Environmental Sustainability Management Founded on Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

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

In order to further reinforce environmental sustainability management globally, we have established EMS in all our sites including non-manufacturing sites across the world, and these sites have certified ISO14001 in principle. In October 2011, we published the Environmental Management System Establishment Guidelines that summarize EMS concepts for different business forms such as manufacturing, sales and services, and head office administration, aiming to build EMS in accordance with the Basic Rules for Environmental Affairs on a global scale. Based on the Guidelines, Group-wide action is underway to achieve the goals set out in the Green Plan 2018.

The revisions to ISO 14001 in 2015 called for consolidation of environmental and business activities as well as for actions from a wider perspective. In response to the revision, activities are underway to gain deeper understanding, including in-house seminars on the transition held at each Company and business division, training sessions for internal auditors, information-sharing with divisions that have already made the transition, and materials exclusively prepared for top management aimed at promoting awareness. We will work to complete compliance with the new standards during the transition period until September 2018.

In-house seminar on the transition to ISO 14001:2015

Obtainment of ISO 14001 Certification (as of end of March 2017)

Region Number of certifications obtained*1 Total
Manufacturing Non-manufacturing
Japan 14 13 27
North America & Latin America 16 1 17
Europe & CIS 12 2 14
Southeast Asia, & Oceania 41 9 50
China & Northeast Asia 6 1 7
India, South Asia, Middle East & Africa 51 1 52
Total 140 27 167

*1 Including multi-site certifications. Depending on the consolidation and closure of sites and promotion of multi-site certifications, the number of certifications obtained varies each year.