In Latin America, we are continuously promoting the environmental education for our employees to raise their awareness to the environment at each site.
In Panasonic peruana (PANAPERU), an in-house campaign to collect waste home appliances has been run. Through the campaign, the employees gain knowledge on waste home appliances and how to properly dispose the wastes; as a result, they respectively have put into practice of proper disposing of the wastes.
In Peru, the Home Appliance Recycling Law has been enforced; however, awareness of the law in the country is still low, and the reality is that in most cases, waste home appliances are dismantled and disposed by illegal traders. In order to improve the current situation, we invited the person in charge from an association of waste management, Associacion Peruana de Actores para la Gestion de Residuos (ASPAGERE) as a lecturer. In the lecture the participants learned the circumstance of the Home Appliance Recycling Law and disposal, and deepened their understanding of 'the importance of properly disposing waste home appliances by always separating waste home appliances from general wastes, which leads to prevention of environmental pollution'. As a practice of the knowledge, they are promoting proper waste disposal in their local community by collecting waste home appliances from each household.
In addition, Manaus factory of Panasonic Brasil (PANABRAS) holds a variety of seminars on environmental subjects for its employees every year, in collaboration with the local region. For example, the Manaus factory gained support from an NGO (GAVAIAM Institute NGO) located in Manaus City, and also held a seminar as a part of an industrial area fair called 'Feira de Sustentabilidade do Polo Industrial de Manaus' in Manaus with the concept of 'Sustainability & Technology'. At the seminar, the participants gained knowledge on ecology of flora and fauna that inhabit in the Amazon region, and knowledge to protect the nature; and the participants also did role-playing activities in which they thought about the environment in their own town from viewpoints of a cleaner. In the Amazon region, balancing economic development and environmental conservation has been an important issue; therefore, the Manaus factory has contributed to the conservation of nature in the Amazon region through these activities in collaboration with local communities.