For exhaustive implementation of CSR throughout our global supply chain, we are implementing activities in collaboration with overseas environmental NGOs.
In China, where the Panasonic Group has a large number of suppliers and where commitments by suppliers to environmental issues have been highly demanded by society, we have diligently ensured compliance with China's laws and regulations and conduct responsible procurement throughout the supply chain, working together with environmental NGOs.
In September 2016, the Panasonic Group held seminars for about 400 suppliers on our CSR Procurement Policy and Chinese environmental regulations in Guangzhou, Dalian, and Shanghai. In the seminars, we asked suppliers to take necessary actions in response to China's latest environmental regulations, in addition to ensure CSR in supply chain. In such way, we have been working on to understand possible risks and to reduce environmental impact in our supply chain.
Since 2018, we have conducted on-site environmental audits which focus on response capabilities and CSR audits at the same time in some 20 suppliers per year since fiscal 2019. To ensure responsible procurement, we have been working on reduction of environmental impact collaborating with suppliers, ensuring from a request for the improvement items pointed out by audits to a confirmation of implementation of such improvements. Through on-site environmental and CSR audit, we will ensure compliance with relevant laws, social norms and corporate ethics.
We will also promote procurement to fulfill social responsibilities such as human rights, labor, safety and health, and global environmental conservation together with suppliers.
In addition, collaborating with the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), a China's environmental NGO, we have been working on to improve suppliers CSR environment, through sharing information on latest laws and regulations in a periodical working group meeting, and requesting for suppliers whose regulatory violation is recorded on a monthly base to improve it.
In the Suppliers Green Supply Chain responsibility rating (CITI*3 and CATI*4) that has been published by IPE since fiscal 2015, the Panasonic Group has consistently listed in the top rank each year. We were ranked the third best in the CITI ratings and the top in the CATI ratings for the home appliances industry (33 brands) in fiscal 2023.
*3 CITI : The Green Supply Chain Corporate Information Transparency Index
*4 CATI : The Corporate Climate Action Transparency Index