Our mission at Panasonic is to contribute to the advance of world culture by working to improve society through the products we produce and sell. Panasonic's Basic Management Objective clearly expresses the purpose of our business activities as well as the purpose of our existence. Since the company's founding in 1918, this management philosophy has formed the foundation of all our business activities. As the key element of this philosophy, we have the basic concept of the "company as a public entity of society." All the management resources of a company–including the people, money, and commodities–all come from society.
While the company engages in business activities using the resources entrusted by society, it also develops along with society, and so the company's activities must be transparent, fair, and just.The entire Panasonic Group takes care to ensure that our management and business activities are appropriate for "a public entity of society," and we will continue to implement this management philosophy through manufacturing as our primary business. This is also the very essence of the Panasonic Group's sustainability. As we stand at historical turning points in many areas today–society, economy, global environment–the Panasonic Group will continue to promote sustainability management globally and to contribute to the future of society and the world by proposing the lifestyles of tomorrow.
"There is much discussion today regarding ’social responsibility,’ but while the meaning of that concept can be wide-ranging depending on social conditions at a particular time, the fundamental social responsibility of a corporation, in any era, should be to improve society through its business activities. It is extremely important to manage all business activities based on this sense of mission."
-Konosuke Matsushita, Founder of Panasonic Corporation, My Management Philosophy (issued in June 1978)