Enforcement of the Panasonic Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidelines

In March 2016, the Panasonic Group issued our CSR requirements—the Panasonic Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidelines, Rev. 1—to convey our stance on CSR procurement, which we want our suppliers to follow, with reference to international standards and industry-standard approaches. However, CSR requirements for corporations frequently change, so in July 2018, we revised these guidelines for the Panasonic Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidelines, Rev. 2 ("Procurement Guidelines").
The Procurement Guidelines establish the following provisions while meeting legal and regulatory requirements and accounting for international conventions and standards:

  1. Labor rights: Prohibition of forced and child labor, payment of wages commensurate with hours worked, humane treatment and elimination of discrimination, and freedom of association
  2. Occupational health and safety: Training to ensure workplace safety and responses during emergencies, safety policies for machinery and equipment, and occupational health and safety rules for facilities
  3. Environment: Compliance with the latest edition of Panasonic's Green Procurement Standards
  4. Ethics: Prohibition of corruption and bribery, fair trade, and responsible mineral procurement
  5. Information security: Prevention of information leaks and defense against computer/network attacks
  6. Product quality and safety: Creation of a product quality management system, provision of accurate product and service data, and ensuring product safety
  7. Social contribution: Contributions to society and the local community
  8. Management systems

These Procurement Guidelines have been created in Japanese, English, and Chinese, and we are distributing them to all our suppliers via email and posting them on our website.
We aim to continue holding supplier meetings in regard to revision of the Panasonic Supply Chain CSR Promotion Guidelines and the CSR self-assessments sheets as necessary so that our CSR ideals reach throughout our supply chain.

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Requests to Our Suppliers for CSR Self-Assessments

In fiscal 2016, we began requesting that our suppliers conduct CSR self-assessments concerning the state of their initiatives related to human rights, health and safety, the environment, and ethics, and we have conducted these self-assessments annually ever since.

In fiscal 2017, we requested CSR self-assessments from roughly 5,000 suppliers, mostly in China, Southeast Asia, and India; in fiscal 2018, from roughly 2,000 suppliers, primarily in Japan; and in fiscal 2019, from roughly 3,000 new and existing suppliers.
Based on the results of the self-assessments, we visit suppliers, check conditions on the ground, and hold interviews whenever necessary. In fiscal 2018, we checked conditions on the ground at four suppliers in Thailand and three suppliers in China. We identified issues related to occupational health and safety in Thailand and China, while also finding issues related to the environment in China, and we requested that corrections be made. We will continue to request self-assessments from 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.