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Environmental Education/Human Resources Development

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 FY2013, Toshiba certified 443 employees (335 in Japan and 108 overseas) as Toshiba eco-style leaders compared to the goal of 400 stipulated in the initial training plan. Certified eco-style leaders actively showed leadership in internal events, such as the Global Environmental Action.

Holding an environmental quiz contest as part of Global Environmental Action

[Image] Holding an environmental quiz contest as part of Global Environmental Action

In FY2013, Toshiba turned off all lights at its head office as part of Global Environmental Action. One sub-event leading up to the light-down campaign was an environmental quiz contest held by eco-style leaders.

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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.

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 FY2013
E-learning textbooks for FY2013

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 FY2013, 13 employees were certified as site auditors, 5 as technology auditors, and 16 as overseas local auditors. The current number of certified auditors is 375.

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

In FY2014, in order to improve our human resources in the area of environmental management, Toshiba Group will launch Toshiba Environmental School, a program to develop the environmental management abilities of young and mid-level employees in charge of environmental affairs.

Toshiba Environmental School (Japan)
[Image] Toshiba Environmental School (Japan)

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