The environmental century
The 21st century will be known as the "environmental century". During this century, not only will corporate action be necessary but social systems and personal values will have to be redefined. In this respect, each company, each institution and each individual plays an important role. For this reason, policies in harmony with the environment are central to all of Panasonic's corporate activities, expressed clearly in our "Environmental Statement":
"Fully aware that humankind has a responsibility to respect and preserve the delicate balance of nature, we at Panasonic acknowledge our obligation to maintain and nurture the ecology of this planet. Accordingly, we pledge ourselves to the prudent, sustainable use of the earth's resources and the protection of the natural environment, while we strive to fulfil our corporate mission of contributing to enhanced prosperity for all."
The idea of respecting the environment and society is not new for Panasonic; it is part of the corporate guidelines laid down by our founder, Konosuke Matsushita, over 75 years ago.