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Please click on the following links to read about our responses to the International Labour Organization's (ILO) fundamental labor standards, as they pertain to the eight ILO conventions in four fields below.
In 2010, the State of California passed the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. The law came into effect in January 2012 with the aim of improving for consumers the visibility of corporate efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking. The law applies to retailers and manufacturers that do business in California and have global sales of over $100 million annually, obligating these companies to disclose on their websites their efforts to prevent human trafficking.
Panasonic has affirmed that it is adhering to this law and has ascertained the status of its efforts on this front, as a part of the Panasonic Code of Conduct. We have also required our suppliers to do the same in our Standard Ppurchase Agreements with them. In addition to conducting an annual review of the details that have been confirmed through assessments undertaken prior to the commencement of transactions, steps are taken to issue remedial instructions or review or cancel transactions depending on the severity of any breach by a supplier.
Our Standard Purchase Agreement requires that suppliers will comply with the laws and regulations of countries and regions in which business activities are undertaken, and that suppliers will not engage in forced labor, child labor, illegal employment of foreign workers or other unlawful/inappropriate labor practices. The Agreement also has stipulations about employment conditions, including wages and work hours.
The SA8000 standard is a set of international standards for labor and human rights published by Social Accountability International, an NGO in the United States. It details the criteria that employers must satisfy on their own to comply with the standard, including the rights of workers and labor conditions at the workplace, and related management systems. Panasonic has worked actively to address each of the eight criteria required by the SA8000 standard and implemented related management systems. For more information, please click on the links below each of the following elements of the SA8000 standard.