Enforcement of the Panasonic Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidelines

In March 2016, the Panasonic Group issued the CSR requirements we have created in order to convey our stance on CSR procurement that we want our suppliers to adhere to known as the Panasonic Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidelines (hereafter, "Procurement Guidelines"), with reference to international standards and standard approaches in industry.
These Procurement Guidelines have been created in Japanese, English, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian, and we are working on distributing them to all our suppliers via email and ensuring that they have been notified, in addition to posting them on our website.
We also have CSR supplier meetings in China and Southeast Asia. In China, around 400 suppliers have attended, as have some 3,000 in Southeast Asia and India.

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Requests to Our Suppliers for CSR Self-Assessments

In fiscal 2016, we began requesting that our suppliers begin conducting CSR self-assessments concerning the state of their initiatives related to human rights, health and safety, the environment, and ethics.

In fiscal 2017, we requested CSR self-assessments from roughly 5,000 suppliers, mostly in China, Southeast Asia, and India.
Based on the self-assessments, we visit suppliers, check conditions on the ground, and hold interviews whenever necessary. In fiscal 2017, we checked conditions on the ground at 12 suppliers. We identified three issues in areas such as human rights, health, and safety, and we requested that corrections be made. We will continue to request self-assessments of our suppliers and to communicate with them about CSR. We will work to take swift corrective action in the event that we find any issues and to build up a solid, healthy supply chain.

Cooperation with Suppliers in Reducing the Burden on the Environment

We work to reduce the burden we place on the environment through cooperation with our suppliers and logistics partners.