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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 activity 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 voluntary plans), and (4) technology audits (product environment management system, environmental performance, etc.). Audits were conducted over two days to check these items. The most important of these categories were 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 in-house companies and 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 could be conducted in three types of audits: (1) environmental management audits covering in-house companies and nine key group companies: (2) environmental technology audits of products covering about 40 divisions, and (3) environmental audits of sites covering 106 business and production sites, including non-manufacturing sites and non-consolidated subsidiaries. In-house companies and group companies conduct self-audits (self-inspections) within their companies based on the same standards in order to check business and production sites with relatively low levels of environmental impact that are not covered by site environment audits.

Audit items for these three audits are reviewed annually to improve evaluation level. In FY2012, we evaluated the level of environmental management based on audit items linked to the goals of the Fifth Environmental Action Plan, thus stepping up environmental management with the aim of becoming one of the world's foremost eco-companies.

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Audit results (FY2012)

Environmental management audit (total number of check items: 73)
[Image] Environmental management audit (total number of check items: 73)

Environmental technology audit of products (total number of check items: 36)
[Image] Environmental technology audit of products (total number of check items: 36)

Environmental audit of sites (total number of check items: 220)
[Image] Environmental audit of sites (total number of check items: 220)

We conduct over 300 audits, including self-audits, annually, and the total number of audits conducted since FY1993 exceeds 3,000. We also provide in-house training for auditors who conduct audits.

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

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