Panasonic took a basic stance on conflict minerals in 2012 and reviewed it in April 2018, based on recent social trends with regards to responsible minerals procurement.
Panasonic recognizes that the procurement of certain minerals (notably tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold and cobalt) from states in conflict-affected areas and high-risk areas (hereinafter referred to as “target areas”) carries a risk of funding organizations that are involved in 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 and Panasonic promotes responsible procurement of minerals in its global supply chain in order to fulfill our corporate social responsibility.
At the same time, there are companies and individuals in the target areas who are conducting lawful business activities.
Therefore, while we remain mindful of our obligation to avoid using minerals associated with illegal or unethical practices, we strive to ensure that legitimate companies’ and individuals’ business activities and livelihoods are not compromised by such efforts.
To this end, it is necessary for us to work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, in various countries, including governments, industry associations, companies and NPOs that are taking measures to build sound minerals supply chains in the target areas.
Panasonic will keep conducting its activities based on the "Due Diligence Guidance" of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), and build management processes in line with global standards.
The promotion of responsible minerals procurement requires to conduct due diligence efforts in the entire supply chain, including through green certifications of upstream mining companies, smelters and refineries clean, and by disseminating information on smelters and refineries among downstream enterprises.
Panasonic requires all related suppliers to provide information on smelters/refineries through the supply chain, and aims to procure from suppliers who don’t present any issue.
Going forward, Panasonic will keep contributing to the international efforts towards responsible minerals procurement while actively considering our future role in such global efforts.