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Support for Local Communities Developments

For Toshiba Group, it is our responsibility as a good corporate citizen not just to resolve issues faced by local communities through business, but to develop business activities that are rooted in the area as a member of the local community.

Medium- to Long-term Vision

As a corporate citizen, Toshiba Group aims to win the trust of communities in countries and regions across the globe.

FY 2015 Achievement

Contributed to the realization of a sustainable society through business, such as a demonstration of a "positive energy" building, and installation of facilities at the Kaleta Hydroelectric Plant in Guinea.

Future Challenges and Approaches

We will contribute to solving issues in local communities, in order to make sustainable society a reality. We will also advance the localization of our management with regard to human resources, procurement and other aspects, respecting the cultures and customs of each country, in order to maintain business activities that are firmly rooted in the local communities.

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Major Achievements in FY2015

Major Achievements in FY2015 【Europe】Completed demonstration of positive energy buildings (PEB) in Lyon,France 【Japan】Starting demonstration experiment of a Weather Radar for Forecasting the Occurrence of Heavy Rainfall and Tornadoes 【Asia】Large-scale steam turbine rotors manufactured from start to finish in India 【Africa】Providing Region-specific Renewable Energy Solutions

Policy on Support for Local Communities' Developments

Toshiba Group contributes to the development of local communities and solution to issues imposed on them through our business activities. At our manufacturing sites, we have been making efforts to localize management, foster management development, and promote local procurement. We have also contributed to the development of social infrastructure in developing and emerging countries in addition to the development of products that meet the needs of local communities. Furthermore, we have set our policy on the relationships with local communities in Toshiba Group Standards of Conduct.

Toshiba Group Standards of Conduct 19.Community Relations

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Structure of Support for Local Communities' Developments

The General Affairs division at each site or company is responsible for handling relations with local communities, including constant communications with communities associations and other organizations.

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Check and Evaluation of Local Impacts of Establishing New Operational Sites

When establishing new business operations, all group companies at Toshiba Group adhere to laws and regulations, engage in dialogue with local authorities and residents and strive to maintain harmony with the community. Once operations are underway, the companies disclose information about their business activities and environmental protection initiatives and thus engage in fruitful communication with local residents.

Development of good relations with local communities is one of the points checked in internal management audits. For manufacturing sites, the Toshiba Environmental Audit also evaluates the extent to which operations have an impact on the local environment. Furthermore, 174 manufacturing sites which were targeted in all Toshiba Group companies have acquired ISO 14001 certification.

Toshiba Group Environmental Audit System

Sites that have acquired ISO 14001 certification

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Solving Regional Social Issues through Business

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In September 2015, the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" was unanimously adopted at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. The 2030 Agenda commits to "leaving no one left behind," and sets 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as a guideline that is important if the international community is to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030.

Through our business in energy, infrastructure and storage, Toshiba will contribute to solving global-scale issues related to these goals, and to realizing a sustainable society, working with various countries and organizations.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Demonstration Test of Positive Energy Buildings (PEB) Commences in Lyon, France

The HIKARI Buildings where PEB is being demonstratedThe HIKARI Buildings where PEB is being demonstrated

The Lyon Smart Community Demonstration Project in France, which the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has entrusted to Toshiba, is now conducting its demonstration test of positive energy buildings (PEB). Positive energy buildings generate more energy than it consumes.

The PEBs featured in the project are equipped with: (1) energy-generating equipment such as photovoltaic systems, cogeneration, and absorption chillers; (2) energy storage systems such as batteries and thermal storage tanks; and (3) energy-saving equipment such as LED lighting and energy management systems to optimize building energy performance.

The Toshiba Group aims to contribute to building sustainable cities and to fighting the effects of climate change.

Starting demonstration experiment of a Weather Radar for Forecasting the Occurrence of Heavy Rainfall and Tornadoes

A phased array weather radarA phased array weather radar

Since July 2015, Toshiba has been running a demonstration experiment of a system that uses a phased-array weather radar to detect warnings of localized heavy rainfall, in collaboration with Osaka University and Osaka Prefecture. This experiment, which is planned to run for two years, is part of the "Enhancement of Societal Resiliency against Natural Disasters" program, an initiative led by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. The phased-array weather radar has been installed in Osaka University's Suita Campus, and the experiment is being conducted with help from National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

This radar allows three-dimensional observations of rain distribution in just 30 seconds. This function is expected to contribute to realizing a disaster-resilient society by preventing various types of accidents, and securing civilian life and safety in many ways: prior activation of sewage pumps that take time to start up; giving instructions to people working in the sewage system to stop work; providing evacuation guidance for people living in mountainous areas and river basins, and more.

Providing Region-specific Renewable Energy Solutions

The Kaleta Hydroelectric Plant, GuineaThe Kaleta Hydroelectric Plant, Guinea

The Kaleta Hydroelectric Plant, Guinea, in which China International Water & Electric Corp. contracted with Toshiba Hydro Power(Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. to deliver each 3 units of Hydroelectric turbines and generators, were completed, and began commercial operation in September 2015.

Hydroelectric generation is known as an ecofriendly method with minimal CO2 emissions, and TOSHIBA has delivered more than 2,300 hydroelectric turbines(57,000 megawatts plus) around the world.

Toshiba continues providing region-specific renewable energy solutions such as hydroelectric, geothermal, wind and solar power generations even in the future.

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Developing Business Activities based on Local Communities

Large-scale steam turbine rotors manufactured from start to finish in India

Turbine rotor manufactured in IndiaTurbine rotor manufactured in India

In August 2015, Toshiba JSW Power Systems shipped low-pressure steam turbine rotors to be used in Unit 2 of the Super-critical Thermal Power Station in Kudgi, India. This is the first time that 800MW-scale rotors have been fully manufactured—including processing, assembly and testing—and shipped within India.

In India and in the surrounding regions of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and in Africa, power demand is expected to continue growing. As such, our wish is that by supplying products from locations closer to our customers in the global market, we can shorten delivery times and reduce CO2 emissions at the same time.
Toshiba will continue to recruit and cultivate local engineers, and to contribute to creating jobs, nurturing talents, and developing the energy industry in the country.

Support for the Employment and Independence of Intellectually Disabled People—Toshiba With Corporation

Cleanup work by Toshiba With employeeCleanup work by Toshiba With employee

Toshiba With Corporation is a Toshiba Group subsidiary established in 2005 which mainly consists of intellectually disabled people, and supports the independence of the people. At Toshiba With, employees are engaged in business operations for cleaning, printing, mail delivery, and health care within Toshiba Group. Through these operations, they learn about work responsibilities, sense of purpose, and enjoyment in work, along with social rules and manners in order to achieve independent living.

The independence of the people with intellectual disabilities requires not only employment opportunities, but also support in living, including lifestyle and health management. To this end, the company works in close collaboration with disabled people’s families and local support organizations to create a unified support system.

We will continue to support promoting awareness and understanding of disabilities, fostering employee self-reliance, so everyone may play a more active role in society.

Universal Design Networking Event for Students from Tsukuba University of Technology

Discussion at the networking eventDiscussion at the networking event

In September 2015, Toshiba held a networking event for 15 students from the National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology, an institution of higher learning for the hearing impaired and the visually impaired.

At the networking event, we introduced case studies of universal design initiatives, accounts of corporate life from hearing-impaired Toshiba Group employees, and so on. There was an active Q&A session, and we were thanked at the end by the participating students and their supervising teachers.

Certification as Yokohama-model Regional Contribution Company

Certification logo of Yokohama-model Regional Contribution CompanyCertification logo of Yokohama-model Regional Contribution Company

In October 2014, Toshiba was certified as a Yokohama-model Regional Contribution Company, by the City of Yokohama, with the top rating. The certification is awarded to companies that: 1) have an awareness of the region and its communities, 2) conduct social business with a view toward contributing to the region, and 3) aim to grow and develop together with the region, based on specific standards. CSR activities of the entire Toshiba Group were highly rated, as were locally rooted activities Toshiba carried out in Yokohama at the Yokohama Complex, Keihin Product Operations and Toshiba’s Kanagawa branch.

Community-based Hazard Prevention Activities

Emergency drill with the local fire brigadeEmergency drill with the local fire brigade

In 1952, when there was a fire at Kitashiba Electric’s transformer plant, the company was able to minimize the damage thanks to the cooperation of local citizens, such as the fire brigade, in putting out the fire. Since then, we have been actively engaging in hazard prevention activities, hand in hand with the local community.

We hold joint emergency drills with the local fire brigade every year since 1985. When a fire occurred in 2006 near our factory, we were the first to arrive at the site, and we led the effort to extinguish the fire, rescue people and control traffic in the surrounding area. From the many years of engaging in activities, all of our employees understand the necessity of these hazard prevention activities.

Communication with Local Communities through Science Seminars for Children

Explaining the world of nanometers in a science seminar for childrenExplaining the world of nanometers in a science seminar for children

Since its establishment in 1992, Toshiba Yokkaichi Operations has held an annual environment meeting with the local municipality. At the meeting, we report the results obtained from the measurement environment data on air and water quality emissions from our facilities and exchange opinions with municipality representatives.

In collaboration with the Yokkaichi City Board of Education, we offer classes at regional elementary and junior high schools and display exhibitions in science seminars for children in an attempt to raise children’s interest in science and manufacturing.

Consideration for Employees’ Exercise of Civil Rights

Toshiba set up a new leave system called "Saiban-in" (Lay Judge) System Leave to coincide with the commencement of the Lay Judge System from May 2009 in Japan. This leave facilitates the employees to participate as citizen jurors in criminal court procedures.

Based on the law for implementation of the "Saiban-in" system in criminal court procedures, the salary per day for the employee selected to participate in such system amounts to the basic salary per day. Also, based on the above law, the number of leave days provided under this system equals to the maximum number of participation days under the Lay Judge System.

Contribution to Local Communities through Job Creation and Tax Payment

Toshiba Group expands its business around the world. The jobs created contribute to local communities, especially the production facilities that employ a considerable number of local people. By paying taxes in accordance with national laws and regulations, the group companies make an economic contribution to the regions where they operate. The local taxes paid by employees augment the contribution, particularly in areas where production facilities are located.

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