In today's world, the procurement of raw materials and parts is an essential business activity in manufacturing. Panasonic insists that these activities respect certain social responsibilities, such as respect for human rights and the environment.
For this reason, supplying outstanding quality and technologies is no longer sufficient. Beyond that, Panasonic strives to ensure that it does business only with suppliers that fulfill their social responsibilities in five areas: clean procurement; green procurement; compliance with laws and social norms; information security; and respect for human rights, labor, and occupational health and safety.
To ensure that employees involved in procurement activities better understand CSR procurement, and in order to raise their awareness of CSR procurement, we have created internal rules and manuals on CSR procurement, and disseminated the necessary information via handouts, our intranet, and training sessions.
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.
For details, please see our “For Suppliers” regarding our procurement activities.
In addition, with regard to conflict minerals that fund organizations that behave without proper regard for human rights, engage in environmental destruction, practice corruption, and otherwise act unethically in conflict zones, we strive to adhere to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Through these efforts, together with our suppliers, we strive to create sustainable supply chains.