Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program
Panasonic Canada recognizes it is our responsibility as a good corporate citizen to help strengthen the communities in which we live and work.
A Basic Business Philosophy Beginning with Contribution to Society
From its inception Panasonic has been a purpose-driven company. Our founder, Konosuke Matsushita, knew over 100 years ago, that at the core of every successful institution is a giving heart. Mr. Matsushita's business philosophy sparked a legacy of fundamental principles that begin with “Contribution to Society” and end with "Gratitude." We are confident that in some small way, our CSR efforts, in conjunction with the corporation's overall business and diversity goals and objectives, have made a difference in the lives of those we have touched and that making a difference will continue to be synonymous with the Panasonic brand.
Committed to supporting communities we serve, locally and nationally
Our local and national mission is not only an extension of our core principles but also our dedication to supporting efforts that advance educational excellence. Panasonic Cares, an employee lead committee, is devoted to employee volunteerism, corporate outreach initiatives, and using our technology for positive change.
Holiday Toy Drive
This holiday season, Panasonic employees participated in a Holiday Toy Drive in support of the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. In total, we donated 152 toys and raised over $783 for the cause. Native Child and Family Services strives to provide a life of quality, well-being, caring and healing for children and families in the Toronto Native Community, and Panasonic is proud to support our Indigenous community.
For more information visit: https://nativechild.org/
Big Steps Closer to One Million Trees
On September 27, 2022, Panasonic volunteers and City of Mississauga staff planted 300 trees as part of the City’s One Million Trees initiative. This event also coincided with Panasonic North America’s 4th Annual Month of Service. Tree planting has become a cornerstone event at PCI, in support of the city’s efforts to enhance open spaces and forested areas for future generations to enjoy.
“Through hard work and persistence, our Panasonic volunteers have contributed greatly towards the environmental sustainability of our communities,” says the Panasonic Cares committee. “We are proud and excited to watch these trees grow in the years to come!”
For more information visit: https://www.onemilliontrees.ca/
A Walk for the Ages - Baycrest Foundation
The Baycrest Foundation supports programs and services that promote excellence in care, research, innovation and education in aging and brain health. As the charitable arm of Baycrest, the Foundation provides crucial funding for areas such as: ongoing programs and a continuum of care services for our community; innovative research into cognition, dementia and brain health; and local, national, and international education that supports healthy living for a growing population.
This event aimed to raise awareness and funds in support of Alzheimer's and other dementias. We love seeing our employees participate and giving back to the community.
For more information visit: https://awalkfortheages.ca/
Month of Service Employee Spotlight: Vidya Dhar
During the pandemic, Vidya personally delivered groceries and cooked food for over 500 sick/elderly people, students and many families who had lost jobs or were unable to go out to buy groceries. This was done in collaboration with his local temple, Mississauga Ram Mandir. Vidya worked as a volunteer on many occasions for Daily Bread Food bank in Toronto with a community charity group, Sharika Foundation. He has also helped many new Canadians integrate into Canada by assisting them in various different ways including arranging airport pickups, securing accommodation and gaining employment.
Habitat for Humanity - Notre Dame Catholic Secondary school
Panasonic Canada partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Notre Dame Catholic Secondary school on their Tiny Homes project to help deliver healthy, sustainable and affordable homes to families within the communities of Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin. An assortment of Panasonic Home & Building products including ventilation fans, ERVs, microwaves, and interior doors were donated so that families can enjoy the highest quality of comfort in their Tiny Homes. Students from Notre Dame Catholic Secondary school in Burlington spent their school year learning about construction and building these Tiny Homes. The Tiny Homes will be relocated to The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation as part of our collective goal of increasing housing options in the Indigenous community.
For more information, visit: https://habitathm.ca/tiny-homes/
International women's day - The #EachforEqual initiative
Here at Panasonic we believe everyone deserves a fair chance, regardless of their gender. With this #EachforEqual initiative in mind, employees from all divisions came together to organize a panel on International Women’s Day that highlighted the insights of the women we are fortunate enough to employ. Over 80 employees joined in person and remotely to hear first-hand from our valued panelists as they explained their experience working for PCI as either a woman or their role in supporting women across the organization. Laughter, honest responses and great dialogue contributed in making this a dynamic and informative event.
Shoebox project for women
Supporting the Shoebox Project for Women is one of the many ways the Panasonic team embodies one of our core values, Contribution to Society. In the lead up to International Women's Day, our team packed over 50 boxes full of health and beauty products, which were sent to women at-risk of homelessness in the local community. Here at Panasonic we believe everyone should have the ability to put their best foot forward and feel valuable, regardless of personal setbacks.
Eden Food for Change
During the holiday season Panasonic partnered with Eden Food for Change, an organization committed to serving families and individuals in need to put food on their tables. Lead by a professional chef trainer, a small group of employees helped prepare up to 300 portions of healthy food for the local community. We also provided additional support through a donation of $10 000 which will fund the creation of 7000 healthy meals for those in the Mississauga community.
For more information visit: https://edenffc.org/
Tree planting - One million trees initiative
Panasonic Canada in partnership with the City of Mississauga participated in the One Million Trees initiative to help conserve forested areas and build greener communities. A team of dedicated Panasonic employees headed to the local Garnetwood park to work together to plant 250 trees and shrubs. These newly planted trees will help reach the program goal of planting an additional one million trees by 2032 along with fostering a healthier outdoor environment with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
For more information visit: https://www.onemilliontrees.ca/
Habitat 2019 - Ahneen Co-operative
“What a difference a day can make when you have helping hands and warm hearts.”
Patti Kishimoto, Director, Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga
Chairman and CEO Michael Moskowitz along with almost 100 PCI volunteers partnered with Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga for the second annual Brush with Kindness event. Together the team revitalized the Ahneen Co-operative Housing community by tending to the gardens, cleaning the park, painting fences, fixing up garages, and updating 60 townhomes. In addition to the time spent in the community, a $100,000 donation was made to Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga to help them continue their impactful work.
For more information visit: https://habitathm.ca/how-many-people-does-it-take-to-revitalize-a-neighbourhood/
Habitat 2018 - Springfield Co-operative Homes
Exemplifying the power of cooperation and team spirit, Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga and Panasonic Canada teamed up to transform 25 senior suites from the inside out through the Brush with Kindness initiative. Over 100 Panasonic volunteers assisted in home repairs; painting interiors, hanging shelves, cleaning windows, and performing minor repairs throughout the seniors units that helped to make houses feel like homes once again.