The Panasonic Group employs people who, regardless of their physical capabilities, are creative and resourceful in simultaneously pursuing two objectives: sustaining growth in business performance and achieving self-fulfillment through their work.
As of June 2014, the number of employees with disabilities represented 2.16% of Panasonic Corporation's workforce in Japan. On a total Group basis, this figure was 2.18%, higher than the national average of 1.82% and the legally mandated quota of 2.0%.
In addition, in collaboration with communities and local governments, Panasonic operates seven subsidiaries (*) that are jointly owned with public sector partners for the purpose of employing those with severe disabilities. The facilities at subsidiaries such as Panasonic Kibi Co., Ltd. (Okayama) or Panasonic Katano Co., Ltd. (Osaka), which assemble electric equipment, are designed for those with disabilities. These facilities include the placement of parts and materials, as well as adjustments to work surfaces, to suit the physical needs of wheelchair users. We actively welcome participants in trainee programs and employees from other companies to learn from our experience.
(*) seven subsidiaries: Panasonic Kibi Co., Ltd. (Okayama); Panasonic Katano Co., Ltd. (Osaka); Panasonic Associates Shiga Co., Ltd. (Shiga); Panasonic Ecology Systems Kyoei Co., Ltd. (Osaka); Sanyo Heart Ecology, Co., Ltd. (Osaka, others); Harima SANYO Industry Co., Ltd. (Hyogo); Sendai SANYO Industry Co., Ltd. (Tottori)