Green Procurement

Our company expands environmental activities with our suppliers

On Mar. 10, 1999, we have first issued "Green Procurement Standards" which states our company's preference to procure from suppliers who are proactive in reducing their environmental impacts.

In 2010, we have set out our "Green Plan 2018", which is our environmental action plan that outlines initiatives for all employees. In collaboration with our various stakeholders including suppliers and logistics partners (hereinafter referred to as "partners") who are closely linked to our business activities, we are accelerating initiatives to address global environmental issues across the boundaries of our company, including CO2 emissions reduction, resource recycling, water and biodiversity conservation, and mitigation of the effect of chemical substances on human beings and environment. As for collaboration with suppliers, we have formulated our new Green Procurement Policy and incorporated shared targets in our "Green Plan 2018".

As a first step, we revised "Green Procurement Standards" on January 1, 2012, in which we request suppliers to set up environmental management system and ensure comprehensive chemical substance management, as well as to promote resource recycling, biodiversity conservation and the reduction of CO2 emissions. On January 15, 2013, we added water resource conservation in "Green Procurement Standard". Being aware of the need to spread these initiatives across our supply chain, we also request our suppliers to encourage their upstream business partners to reduce their environmental impacts.

On July 1, 2013, we revised the "Environmental Policy" that sets out our basic environmental sustainability management policy. In conjunction with the revision of the policy, we revised the "Green Plan 2018". In particular for collaboration with suppliers, we declared that we will expand our environmental contributions with our partners as one of the three initiatives based on collaboration with stakeholders, and set the targets for Green Procurement and ECO-VC Activities (initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities while reducing costs). Moreover, to reflect the social needs and international efforts - the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - for CO2 emissions reduction and support our changing business opportunities and fields such as car equipment and B2B markets, we again revised Green Plan 2018 in 2016. To meet these revised targets, we shall revise the "Green Procurement Standards".

By promoting environmentally conscious procurement based on "Green Procurement Standards", we hope to contribute to protection of global environment with our suppliers. We would like to request our suppliers to continue to support and cooperate with Green Procurement initiatives.

November 2016

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Green Procurement Standards Ver.6.3

Requests for Reducing Environmental Impact

Setting up Environmental Management System

We request suppliers to set up, maintain and improve environmental management system based on the acquisition of ISO 14001 certification.

Ensuring comprehensive chemical substance management

We request suppliers to follow the latest version of "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)", submit the latest version of Chemical Substance Non-use Warranty for Pertaining to Products, prepared by applicable business unit of our company, input data to our product chemical substance management system, undergo supplier environmental quality assurance system audits, and take other necessary actions.

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines

In March 1999, we published "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines" to effectively control the use of chemical substances in products and manufacturing processes in consideration of the safety.

In response to tightening of regulations governing the levels of chemical substances in products, we separated "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines "into "For Products" and "For Factories" versions in November 2004.

In "Green Procurement Standards", we request suppliers to comply with "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)".

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products) Ver. 10 (issue: June 1, 2016, enforcement: June 30, 2016)

The purpose of "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)" is to make clear and familiarize our internal section and suppliers with chemical substances (environmentally-impacting substances) that are prohibited or need to control and to improve the environmental quality of our products if contained in raw materials, components, etc., that constitute our products we produce and sell.

Chemical substances categorize as "Prohibited Substances" and" Managed Substances" in "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)" are equivalent to JAMP-Declarable Substances.

Please refer to the JAMP website for JAMP-Declarable Substances and explanations (Front page -> Download --> List of JAMP-Declarable Substances).

"Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)" and related documents can be downloaded as clicking below.

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Panasonic Group Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products) Ver. 10

Outline of the revision of Rank Guidelines to Ver. 10

* The "List of sample substances considered as prohibited substances", "Exempted Items List," "Controlled Values for Prohibited Substances," and "Analysis Method" are compiled in the Rank Guidelines as an Appendix.

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) (Updated: April 15, 2016)

"Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories)" provides guidelines for promoting initiatives to prohibit or reduce the use, release or transfer of chemical substances about whose environmental impact there are concerns, but are used in factories while performing production activities. We ask suppliers to recommend us auxiliary materials (chemicals, solvents, gases, etc.) that are not subject to our prohibition or reduction policy.

"Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) "and related documents can be downloaded as clicking below.

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Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) Ver. 6.1

Substance List for Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories)

Substance search tool

Product Chemical Substance Management System

We started to use our product chemical substance management system in 2004, and suppliers have been inputting data on chemical substance contents in materials (raw materials, components and products we purchase from suppliers) that they deliver to us via system.

We request suppliers to input data into this system.

User registration is required to use this system. Be sure to contact one of our business unit with which you have transactions when you apply to use the system.

The product chemical substance management system is accessible from the following website exclusively for registered users.

Reducing of GHG Emissions

We preferentially adopt materials that help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
We request suppliers to provide us with materials that effectively reduce GHG emissions.

Promotion of Resource Recycling

We preferentially adopt materials contribute to recycling-oriented manufacturing, which we have been promoting to ensure efficient resource use.
We request suppliers to provide us with materials that can be used for recycling-oriented manufacturing.

Promotion of Water Recycling

We preferentially adopt materials that contribute water recycling, which we have been promoting.
We request suppliers to provide us with materials that contribute water recycling.

Conservation of Biodiversity

We preferentially adopt materials that contribute conservation of biodiversity.
We request suppliers to provide us with materials that contribute conservation of biodiversity.
We formulated "Green Procurement Guidelines for Wood" to conserve biodiversity and sustainable resource usage after thorough consultations with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan, and started to apply it in February 2010.
We clearly defined wood and wooden materials to be procured into three categories of Priority procurement (Category 1), Acceptable procurement (Category 2) and avoiding procurement (Category 3) from environmental and social perspectives and thereby promoting Green Procurement.

"Green Procurement Guidelines for Wood" can be downloaded as clicking below.

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Panasonic Group Green Procurement Guidelines for Wood

Sharing Achievements through Collaboration

We promote activities that reduce both environmental impact and cost rationalization (ECO Value Creation Activities) of materials we procure. We request suppliers to collaborate with us.

Encouraging Upstream Suppliers in Our Supply Chain

We intend to ensure the adoption of environmental impact reduction initiatives across our supply chain, such as by setting up environmental management system, ensuring comprehensive chemical substance management, reducing GHG emissions, and promoting resource recycling and conservation of biodiversity. We request suppliers to encourage upstream suppliers to reduce environmental impact.

We have prepared documents that summarize the points useful for the prevention of contamination by the admixture of restricted chemical substances into products and for the timely provision of information on chemical substances in products in reference to the "Guidelines for the Management of Chemical Substances in Products (Ver. 3.0)" issued by the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP) and with the hope of assisting all companies comprising our supply chain work to set up Chemical Substance Management System (CMS).
We would appreciate it if you could use these documents to encourage many of the related parties including your suppliers so that the appropriate management of chemical substances in products will be conducted in all the companies comprising the supply chain.

The "Documents that encourage setting up of CMS in supply chain" can be downloaded as clicking below.

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Documents for encouraging the establishment of CMS in supply chain