In 1999 Panasonic began its Equal Partnership initiative, and since this time, it has promoted the creation of an open and fair work environment—one that does not discriminate based on gender, age, nationality, or similar factors—through initiatives such as the establishment of the Panasonic Positive Action Program, special training programs for female employees, and the naming of Equal Employment Opportunity Officers.
Soon thereafter, in 2001, efforts to appoint women to positions of responsibility—previously largely the purview of the human resources department—were more forcefully recognized as drivers of diversity for the entire organization. Accordingly as part of the management policies to change the corporate climate by facilitating the participation of women in management, the Corporate Equal Partnership Division was established directly under the office of the President.
In 2006, the division was further developed as an organization, and it became the Corporate Diversity Promotion Division—with an expanded mandate that focused on diversity of age and nationality, in addition to gender, while extending its efforts worldwide. At the same time, Panasonic established its e-Work Promotion Office, an organization dedicated to promoting telecommuting (internally called “e-Work”) as an efficient way of working.
Now, in 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the company's founding, Panasonic has established its Office for A Better Workstyle, which reports directly to the head office. This editorial board is responsible for further increasing the rewarding nature of work for all employees, who are the driving force the firm needs to continue servicing society and its customers for the next 100 years.