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Educational programs for elementary school children to learn about the environment

As part of our environmental communication initiative, we worked with the Association of Corporation and Education, an NPO that specializes in developing classes together with companies, to start an educational program for elementary school children at the Toshiba Science Museum and in elementary schools in the Tokyo area for learning about the environment.

This program is designed to raise children's awareness about global warming, resource depletion, and other environmental issues that seriously affect people's lives. Meanwhile, we are introducing various scientific technologies that contribute to resolving such issues, thereby enabling elementary school children to think deeply about environmental issues and how to give back as members of society by taking action on their own. These activities are aligned with "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)*," a concept advocated by the United Nations.

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Education for fostering children who will support a sustainable society. This education is thought to require the following two perspectives: (1) Developing personality and fostering humanity, including self-discipline, judgment, and a sense of responsibility; (2) Fostering individuals who are aware of relationships with others, society, and natural environment and can respect a "relation" and "connection" (The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Japanese website).

This program's content is also in line with elementary school curriculum guidelines and can be taught in classes for science studies, social studies, and general studies. The program places high priority on experiments, team activities, and active dialog with teachers and provides opportunities for children to enjoyably learn about various initiatives and technologies developed to resolve environmental issues.

In FY2017, we held two programs titled: "What's on the other side of the power outlet?" (theme: energy) and "The mysterious material which controls electricity" (theme: semiconductor) at the Toshiba Science Museum, in eight elementary schools in the Tokyo area and at two event sites in the Tohoku area. Toshiba Group plans to continue this series of programs to provide children who will support a sustainable society in the future with opportunities to think about what they can do at present and 10 and 20 years from now.

Program No.1: What's on the Other Side of the Power Outlet? (Theme: Energy)

[Image] Program No.1: What's on the Other Side of the Power Outlet?

Participants in the program learned through experiments about the features of various methods for generating electricity including wind power generation, geothermal generation, photovoltaic power generation, and thermal power generation which are indispensable for our life. They also developed an interest in considering how energy should be consumed in the future, including global warming-related issues and combined use of multiple energy sources.

Program No.2: The Mysterious Material Which Controls Electricity (Theme: Semiconductor)

[Image] Program No.2: The Mysterious Material that Manipulates Electricity

Participants looked at how semiconductors, which are indispensable for use of electricity, actually work, along with examples of advances made in familiar electrical products such as laundry machines and air conditioners. They learned that semiconductors not only contribute to energy-saving in products, but also have low adverse impacts on the environment during manufacturing, and got a deeper understanding of the roles of semiconductors in society. We believe this program will also contribute to smooth introduction of programming instruction to be made compulsory in elementary schools starting from FY2020.


[Image] Association of Corporation and Education Shota Wada

Association of Corporation and Education
Shota Wada

The mechanism and roles of semiconductors are closely connected with the study of subjects such as science and social studies. We tried not only to have the students actually realize how everyday study is connected to familiar products and technologies, but also to create a program that will lead to constructive study that can be applied to solutions to environmental issues.

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26th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

[Image] 26th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

On February 1 and 2, 2017, the 26th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition was held at Smart Community Center in Kawasaki City. Approximately 3,000 guests visited the exhibition. At this year's exhibition whose theme was "Contribution to Low-Carbon Society," we presented 40 examples of environmentally conscious products and services as well as high efficiency manufacturing technologies in the areas of social infrastructure, energy, electronic devices, and digital solutions which are high priority businesses of Toshiba Group. On the same day, we also held a special tour at the Toshiba Science Museum whose theme was the environment. Customers from a wide range of sectors ranging from companies to government and municipal offices through to research and education institutions and students, visited the exhibition and observed how Toshiba Group companies joined forces to implement activities toward solving social issues. We received many messages from participants such as: "I was surprised to know that Toshiba Group is handling a wide range of products, from electronic devices to various power generators" and "I hope Toshiba Group will publicize and transmit such information on a regular basis."

[Image] 26th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition
[Image] 26th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition
[Image] 26th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition
[Image] 26th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

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Environmental advertisements

[Image]Nikkei ecology (March 2018 issue) issued by Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
Nikkei ecology (March 2018 issue) issued by Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.

We gave a report on the 26th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition as a magazine advertisement. In addition to explaining "Toshiba Group's Environmental Management", we introduced the rechargeable battery SCiB™, hydrogen-based autonomous energy supply system H2One™, image recognition processor Visconti™, and next-generation manufacturing solution Meister Series™ along with photographs taken at the exhibition booth as representative products in the Social Infrastructure, Energy, Electronic Device, and Manufacturing zones.

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Toshiba Group's Global Environmental Action

Toshiba Group is promoting "Global Environmental Action," which is an employee-supported environmental action program. In the Sixth Environmental Action Plan, which started in FY2017, we have set a theme for each fiscal year and carry out activities worldwide in accordance with that theme. The theme for FY2017 is energy, and each of our site is organizing activities such as energy-saving events and education and light reduction programs. We aim to foster a sense of togetherness within Toshiba Group by developing activities based on a common theme and to raise employees' awareness about a wide range of environmental issues by changing the theme annually. In addition, we conduct activities in collaboration with local communities to enhance communication with local residents, NPOs, and NGOs.

In 2018 and beyond, we plan to set themes related to issues that stimulate public interest, such as water, resources, and chemicals, thereby promoting environmental activities at our sites around the globe. By sharing information on activities of the sites inside Toshiba Group, each site can further develop its activity going forward.

[Image] Toshiba Group's Global Environmental Action

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Participation in a demonstration project for promoting ESG dialog in Japan

Toshiba Group has been participating in the Environmental Reporting Platform Development Pilot Project, a demonstration project promoted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan for full-scale operation of the ESG dialog platform for five consecutive years since its launch in 2013. We will come to understand information that is genuinely required based on information registered in the project and through dialog with investors to enhance disclosure of our ESG information.

Participation in other external CSR related initiatives