Panasonic recognizes that the procurement of tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold and cobalt from states in conflict areas and other high-risk areas, may inadvertently fund organizations involved in bribery and other unlawful activities, which is a socially grave concern. Additionally, we are deeply concerned about human rights abuses such as child labor, harsh working conditions and environmental destructions.
In order to fulfill our corporate social responsibility, Panasonic promotes responsible procurement of minerals in the global supply chain.
There are corporations and people who are conducting business activities legally. Panasonic must tackle with the problems by promoting the non-use activity of the illegal minerals while paying enough attention to the business activities of such corporations and life of their workers.
Panasonic needs to work in cooperation with various stakeholders who are building sound minerals supply chains such as states, companies and NPOs, etc.,
Panasonic will conduct the activities based on the "due diligence guidance" of “Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)” and build management process which conforming to the global standards, and implement continuous efforts.
To promote the responsible minerals procurement, due diligence efforts throughout the supply chain are needed such as developing the conflict free system of upstream companies, mines, conflict free certification of refining / smelting companies and refiner / smelter information transmission between downstream companies.
Panasonic will ask all related suppliers to provide information through the supply chain and will promote the procurement from refiners without problems
Panasonic continues to promote the international contribution toward the responsible minerals procurement while considering our future role in the global efforts.