Panasonic had taken a basic stance on conflict minerals in 2012, and reviewed it in April 2018 based on recent social trends in regard to responsible minerals procurement.
Panasonic recognizes that the procurement of certain minerals (notably tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold and cobalt) from states in conflict areas and other high-risk areas carries with it a risk of funding organizations that are involved in all kinds of illegal or unethical activities including human rights abuses such as child labor, harsh working conditions, environmental destruction and corruption. This is a matter of grave social concern.
In order to fulfill our corporate social responsibility, Panasonic promotes responsible procurement of minerals in the global supply chain.
However, at the same time, there are companies and individuals in such areas who are conducting business activities with no connection to any illegal activities.
Panasonic is therefore mindful of our obligation to avoid using minerals that are associated with illegal or unethical behavior, while striving to ensure that legitimate companies’ and individuals’ business activities and livelihoods are not harmed by such efforts.
To this end, Panasonic needs to work in cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders, including countries, companies, and non-profit organizations (NPOs) that are taking measures to build fair supply chains of minerals in such affected locations.
As a foundation to this position, Panasonic is conducting its activities continuously based on the "Due Diligence Guidance" of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), and is building management processes which conform to global standards, with the aim of contributing to the international efforts being made to address these issues.
To effectively promote the responsible procurement of such minerals, a number of due diligence efforts throughout the supply chain are required. Examples of such work include; developing the ‘conflict free’ system of upstream companies (through to mines) and ‘conflict free’ certification of refining / smelting companies (including refiner / smelter information transmission downstream).
To help achieve this, Panasonic is requiring all related suppliers to provide relevant information through the supply chain, and promotes procurement from suppliers who are working to the same ends.
Panasonic is also continuing to support the international contribution towards responsible minerals procurement while actively considering our future role in such global efforts.