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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.

Following FY2014's program (the first year), in which 11 employees discussed themes such as effective use of resources and environmental management for the future, in FY2015, 12 employees from the environment, facility management, research and development, sales, and other departments participated to discuss the following two themes: environmental communication and basic environmental activities. At the final briefing in March, all participants presented the discussion results and proposals for future environmental management measures for each team to a Corporate Environmental Officer. Some of the proposals made by year two program participants are scheduled to be reflected in Toshiba Group's Sixth Environmental Action Plan, which will be announced in FY2017, and thus will be incorporated into future environmental policies.

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Class activities in FY2015 (year two program participants)

[Image] Interim reporting sessions held in Kamakura
Interim reporting sessions held in
Kamakura

[Image] Interim reporting sessions held in Kamakura
 

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

[Image] Presentation of results before Corporate Environmental Officer at the final briefing session
Presentation of results before
Corporate Environmental Officer
at the final briefing session

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Discussions and proposals in FY2015 (year two program participants)

  • Environmental communication: Aiming to raise employees' environmental awareness
    Proposing measures to raise each employee's environmental awareness and to help them support integrating business with environmental management
    Example:
    Developing environmental activities at each site under a common theme; information disclosure focused on employees' activities; an in-house awards system, etc.
  • Basic environmental activities: Aiming to enhance human resource development and measures to assess risks and ensure compliance
    Analyzing current activities using the MI approach to identify issues and proposing the development of high-priority strategies to solve identified issues
    Example:
    Human resource development...
    Enhancing use of overseas local networks and developing programs for environmental personnel training Risks and compliance...
    Centralized management of information on environmental regulations, etc.

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Comments from employees who participated in the Environmental School program

[Image] Masako Kurotori

Toshiba Corporation
Industrial ICT Solutions Company Technology Management & Administration Division
Masako Kurotori (First year student of Toshiba Environmental School)

At the opening ceremony of the first year of the Environmental School program in FY2014, we were encouraged to serve as members who can play pivotal roles in environmental management in 2030. So, for me, the Environmental School education started from imagining myself 16 years hence. Through discussions with people from various departments, I reconfirmed the importance of studying environmental issues from a broad perspective. The Environmental School provided me with a valuable opportunity to develop my interest in actively acquiring knowledge. Other associates who participated in the program have become important partners with whom I can share thoughts about Toshiba Group's environmental management.

[Image] Goro Tadenuma

Toshiba Corporation
Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company Productivity Improvement Planning Division
Goro Tadenuma (Second year student of Toshiba Environmental School)

I participated in the second year of the Environmental School program in FY2015 to study how to raise employees' environmental awareness and how to advertise our activities to the public at large through environmental communication. In addition to periodic discussions, we also attended tours of factories related to participants' departments and held an interim report meeting in Kamakura. Away from our routine tasks, we were able to develop unique strategies for the future by participating in activities with fresh minds. I hope employees from a wide range of departments will continue to participate in this program to develop strategies creatively.

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