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Japan Air LinesLONDON: Japan Airlines (JAL) has joined Sedex, a collaborative platform for managing and sharing supply chain data, in order to further its responsible procurement strategy.

JAL says it will use Sedex to drive transparency and gain visibility of its global supply chain, monitor and manage risk and engage with its suppliers to improve standards.

Sedex, a not for profit organization with 38,000 members, was launched in 2004 to help suppliers facing multiple audits, questionnaires and certification while driving improvements in the ethical performance of global supply chains. With software support from Enablon, the Sedex database allows members to store, share and report on labour standards, health and safety, the environment and business ethics.

Toshiki Oka, executive officer of JAL Purchasing said: "Japan Airlines is committed to improving the relationships with our business associates and to ensuring the sustainability of our supply chains. Sedex's tools to help drive improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains are indispensable as we continue to develop our supply chains to meet our corporate policy, which is to increase corporate value and contribute to the betterment of society."

JAL, which added 24 domestic code-share routes with oneworld member Qatar Airways in March, says it aims to meet the expectations of society, address social issues and pass on a better society to future generations through its core air transport business as the 'Wings of Japan'.

Hiroshi Ishida, Sedex global representative in Japan noted: "In joining Sedex JAL gains access to the world's largest collaborative platform for driving improvements in responsible sourcing. We look forward to supporting JAL to help them get the most out of their Sedex membership."

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