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Training of eco-style leaders

Toshiba Group is promoting the training of Toshiba eco-style leaders as part of "environmental education and human resource development" one of the new goals set forth in the Fifth Environmental Action Plan. The objective is to certify employees having keen environmental awareness in all divisions as Toshiba eco-style leaders and raise employees' overall environmental awareness through participation in internal environmental programs and events. To become certified, employees must obtain an internal or external environmental license (e.g., passing of the Eco Test sponsored by the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry or becoming a Toshiba environmental auditor or nature observation instructor).

In FY2012, Toshiba certified 230 employees as Toshiba eco-style leaders compared to the goal of 200 stipulated in the initial training plan. Certified eco-style leaders serve as leaders in various environmental activities such as guiding visitors at eco-product exhibitions and holding café-style in-house events.

Serving as a guide for eco-style tours

Toshiba Group exhibited at Eco-Products 2012, one of the largest environmental exhibitions in Japan, and organized eco-style tours, which guided elementary and junior high school students through its booths. During the three-day period, a total of 652 students participated in these tours in which eco-style leaders explained about Toshiba Group's environmentally conscious products and environmental initiatives.

[Image] Eco-style leaders explain each product in detail[Image] Eco-style leaders explain each product in detail
Eco-style leaders explain each product in detail

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Holding of eco-style leader café events

Eco-style leaders held a café-style talk show with conservation of biodiversity as the main theme and invited Ms. Takako Shirai, a singer-songwriter, and Mr. Yuji Kishi, Professor Emeritus of Keio University and representative of the Tsurumi River Basin Networking (NPO) as guests. Some 100 employees, including eco-style leaders, participated in the event. One participant commented that, "I became interested in the nature close at hand." Another said, "I now think about biodiversity differently."

[Image] Scenes from the talk show with Ms. Takako Shirai (left) and Mr. Yuji Kishi (right)[Image] Scenes from the talk show with Ms. Takako Shirai (left) and Mr. Yuji Kishi (right)
Scenes from the talk show with Ms. Takako Shirai (left) and Mr. Yuji Kishi (right)

Toshiba eco-style leader certification badge

[Image] Toshiba eco-style leader certification badge

This badge is made of wood from forest development in Tokyo's Tama area. Toshiba Group has concluded the Agreement on Forest Development Activities with the Tokyo metropolitan government.

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Environmental education and qualification

In order to raise the level of environmental activities, we provide environmental education programs for all employees. These education programs are composed of (1) general education courses, (2) ISO 14001 education courses, and (3) specialized education courses, offering curriculums designed to meet the needs of different posts, occupational roles, and specialties. All curricula for these courses are reviewed annually in order to help employees share the latest information.

Starting in FY2011, we introduced training courses for biodiversity promotion leaders. In the future, we will continue to enrich our specialized environmental education programs.

Environmental education system
General education ISO 14001 education Specialized education
e-learning(for all group company members) / Education for new employees Training courses for internal auditors / Education for special employees / General education Education for the certification of in-house environmental auditors (Site auditors/Technology auditors) / Introductory course for environmentally conscious design / Training course for biodiversity promotion leaders

[Image] e-learning textbooks for FY2012
e-learning textbooks for FY2012

We provide training for auditors for our in-house environmental audits, which was put into practice in 1993. In the training program for site auditors, candidates are screened through group education, on-site training and a written examination. After the screening, candidates participate in actual audits as assistants and submit reports in order to be certified as auditors. Technology auditors are certified through group education and a written examination. In FY2012, 15 employees were certified as site auditors, 11 as technology auditors and 19 as overseas local auditors. The current number of certified auditors is 349.

Training for auditors (site audit)
[Image] Training for auditors (site audit)

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