Responsible Supply Chain
With social responsibility in procurement, including consideration for the environment and human rights, being expected from society, we at Panasonic are working to conduct our business with suppliers that not only provide excellent technology and quality, but also honor social responsibilities including clean procurement; green procurement; compliance; information security; and human rights, labor, health and safety.
To ensure at employees involved in procurement activities better understand CSR procurement, and in order to raise their awareness of CSR procurement, we have created internal rules and manuals on CSR procurement, and disseminated the necessary information via handouts, our intranet, and training sessions.
We sign a Standard Purchase Agreement with each of our suppliers provided that the supplier agrees with our management philosophy and CSR procurement policies. This Agreement includes items related to CSR such as human rights, safe working environments, and consideration for the environment.
We also issue and distribute the guidelines we expect our suppliers to follow as the Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidelines and conduct regular evaluations of supplier initiatives related to CSR in addition to evaluations related to standards for evaluating quality, cost, delivery, and service (QCDS) and business results.
With regard to conflict minerals that fund organizations that behave without proper regard for human rights, engage in environmental destruction, practice corruption, and otherwise act unethically in conflict zones, we strive to adhere to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Through these efforts, together with our suppliers, we strive to create sustainable supply chains.
Panasonic has summarized its core thinking on procurement in a 3-item set of Procurement Policy. The fundamental basis of this policy is the concept that, based on relationships of mutual trust, and through diligent study and cooperation, our suppliers are invaluable partners in creating the value our customers demand.
- Implementation of Global Procurement Activities
The Company globally establishes partnerships with suppliers to respond to production activities on a global scale, and works to create the functions and values our customers demand based on relationships of mutual trust and through diligent studies and cooperation.
- Implementation of CSR Procurement
Complying with laws and regulations, social norms, and corporate ethics, the Company promotes procurement activities together with suppliers that fulfill their social responsibilities, such as human rights, labor, safety and health, global environmental conservation, information security.
- Procurement Activities Working Closely with Suppliers
In order to achieve product values expected by customers, the Company serves as the contact point of suppliers with respect to information, such as the market trends of materials and goods, new technologies, new materials, and new processes, and works to ensure and maintain the quality of purchased goods, realize competitive prices, and respond to market changes.
Ensuring Fair Business
- Prohibition of Receiving Money and Valuables from Suppliers
Panasonic has established Rules on Entertainment and Gifts from Suppliers, which lays out strict rules that prohibit receiving any entertainment or meals, money, goods, or property, obtaining any advantages, or receiving other payoffs from any business partners from which Panasonic purchases goods or obtains services, or who may become such business partners. These rules also both encourage reporting to or consultation with superiors in the workplace, HR or Legal departments, or the internal hotline established for when a violation has been discovered, and lay out disciplinary actions for those who violate these rules.
- Establishing of a Purchasing Ombudsperson Fair Business Hotline
Panasonic promotes fair and equal procurement activities based on our Clean Procurement Declaration.
We have created the Fair Business Hotline, a fair and objective organization, as a means for reporting in the event that any of our procurement staff have violated any laws or regulations, agreements with suppliers, the Panasonic Code of Conduct, or other procurement rules, or is suspected to be about to do so in the near future.
Training is spread out over seven sessions in one year, divided into introduction, fundamentals, and practice.
The purpose of this training is for employees to be able to gain a basic knowledge of our approach to CSR and procurement compliance, and to train our personnel to become individuals who can fulfill their responsibilities to society in the context of procurement work.
Responsible Executive and Framework
The person responsible is Senior Managing Director Yoshiyuki Miyabe (as of August 2016).
The department responsible is the Global Procurement Company. Each of our group Companies and their business divisions and other affiliated companies has its own procurement department.
The Global Procurement Company is responsible for CSR procurement activities at the company-wide level. It works together with the group Companies and their business divisions and other affiliated companies to strengthen our efforts in this area.
Each Company and business division draws up plans to follow and promote the company-wide rules and manuals, in order to keep the PDCA cycle in motion. Issues that arise in this process are addressed by the conference and other opportunities composed of executives responsible for the procurement functions in each Company and business division, which devises appropriate solutions.