History


Era Year Major Activities
1960s 1960 Construction of Famous Tokyo Gate and Lantern
1964 Construction of Japan's Largest Pedestrian Overpass
1968  50th Anniversary Donation
1970s 1973 55th Anniversary Donation
1973 Panasonic Education Foundation Established in Japan
1975 First Panasonic Professorship Established in US
1978 Support for Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
1979 Foundation Established in Indonesia
1980s 1983 The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan Established
1984 Panasonic Trust Established in UK
1984 Panasonic Foundation Inaugurated in US
1988 K. Matsushita Foundation of EXPO '90(Japan)
1988-2010 The Matsushita International Foundation Established in Japan
1988 Kid Witness News Launched in US
1989 European Union Baroque Orchestra Sponsorship Begins
1990s 1991 Support for Pacific Music Festival Commences
1993 Scholarship Program Starts in the Philippines
1995 Panasonic Contemporary Exhibition Is Held in Thailand
1996  Panasonic Lecture Series Begins in China
1997 Young Prague Festival Sponsorship Started
1998 Panasonic Scholarship Established
1998 Panasonic Essay Contest Launched in Panama
2000s 2000 Panasonic Tour of Shakespeare for Children Series Launched
2000 Beach Cleanup Activities Begin in US
2001 Panasonic NPO Supporting Fund Established in Japan
2002 Women's Vocational School Completed in Iran
2003 Kid Witness News Goes Global
2003  Construction of 75 Schools Finished in Thailand
2006 Support for Schools in Central America
2009 Joined Table For Two (TFT)
2010s 2010 Eco Learning Program, global environment educational materials, developed
2010 Educational support materials to schools under the theme of "energy" developed
2011 Educational support materials to schools under the theme of "career education" developed
2011 Smiling for Sure 2021, Tohoku recovery project, launched
2011 Participated in the School Smile Support Project, Great East Japan Earthquake support project
2011 Life Innovation Containers donated to a region affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (Miyagi Prefecture) and to Tanzania's Mbola Millennium Village
2011 1,000 solar lanterns donated to Tanzania under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
2011 Panasonic NPO Support Pro Bono Program launched
2012 Panasonic Innovation Volunteer Team (PIVoT), a pro bono program supporting NGOs in emerging countries, launched
2012 Approx. 2,000 solar lanterns donated to 15 organizations in Cambodia, including NPOs and NGOs
2012 100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project launched
2013 Received the Chairman's Award in the reconstruction assistance category of the Kids Design Award

History of Environmental Activities


Era Year Panasonic Group World Japan
~1970s 1967    
  • Basic Law for Environmental Pollution Control enacted
1968    
  • Air Pollution Control Law enacted
1970
  • Pollution Survey Committee established
 
  • Water Pollution Control Law enacted
  • Waste Disposal and Public Cleansing Law enacted
1971    
  • Environment Agency established
1972
  • Environmental Management Office established
  • U.N. Conference on Human Environment held in Stockholm (Declaration of Human Environment adopted)
 
1973  
  • First oil shock occurred
 
1975
  • Environmental Management Regulations enacted
   
1979  
  • Second oil shock occurred
  • Energy Conservation Law enacted
1980s 1985  
  • Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer adopted
 
1987  
  • Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer adopted
  • World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) advocated the concept of sustainable development
 
1988
  • CFC-reduction Committee established
 
  • Ozone Layer Protection Law enacted
1989
  • Environmental Protection Promotion Office established
   
1990s 1991
  • Matsushita Environmental Charter (Environmental Statement and Code of Conduct) enacted
  • Matsushita Product Assessment adopted and implemented
 
  • Keidanren Global Environment Charter enacted by Japan Federation of Economic Organizations
  • Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources enacted
1992
  • Environmental Policy Committee established
  • The Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Agenda21 and Rio Declaration on Environment and Development adopted
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted
 
1993
  • Matsushita Environmental Voluntary Plan (Year 2000 targets) adopted
  • Matsushita Group’ global environmental internal audits launched
 
  • The Basic Environment Law enacted
1995
  • Acquired Environmental Management System Certification at AV Kadoma Site (first in the Matsushita Group)
  • First Conference of Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP1) held in Berlin
  • Containers and Packaging Recycling Law enacted
1996  
  • ISO 14001 International Standard on Environmental Management Systems launched
 
1997
  • Corporate Environmental Affairs Division (CEAD) established
  • Environmental Conference established (held semi-annually)
  • COP3 held in Kyoto and adopted the Kyoto Protocol
  • Keidanren Appeal on the Environment announced by Japan Federation of Economic Organization
1998
  • Love the Earth Citizens’ Campaign commenced
  • Recycling Business Promotion Office established
  • First environmental report (1997) published
 
  • Home Appliance Recycling Law enacted (took effect in 2001)
  • Law Concerning the Promotion of the Measures to Cope with Global Warming enacted
  • Energy Conservation Law revised: Top Runner Approach introduced
1999
  • Green Procurement launched
  • Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines established
  • Acquired ISO14001 Certification in all manufacturing business units
 
  • PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) Law enacted
2000s 2000
  • Lead-free Solder Project commenced
  • Held first environmental exhibition for general public in Osaka
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) issued The Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
  • Basic Law for Establishing the Recycling-based Society enacted
  • Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources enacted
2001
  • Environmental Vision and Green Plan 2010 adopted
  • Held Environmental Forum in Tokyo and Freiburg,Germany
  • Panasonic Eco Technology Center launched
  • Reached final agreement on the actual rules of Kyoto Protocol in COP7 held in Marrakesh
  • Reorganized into the Ministry of the Environment
  • Law Concerning Special Measures against PCBs enacted
2002
  • Panasonic Center Tokyo opened
  • Johannesburg Summit (Rio+10) held
  • Kyoto Protocol ratified
  • Vehicle Recycling Law enacted
  • Law for Countermeasures against Soil Pollution enacted
2003
  • Declared ‘Coexistence with the Global Environment’ as one of the twin business visions
  • Factor X advocated as an indicator for Creating Value for a New Lifestyle
  • Completely introduced lead-free soldering globally
  • Super GP Accreditation System launched
  • Achieved zero waste emissions in Japanese manufacturing business sites (ongoing program)
  • Held Environmental Forum in Tokyo
  • EU’s WEEE Directive was enacted
 
2004
  • Environmental Vision and Green Plan 2010 revised
  • PCB Management Office established
  • Superior GP Accreditation System launched
 
  • Prohibited manufacturing and use of products containing asbestos in principle
2005
  • Participated in Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan as an official sponsor
  • Green Plan 2010 revised
  • Continued with the nationwide Lights-out Campaign
  • 3R Eco Project launched
  • Completed the elimination of specified substances (6 substances) in products
  • Matsushita Group’s Green Logistics Policy established
  • CF Accreditation System introduced
  • Panasonic Center Osaka opened
  • Eco & Ud HOUSE opened
  • Installed the first commercial household fuel cell cogeneration system in the new official residence of the Japanese Prime Minister
  • Won the first place in Nikkei Environmental Management Survey
  • Kyoto Protocol entered into force
  • Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan held
  • National campaign against global warming “Team −6%” launched
  • Marking for the presence of the specified chemical substances for electrical and electronic equipment (J-Moss) established
2006
  • Environmental specialist position established
  • ET Manifest introduced into all manufacturing sites of Panasonic in Japan
  • Realized lead-free plasma display panels and introduced them to the market
  • Full-fledge introduction of biodiesel fuel in logistics
  • Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive took effect in EU
  • Relief Law for Asbestos Victims enacted
  • Energy Conservation Law revised: new cargo owner obligations, widened product scope of its application, and top runner standard revision
2007
  • Energy conservation activities at our factories in Malaysia approved as CDM project by the U.N.
  • A new environmental mark 'eco ideas' introduced
  • Panasonic Center Beijing opened
  • Environmental Forum in China held
  • “Declaration of Becoming an Environmentally Contributing Company in China” announced
  • Panasonic ‘eco ideas’ Strategy announced
  • The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released
  • Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals entered into force in EU
  • Framework for CO2 reduction agreed at Heiligendamm Summit (G8)
  • The Bali Road Map for the post Kyoto Protocol agreed at COP13
  • Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products (China RoHS) came into effect
  • ‘Cool Earth 50’ announced by Prime Minister Abe
  • ‘21st Century Environment Nation Strategy’ formulated
  • ‘The Third National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan’ formulated
  • ‘Ministerial ordinance partially amending the Enforcement Regulation of the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Law’ promulgated
  • ‘Domestic Emissions Trading Scheme Review Committee’ established
  • ‘The Second Fundamental Plan for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society’ formulated
2008
  • Established the Corporate CO2 Reduction Promoting Committee
  • Held environmental exhibitions, ‘eco ideas’ World
  • Home Appliances Company announced environmental statement in which named its Kusatsu site as ‘eco ideas’ Factory
  • Announced ‘eco ideas’ Declaration in Europe
  • Established Environmental Strategy Research Center
  • G20 (conference of key countries’ environmental and energy ministers) held
  • Hokkaido Toyako Summit held
  • Cool Earth Promotion Program announced by Prime Minister Fukuda
  • Mislabeling incident of waste paper pulp percentage
  • Long-term Energy Demand and Supply Outlook announced
  • Japan’s Voluntary Emission Trading Scheme started
2009
  • Opened the ‘eco ideas’ House to demonstrate a lifestyle with virtually zero CO2 emissions throughout the entire house
  • Announced the Asia Pacific ‘eco ideas’ Declaration
  • Announced ‘eco ideas’ factories (in Czech, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore)
  • Sanyo Electric joined the Panasonic Group
  • China WEEE law promulgated
  • New framework for countermeasures against global warming on and after 2013 (post-Kyoto Protocol), the Cophenhagen Accord, was adopted at the COP15 (Copenhagen conference)
  • Seeking to emerge from the Lehman collapse, countries throughout the world accelerated actions for the Green New Deal
  • Energy Conservation Law amended: Covered area expanded from factories to commercial sector facilities
  • Flat-panel TV and clothes dryer added as covered products under the Home Appliance Recycling Law
  • ‘Eco point’ system started
2010s 2010
  • Announced “Vision looking to the 100th anniversary of our founding in 2018”
  • Announced new midterm management plan, “Green Transformation 2012 (GT12)”
  • Announced ‘eco ideas’ Declarations (Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Russia)
  • Established ‘eco ideas’ Forum 2010 in Ariake, Tokyo
  • Launched Panasonic ECO RELAY for Sustainable Earth
  • Kasai Green Energy Park eco-friendly factory completed?
  • COP10 held in Nagoya—Nagoya agreement made
  • APEC meeting held in Yokohama
  • Ruling party lost in US midterm election—changes in anti global warming policy
  • Cancun agreement made in COP16—Post-Kyoto framework still to be discussed
  • Draft legislation of Basic Law of Global Warming Countermeasures submitted but remained in deliberation
  • Obligatory greenhouse gas emissions reduction started as a part of Tokyo Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Waste Management and Public Cleansing Law amended: self treatment regulations tightened
  • Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. (CSCL) and Law concerning Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) amended
2011
  • Announced North America & Taiwan ‘eco ideas’ Declarations
  • Announced establishment of Panasonic Dadi Dowa Summit Recycling Hangzhou Co., Ltd.
  • Announced the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Project
  • Established Corporate Electricity Saving Division that bridges functions across the organation
  • Rare earth prices soared
  • Revised RoHS directives enforced in EU
  • COP17 (Durban Climate Conference): Agreement made on long-term future of the scheme, and the second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol (Japan announced non-commitment)
    • Home appliance eco-point incentive program finished
    • The Great East Japan Earthquake
    • Revised Air Pollution Control Act and Water Pollution Control Act enforced
    • Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Renewable Electric Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities enacted (Feed-in tariff system to be enforced July 2012)
2012
  • Business reorganization due to full acquisition of Panasonic Electric Works and SANYO Electric
  • Commenced sales of Resources Recycling-oriented Product series
  • Terminated production of household incandescent light bulbs
  • Establishment of Environmental Management Group, Environment & Quality Center, Global Manufacturing Division
  • Communication of ‘eco ideas’ Declaration (Vietnam)
  • United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20)
  • “Doha Climate Gateway” adopted at COP 18 Doha 2012, to lay down a future legal framework in which all nations can participate by 2020 and onwards
  • Revised WEEE Directive implemented in Europe
  • The Recycle Resource Project, national campaign by Ministry of the Environment, commenced
  • 2012 Japan Tax Reform Bill enacted (Environment tax came into force in October 2012)
  • Feed-in tariff for recyclable energy put into effect
2013
  • Announced new midterm management plan Cross-Value Innovation 2015
  • Announced new brand slogan "A Better Life, A Better World"
  • PETEC’s home appliance recycling reached a cumulative total of 10 million units
  • Announced ‘eco ideas’ factory (Philippines)
  • Phase I of the Kyoto Protocol ends.
    Japan’s target expected to be achieved in combination with forest CO2 absorption and application of the Kyoto Protocol mechanisms.
  • GRI announced G4, the next guidelines for CSR reports
  • Minamata Convention on Mercury to internationally regulate import and export of mercury adopted at UN conference
  • IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (Working Group 1) announced the possibility of human activity being the principal cause of global warming observed since the mid-20th century is “extremely high.” Global average surface temperature is expected to rise as high as 4.8℃
  • COP 19 Warsaw reaffirmed participation of all nations in the future framework of the Convention for 2020 and later. Nations were asked to submit emission pledges well in advance of 2015.
  • Home Appliance Recycling Law for small household appliances enforced
  • Basic Plan for Establishing a Recycling-Based Society implemented
  • Keidanren’s “Action Plan Towards Low-Carbon Society” started (until FY 2021)
  • Amended Law Concerning the Rational Use of Energy and Amended Law Concerning the Promotion of the Measures to Cope with Global Warming established. Amended Act on the Rational Use and Management of Fluorocarbons promulgated (June)
  • Voluntary Action Plan by the electric and electronics industry terminated. Achieved improvement by 48% in CO2 emissions per basic unit in average actual production output for fiscal 2009-2013 (compared with fiscal 1991 level) to the target of 35%
  • Japan announced in November its fiscal 2021 reduction target of 3.8% over fiscal 2006 and registered this with UNFCCC Office (but with a possible review of the tentative target, which does not include possible resumption of nuclear power plant operations)
  2014
  • Panasonic DADI DOWA Summit Recycling Hangzhou Co., Ltd., started operation
  • Opening of Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town
 
  • Amended Law Concerning the Rational Use of Energy enforced