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Partnerships with suppliers

Initiatives at Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc.

Auditing of suppliers
Auditing of suppliers

In 2002, Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc. (TIP), a production base for hard disk drives (HDD), became the first Asian company to acquire SA8000*1 certification. TIP not only objectively listens to its employees’ opinions in order to improve its work environment but has also spread this initiative to its suppliers.

In order to enhance CSR management at its suppliers, TIP continues to implement monthly audits (12 suppliers per year). To date, a total of 125 audits have been conducted since 2005, when such audits began. TIP confirms the status of CSR initiatives at suppliers in accordance with the Toshiba Group Standards of Conduct, Toshiba Group Procurement Policy, SA8000 and OHSAS18001*2 standards, EICC Code of Conduct*3, and other guidelines. If suppliers fail to meet these standards, TIP demands corrective actions be taken and provides guidance and support for improvement.
Major problems pointed out for improvement during audits include those related to labor conditions (e.g., working hours and holidays) as well as health and safety management in the workplace. Going forward, TIP will continue to support its suppliers in promoting CSR initiatives so as to establish long-term partnerships through auditing and guidance.

*1

SA8000 refers to a set of international standards established by Social Accountability International for evaluating work environments.

*2

OHSAS18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) is a set of standards for identifying occupational health and safety risks as well as measures to cope with the same in addition to clarifying where responsibilities lie.

*3

EICC is an abbreviation of Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.

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Response to conflict minerals issue

Toshiba Group’s response to conflict minerals issue


Toshiba Group’s initiatives
to cope with the issue of
conflict minerals

Toshiba Group’s response to conflict minerals issue

Toshiba Group’s response to conflict minerals issue

Toshiba Group Conflict Mineral Policy (October 2011)

For humanitarian reasons, Toshiba Group’s policy stipulates to prohibit the use of raw materials such as gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighboring countries, which are helping to finance armed groups causing violation of human rights.

Reference Website : Toshiba Group Conflict Mineral Policy

Supplier compliance

In May 2012, in order to make the need to respect human rights throughout the supply chain, Toshiba Group revised the Toshiba Group Procurement Policy, adding two items to our supplier requirements: respect for human rights and support of the use of conflict-free minerals. The Group requested some 10,000 suppliers to comply with this policy.

Cooperation with industry organizations

Toshiba Group strives to cooperate with industry organizations to cope with the issue of conflict minerals. Examples include joining EICC, an organization that aims to promote CSR throughout the supply chain, in June 2011 and participating in the Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group of Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association in November 2011.

Communication with NGOs

We also participate in roundtable discussions hosted by two NGOs: Enough Project and A SEED JAPAN, both of which are working on issues related to conflict minerals. In November 2011, we joined the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), a public-private project advocated by the U.S. government. Through these initiatives, we support efforts to help solve human rights issues by cutting off sources of funding for armed groups and providing economic support to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighboring countries.

Surveys on the use of conflict minerals

FY2011
We conducted a pilot survey of some 300 Toshiba Group suppliers on the use of conflict minerals and bout the smelters.
FY2012
We surveyed some 10,000 Group suppliers to clarify to what extent they understood the issue of conflict minerals and what approaches they took toward this issue.
FY2013
We started surveying our suppliers on sourcing of conflict minerals using EICC/GeSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. In May, we held a briefing session for suppliers to explain the procedures of Toshiba Group conflict minerals survey.

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