The Panasonic Group has been involved in marine protection activities*12 for some 20 years through collaboration with WWF Japan. Main activity at present is continual supply of MSCand ASC-certified*13 sustainable seafood*14 to employees' canteens that started for the first time in Japan at Panasonic headquarters in March 2018. As the same as last fiscal year, the number of employees work in the office decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This led to the temporary closure of canteens and a significant reduction of menu items, as well as suspending the sustainable seafood menu in nearly half of the applicable canteens. As difficulties continued, sustainable seafood was newly introduced to only two of the Panasonic Group sites this year, making an accumulated total of 56 sites. Note that as for our continued support for other companies adoption of sustainable seafood into their canteens, the number of adopting companies is steadily increasing. The running total of the canteens of partner companies using sustainable seafood has exceeded 50, making more than 100 when combined with our Group's accumulated total.
In addition to corporate canteens, Yokohama City University COOP has obtained the MSC-ASC certification with the Panasonic Group's support and collaboration, towards the first adoption of sustainable seafood to a university canteen in Japan. Sustainable seafood is now creating a new trend and is expanding its market.
By expanding availability of sustainable seafood, such as serving it at corporate canteens, and communicating with employees and the next generation about sustainable seafood and the IUU fishing issues*15 through media, we are working to change the behavior of our employees as consumers and the public at large. This contributes to SDG 14 Life below Water and promotes to make the topic of biodiversity mainstream.