Around the globe, Panasonic has established many foundations and scholarship programs to promote education, the advancement of science and technology as well as coexistence with the natural environment.
The Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation (Japan)
The Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation will strive to contribute to the development of world culture and peace by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other countries and by developing personnel capable of promoting this understanding.
The foundation, with the basic idea of "Coexistence of Nature and Mankind," will also strive to help create a society capable of continuous development, in which humans can live with nature in harmony on a global scale.
The Panasonic Scholarship Program was established in 1998 in commemoration of the company's 80th anniversary as a way for the company to express its appreciation to society. Its aim is to provide scholarship opportunities to privately financed students from Asian countries who wish to pursue a master's course in Japan, to offer financial assistance to foster highly educated experts who can contribute to the development of their countries in the 21st century, and to promote mutual friendship between their home countries and Japan.
Panasonic Education Foundation (Japan)
Established in 1973, the Foundation aims to contribute to education through the promotion, research and development of audio visual and information technologies and materials. Currently, it provides grants to schools, teachers and professors for projects and related research aimed at utilizing audio visual and information technologies to enhance education; participates in and supports research activities; and holds training programs and seminars. In addition, the Foundation support for the "Comprehensive Forum on Japanese Society", which is held with the intention of making general suggestions towards creating a society that nourishes spiritual well-being.
Panasonic Scholarship Fund (China)
To promote the advancement of higher education in China and the development of future scientists and technology specialists, Panasonic donated US$1 million to the China Friendship and Peace Fund to establish the scholarship program in June 1995. Scholarships are awarded annually to academically outstanding students who are enrolled at China universities and in need of financial assistance.
The Matsushita Gobel Education Foundation (Indonesia)
Established in 1979 by Thayeb M. Gobel, founder of the Panasonic Group in Indonesia, and Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic, the Foundation aims to contribute to the education and welfare of the Indonesian nation. The nonprofit organization offers training programs and workshops on engineering, manufacturing and business management to the general public and small and medium enterprises.
Panasonic Scholarship for Philippine Colleges and Universities (Philippines)
Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) initiated a scholarship program in 1993 . The main objective of the said program is to provide less privileged but promising students - selected from all over the country - the opportunity to complete college degrees and become dynamic assets in their respective communities.
Likewise, the program is one of the the Company's gestures of gratitude to its loyal customers in particular, and to the society that continues to support Panasonic, in general.
Panasonic Trust (UK)
The objective of the Panasonic Trust is to encourage and support the professional development and retraining of engineers in the UK. It achieves this objective by providing funding for individuals to study courses which are designed to develop or update their knowledge and skills in new or emerging technologies and the various fields of engineering, manufacturing, materials science, environmental technology and IT.
From its inception in November 1984, the Trust has supported 1600 engineers and provided supporting funds to the value of £1.4m.
Panasonic Foundation (USA)
In 1984, the foundation was established to help US public school systems serving high percentages of children in poverty improve learning for all students. Instead of awarding grants, the foundation forms long-term partnerships with public school districts and works together with the superintendent, school board, unions, teachers, administrators, parents and other parties involved to restructure education systems. Utilizing the ESSPAR Protocol - its signature evaluation tool for assessing progress on systemic education reform, the program includes seminars, consultations and workshops led by teams of the foundation's consultants.