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Panasonic is working to create a more sustainable world.
Individual employee also carries out proactive social activities as global citizen with the theme "education and coexistence".

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Panasonic Mangrove Reforestation Project

Panasonic Group in Thailand arrange Panasonic Eco Relay for Sustainable Earth Activity under "Panasonic Mangrove Reforestation Project with Bangsaen Municipal" campaign which corporate with Bansaen Municpical, Chonburi Province on August 3, 2013 at Mangrove area in Choburi Province.

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The activity have 606 volunteers from Panasonic's employees, their families and alumni of Panasonic Scholarship join to this activity. The activity is plant the mangrove tree about 2,500 trees to conserve the environment by mangrove reforestation to restore coastal eco systems and we dedicate this activity on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the Queen's 81 Birthday Anniversary coming on Aug 12, 2013. In the evening, we will visit The Marine Science Museum to learn about coastal and marine eco system.

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Welcome Speech for Eco Relay by Director of Public Health and Environmental Section, Bangsaen Municipal

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Opening Speech for Eco Relay by CEO of Panasonic Group in Thailand
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Tree Planting by CEO Yasuo san
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Group photo of management

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Alumni of Panasonic Scholarship join in this

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Germany: 12,000 spade cuts for a new forest

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Within the scope of "the international year of the forest" Panasonic employees planted 3.000 new trees together with pupils from an elementary school in Hamburg. October 21, 2011, was a beautiful day with bright sunshine when 45 colleagues set off towards a forest area on the outskirts of Hamburg. There, we met up with a grade three class of elementary school "Rahlstedter Höhe", a class that had participated in our kids school – eco learning programme. We had invited them to join our activity in order for them to broaden their newly acquainted environmental knowledge by a practical experience in the real forest.

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Everyone was welcomed by Mr. Green and the forester and his team, who explained the proceedings and the way we had to work. The kids loved Mr. Green and could hardly be torn away from him.We received the spades and the 3,000 copper beech plants (50-80 cm tall), formed teams of one adult plus one or two pupils and off we took into the forest depths and undergrowth to start the planting. It takes about 4 spade cuts to plant a tree which sums up to the incredible number of 12,000 cuts for all trees!

We retimbered an existing birch tree forest area. Birches only live 50-60 years and then they make space for the beeches. Beeches naturally grow in this area, but they are in danger of becoming extinct due to clearings and transformation of ground. Therefore, by planting these young beech trees we contributed to the protection of our environment. It took us only record breaking 3 hours to plant the whole amount of new trees.

After the work was done everyone enjoyed the fresh clean air in the forest while having a snack and a drink provided by our catering. The kids once again played with Mr. Green or sat by the campfire. Our activity was joined by local media from newspapers and a TV station, who filmed a two-minute sequence for their evening programme. Upon returning to the office in the afternoon everyone was happy and positively exhausted. All-in-all it was a successful ECO RELAY-activity, that helped building our team spirit and that everyone will remember!

Related article: Over 450 Photo Documentary of "Panasonic ECO RELAY"

CIS: Promoting Eco Activities throughout the Region

On World Environment Day (June 5th), employees and their families took part in a number of different environmental activities at Panasonic sites throughout the region. In Russia, Panasonic CIS hosted as Eco Family Day across 17 locations, including Moscow. A total of 280 employees engaged in activities like tree planting, cleaning up parks, and maintaining forest areas.

The volunteer employees also each donated 500 rubles to the recover efforts for the Great East Japan Earthquake.

In Ukraine, with the support of the city parks under the slogan of "Change the future." Meanwhile, 30 employees also planted trees in the Kazakhstan capital of Almaty, while an Eco Picture Diary Global Contest was launched at a school for children with disabilities.

Panasonic CIS will continue to strengthen its environmental activities, under the slogan of "For the next generation." In addition to directly business-related initiative, these efforts will include employee volunteer activities and educational activities for children.

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Moscow
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Vladivostok
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Novosibirsk

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Kiev
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Nizhnij Novgorod
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Romania: School pupils in Bucharest participated in the Flowers competition

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On June 7, Panasonic Romania continues the series of eco initiatives aimed at promoting ecological behavior among pupils in the Romanian schools through a new competition during the summer vacation.

The Flowers competition is organized in partnership with the Botanic Garden and it intends to involve the school pupils in Bucharest in the planting of flowers within the garden.

The competition started on 7th of June when over 200 pupils from 5 schools in Bucharest planted seedlings in the specially arranged areas within the Botanic Garden. For the competition to be as entertaining as possible in the eyes of the kids, they were joined by MR.GREEN, a friendly mascot, who first visited their schools during 1st to 3rd of June in order to explain to the kids the importance of eco behavior.

The participating pupils received folders for their drawings and written observations regarding the evolution of the flowers. During the summer vacation they should care for their flowers, and in September, the school with the most beautiful garden will be awarded a prize from Panasonic.

Also the pupils from the winning school, who had completed their folders in order to show the way they had been involved in the garden planting, will receive a pair of headphones from Panasonic at the end of the competition.

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Middle East: Undertake Eco activities to Mark World Environment Day

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On 5 June, Panasonic employees across the Middle East, along with partners and government officials commemorated World Environment Day.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates---Panasonic in collaboration with Dubai Municipality and Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) gathered at Mushrif Park, located in Dubai, UAE to plant 150 trees to mark world environment day. This is another initiative and part of Panasonic's Eco-declaration - which pursues and drives eco-initiatives in its commitment to offer a green lifestyle and promote green business methods in the region, based on Eco ideas for lifestyles and Eco ideas for business-styles. On the day, Mr. Lootah, from Dubai Municipality made a small speech which was followed by the unveiling of a plaque on which was documented, that 150 trees were planted to mark world environment day.  The Panasonic Eco Picture Diary competition, an on-going program allowing children aged from 6 to 15 years to come up with green ideas on how to preserve the environment, was also launched in commemoration of World Environment Day. Students participating in the contest have until September 10 to submit a 5-day daily picture diary documenting eco activities they carried out in an effort to protect and save the global environment. The best submission from the Middle East and Africa will win an invitation to attend the global award ceremony in Paris, France.

Lebanon---Panasonic employees in Lebanon along with the Big Blue and NGO organized a beach cleaning to mark WED. There was Panasonic branding along the beach and all participants wore Panasonic shirts and caps. All attendees were given gift vouchers to purchase Vacuum cleaner.

Oman---Panasonic was voted the MOST GREEN COMPANY in Oman at the Green Awards, a platform that honor and appreciate such outstanding environmental vision, endeavors, initiatives and achievements amongst companies in Oman. Panasonic along with its exclusive partner OMASCO also invited students to the service centre to play with the socket ball and take it home to light LED lamps.