Our supplier selection and registration process ensures transparency and fairness in selecting suppliers. In selecting new suppliers, application reviews and credit assessments are made in the 1st phase, which is followed by the 2nd phase assessment where candidates are assessed by our in-house assessment team, made up of at least three departments among purchasing, material management, quality, production, design, R&D and marketing departments. Such assessments target suppliers whose transaction period is more than 1 year and annual transactions amount to over KRW 100 million while assessment categories include quality, deadline, credit ratings, technology, and CSR. In 2012, sustainability management assessment categories was further segmented into 64 items in the seven areas of governance, Jeong-Do management, labor & human rights, environment, safety, consumers and local communities.
Pilot assessments were also made of six raw and subsidiary material suppliers and OEM companies. In 2013, our plan is to perform CSR assessments of 250 major suppliers to reflect the outcomes in our comprehensive purchasing assessments as well as incentive criteria covering the allocation of product volume, the selection of beneficiaries of the Growing Together fund and technological support.