Chemical Substances

Management of Chemical Substances in Products

Based on Panasonic Group's view of reduction of environmental impact by chemical substances, Our company provides solutions to customers globally "to achieve a sustainable society" and "to minimize an impact on the environment" through our products for wide range of industries, such as electronic components, devices, and batteries etc.

Furthermore, our company discloses information on compliance with RoHS directive and SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) inclusion under REACH regulation on our web site. We believe B-to-B customers that intend to procure standard device components will be able to ensure, promptly and efficiently, compliance with RoHS directive and REACH regulation.

Communication in the Supply Chain (Information transmission on chemical substances)

With "Product Chemical Substance Management System," Panasonic collects information on components, devices and materials which suppliers distribute, and quickly responds to survey requests from customers on chemical substances contained in products. Panasonic makes efforts to reduce workload for information transmission among companies by using industrial standard formats as survey forms for suppliers.

This figure shows the mechanism of chemical substance information transmission. We have built "Product Chemical Substance Management System", it collects information on chemical substances contained in parts and materials delivered by suppliers, and promptly responds to customer's inquiries.

※1 New chemical information format led by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and recommended by the Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP).
※2 International Material Data System: Material data system for the automobile industry that are operated on a global scale.

Management of Chemical Substances at Factories

Panasonic Group manages chemical substances according to "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (for factories)", by selecting chemical substances that are hazardous to human health and environment based on major laws and regulations on chemical substances.
In addition, Panasonic developed "Human Environment Impact (HEI)", by adding hazardousness index to each substance weighted based on its hazardousness.

Our company that uses various chemical substances in manufacturing products for wide range of industries is working on reduction of human environment impact through activities, such as use of alternative materials, development of production process to reduce transfer amount, and promotion of recycling of wastes.

This figure shows the conceptual diagram of the balance between the amount of chemical substances used and the amount of emissions and movements in production factories. We understand the amount of materials and parts input to the factory and the amount of exhaust, wastewater, and wastes output from the factory, and evaluate the degree of impact on the human body.

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines

To promote our initiatives clearly, we set forth "Chemical Substances Management Guidelines".
The Guidelines aims to specify which chemical substances should be prohibited for use or be controlled both for products and for factories.
The Company requests adherence to the Guidelines not only within our company but also to our suppliers.

Panasonic Group Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (for Product)
Panasonic Group Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (for Factory)
Green Procurement Standards

The above documents can be downloaded from the following Panasonic homepage.