In fiscal 2016, we began requesting that our suppliers conduct CSR self-assessments concerning the state of their initiatives related to human rights, health and safety, the environment, and ethics, and we have conducted these self-assessments annually ever since.
In fiscal 2017, we requested CSR self-assessments from roughly 5,000 suppliers, mostly in China, Southeast Asia, and India; in fiscal 2018, from roughly 2,000 suppliers, primarily in Japan; and in fiscal 2019, from roughly 3,000 new and existing suppliers.
Based on the results of the self-assessments, we visit suppliers, check conditions on the ground, and hold interviews whenever necessary. In fiscal 2018, we checked conditions on the ground at four suppliers in Thailand and three suppliers in China. We identified issues related to occupational health and safety in Thailand and China, while also finding issues related to the environment in China, and we requested that corrections be made. We will continue to request self-assessments from our suppliers and to communicate with them about CSR. We will work to take swift corrective action in the event that we find any issues and to build up a solid, healthy supply chain.