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Activities in Each Country
Panasonic is committed to an extensive number of citizenship activities around the world focusing on two key areas: the next generation, and the environment, in addition to providing assistance for disaster relief.
*The content of this page is information updated before September 2010. For latest information, please visit “Panasonic Corporate Citizenship News”.
Panasonic China Environmental Forum 2009 held
On May 19, Panasonic held the 'Panasonic China Environmental Forum 2009' in Beijing, with 248 guests, including government officials and members of the press, in attendance.
At a previous forum in 2007, Panasonic had announced its intention to become 'a company that contributes to the environment in China,' and has since been preparing to realize this goal.
At the forum on May 19, Panasonic China Chairman Kisaka explained about the implementation of Panasonic's three eco ideas - 'eco ideas' for Products, 'eco ideas' for Manufacturing, and 'eco ideas' for Everybody, Everywhere - in China.
China's 'eco ideas' for Everybody, Everywhere will focus on the development of employees' environmental activities in local communities. Panasonic will provide environmental education to children in the regions where its sites are based, with the goal of raising environmental awareness among one million children over the next ten years. Also, a total of one million trees will be planted over the next ten years to absorb CO2 and improve the natural environment of these regions.
Panasonic China wins the China Green Company Award
Panasonic Corporation of China (Panasonic China) was awarded the China Green Company Award at the second annual China Green Company Conference in Beijing.
The China Green Company Award accredits companies with development potentiality and sustainable competitiveness, based on criteria such as environment, society, business, culture and innovation. In the fiscal year 2008, the second year of the Award, ten foreign-affiliated companies as well as ten from China were commended.
Panasonic China won the Award for its original environmental technologies and environmental activities in China.
YSESP: Small grant recipients for 2009 selected
WWF's Yellow Sea Ecoregion Support Project, sponsored by Panasonic, was started in 2007 to protect the biodiversity and ecosystems of the Yellow Sea and the lives of people living along its coasts.
For 2009, 8 organizations (5 from China and 3 from South Korea) have been selected for grants:
|Name of the applying organisation||Title of the proposed activity||Name of the targeted city|
|Shanghai Wild Bird Society||Education on Conservation of Biodiversity in the Eastern Shore Area of Nanhui District||Shanghai|
|Huaihai Institute of Technology Undergraduate Environment Protection Association of Huaihai||Harmonious biosphere, magnetic Haizhou bay||Lianyungang,Gan yuang, Jiangsu|
|Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences||Promotion of Protection on Island Biological Resources and Biodiversity||Rizhao, Shandong|
|the Environmental Protection Agency of Cangzhou, Hebei Province||Wetlands • Waterbirds • Wetlands • Waterbirds • Environmental Protection Volunteers---Wetland Protection Publicity and Education Activities of Cangzhou||Cangzhou, Hebei|
|Ecological research Center in Technology University of Shenyang, Dandong Municipal Forestry Bureau||The further surveys and environmental education of breeding population of Black-faced Spoonbill in China||Zhuanghe(Dalian), Liaoning|
|PGA Wetland Ecology Institute||Sustainable fishery in Han river estuary with local community||Janghang Wetland (Goyang-si, Gyeonggido)/Gi mpo-si, Paju-si, Ganghwa Island of Incheon-si|
|Korea Network for Coastal Conservation||Shihwa Lake - Daebu Island regional integration program for production culture and tidal flat ecosystems||Shihwa Lake and Daebu Island, Gyeonggido|
|Eco-Horizon Institute||Establishing Sustainable Development Plan of Yongsan Village in Muan Tidal Flat Wetland Protection Area||Muan-gun, Jeollanamdo|
Panasonic China receives award for support to Lifeline Express
Beijing - On December 11, 2008, the "Awarding Ceremony for Poverty Aid by Global Corporations" was held at China's Ministry of Commerce, to commend foreign companies in China who stand out because of their substantial corporate giving. Panasonic Corporation of China (PCN) received an award for its support to the "Lifeline Express". A certificate and letter of appreciation were handed to PCN Vice President Ma Yunfei.
The Lifeline Express is a hospital train that provides free surgery for people suffering from cataract in rural China. There are currently more than 5 million cataract patients in China, and this number is rising by 500,000 a year. However, most of these patients live in isolated areas in rural China and do not have access to medical treatment. The Lifeline Express was a gift from Hong Kong on the occasion of the transfer of sovereignty to China in July 1997, and currently there are three trains in business, serving people at 67 stops in 57 poor regions throughout China. To date, more than 80,000 people have regained their sight.
PCN has supported the Lifeline Express since 2006, and contributed 200,000 yuan in 2008. This support has been used to provide surgeries to 100 cataract patients.
Panasonic China receives the Bright Award of Merit
Panasonic Corporation of China received the Bright
Award of Merit from China's Lifeline Express Fund for
its support to the "Lifeline Express". The
award was handed to Vice Chairman Tetsu Kimoto in
Beijing on 12 October.
The Lifeline Express is a hospital train that provides free surgery for people suffering from cataract in rural China. To date, more than 80,000 people have regained their sight.
There are currently more than 5 million cataract patients in China, and this number is rising by 500,000 a year. However, most of these patients live in isolated areas in rural China and do not have access to medical treatment. Panasonic Corporation of China will continue to support the Lifeline Express and fight cataract in rural China.
Panasonic Lecture Series
Aiming to cultivate China's future business leaders, Panasonic partnered with Fudan University in 1996 to institute the Panasonic Lecture Series. Each year, the series consists of three to four lectures on the theories and practices of business management from Panasonic executives and world renowned scholars. Since its establishment, the series has been attended by over 13,000 students.
Panasonic Scholarship Fund
To promote the advancement of higher education and the development of future scientists and technology specialists throughout the nation, Panasonic donated US$1 million to the China Friendship and Peace Fund to establish the scholarship program in June 1995. Scholarships are awarded annually to academically outstanding students who are enrolled at Chinese universities and in need of financial assistance. Since the program's first year, scholarships have been provided to over 4,500 students.
Donations to Promote Environmental Education
To further promote children's environmental education, Panasonic donated 50,000 yuan (US$6,300) to the Ronghuadao Elementary School located in the city of Tangshan to help purchase related educational materials. The school was officially designated as a national model school for its efforts in promoting environmental education.
To help contribute to the environment, Panasonic executives and employees in China participate in several tree-planting activities a year. Recently, over 250 executives and employees planted more than 650 trees in the Guangzhou Science City, Shunde High-Tech Industrial Zone and Xiamen Province.
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