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Panasonic Code of Conduct
Chapter 1: Our Core Values
Our Basic Business Philosophy as the Foundation of Our Business
Our Basic Business Philosophy helps us determine our objectives, our approach to business activities, and the general direction of our company. This philosophy comprises the Basic Management Objective, Company Creed and Seven Principles. Together these guidelines serve as a compass, helping us set and maintain the right direction for our business. Our Basic Business Philosophy is timeless and remains valid regardless of where our business takes us.
Creation of Value and Contribution to Society
Our business primarily comprises the following integrated philosophies and processes. First, we are entrusted by society with valuable resources, including human resources, materials, funds and information. Next, we use these resources to create value-added products and services. Finally, we make these products and services available throughout the world. The most essential of these processes is the creation of added value aimed at contributing to economic, social and environmental progress with a view to achieving sustainable development. In other words, creating value and contributing to society is our primary mission.
Close Ties with Society
Developing close and mutually advantageous relations with society is another key process. As we contribute to the continual progress of society, so our Company is also being positively influenced by society. Our business needs both tangible and intangible support and cooperation from numerous stakeholders, including our customers, shareholders, business partners, employees and local communities. At the same time, our business activities influence those stakeholders in a variety of social, economic and environmental aspects.
An Enterprise as a Public Institution
Since our business is dependent on our customers and other stakeholders, we must remember that "an enterprise is a public institution," that must strive to fulfill its social responsibilities. In addition to listening to stakeholders' opinions, we must conduct our business activities transparently in order to be accountable. In short, we must continue to be fair, truthful, honest and swift in taking action to comply with our social responsibilities.
Only One Earth
The earth is our home. It provides us with a variety of blessings including natural resources and energy. With this in mind, we will take the initiative in environmental activities to preserve our invaluable natural environment for future generations.
Global Perspectives - Global Conduct
As a global company, we must respect human rights and do our best to understand, acknowledge and respect the diverse cultures, religions, mindsets, laws and regulations of people in the different countries and regions where we conduct business.
Carrying out our Basic Business Philosophy
Today more than ever great importance is being given to corporate social responsibility and business ethics. This Code of Conduct is designed to help us implement our Basic Business Philosophy, by providing the criteria that should be observed in individual business activities in any country. This Code of Conduct, however, cannot cover all possible situations. For situations not covered in the Code of Conduct, it is important that we always refer to the Basic Business Philosophy and determine what action to take in the spirit of that Philosophy.
Basic Management Objective
Recognizing our responsibilities as industrialists, we will devote ourselves to the progress and development of society and the well-being of people through our business activities, thereby enhancing the quality of life throughout the world.
Progress and development can be realized only through the combined efforts and cooperation of each employee of our company. United in spirit, we pledge to perform our corporate duties with dedication, diligence and integrity.
Contribution to Society
We will conduct ourselves at all times in accordance with the Basic Management Objective, faithfully fulfilling our responsibilities as industrialists to the communities in which we operate.
Fairness and Honesty
We will be fair and honest in all our business dealings and personal conduct. No matter how talented and knowledgeable we may be, without personal integrity, we can neither earn the respect of others, nor enhance our own self-respect.
Cooperation and Team Spirit
We will pool our abilities to accomplish our shared goals. No matter how talented we are as individuals, without cooperation and team spirit we will be a company in name only.
Untiring Effort for Improvement
We will strive constantly to improve our ability to contribute to society through our business activities. Only through this untiring effort can we fulfill our Basic Management Objective and help to realize lasting peace and prosperity.
Courtesy and Humility
We will always be cordial and modest, respecting the rights and needs of others in order to strengthen healthy social relationships and improve the quality of life in our communities.
We will continually adapt our thinking and behavior to meet the ever-changing conditions around us, taking care to act in harmony with nature to ensure progress and success in our endeavors.
We will act out of a sense of gratitude for all the benefits we have received, confident that this attitude will be a source of unbounded joy and vitality, enabling us to overcome any obstacles we encounter.
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