With social responsibility in procurement, including consideration for the environment and human rights, being expected from society, we at Panasonic are working to conduct our business with suppliers that not only provide excellent technology and quality, but also honor social responsibilities including clean procurement; green procurement; compliance; information security; and human rights, labor, health and safety.
Panasonic considers the promotion of CSR in its procurement departments to be crucial and conducts periodic management reviews.
To ensure that employees involved in procurement activities better understand CSR procurement, and in order to raise their awareness of CSR procurement, we have created internal rules and manuals on CSR procurement, and disseminated the necessary information via handouts, our intranet, and training sessions.
We sign a Standard Purchase Agreement with each of our suppliers provided that the supplier agrees with our management philosophy and CSR procurement policies. This Agreement includes items related to CSR such as human rights, safe working environments, and consideration for the environment.
We also issue and distribute the guidelines we expect our suppliers to follow as the Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidelines and conduct regular evaluations of supplier initiatives related to CSR in addition to evaluations related to standards for evaluating quality, cost, delivery, and service (QCDS) and business results.
With regard to conflict minerals that fund organizations that behave without proper regard for human rights, engage in environmental destruction, practice corruption, and otherwise act unethically in conflict zones, we strive to adhere to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Through these efforts, together with our suppliers, we strive to create sustainable supply chains.