We ask our suppliers to conduct CSR self-assessments. The checklists used for these self-assessments require responses to questions that address all the issues related to modern slavery, including the confirmation of worker ages in order to prevent child labor, prohibitions against the collection of fees or retention of worker passports or identification documents by recruitment agencies, the requirement to provide employment contracts (including terms of employment) in workers’ native languages. In fiscal 2019 we requested CSR self-assessments from roughly 3,000 suppliers, including new suppliers.
When any of a supplier’s answers cause concern, we engage that supplier further and in some cases, conduct site visits to investigate. We discuss the risks that have been identified with the supplier, and when necessary, Panasonic also provides support for corrective action plans. In fiscal 2018, on-site visits were conducted at four suppliers in Thailand and three in China. These resulted in the identification of issues including health and safety concerns, and Panasonic has requested that these suppliers take corrective action.