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Social Contribution Activities

To realize a sustainable society, Toshiba Group actively promotes social contribution activities as well as business activities, thereby contributing to solving various societal issues.

Medium- to Long-term Vision

Our aim is that every Toshiba Group operational site, and each and every employee working there, will take the initiative in contributing to society.

FY 2016 Achievement

Number of social contribution programs
Achievement 1,174programs

Future Challenges and Approaches

We will continue to provide more information and to make opportunities to our employees, so that many of them can get involved in activities voluntarily that contribute to society.

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Toshiba Group Basic Policy on Social Contribution Activities

Toshiba Group has set the basic policy on social contribution activities which is embodied Toshiba Group's slogan of "Committed to People, Committed to the future."

The five key areas of activities stated in the Toshiba Group Basic Policy on Social Contribution Activities are all related to social issues that Toshiba Group regards as important.

Toshiba Group will contribute to solving societal issues and creating a sustainable society through business activities as well as social contribution activities by using knowledge and resources acquired through business.

In these endeavors, we keep track of the results and impact on business through regular dialogues with stakeholders, and reevaluate and decide on our course of action accordingly.

Toshiba Group Basic Policy on Social Contribution Activities

  1. In accordance with the Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group and Toshiba Group Standards of Conduct, we make vigorous efforts to contribute to society.
  2. In contribution to society, we focus on the following fields: protection of the natural environment, science and technology education, promotion of sports and culture, social welfare, and international exchange and friendship.
  3. We support employees' voluntary activities.

Positioning of Social Contribution Activities in Toshiba Group

Positioning of Social Contribution Activities in Toshiba Group

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Structure of Toshiba Group's Social Contribution Activities

Toshiba Group has established a social contribution promotion team in the CSR Management Office, as well as social contribution promotion staff on a Group-wide level, at each operational site, branch and associated company. We all adhere to the policy in planning and pursuing our social contribution initiatives.

With regard to donations to disaster relief and to NPOs and NGOs, we assess the legality and appropriateness of such donations before doing so, based on our in-house regulations.

Structure of Toshiba Group's Social Contribution Activities

Structure of Toshiba Group's Social Contribution Activities

Supporting Social Contribution Activities by Employees

As part of its work-life balance policy, Toshiba maintains a system to support social contribution activities by employees. For example, employees are able to take long-term leave by accumulating annual leave for the purpose of participating in volunteer activities. Toshiba also has a system for donating a maximum of 100,000 yen or reused PCs to NPOs and other organizations that employees belong to.

Work-style Innovation (WSI)

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Social Contribution Activities: Total Expenditure and its Constituent Parts

Total expenditure and its constituent parts (FY2016)

Total expenditure and its constituent parts (FY2016)

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Social Contribution Award: Toshiba "ASHITA" Award

In order to invigorate our social contribution activities, Toshiba Group has been evaluating and giving awards to domestic and overseas activities since FY2005. Every year we evaluate the previous fiscal year's activities from nine perspectives—goals, the extent of employee involvement, originality, continuity, social impact, collaboration with external organizations, and so on—and CEO awards those activities that have achieved excellent results.

In FY2016, 1,359 programs were carried out throughout the year, and four programs were awarded, including the program to protect the golden venus chub, an endangered species (Toshiba Himeji Semiconductor Plant).

Ashita Award for CSR Excellence

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Toshiba Group Simultaneous Social Contribution Activities

Toshiba Group holds the Toshiba Group Simultaneous Social Contribution Activities from FY2014 targeted December 5, the International Volunteer Day set by the United Nations. The aim of this initiative was to make a significant social contribution that cannot be achieved by individuals, through the simultaneous participation of all Toshiba Group employees.

In FY2016, to achieve "Zero Hunger," one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we organized food drives at 19 business sites in 5 countries around the world. A food drive is a program for donating redundant food brought from home. In Japan, we urged participation in the program at the head office and other business sites. In addition, we also held a charity concert by Toshiba Philharmonic Orchestra and Toshiba Philharmonic Choir to collect preserved food. A total of approximately 3,000 kg of the food collected was donated to Food Bank Kawasaki to support people in need.

Food brought by charity concert audience
Food brought by charity concert audience

Food drive at Toshiba America, Inc.
Food drive at Toshiba America, Inc.

Toshiba Group Simultaneous Social Contribution Activities

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Science Technology Education

Toshiba Science Museum: Where You Can Experience the Joy of Science and Technology

Science show is held every day at the stageScience show is held every day at the stage

In January 2014, the Toshiba Science Museum was reopened near JR Kawasaki Station as a location for the support of science-technology education, a linchpin in Toshiba's social action programs. It is used for a multitude of purposes, such as social studies field trips, school trips, corporate training, international exchanges, and sightseeing. It is a facility where people of all generations can have fun while learning about science and technology through extensive hands-on programs and exhibitions consisting of 3 concepts: past, present, and future.

Toshiba Science Museum

Science and Technology Competition for Children in the U.S. and Canada

New York State team that appeared on a local TV program Satellite Media Tour.New York State team that appeared on a local TV program Satellite Media Tour.

Since 1992, Toshiba Group has worked with the National Science Teachers Association to host the ExploraVision Awards (EVA), a science and technology competition for k-1 to k-12 in the United States and Canada.

EVA is a competition aiming to encourage dreams in which children make predictions about technologies that they believe will become feasible within 20 years based on today's science and technology. The program celebrated its 24th anniversary in June 2016, commemorating its long history as a Japanese company's science education support program in North America. The number of participant totals more than 360,000 in the past. In FY2016 applications from 15,585 children and 5,054 teams have been filed.

Many creative ideas that exceed adults' imagination are generated every year, such as a dream heart pacemaker that continues its function by using human body energy and magic pills that solve rapidly growing problems of electronic parts waste.

Social Contribution Activities - Science and Technology Competition (North America)

Scientific exchange program for Japanese and American high school students

High school students working to build an elevatorHigh school students working to build an elevator

Since 2014, Toshiba Group has been working in collaboration with U.S.-Japan Council to host the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy, a program aimed at developing young leaders who serve as a bridge between Japan and the United States. This program is part of the TOMODACHI initiative developed by U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy. In 2016, the third year of the program, we held the event at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center for eight days from late July to early August. In addition to high school students from Japan and the United States (eight from each country), several teachers from both countries also participated in the program as mentors to engage in a hands-on science exchange program.

Science Exchange Program Targeting Japanese and American High School Students

Teaching Competition in China

Ms. Jia Huiyu of Henan Normal University (left) received the Toshiba Innovation Award.Ms. Jia Huiyu of Henan Normal University (left) received the Toshiba Innovation Award.

Seeking to contribute to the future development of scientific and technical human resources in China, in 2008 we established the Contest of Math and Science Teaching Program for the Normal University Students in China in cooperation with China's Ministry of Education.

This is a contest for students of Chinese teacher training universities.

Winners and their instructors are invited to Japan for the opportunities to have experience of Japanese science, technology and culture, and exchange with teachers and students of Japanese teacher training university.

In 2015, approximately 12,000 students from 45 Normal Universities throughout China participated.

Teaching Competition in China

Science Education Program for Elementary School Children

Children watching a simulation experiment on thermal power generationChildren watching a simulation experiment on thermal power generation

In March 2017, we launched a science education program for elementary school children in collaboration with the Association of Corporation and Education. Entitled "What's on the Other Side of a Power Outlet?: Let's Learn How Power is Generated through Experiments!", the program uses energy as a theme to enable children to learn about the mechanism of power generation through experiments as well as to think about environmental issues and the future of energy. The program is conducted at the Toshiba Science Museum. We also visit elementary schools in areas around Tokyo to provide on-site classes.

Scholarships and Internship

Toshiba group awards scholarships to university students in Japan, China, Vietnam, Philippines etc. to help support development of a new generation.

Furthermore Toshiba factories are receptive to local requests for tours, and some even accept internships of a few weeks.

Scholarships

Internship, Factory Tours and Hands-on Experiences

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Protection of the Natural Environment

Conservation of Biodiversity

Protection and breeding of golden venus chubs (Ministry of the Environment endangered species class IB) (Toshiba Himeji Semiconductor Operations)Protection and breeding of golden venus chubs (Ministry of the Environment endangered species class IB) (Toshiba Himeji Semiconductor Operations)

Toshiba Group has been developing biotopes at approximately 60 business sites worldwide through three steps: conducting a biodiversity survey; selecting indexes and implementing biodiversity measures; and measuring effects. At each biotope, employees are working to protect habitats for a variety of biological species, including rare ones, thereby building ecosystem networks. In the future, we aim to further raise employees biodiversity awareness as well as to contribute to achieving the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi biodiversity targets,* a global goal for 2020. To this end, we will strive to expand the range of our activities, including conserving the environment in areas outside business sites, eliminating alien species, educating employees, and collaborating with stakeholders.

  • *Global goals regarding biodiversity protection adopted at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) held in October 2010

Conservation of Biodiversity

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Social Welfare

Sending doctors and dentists to areas around the Toshiba factory in the Philippines

Medical examination for local residents by dispatched doctorsMedical examination for local residents by dispatched doctors

Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc. has been providing medical and dental examination services to promote and improve the physical well-being of intended beneficiaries in the nearby community twice a year since 2006.

In August 2016, the company dispatched a team consisting of doctors, dentists, nurses, and many employee volunteers to Bucal district and they worked for 300 local residents.

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International Exchanges with Friendship, and Promotion of Sports and Culture

International exchange program for high school students from Japan and the ASEAN countries

Lively discussion in "U.N. Simulation," one of the programsLively discussion in "U.N. Simulation," one of the programs

Since FY2014, the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) has been holding Toshiba Youth Club Asia (TYCA), an international exchange program for high school students from Japan and the ASEAN countries.

The theme for FY2016 was "Asian Vision 2040," and the program was held over eight days in March. A total of 12 high school students from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and six Japanese high school students, listened to lectures by experts, went on field trips, and held group discussions about what they themselves can do in the future, and then they presented their own vision.

Through TYCA, TIFO will go on providing opportunities to high school students from Japan and ASEAN countries, who have diverse cultures and values, to discuss the future of Asia, bearing in mind social issues.

Promoting Sports

Toshiba promotes sports not only to help children to grow up healthy but also to inspire and encourage everyone through the impressive performances of top athletes.

TAmateur sports teams of Toshiba employees play an active role in making a difference in society.

Promoting Sports

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Disaster Relief

As a company that conducts business worldwide, Toshiba Group wishes to contribute to restoring areas affected by natural disasters. To that end, we review what is most appropriate in consideration of local characteristics and damage situations, and donate money, provide our company products, and collaborate with NGOs. In addition, employees also engage in fund raising and volunteer activities.

In FY2016, we provided support to areas affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake that occurred in Japan in April and areas affected by Typhoon No. 10 that occurred in August.

Disaster Relief

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