The Eco Mind Skills Competition and Energy Conservation Diagnosis Skills Competition are held; as environment-related events in the Panasonic Group Manufacturing Skills Competition held annually for Panasonic employees worldwide, aimed at training employees to acquire advanced skills and become top runners in Panasonic manufacturing. We hope that these events will bring greater environmental awareness and continuous environmental activities among our employees, and thus lead to more active proposals to address and resolve wide-ranging environmental issues and business risks.
The Eco Mind Skills Competition tests the participants' capabilities in overall environmental knowledge and expertise including global environmental issues and environmental sustainability management by Panasonic, as well as environmental improvement skills of proposing and implementing improvement measures that cut down environmental impact. Training materials for the Competition, preparatory study sessions, and mock tests are held at each business site, aiming for promising contenders to win high-ranking places. Additionally, voluntary activities are being organized actively to encourage competitors to acquire and improve their knowledge in the area. In fiscal 2017, 1,166 people participated in the Competition.
In China, which is one of the major regions where we focus business strategies on, the Eco Mind Skills Competition China has been held since fiscal 2012 at the Manufacturing Technology Learning Center (our in-house center for manufacturing education) in Hangzhou. In fiscal 2016, it was also held in Beijing.
Matters unique to the region, including essential environmental impact reduction at the business site, energy-saving and improvement activities and environmental trends and laws in China, are being included to foster greater employee awareness of the environment.
In the Energy Conservation Diagnosis Skills Competition, 66 employees participated in fiscal 2017 and competed in various fields such as air-conditioning, furnace & heat, etc. The Competition requires competitors to identify energy-saving issues and improvement measures through analysis of the state of facility operations and energy use within a designated time period. It is an event that requires problem-solving capabilities based on advanced expertise and experience in environmental engineering. We award outstanding performers in the competition, and continue to promote further development of human resources capable of more advanced practices to raise the overall level of the company.