Activities in Each Country
Panasonic is committed to an extensive number of citizenship activities around the world focusing on two key areas: the next generation, and the environment, in addition to providing assistance for disaster relief.
*The content of this page is information updated before September 2010. For latest information, please visit “Panasonic Corporate Citizenship News”.
Eco-Focused Activities for PNA
On April 22, Earth Day, Panasonic Corporation of North America (PNA) hosted its annual "Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work" day -a fun-filled day of educational activities for children of employees.
This year's program took on a green theme with more than 85 children of Panasonic employees in Secaucus taking a field trip to the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission's (NJMC) Environmental Center and creating Eco drawings which are on display in the Employee Cafeteria at PNA. At the NJMC, children went on a bird-watching tour hosted by NJ Audubon Society experts, and learned about local wild life. On the walk, kids saw tree swallows, swans, turtles and more; all while learning how they survive in the environment.
Also PNA employees in Secaucus volunteered to participate in the annual Hackensack River clean-up event in Secaucus' Laurel Hill Park. The clean-up activities, an annual Earth Day week event done in conjunction with the Hackensack RiverKeeper, saw employees riding in canoes to collect litter and debris on the banks of the Hackensack River. As usual, PNA employees hauled in a considerable volume ranging from plastic bottles and food wrappers to car tires and even a television.
The Panasonic National School Change Awards
Six schools from across the U.S. were honored as recipients of the 2009 Panasonic National School Change Awards.
The awards were presented on July 13, 2009, during the opening session of the National Principal's Leadership Institute held at Columbia University Teacher's College in New York City. The Panasonic National School Change Awards, a joint effort of Panasonic's Corporate Outreach Department and the Panasonic Foundation, recognizes schools for significantly improving and exhibiting systemic change in several areas including 13 specific criteria, test scores, reading and math levels, attendance, etc.
In the past nine years more than 600 schools, from 44 different states have submitted applications to be considered for the Award.
The 2009 winners, 6 schools received Panasonic products and a cash award valued at over $5,000.
Kid Witness News
Kid Witness News (KWN) is Panasonic's global hands-on video education program created to encourage middle and high school students to develop valuable cognitive, communication and organizational skills through the use of video. The unique program provides schools with an array of video equipment and offers participants the opportunity to develop selected interests, abilities and creativity through the production of videos.
The "New Vision Awards" honors the best videos that are submitted from across the US to the Kid Witness News program annually. In 2009, the award for best video went to "12 Twelve" by West Sylvan Middle School of Portland, Oregon.
Panasonic North America hosts eco-themed Creative Design Challenge (USA)
Newark, NJ (USA) - On 26 March 2009, 47 teams of high school students competed in the 2009 Panasonic Creative Design Challenge, organized by Panasonic Corporation of North America. The CDC is the premier science and technology competition for New Jersey high school students and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). At the end of the competition, a team of sophomores from Delbarton School in Morristown emerged victorious.
This year's theme was "Beach Sweeps." It challenged students to design and build a robot, primarily using recyclable household items, to perform simple beach and shoreline cleanup and habitat restoration tasks.
The eco theme of this year's competition underscored Panasonic's strong commitment to protecting the environment through energy-efficient technologies, recycling, and sponsorship of environmental initiatives.
In addition to being judged on maneuvering their robot through a timed obstacle course, students were also judged on their engineering logbooks and an oral presentation of their design.
For more information on CDC, please visit the website.
Panasonic Foundation working to improve US public education
Panasonic Foundation, located at Panasonic's North American headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey, is a small organization with a bold mission of partnering with public school districts and their communities to break the links between race, poverty, and educational outcomes by substantially improving the academic and social success of ALL students: ALL MEANS ALL.
And Panasonic Foundation uses an unconventional approach to pursue that mission. It establishes long-term partnerships with whole school districts, and sends in experienced education consultants on a monthly basis to provide hands-on assistance. Panasonic Foundation is currently engaged in a long-term partnership with nine school districts across the United States.
Panasonic Academic Challenge
The company is the title sponsor of The Panasonic Academic Challenge, a rigorous academic competition in which students from high schools throughout the US work as a team to answer challenging questions on various subjects such as mathematics and science, competing for scholarships and other prizes. Since 1989, Panasonic has provided a prestigious arena for over 2,000 of the nation's academically talented students.
Support for University for The Hearing Impaired
For several years, Panasonic has supported Gallaudet University, the world's only liberal arts university designed for deaf and hard of hearing students, with broadcasting equipment and funding to help with the development of their audio and video programs, including establishment of a new digital video production center in 2006. Moreover, the company has donated use of its AstroVision in New York's Time Square for broadcasting public service announcements about Gallaudet and a senior manager is a member of the university's Corporate Board of Advisors. Panasonic has also worked with its students to develop products that better suit the needs of people with hearing disabilities.