Based on our Risk Management Regulations and Corporate-wide Emergency Response Regulations, we established the Guidelines on Business Continuity Management (BCM) and have formulated BCPs for each business site. The BCM Guidelines rest on the three pillars: Business Continuity Management Policies (business covered by BCM and business recovery steps), Emergency Responses (initial responses and recovery responses), and Disaster Prevention & Mitigation Responses. We have established a BCM (Business Continuity Management) development guideline and established BCP for each business unit. Based on these BCM Guidelines, each business site reassesses BCPs as needed and works to bolster its resiliency.
For this reason, we have conducted a hazard survey in several countries around the world about various risks posed by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tropical depressions, tsunamis, naturally occurring fires, landslides, tornadoes, and volcanic eruptions. We have also shared these findings with each of the four Companies and have put priority measures in place, both within our own Group and in our supply chain. We also strive to obtain information on disasters and incidents, and try to respond swiftly in real time, both in order to confirm the safety of our employees and to provide uninterrupted supply to customer companies.
Forecasts indicate a high probability of a major earthquake in Japan, directly under the Tokyo metropolitan area or in the Nankai Trough, within the next 30 years. In response to these predictions, Panasonic has established a cross-Company task force to promote earthquake resistance and disaster responses, based on the latest government damage predictions. The task force conducts annual Corporate-wide disaster-preparedness training drills. It has established emergency response headquarters at every level of the Group, within the seven Divisional Companies, and within all business divisions. These headquarters are intended to maintain and improve Panasonic’s initial response capabilities—including confirmation of the safety of employees and reporting among different emergency response headquarters on the degree of damage.
Coordinating with local municipalities, the task force conducts annual disaster preparedness and emergency evacuation training drills at each business site as needed.
In terms of procurement activities, we also manage the securing of replacement sourcing and the building up of inventory for emergencies, based on evaluations of the criticality and interchangeability of procured parts.
We strive to prepare for fire-related accidents and prevent their occurrence, based on the Global Fire Prevention Regulations, which include provisions for fire risk assessments, fire prevention equipment, fire-fighting equipment, self-defense fire brigades and fire extinguishing activities, fire recurrence prevention, independent inspections, fire prevention training, awareness raising, audits etc.