Expectations of Suppliers

Olympus procures various materials and services necessary for our production activities from suppliers in many countries around the world. We expect all suppliers to note and follow the important points described below.

1. Compliance with Laws, Regulations, and Social Norms

Olympus aims to provide our customers with products that fully meet or exceed their expectations. In doing so, we discipline ourselves to comply with the laws, regulations, and social norms of the countries and regions of the world in which we operate (specifically laws, standards, and conventions concerning the prohibition of forced labor and child labor, prohibition of discrimination based on unreasonable grounds, anticorruption, laws regarding appropriate wages and working hours, and maintenance of safe and clean working environments), carry out sound corporate activities and behave in a manner that is in accordance with laws, regulations, and social norms. As noted below, we therefore expect our suppliers to do the same in those countries and regions where they operate and to execute the appropriate management necessary to comply with this requirement.

2. Health and Safety

Suppliers are expected to ensure health and safety in the workplace (including equipment and facilities), track industrial accidents and illness, build a system and framework for emergency response, and properly manage the health of their employees.

3. Fair and Impartial Trade

Olympus opens its doors to suppliers who develop mutual understanding and trust. We carry out fair and appropriate procurement activities based on our policies and procedures disclosed to suppliers. Suppliers are also requested to follow our policies and procedures.

4. Ensuring Quality and Safety, Delivery, Fair Pricing, and Stable Supply

Suppliers are asked to provide products, parts, and raw materials that meet Olympus specifications and quality standards, while complying with delivery dates and providing fair prices.

5. Environmental Considerations

Olympus considers the protection of the global environment to be one of its critical management tasks, and strives to contribute to the development of a sustainable society by delivering environmentally conscious products to consumers. To this end, suppliers must manage the parts and raw materials that constitute our products at their source, including in their procurement activities and production processes. We expect suppliers to promote biodiversity and other environmental protection activities so that together, we can create products that are not harmful to the global environment.

6. Ensuring Information Security and the Appropriate Protection of Information

Suppliers can obtain Olympus's classified information, as well as the classified information Olympus has on others. Suppliers are expected to strictly safeguard the information they have accessed through business dealings with Olympus, to prevent any leak or disclosure to unauthorized personnel or outside parties. Suppliers are also expected to implement measures to combat computer viruses, and to manage such measures so as to prevent causing harm either internally or to other companies.

7. Promoting Social Contributions

Suppliers are expected to grow sustainably within society and contribute to both the global and local communities. These initiatives may involve contributions using the supplier’s primary business or technologies, nonmonetary contributions utilizing supplier facilities or personnel, monetary donations, and other contributions.

8. Promoting CSR Activities Internally and Among Suppliers

We expect our suppliers to have a good understanding of the importance of corporate social responsibility(CSR)and to work to promote CSR activities both internally and among their own suppliers.