Green Procurement

Expand environmental activities with our suppliers

 On Mar. 10, 1999, the Panasonic Group has first issued "Green Procurement Standards" which states the Group's preference to procure from suppliers who are proactive in reducing their environmental impacts.

 In 2010, we have set out our "Green Plan 2018", which is our environmental action plan that outlines initiatives for all employees. In collaboration with various stakeholders including suppliers and logistics partners (hereinafter referred to as "partners") who are closely linked to its business activities, the Group is accelerating initiatives to address global environmental issues across the boundaries of the Group, including CO2 emissions reduction, resource recycling, water and biodiversity conservation, and mitigation of the effect of chemical substances on human beings and environment.
 Under the banner of its long-term environmental vision, Panasonic GREEN IMPACT, the Panasonic Group hopes to contribute to both the well-being of people and society as well as a sustainable global environment. It is engaged in various activities towards reducing CO2 emissions from its own operations to virtually net-zero by 2030 and to contribute to a total of 300 million tons (Mt)*1 or more in avoided emissions by 2050, about 1%*2 of the current total global emissions of 33 billion tons.

*1 2019 energy-derived CO2 emissions: 33.6 billion tons (Source: IEA)
*2 CO2 emission factor is based on the year 2020

   The Panasonic Group understands its responsibility in working towards solving the urgent issue of climate change collectively. Through the accumulation of our efforts ("ACTs"), we will work alongside society to achieve carbon neutrality by expanding the impact of our contributions to COemission reductions.

 By promoting eco-conscious procurement based on these Green Procurement Standards, we hope to contribute to the protection of the global environment with our suppliers. We would like to request our suppliers to continue to support and cooperate with our Green Procurement initiatives. (October 2022)

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Green Procurement Standards Ver.6.5

Requests for Reducing Environmental Impact

Setting up Environmental Management System

We request suppliers to set up, maintain and improve environmental management system based on the acquisition of ISO 14001 certification.

Ensuring comprehensive chemical substance management

We request suppliers to follow the latest version of "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)", submit the latest version of Chemical Substance Non-use Warranty for Pertaining to Products, prepared by applicable business unit of our company, input data to our product chemical substance management system, undergo supplier environmental quality assurance system audits, and take other necessary actions.

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines

In March 1999, we published "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines" to effectively control the use of chemical substances in products and manufacturing processes in consideration of the safety.

In response to tightening of regulations governing the levels of chemical substances in products, we separated "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines "into "For Products" and "For Factories" versions in November 2004.

In "Green Procurement Standards", we request suppliers to comply with "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)".

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products) Ver. 13 (issuance: December 15, 2021, enforcement: February 25, 2022)

The purpose of "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)" is to make clear and familiarize our internal section and suppliers with chemical substances (environmentally-impacting substances) that are prohibited or need to control and to improve the environmental quality of our products if contained in raw materials, components, etc., that constitute our products we produce and sell.

Chemical substances categorize as "Prohibited Substances" and" Managed Substances" in "Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)" are equivalent to chemSHERPA Declarable Substances.

Please refer to the chemSHERPA website for chemSHERPA Declarable Substances and explanations (Front page -> Data entry support tool). Explanation of chemSHERPA Declarable Substances are included in the complete set for the data entry support tool.

"Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products)" and related documents can be downloaded as clicking below.

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Panasonic Group Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products) Ver. 13

Outline of the revision of Rank Guidelines to Ver. 13

Letter for Suppliers (Request for continuous discussion and study substitutes for applicable products for the exemptions stated in 6(a)-I, 6(b)-I, 6(b)-II, and 6(c) under the EU RoHS) (December 15, 2021)

Request for compliance with rules to prohibit PBT substances under the U.S. TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) (April 20, 2022)

Removal of Exemption of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts (July 1, 2022)

* The "Exempted Items List under the EU RoHS Directive", "Exempted Items List under the EU ELV Directive" and "Controlled Values for Prohibited Substances" are compiled in the Rank Guidelines as an Appendix.

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) (Updated: April 16, 2021)

"Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories)" provides guidelines for promoting initiatives to prohibit or reduce the use, release or transfer of chemical substances about whose environmental impact there are concerns, but are used in factories while performing production activities. We ask suppliers to recommend us auxiliary materials (chemicals, solvents, gases, etc.) that are not subject to our prohibition or reduction policy.

"Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) "and related documents can be downloaded as clicking below.

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Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) Ver6.3

Substance List for Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories)

Substance search tool

Product Chemical Substance Management System

We started to use our product chemical substance management system in 2004, and suppliers have been inputting data on chemical substance contents in materials (raw materials, components and products we purchase from suppliers) that they deliver to us via system.

We request suppliers to input data into this system.

User registration is required to use this system. Be sure to contact one of our business unit with which you have transactions when you apply to use the system.

Reducing of GHG Emissions

We preferentially adopt materials that help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
We request suppliers to provide us with materials that effectively reduce GHG emissions.

Promotion of Resource Recycling

We preferentially adopt materials contribute to recycling-oriented manufacturing, which we have been promoting to ensure efficient resource use.
We request suppliers to provide us with materials that can be used for recycling-oriented manufacturing.

Promotion of Water Recycling

We preferentially adopt materials that contribute water recycling, which we have been promoting.
We request suppliers to provide us with materials that contribute water recycling.

Conservation of Biodiversity

We preferentially adopt materials that contribute conservation of biodiversity.
We request suppliers to provide us with materials that contribute conservation of biodiversity.
We formulated "Green Procurement Guidelines for Wood" to conserve biodiversity and sustainable resource usage after thorough consultations with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan, and started to apply it in February 2010.
We clearly defined wood and wooden materials to be procured into three categories of Priority procurement (Category 1), Acceptable procurement (Category 2) and avoiding procurement (Category 3) from environmental and social perspectives and thereby promoting Green Procurement.

"Green Procurement Guidelines for Wood" can be downloaded as clicking below.

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Panasonic Group Green Procurement Guidelines for Wood

Sharing Achievements through Collaboration

We promote activities that reduce both environmental impact and cost rationalization (ECO Value Creation Activities) of materials we procure. We request suppliers to collaborate with us.

Terms of Use of "Green procurement"

You are requested to comply with our "Terms of Use" if you use our website except for this page "Green procurement". With regard to this page, you will not do acts that cause misunderstandings any partnership or cooperative relationship between you and us by linking to this page and contents of this page including listing the URL in any document. We do not request any linking or reference to stakeholders such as our partner companies, thus we do not intend to imply any special relationship with the website linking to this page nor any third party (other than people concerned in Panasonic Corporation) who list the URL in any document.