their production. The Fujifilm Group is also a significant user of services within its organisation at both a global and local level. In response to ever increasing social demands, the Fujifilm Group is keen to fulfil its social responsibilities across its entire supply chain. The scope of this responsibility covers the global environment, ethics, human rights, health and safety and other labour conditions of those working within the supply chain from a corporate social responsibility perspective. FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation has signed up to United Nations Global Compact, a voluntary initiative that encourages companies to undertake fair operations in the area of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
Under a partnership with its suppliers based on mutual understanding and trust, the Fujifilm Group aims to build a more robust and sustainable supply chain through socially responsible procurement that reduces business risks in the supply chain and increases the competitiveness and corporate value of all parties in the chain. As part of these activities, the Fujifilm Group continues to improve its practices to combat any kind of slavery and human trafficking. Companies within the Fujifilm Group are required to conduct their activities in accordance with the Fujifilm Group Charter for Corporate Behaviour and the Fujifilm Group Code of Conduct which cover a variety of ethical business principles including the prevention of slavery and human trafficking in the activities of such companies. For those of our companies involved in the healthcare sector, the Fujifilm Group Global Healthcare Code of Conduct must also be complied with.
The Fujifilm Group Human Rights Statement applies to all personnel in the Fujifilm Group. All business partners associated with the provision of any products and/or services of any Fujifilm Group company are also expected to comply with this Statement. This is driven by a belief that respecting the human rights of workers in the supply chain increases productivity and moral action, which in turn leads to the provision of better products and services, as well encouraging innovation. In addition the Fujifilm Group AI Policy establishes basic principles for the application of AI technology, such as respect for human rights and fair and appropriate use of the technology, for our various businesses to guide the drive to accelerate the use of technology to resolve social issues.
The Fujifilm Group aims to develop together with its suppliers by encouraging them to take initiatives in CSR activities to spread such positive effects. Recognizing the slavery and human trafficking impact of the conflict minerals issue, the Fujifilm Group's stance toward the issue of responsible minerals procurement is also made clear in more detail on the Fujifilm global website and Fujifilm Group companies are obliged to undertake the required actions in this area.
As part of the Fujifilm Group’s commitment to these principles, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation continues to develop its Sustainable Procurement Promotion Program that covers (1) dissemination of procurement-related policies (including. the newly revised (in March 2022) and renamed Fujifilm Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines for Suppliers (“Supplier Guidelines”) which cover items listed in the Fujifilm Group Charter for Corporate Behaviour, Fujifilm Group Code of Conduct and Fujifilm Group Human Rights Statement that Fujifilm Group companies request their suppliers to follow; (2) risk assessments of suppliers in high risk areas; and (3) requests to improve to any supplier facing CSR risks together with offers of support. The program is run cyclically to check on suppliers to ensure improvements have been made. This Sustainable Procurement Promotion Program has been adopted by Fujifilm Group companies in Japan (including FUJIFILM Corporation (a Japanese subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation which owns the group of subsidiary companies to which we belong) and certain Fujifilm Group companies in other parts of Asia, in Europe and in North America. This Sustainable Procurement Promotion Program will continue to be introduced at other Fujifilm Group companies around the world.
In addition FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation’s stated goal under its Sustainable Value Plan 2030 (SVP 2030), is to become a corporation that promotes social innovation involving all employees and action on social issues from a long-term perspective. In connection with the 15 priority issues established in the six areas of the environment, health, daily life, work style, supply chain and governance, enhancing management of the entire supply chain from the viewpoint of Corporate Social Responsibility has been established as one of the particular priority areas.
Thankfully by the end of the reporting year the global COVID-19 pandemic had eased significantly in many parts of the world. Nevertheless, during the year in regions where COVID-19 remained a significant threat Fujifilm Group companies continued their activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the safety and wellbeing of its staff and those of its suppliers and customers. Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect some of the efforts to visit higher-risk supplier sites to audit their CSR status (particularly in China) but all other CSR activities were again unaffected in the year. Fujifilm remains vigilant and Fujifilm Group companies will continue to take such actions as are appropriate in this area during the coming year.
Sonosite has over 850 employees and direct operations in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and India.
Sonosite is the world leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound equipment, and an industry leader in ultra-high frequency micro-ultrasound technology. Sonosite systems are used by over 21 medical specialties and provide clinicians around the world with a cost-effective tool for improving patient safety and workflow efficiency. We are represented by numerous subsidiaries and a distribution network spanning the globe.
Our supply chains
Our supply chains include products and services sourced from both domestic and foreign suppliers. To assist in the development and manufacturing of our ultrasound equipment, we source a wide range of products and services from our suppliers, including raw materials, packaging and development services. Our current foreign suppliers include both small and large scale providers, and are located in regions such as Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We comply with the Fujifilm Group Charter for Corporate Behaviour Fujifilm Group Code of Conduct, and Fujifilm Group Human Rights Statement which reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and promoting this approach in our supply chains to prevent and mitigate any human rights abuses.
Our processes to prevent slavery and human trafficking
All Fujifilm Group staff around the world are required to abide by the Fujifilm Group Charter for Corporate Behaviour, Fujifilm Group Code of Conduct, and Fujifilm Group Human Rights Statement in order to ensure that all Fujifilm Group companies exhibit and promote ethical business activities.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation conducts annual screening of priority risk issues (including potential ones) in business processes at all Fujifilm Group companies. All Fujifilm Group companies identify priority risk issues, plan and execute necessary measures to address those issues, and manage their results. Priority issues for the Fujifilm Group as a whole, based on the review results for each Fujifilm Group company, and the results of action implemented are reported to, and deliberated on by, the FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation ESG Committee and reported to the Board of Directors of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation. This includes human rights issues. Human rights are specified explicitly as one of the perspectives requiring attention at each Fujifilm Group company in review of our priority risk issues. If a Fujifilm Group company has identified any human rights risk, it is required to develop and implement preventive and mitigating measures. In the reporting year, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation started using external risk screening services for vetting suppliers for potential unethical business activities to enable early initial responses (also see Further Steps section below).
For the products that we sell that are ultimately sourced from FUJIFILM Corporation or from certain Fujifilm Group companies in other parts of Asia, Europe and North America (if any), procurement staff in those companies are expected to operate the Sustainable Procurement Promotion Program in order to seek to establish that suppliers act in accordance with the Supplier Guidelines.
As part of our own initiatives to identify and manage risk for products that we source ourselves and for services, our procurement staff work to mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains by obligating suppliers to permit and cooperate with any regulatory inspections of their facilities relating to the supplied products and/or services, or their production. Additionally, our suppliers warrant that all goods and services sold to us have been produced, sold, delivered and furnished in strict compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including equal employment opportunity and Affirmative Action.
Supplier adherence to our values and ethics
The Fujifilm Group promotes actions to ban slavery and human trafficking from its supply chain mainly with the framework of ethical procurement.
For the products that we sell that are ultimately sourced from FUJIFILM Corporation or from Fujifilm Group companies in certain other parts of Asia and in North America (if any), suppliers of those products are requested to commit to the ethical business principles in a number of areas where human rights can be affected – these include the prohibition of forced labour, child labour and inhumane treatment (including in the context of conflict minerals) as set out in the Supplier Guidelines.
More and more Fujifilm Group companies also use the Fujifilm Group Supplier CSR Checklist to assess suppliers’ compliance with the Supplier Guidelines where considered necessary. As a result of suppliers completing these Checklists, primary suppliers in Japan, Europe and the USA have been assessed as a low CSR risk. These Fujifilm Group companies continue to extend the request to complete these Checklists to other suppliers in Japan, Europe and the USA. In the reporting year Fujifilm Group companies received more than double the number of completed Checklists than in the previous year. Fujifilm Group companies also began providing feedback sheets to each supplier after receipt of a completed Checklist which includes scores and comments on where improvements (if any) are necessary, including on human rights-related items. In cases where significant risk is identified, Fujifilm Group companies continue to conduct on-site CSR audits using expert teams from Fujifilm Group company production sites. Again China and Vietnam were the main countries where issues arose with further risk assessment being required on 42 suppliers which resulted in carrying out on-site audits of 24 suppliers out of 42. Due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19 however (particularly in China), some of the planned onsite visits were cancelled, and the achievement rate was again lower than in the two years before COVID. The results of these activities raised similar issues to the previous year with problems such as issues with overtime hours, the labour/human rights management system (response to child labour, elimination of discrimination etc.) and deficiencies in the management of chemicals and toxic substances being identified. Again improvements have been confirmed in the important items at all suppliers where expert teams conducted onsite visits up to the end of the year.
For products that we source ourselves and for services, our suppliers warrant that all goods and services sold to us have been produced, sold, delivered and furnished in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Sonosite is committed to ethical behavior. We adhere to our internal Standards of Business Conduct and Compliance with Law Program which outlines the legal and ethical standards each employee has a personal obligation to uphold with each other, customers, vendors and the general public. Employees must operate as good corporate citizens, and comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable to their respective businesses, including: requiring those with whom we do business to conduct themselves in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; remaining alert and sensitive to situations that could result in any fraudulent, illegal, unethical, improper actions by any employee, agent or representative; and upholding the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity, non-discrimination and workforce diversity.
As part of the Fujifilm Group, we also share in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment to contribute to the sustainable development of society by putting into practice the Fujifilm Group's Corporate Philosophy, and realizing its vision through sincere and fair business activities. The CSR Promotion system consists of a committee at the highest level to ensure that the systems are implemented and adhered to. The following systems under the CSR program are used for compliance with supply chain transparency laws and regulations:
- Fujifilm Group Charter for Corporate Behavior
- Fujifilm Procurement Policy
- Fujifilm Standards of Business Conduct and Compliance with Law Program (US)
To ensure an understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our procurement staff.
To combat human rights risks within the supply chain, Fujifilm Group companies will continue to promote actions with the framework of ethical procurement. As mentioned earlier FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation started using external risk screening services for vetting suppliers for potential unethical business activities. As of July 2023 this service covers about 600 suppliers, mainly those in China, but there are plans to register 2000+ suppliers in a wider geographical area within the current year.
Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken [this year] to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains, we intend to take the following further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking: adopt and support all corporate policies related to business ethics and respect for basic human rights, and periodically review our policies and procedures to help maintain compliance with internal policy and external laws.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc. for the financial year ending 31 March 2023.
President & CEO
FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc.
Date: September 30, 2023
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc. on September 30, 2023.