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Environmental Management Systems
Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
As the foundation of environmental sustainability management, Panasonic established EMS in all of our manufacturing sites across the world in fiscal 1999, and has continued to have the sites ISO14001 certified since then.
In order to further reinforce those efforts, we have set a basic policy to establish Environmental Management Systems in all our sites-both manufacturing and non-manufacturing-across the world, and to have all these sites ISO14001-certified in principle. In October 2011, we published the Environmental Management System Establishment Guidelines, which summarizes EMS concepts for different business forms such as production, sales/services, and head office tasks.
Obtainment of ISO 14001 certification (As of end of March 2012)
|Region||Number of certifications obtained*1||Total|
- *1 Including multi-site certifications. Depending on the consolidation and closure of sites and promotion of multi-site certifications, the number of certifications obtained varies each year.
Environmental information systems
In order to implement the PDCA cycle for environmental sustainability management, it is essential to collect a significant amount of environmental performance data on energy, waste, chemical substances, and water etc. at each business site in a prompt and accurate manner. Panasonic has developed and introduced an Environmental Performance System as a means of globally collecting and managing environmental data from all our manufacturing sites. With this system, progress of initiatives are checked and issues are identified to help achieve our targets.
Panasonic has developed and implements its own chemical substance management system, GP-Web, which is compatible with industry standards for information disclosure in this area. Through this system, we gather information from about 10,000 suppliers of components and materials for our products, both inside and outside Japan, concerning the chemical substances used. Additionally, in order to reinforce the foundations of environmental sustainability management, we are also working on developing a system to measure the size of contribution in reducing CO2 emissions through products and the status of recycled resource usage.
- *2 Joint Article Management Promotion Consortium.
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