With a rising global demand for socially responsible procurement—taking into account the environment, human rights, satisfactory labor conditions, and fair trade—we strive to conduct our business with suppliers in a way that not only provides excellent technology and quality, but also fulfills our social responsibility, including towards human rights and labor, occupational health and safety, green procurement, clean procurement, compliance and information security.
Panasonic considers the CSR initiatives in our procurement department vitally important, and we regularly conduct management reviews.
In order to increase understanding of CSR procurement and raise awareness of employees involved in procurement activities, we have created internal rules and manuals on CSR procurement, and disseminated the necessary information via handouts, the company’s intranet and training sessions.
We ask each of our suppliers to agree to Panasonic Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidelines, which bring together our management philosophy, CSR procurement policies, and other matters with which we want our suppliers to comply. We also ask them to perform CSR self-assessments before we start doing business with them. Additionally, we enter into a Standard Purchase Agreement with suppliers, which includes CSR-related items such as respect for human rights, safe working environments, and consideration for the environment.
Furthermore, in addition to evaluations related to quality, cost, delivery, and service (QCDS) standards and to business performance, we conduct regular evaluations of suppliers’ CSR initiatives.
Regarding conflict minerals, which are sources of funding for organizations involved in unethical practices in conflict areas, such as human rights violations, environmental destruction and corruption, 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, we are working towards the creation of sustainable supply chains together with our suppliers.