Under its basic philosophy, “A company is a public entity of society,” the Company has committed to highly transparent business activities and endeavored to be accountable its accountability to its stakeholders. The Company’s basic policy concerning information disclosure is set forth in the “Panasonic Code of Conduct,” which prescribes specific items to be complied with in order to put the Group’s business policy into practice, and the standards in the course of business is published on the Company’s website as “the Disclosure Policy.” The Company’s basic policy is to provide the Company’s fair and accurate financial information and corporate information, including management policies, business activities and corporate ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) activities, in a timely, appropriate and easily understandable manner.
In accordance with this basic policy, important matters concerning the management of the Group are resolved or reported at the Board of Directors pursuant to the Regulations of the Board of Directors. These important matters and other matters, which are required to be disclosed under relevant laws and ordinances in Japan and overseas or any other regulations, are timely and accurately reported from each relevant department, that has the important internal information, to the department that handles relevant information under the monitoring of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), so that important information is gathered. Further, matters required to be disclosed under the rules of financial instruments exchanges are also under the monitoring of the CFO.
Also, if any of the matters which is required to be disclosed under relevant laws and ordinances in Japan and overseas, and the rules of financial instruments exchanges or any other regulations, occurs at the Company’s business divisions including subsidiaries, such matter shall be immediately reported to the “Financial & Accounting Department” or the “Financial and, Finance & IR Department,” depending upon the nature thereof; Thus, the Company has established a structure whereby these matters can be collected.
With respect to the information gathered or identified, the Company determines the necessity of disclosure thereof in accordance with relevant laws and ordinances in Japan and overseas, and the rules of financial instruments exchanges or any other regulations, and makes effort to disclose it at the time that the organization, which effectively decides execution of the business of the Company, makes a resolution or determination, or becomes aware of its occurrence.
In addition, the Company endeavors to confirm the contents and expressions of the disclosure with the relevant departments within the Company and outside legal counsel to ensure the accuracy, fairness and adequacy of the disclosure.
Moreover, the Company has established disclosure control procedures in order to comply with relevant laws and ordinances in Japan and overseas, the rules of financial instruments exchanges and any other regulations, and to implement the fair, accurate and timely disclosure of information about its Group, etc. In the process of preparation and confirmation of documents such as annual securities reports and quarterly reports, the Disclosure Committee, which is comprised of managers from principal departments that handle relevant information, confirms the validity of the content of the descriptions and the appropriateness of the procedures concerning the disclosure under the supervision of the President and the CFO, who are responsible for establishing, maintaining and ensuring the effectiveness of the internal control and disclosure control of the Company. The chairman of the Disclosure Committee is appointed by the President and the CFO, and the members of the Disclosure Committee are appointed by the chairman of the Disclosure Committee. The Disclosure Committee also develops, maintains, improves and evaluates the internal control procedures concerning disclosure matters.