Implementation of Environmental Sustainability Management Based on Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

As the foundation of environmental sustainability management, Panasonic set up EMS at all of our manufacturing sites across the world in fiscal 1999, and has continued to have the respective sites ISO14001 certified since then.

Moreover, in order to further strengthen the environment management world-wide, we set up EMS also at all of our nonmanufacturing sites; in principle, the respective sites also have obtained ISO 14001 certification. In October 2011, we published the Environmental Management System Establishment Guidelines that summarizes the EMS concepts for different business forms such as manufacturing, sales and services, and head office administration, aiming to build the EMS in accordance with the Basic Rules for Environmental Affairs on a global scale. Based on the Guidelines, we are implementing Environmental Sustainability Management to achieve the targets set in the Green Plan 2021.

Automotive Company and Industrial Solutions Company provide seminars for their members to learn the basics of the EMS, and training for auditors to work at different levels, such as internal and chief auditors. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, training programs that took a group-based format in the past were held remotely in fiscal 2021. The remote training scheme enabled employees who could not find sufficient time to attend the program to participate actively, resulting in highly effective training. Internal audits held by companies were also conducted remotely, both preventing COVID-19 infection and improving site management.

Acquired status of the ISO 14001 Certification (as of March 31, 2021)

Region Number of certifications obtained*1 Total
Manufacturing Non-manufacturing
Japan 13 10 23
North America & Latin America 14 0 14
Europe & CIS 9 1 10
Southeast Asia, & Oceania 41 9 50
China & Northeast Asia 52 1 53
India, South Asia, Middle East & Africa 7 1 8
Total 136 22 158

*1 The above number includes the one for integrated certification. The number of acquired status varies every year depending on the situation such as reorganization or closure of BDs, or promotion to acquire integrated certification. Certificate acquisition by manufacturing sites is at 96.7%, because a single certificate can cover multiple sites.