As the foundation of environmental sustainability management, Panasonic Group set up EMS at all of our manufacturing sites across the world in fiscal 1999, and has continued to have the respective sites ISO14001 certified since then.
Moreover, in order to further strengthen the environment management world-wide, we set up EMS also at all of our nonmanufacturing sites; in principle, the respective sites also have obtained ISO 14001 certification. In October 2011, we published the Environmental Management System Establishment Guidelines that summarizes the EMS concepts for different business forms such as manufacturing, sales and services, and head office administration, aiming to build the EMS in accordance with the Basic Rules for Environmental Affairs on a global scale. Based on the Guidelines, we are implementing Environmental Sustainability Management to achieve the targets set in the Green Impact Plan 2024.
Panasonic Automotive System Co., Ltd., Panasonic Industry Co., Ltd. and Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd. provide seminars for their members to learn the basics of the EMS, and training for auditors to work at different levels, such as internal and chief auditors. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, training programs that took a group-based format in the past have held remotely since fiscal 2021. The remote training scheme has enabled employees who could not find sufficient time to attend the program to participate actively, resulting in highly effective training. Internal audits held by operating companies have been also conducting remotely, both preventing COVID-19 infection and improving site management.