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Environmental Audits

Toshiba Group's environmental audit system

After conducting environmental audits for the first time in 1989, Toshiba Group developed a comprehensive environmental audit system and has been using the system since FY1993 to conduct audits based on standards established by the group. The audit system initially developed was composed of four categories: (1) management system audits (environmental promotion systems, etc.), (2) on-site audits (levels of compliance with rules regarding environmental facilities, etc.), (3) VPE audits (levels of achievement of goals set in the voluntary plan), and (4) technology audits (product environment management system, environmental performance, etc.). Audits were conducted over two days to check these items. The most unique of these categories was on-site audits, reflecting the shop-floor approach. This approach is incorporated into the environmental audits of sites conducted today.

Environmental technology audits of products became an independent category in FY1995. Environmental management audits were started in FY2004 to evaluate the level of environmental management in key group companies.

Toshiba Group's environmental audit system
[Image] Toshiba Group's environmental audit system

Since FY2006, these multiple audits have been systematized so that they can be conducted as one of three types: (1) environmental management audits covering key group companies, (2) environmental technology audits of products covering various divisions, and (3) environmental audits of sites covering production sites and non-production sites that consume large amounts of power. Group companies conduct self-audits (self-inspections) within their companies based on the same standards in order to check their sites with relatively low levels of environmental impacts that are not covered by site environmental audits.

Audit items for these three audits are reviewed annually to improve the evaluation level. During FY2012 to FY2016, we evaluated the level of environmental management based on audit items linked to the goals of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan. To further enhance environmental management, starting in FY2017, we have been evaluating the level of environmental management based on audit items linked to the goals of the Sixth Environmental Action Plan and confirm the details of specific initiatives.

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Toshiba Group's environmental audit results (FY2017)

Environmental management audit Audit targets: 8 key group companies

No. Items to be confirmed (Number) Non-conformance Good example
1Environmental policies and systems (14)33
2Legal compliance and risk management (11)12
3Business processes (10)2
4Products and services (11)12
5Information disclosure and communication (6)2
6Supply chain management (3)
* Added in FY2017
1

Main non-conformance examples

  • Inconsistency between the actual state of environmental management and descriptions in documents
  • Unclear responsibilities and authorities of supervisors

Main good examples

  • Integrated management of relevant environmental laws and regulations and the environmental risk map
  • Departments share the results of environmental audits of sites to make improvements

Environmental technology audit of products

Environmental technology audits of products are intended to improve environmental quality of products and increase contribution to the environment by confirming the level of conformance with ECP* standards set for each product (group) to ensure the environmental quality of products and the relevant legal requirements and also the status of activities to create Environmentally Conscious Products (ECPs), which aim to create products that contribute to reducing environmental impacts while they are introduced and used by customers.

* Environmentally conscious products

Product area Main comment
Energy Systems & SolutionsProduct development plans that contribute to reducing environmental impacts are becoming clear, and the challenging of 3R initiatives for products is also being promoted. Firm compliance with environmental regulations.
Infrastructure Systems & SolutionsProduct development plans that contribute to reducing environmental impacts are becoming clear, and a management structure including the sales division has been created.
Retail & Printing SolutionsProduct development plans that contribute to environmentally conscious design are becoming clear, and activities to eliminate signs of non-conformance in planning and design stages are making progress.
Storage & Electronic Devices SolutionsProduct development plans that contribute to environmentally conscious design are becoming clear, and a mechanism to secure compliance with laws through to product shipment has been created.
Industrial ICT SolutionsThe contribution of products and services is visualized (CO2 reduction at customers, etc.) and is incorporated into ECP activities.

Environmental audit of sites

Environmental audits of sites are intended to improve the environmental management of sites by confirming the environmental management of sites, site management, and level of compliance. We conduct over 300 audits, including self-audits, annually, and the total number of audits conducted since FY1993 exceeds 4,800. We also provide in-house training for auditors who conduct audits.

[Image] Environmental audit of sites

Toshiba Group's environmental audit records
[Image] Toshiba Group's environmental audit records

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Performance Evaluation System

Reflecting the level of environmental management in performance evaluation

We evaluate the environmental management of key group companies based on Toshiba Group's comprehensive environmental audit system. Out of 55 items in the 6 areas of environmental management audits, we extract high priority items in the Sixth Environmental Action Plan as evaluation items to evaluate environmental management. In FY2017, we extracted 10 items in the following 2 areas to perform quantitative evaluation: (1) Business processes and (2) Products and services. Also, we submit evaluation results to the Evaluation Committee to reflect the results in each company’s performance evaluation.

Performance evaluation system
[Image] Performance evaluation system

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