As a company doing business in countries around the world, Panasonic strives to respect human rights and considers it a precondition for all its behavior to abide by international standards, the laws and regulations of each country or region, and the Panasonic Code of Conduct.
Further to these efforts, since 2007, the company has been conducting Overseas Human Resources and Labor Assessments intended to identify, comprehend, and resolve issues in personnel management and labor management overseas. The checklist used in the survey contains around 300 items, including those concerning proper implementation of labor management; compliance with local labor laws, employment systems, and business practices; and discovery of bad influences on business and of latent labor-related risks that could cause problems.
After the local affiliate has conducted a self-assessment based on the checklist, an assessor who belongs to a Company or business division in Japan performs an audit with the support of the regional headquarters. Efforts to resolve problems discovered via assessments are undertaken primarily by Assessor-Leaders (mainly managers in charge of human resources), who strive to raise the level of labor management. Panasonic periodically runs "Assessor Seminars" to systematically promote the education of assessors and to raise the levels of their checking skills.
In fiscal 2017, assessments were conducted at a total of 6 sites, consisting of 2 sites in China, and 4 sites elsewhere in Asia. Panasonic will continue to strive to improve labor management capabilities through close partnerships between its Japanese and overseas locations, thereby to improve the company's ability to respect human rights in all its businesses.
Furthermore, since fiscal 2015, Panasonic has implemented risk assessment and improvement efforts based on a "Self-Assessment Checklist" relating to human rights and labor that was established that year. We have expanded the implementation of these to manufacturing sites within Japan in fiscal 2017, engaging in efforts toward self-assessments as well as corrections and improvements at 98 sites worldwide.
Because issues with working hours management have been observed at some companies through self-assessments, we have proposed improvement plans that include revisions to the organization of personnel, work management methods, and equipment automation, and are moving forward in our efforts to correct these issues.
In addition, Panasonic receives audits from the clients that we supply. We were audited 17 times in fiscal 2017, and we are engaged in correcting and improving the areas that our clients have indicated may be problematic in terms of human rights and labor standards. These efforts include reviewing our work regulations and management methods.