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About Panasonic

Green Procurement

Our company will expand our environmental contributions with our suppliers

On Mar. 10, 1999, we has first issued Green Procurement Standards which state our company's preference to procure from suppliers who are proactive in reducing their environmental impacts.

In 2010, we have set out our Green Plan 2018, which is our environmental action plan that outlines initiatives for all employees. In collaboration with our suppliers, logistics partners and other stakeholders who are closely linked to our business activities (hereinafter referred to as "partners"), we are accelerating initiatives to address global environmental issues, including CO2 emissions reduction, resource recycling, and water and biodiversity conservation across the boundaries of our company. As for collaboration with suppliers, we have formulated our new Green Procurement Policy and incorporated shared targets in our Green Plan 2018.

As a first step, we have revised our Green Procurement Standards on January 1, 2012, in which we request our suppliers to establish an environmental management system and ensure comprehensive chemical substance management, as well as to expedite resource recycling, biodiversity conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. On January 15, 2013, we included water resource conservation in our requests. Being aware of the need to spread these initiatives across our supply chain, we also request our suppliers to encourage their upstream business partners to reduce their environmental impacts.

On July 1, 2013, we revised the Environmental Policy that sets out our basic environmental sustainability management policy. In conjunction with the revision of the policy, we revised the Green Plan 2018. In particular for collaboration with suppliers, we declared that we will expand our environmental contributions with our partners as one of the three initiatives based on collaboration with stakeholders, and set the targets for Green Procurement and ECO-VC Activities (initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities while reducing costs). We hereby revise the Green Procurement Standards designed to meet these targets.

By promoting eco-conscious procurement based on these Green Procurement Standards, we hope to contribute to the protection of the global environment with our suppliers. We would like to request our suppliers to continue to support and cooperate with our Green Procurement initiatives.

April 2014

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Green Procurement Standards Ver.6.2

Requests for Environmental Impact Reductions

Establishment of an Environmental Management System

We ask suppliers to establish, maintain and improve an environmental management system based on the acquisition of ISO 14001 certification.

Ensuring comprehensive chemical substance management

We ask suppliers to follow the latest version of the Panasonic Group Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products), submit the latest version of Chemical Substance Non-use Warranty for Pertaining to Products, prepared by applicable business unit of our company, input data to our product chemical substance management system (GP-Web), undergo supplier environmental quality assurance system audits, and take other necessary actions.

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines

In March 1999, we published the Panasonic Group Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines to effectively manage the use of chemical substances in products and manufacturing processes in consideration of their safety.

In response to the tightening of regulations governing the levels of chemical substances in products, we separated the Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines into "For Products" and "For Factories" versions in November 2004.

In our Green Procurement Standards, we ask suppliers to comply with the Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products).

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products) Ver. 8.1 (issue: December 14, 2012, enforcement: December 14, 2012)

The purpose of the Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products) is to improve the environmental quality of the products we produce and sell by clarifying the chemical substances (environmentally-impacting substances) that are prohibited or require special management if contained in raw materials, components, etc., that constitute our products and by ensuring that our internal business units, sites and suppliers become familiar with specified chemical substances.

Chemical substances categorized as Prohibited Substances and Managed Substances as defined in the Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products) are equivalent to JAMP-Declarable Substances.

Please refer to the JAMP website for JAMP-Declarable Substances and explanations (Front page -> Download --> List of JAMP-Declarable Substances).

The Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products) and relevant documents are downloadable by clicking the relevant file name.

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Panasonic Group Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Products) Ver.8.1
Outline of the revision of Rank Guidelines to Ver. 8.1

* The "Exempted Items List," "List of Controlled Values for Prohibited Substances," and "Analysis Method for Level 1 Prohibited Substances" are compiled in the Rank Guidelines as an Appendix.

Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) (issue: December 3, 2012)

The purpose of the Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) is to provide guidelines for promoting initiatives to prohibit or reduce the use, release or transfer of chemical substances about whose environmental impact there are concerns, but are used in factories while performing production activities. We ask suppliers to recommend us auxiliary materials (chemicals, solvents, gases, etc.) that are not subject to our prohibition or reduction policy.

The Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) and relevant documents are downloadable by clicking the relevant file name.

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Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories) Ver. 5
Substance List for Chemical Substances Management Rank Guidelines (For Factories)
Substance search tool

Product Chemical Substance Management System (GP-Web)

We started to use our product chemical substance management system (GP-Web) in 2004, and suppliers have been inputting data on chemical substance contents in materials (raw materials, components and products we purchase from suppliers) that they deliver to us via the system.

We ask suppliers to input data into this system.

User registration is required to use this system. Be sure to contact one of our business unit with which you have transactions when you apply to use the system.

The product chemical substance management system (GP-Web) is accessible from the following website exclusively for registered users.

Reduction of GHG Emissions

We preferentially adopt materials that help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
We ask suppliers to provide us with materials that effectively reduce GHG emissions.

Promotion of Resource Recycling

We preferentially adopt materials contributing to recycling-oriented manufacturing, which we have been promoting to ensure efficient resource use.
We ask suppliers to provide us with materials that can be used for recycling-oriented manufacturing.

Promotion of Water Recycling

We preferentially adopt materials that contribute to water recycling, which we have been promoting.
We ask suppliers to provide us with materials that contribute to water recycling.

Conservation of Biodiversity

We preferentially adopt materials that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.
We ask suppliers to provide us with materials that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.
The Panasonic Group formulated the Panasonic Group Green Procurement Guidelines for Wood to conserve biodiversity and sustainable resource usage after thorough consultations with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan, and started their application in February 2010.
We clearly defined wood and wooden materials to be procured into three categories of Priority procurement (Category 1), Acceptable procurement (Category 2) and Avoiding procurement (Category 3) from environmental and social perspectives and thereby promoting Green Procurement.

The Panasonic Group Green Procurement Guidelines for Wood are downloadable by clicking the relevant file name.

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Panasonic Group Green Procurement Guidelines for Wood

Sharing Achievements through Collaboration

We will promote activities that reduce the environmental impact and cost rationalization (ECO Value Creation Activities) of materials we procure through collaboration with suppliers.
We ask suppliers to collaborate with us in this.

Encouraging Upstream Suppliers in Our Supply Chain

We intend to ensure the adoption of environmental impact reduction initiatives across our supply chain, such as by establishing an environmental management system, ensuring comprehensive chemical substance management, reducing GHG emissions, and promoting resource recycling and conservation of biodiversity. We ask suppliers to encourage upstream their suppliers to reduce their environmental impact.