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Mar 6, 2012
The Panasonic Group ‘eco ideas’ Report 2011/Sustainability Report 2011 won the Prize of Excellence for Environmental Reporting (Minister of the Environment Prize) in the Environmental Report Category, the 15th Environmental Communication Awards hosted by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment and the Global Environmental Forum. This is the second consecutive year for Panasonic to win the prize. The awards ceremony was held at the Shufukaikan Plaza f (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
The Environmental Communication Awards is an awards program through which it recognizes outstanding environmental reports, environmental activity reports, and TV commercials relating to the environment, aiming to promote and enhance initiatives for environmental communication by business operators. With the same main theme as that of the previous year, “strategic environmental management and information disclosure,” 237 applications were filed for the Environmental Report Category in 2011. Below is the judges' comment on Panasonic’s winning the prize.
The report presents a strong impression that Panasonic's environmental efforts are integrated with its business. It is a good example of “integration” or “combination” of the environment and business management, rather than “maintaining good balance” of the two. Looking to the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2018, Panasonic aims to become the No.1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry, simultaneously pursuing the Global Excellence Indexes and Green Indexes. In the report, particularly impressive were the pages showing a whole picture of a new community, proposing a green lifestyle that meets the specific issues, conditions, and needs of emerging countries, developing countries, and developed countries, utilizing Panasonic's unique technologies. The pages fully display the company's features in terms of business development. There is not much description on its views and commitments in longer terms after 2018, and we look forward to Panasonic's enriched information regarding long-term measures, in accordance with the declaration by developed countries to reduce emissions by over 80% by 2050.
The prize is a great encouragement for Panasonic, and we will continue to actively communicate with various stakeholders to further integrate our environmental contribution and our business growth.