Consumer electronics makers
Panasonic Corporation (formerly Matsushita Electric Industrial) is one of the world's top consumer electronics makers. Company activities are 30% electronics with 70% of net sales now from housing, automotive, avionics, energy, and devices. Listed on the Japan and USA stock markets. Acquired Sanyo in 2010.
This company was one of 29 that made the top spot in CDP's first ever Supplier Engagement Rating. Selected from over 3,300 companies that were assessed, they are recognized as leaders for their work with suppliers to reduce emissions and lower climate-related risks in the supply chain.
[Source 2017][More on Climate Change]
In 2012 the Enough Project published the Conflict Minerals Company Rankings, which ranked the world's largest electronics companies on their efforts toward using and investing in conflict-free minerals in their products. This company received a 'Green' ranking, signifying it has "taken proactive steps to trace and audit their supply chains, pushed for some aspects of legislation, exercised leadership in industry-wide efforts, started to help Congo develop a clean trade. But they can still dig deeper in their supply chains and outreach."
[Source 2012][More on Human Rights]
This company received a score of 57/100 (retrieved 14-Feb-2018) in the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for evaluating supply chain practices in China, particularly in regards to environmental management and water pollution. Scores are calculated using government compliance data, online monitoring data, and third-party environmental audits, as well as trends in the environmental performance of factories in the company's supply chains.
[Source 2018][More on Habitats]
This website by German NGO Earth Link rates companies on their corporate policies against child labour, production monitoring and accusations of child labour. This company received at least one green mark, and no red marks, indicating good performance in one or more of these areas.
[Source 2013][More on Human Rights]
B- grade in the Baptist World Aid Australia's Behind the Barcode 'Ethical Electronics Guide 2016', which grades companies on their efforts to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation throughout their supply chains. Assessment criteria fall into four main categories: policies, traceability & transparency, monitoring & training and worker rights.
[Source 2016][More on Workers Rights]
This company received a score of 60.3/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
[Source 2017][More on Sustainability Reporting]
Greenpeace's 2014 report, Green Gadgets, compares companies on their efforts to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their electronics products. This company's phase out of PVC and/or BFRs is only partial and its commitment to future action is unclear, or there is insufficient progress.
[Source 2014][More on Product Safety]
Six firms, including this company, were fined a record 1.47b euros (AU$1.89b) in Dec 2012 by EU antitrust regulators for fixing prices of TV and monitor cathode-ray tubes for nearly a decade between 1996 and 2006. Panasonic had a penalty of 157.5m euros.
[Source 2012][More on Governance]
This company pleaded guilty to price fixing auto parts and laptop battery packs, leading to a $56.5m fine. The price fixing had been taking place since 1998 but the plea agreement was only reached in July 2013. Panasonic worked with companies to manipulate prices of auto parts sold to car makers and the fine is $45.8m and a number of executives will be serving jail time. Sanyo, a subsidiary of Panasonic, and L G Chen were fined $10.731m for their role in price fixing laptop battery packs during 2007-2008.
[Source 2013][More on Governance]
The Electronics TakeBack Coalition's Recycling Report Card evaluates takeback and recycling programs for computer, TV, printer and game console companies. The report card focuses on the programs available to consumers in the US, and relies on publicly available information, as of Sept 2010. This company received a grade of D+ for its recycling efforts in the USA.
[Source 2010][More on Habitats]
In 2006 a Chinese subsidiary of Panasonic has been blacklisted by various levels of government for releasing wastewater not sufficiently treated. [Listed under information due to age of report]
[Source 2006][More on Habitats]
Identified in 'The Big Chill: Too Scared to Speak' report which identified Chinese Olympic Sponsors response to Darfur crisis in Sudan. Received Fs for a poor response or none at all.
[Source 2008][More on Human Rights]
In Sept 2010 Panasonic Corp and a unit of Whirlpool Corp agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices for compressors used to cool home and commercial refrigerators and freezers, violating US antitrust laws. Panasonic were fined US$49.1 million. [Listed under information due to age of court finding]
[Source 2010][More on Governance]
This company has sustainability claims on its website, including for labour practices and the environment.
[Source 2014][More on Sustainability Reporting]
This company is a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (formerly the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative), which helps companies address conflict minerals issues in their supply chains. The RMI provides information on conflict-free smelters and refiners, common tools to gather sourcing information, and forums for exchanging best practices on addressing conflict minerals. Membership is open to companies that use or transact in tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold (3TG). Founded in 2008 by members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.
[Source 2014][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
This company is a participant in the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder initiative to support supply chain solutions to conflict minerals challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region (GLR) of Central Africa. The PPA provides funding and coordination support to organizations working within the region to develop verifiable conflict-free supply chains; align chain-of-custody programs and practices; encourage responsible sourcing from the region; promote transparency; and bolster in-region civil society and governmental capacity.
[Source 2014][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
This company is a signatory to WRAP's Electrical and Electronic Equipment Action Plan (esap). Signatories take collective action to reduce their environmental impact and sign up to contribute to the development and implementation of esap.
[Source 2017][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) requires companies operating in California to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. KnowTheChain.org has examined this company's disclosure statement and concluded that it addresses the majority of SB 657 requirements. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
[Source 2014][More on Workers Rights]
The 2015 Solar Scorecard, produced by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, rates solar panel producers on their commitment to the environment and worker safety. Areas looked at include emissions transparency, chemical reductions plan, workers rights and conflict minerals. This company received a score of 50/100.
[Source 2015][More on Governance]
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||US$77.5 billion in 2014|
|# Employees||271,789 in 2014|
|Subsidiaries||Panasonic Australia Pty Ltd
Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd
Products / BrandsPanasonic Australia
Panasonic Audio Equipment
Panasonic Blu-Ray/DVD Players
Panasonic Air Conditioners
Panasonic Fridges & Freezers
Panasonic Washing Machines & Dryers
Panasonic Small Kitchen Appliances