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Environmental Education and Human Resource Development

Development of eco-style leaders

Toshiba Group is promoting the development of Toshiba eco-style leaders as part of its programs for environmental education and human resource development. 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. A major requirements for becoming a certified eco-style leader is to 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 FY2016, Toshiba Group had certified a cumulative total of 1,710 employees as ecostyle leaders, falling short of the initial goal of 2,000. Nevertheless, these efforts will enhance site activities going forward.

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 curricula 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 / Education for managers 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 / Toshiba Environmental School

Environmental e-learning

[Image] E-learning text for FY2016
E-learning text for FY2016

We provide an environmental e-learning program as a general education course once a year to all employees worldwide. This program helps employees deepen their understanding of global environmental issues and Toshiba Group's environmental initiatives.

Training for auditors (site audit)

We provide training for auditors for our in-house environmental audits, which were 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 FY2016, 11 employees were certified as site auditors, 7 as technology auditors, and 7 as overseas local auditors. The current number of certified auditors is about 300.

[Image] Training for auditors (site audit)

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Toshiba Environmental School

[Image] Toshiba Environmental School

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

In FY2014 (the first year), 11 employees discussed themes such as effective use of resources and environmental management for the future; in FY2015 (the second year), 12 employees discussed environmental communication and basic environmental activities. Following these programs, in FY2016, 8 employees from the environment, facility management, business development, and other divisions participated to discuss the following themes for about a year: "Improvement of energy-saving capabilities of our production sites" and "Promotion of Excellent ECPs* both inside and outside of Toshiba Group". At the final briefing, all participants presented the discussion results and proposals for future environmental management measures for each team to the Corporate Environmental Officer. Some of the proposals made by year three program participants are scheduled to be reflected in Toshiba Group's future environmental policies.

Toshiba products and services with the highest level of environmental performance in the industry in terms of major functions upon release

Class activities in FY2016 (year three program participants)

「[Image] Holding an off-work interim reporting session
Holding an off-work interim reporting session

[Image] Holding an off-work interim reporting session

[Image] Attending a Corporate Environmental Management Committee meeting
Attending a Corporate Environmental
Management Committee meeting

[Image] Final presentation in front of the Corporate Environmental Officer
Final presentation in front of
the Corporate Environmental Officer

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Discussions and proposals in FY2016 (year three program participants)

  • "Improvement of energy-saving capabilities of production sites" Team: Discussing new measures to enhance energy-saving activities at our production sites
    The team proposed to identify problems regarding energy-saving activities at our production sites in Japan and overseas and to incorporating an energy-saving perspective into in-house environmental audits to make improvements. To realize this proposal, the team also reviewed more specific measures, including making check sheets and compiling case study list on energy savings for audits.
  • Excellent ECP Promotion Team: Discussing how to effectively promote environmental performance of our products
    The team analyzed current status of Toshiba Group and benchmarks of competitors, which led to recognizing the need to focus more efforts on promoting the value of products themselves rather than the Excellent ECP system. The team then proposed measures to improve the brand value, including establishing a group-wide framework for promotion, effectively using websites, social networking services, exhibition tools, and other means, as well as publicizing the significance of contributing to society by replacing old products by new ones.

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