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Environmental education programs for children

As part of our environmental communication initiatives, we collaborate with the Association of Corporation and Education, an NPO that specializes in developing classroom lectures with companies, to hold environmental education programs for children at Toshiba Science Museum and elementary schools.

In these programs, we raise children's awareness of global warming, resource depletion, and other environmental issues that seriously affect people's lives. We also introduce various scientific technologies to help solve such issues. By doing so, we encourage children to consider environmental issues, explore ways to help society, and take action. These activities are in alignment with the concept of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)* proposed by the United Nations.

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Education for equipping children with the capabilities to achieve a sustainable society in the future. ESD requires two perspectives: (1) development of personality and qualities, which include self-discipline, the ability to make decisions, and a sense of responsibility; and (2) training of individuals to recognize their relationships with others, society, and the natural environment as well as to respect the concepts of 'relationships' and 'connections.' (Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology website)

The content of these programs is also in line with the elementary school curriculum guidelines and is suitable for science, social studies, and general education classes. The program places importance on experiments, group activities, and active communication with teachers in order to provide children with an opportunity to learn about initiatives and technologies that have been developed to resolve environmental issues while having a good time.

In FY2019, we implemented two programs: What's on the other side of the power outlet? (theme: energy) and A mysterious material that controls electricity!?—Learning how to use energy from discovery and use of semiconductors (theme: semiconductors). We held classes at five locations in total, including Toshiba Science Museum and elementary schools near our business and production sites. We will continue this educational initiative to provide children, who will take part in the development of a sustainable society in the future, with an opportunity to think about what they can do now and what they can do 10 and 20 years from now.

[Image] What's on the other side of the power outlet?

[Image] What's on the other side of the power outlet?

[Image] Website introducing our environmental education programs for children

What's on the other side of the power outlet? (theme: energy)

[Image] What's on the other side of the power outlet?

[Image] What's on the other side of the power outlet?

In this class, which includes an experiment, children learn about the characteristics of various types of power generation, such as wind, geothermal, solar, and thermal power generation. They learn that electricity is indispensable in our daily lives. They also develop an interest in the future of energy by learning about global warming issues and combined use of multiple energy sources.

A mysterious material that controls electricity!?—Learning how to use energy from discovery and use of semiconductors (theme: semiconductors)

[Image] A mysterious material that controls electricity!?—Learning how to use energy from discovery and use of semiconductors

[Image] A mysterious material that controls electricity!?—Learning how to use energy from discovery and use of semiconductors

Children learn about the functions of semiconductors, which are essential in the use of electricity, by examining the evolution of appliances such as washers and air conditioners that we use every day. By learning that semiconductors not only enable products to save energy but also are manufactured in an environmentally aware way to reduce environmental impacts, children gain insights into the roles of semiconductors in society. We believe this program provides a smooth introduction to the programming class that became mandatory in elementary schools in FY2020.


[Image] Shota Wada Executive Director Association of Corporation and Education

Shota Wada
Executive Director
Association of Corporation and Education

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Although there are various energy education programs, there are few lessons that discuss a combination of power generation methods. The program was intended to ensure that children understand the characteristics of power generation methods and think about how they should supplement each other.

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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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Toshiba Group Environmental Seminar 2020

On February 7, 2020, we held Toshiba Group Environmental Seminar 2020, an internal exchange event for personnel in charge of environmental affairs, at the Smart Community Center in Kawasaki City. The purposes of the event were to raise environmental awareness, promote personal exchanges, and use the knowledge and connections obtained through the seminar in future environmental measure development. The event had four parts: (1) Experience, (2) Learning, (3) Exchanges with companies in the same industry, and (4) Exchanges with Toshiba employees from other departments. Participants actively exchanged opinions in each part and shared their perspectives on what they, their departments, and their companies should pay attention to going forward.

[Image] Speech by Sadao Harada from Osaka University of Commerce
Speech by Sadao Harada from Osaka University of Commerce

[Image] A scene from the event
A scene from the event

Part (1): Experience Introduction of single-use plastic reduction measures (paper straws and reusable shopping bags) in collaboration with the café and convenience store in the Center
Part (2): Learning A speech on marine plastic issues by Sadao Harada, an associate professor at Osaka University of Commerce and the representative of Project Hozugawa, a specified non-profit corporation
Part (3): Exchanges with companies in the same industry An opinion exchange with guest companies in the electronics and electric industry
Part (4): Exchanges with Toshiba employees from other departments Group discussions and presentations on the future direction of Toshiba Group's environmental management

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Environmental advertisements

[Image] Nikkei ESG (March 2020 issue) by Nikkei BP
Nikkei ESG (March 2020 issue) by Nikkei BP

We introduced Toshiba Group's environmental communication activities. With a focus on Global Environmental Action, which is our global employee participation activity, and environmental education programs for children that we implement at Toshiba Science Museum and elementary schools in the Tokyo Metropolitan area as well as near our business and production sites, we noted that, through community-based environmental activities, we are deepening communication with stakeholders, such as local community members and NPOs, and are contributing to addressing social issues. We also explained that these activities were raising employees' awareness. Finally, we introduced our internal environmental awareness-raising event, Toshiba Group Environmental Seminar 2020, for personnel in charge of environmental affairs who are developing environmental activity plans.

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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 FY2019 was "resources." Each business and production site engaged in an activity such as recycling, resource education, cleaning, or community events. Across the group, the number of such activities exceeded 600.* We foster solidarity across Toshiba Group companies by setting a common activity theme. By introducing a new theme each year, we raise employees' awareness about a wide range of environmental issues. We also collaborate with local communities to enhance communication with them as well as with NPOs and NGOs.

With "chemical substances" as the theme for FY2020, we plan to promote activities worldwide. We will share activity details within the group to further expand and enhance our future activities.

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Including activities based on themes other than "resources"

Resource recycling at a plant's autumn festival organized by plant managers and workers

Kanuma Works, Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation (Japan)

[Image] Promoting reuse of AAA batteries
Promoting reuse of AAA batteries

As part of its CSR activities, the plant organized a festival in which its employees (approximately 1,000 people) and local community residents participated. At the festival, the plant collected stationery items to be donated to Cambodian children and handed out AAA batteries which had become non-moving inventory at the plant, in order to promote reuse of AAA batteries.

"Eat-it-all" campaign

Toshiba Hydro Power (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. (China)

[Image] Reducing leftovers
Reducing leftovers

In the Fuchunjiang Plant cafeteria, the company held an event about effective use of food ingredients. At the event, which was attended by 78 employees, the company suggested that food ingredients could be reduced if employees took an appropriate amount of food to eat.

Promotion of reusable shopping bags

Head Office, Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (Japan)

[Image] Used for lunch shopping and other purposes[Image] Used for lunch shopping and other purposesUsed for lunch shopping and other purposes

The company gave out bags to a total of 550 Head Office and contractors' employees in order to reduce the use of plastic bags and paper bags from convenience stores. As a result, in six months the company reduced the number of shopping bags used by 30,000.

Reusable item exhibition

Komukai Complex, Toshiba Corporation (Japan)

As the signature event of 3R Promotion Month, the company held an environmentally conscious event in which stationery and other items no longer needed by individual departments were offered to other departments. In FY2019, about 620 employees visited the venue. Approximately 1,700 kg of goods were reused, greatly contributing to reducing waste disposal costs and the cost of purchasing new items.

[Image] Promotion of the use of reusable stationeries

[Image] Promotion of the use of reusable stationeries

Promotion of the use of reusable stationeries

Nature watch in Daishigawara along the Tama River

Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (Japan)

Taking the opportunity presented by 3R Promotion Month, the company held a nature watch event under the themes of Touch, Learn, and Create. A total of 31 employees and their family members participated. In the Touch section, participants observed living creatures such as crabs in the post-typhoon Tama River and cleaned up the riverbank. In the Learn section, they learned about eco-labels and waste plastic in the Tama River through the game of Bingo. In the Create section, they made crafts using ecological materials.

[Image] Living creature observation and crafts creation using ecological materials

[Image] Living creature observation and crafts creation using ecological materials

Living creature observation and crafts creation using ecological materials

Toshiba Digital Solutions Group Environmental Forum

Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation (Japan)

[Image] Speech by Shuichi Takizawa of the comedy duo Machine Guns
Speech by Shuichi Takizawa of the comedy duo "Machine Guns"

The company held its annual environmental forum at the Fuchushi Shimin Katsudo Center. For the 2019 forum, the company invited Mr. Shuichi Takizawa of the comedy duo "Machine Guns" to be guest speaker. As a comic and full-time employee of a waste management company, he gave a speech entitled "We can't take this garbage—The view of a cleaner." Through the perspective of someone who goes out and cleans various places every day, he talked about what garbage can tell about the producer, the kind of garbage that causes a lot of trouble for collectors, huge amounts of food loss (disposed food), and landfills that are approaching maximum capacity.

A flea market that promotes effective use and increased awareness of resources

Osaki Head Office, Toshiba Tec Corporation (Japan)

[Image] Selling collected clothes, books and sundries, followed by donation of all proceeds
Selling collected clothes, books and sundries, followed by donation of all proceeds

The company collected clothes, books and sundries that employees had at home and no longer use, then held a flea market to promote effective use of resources. Previously, the company had only sold or collected local specialties for donation to nursing homes. However, as a new initiative to raise awareness among its employees, the company held this flea market in FY2019.

Aluminum can collection

Japan Semiconductor Corporation (Japan)

[Image] Collected aluminum cans
Collected aluminum cans

This jointly hosted activity by Iwate and Oita Operations is in its second year. In FY2019, the company collected approximately 100 kg of aluminum cans in total from employees' households. Oita Operations donated them to a local social welfare facility. Iwate Operations sold them to a waste management company and donated the proceeds to help disaster-hit areas.

"Waste-to-Christmas Craft Contest"

Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc. (Philippines)

[Image] Christmas decorations made from packaging waste[Image] Christmas decorations made from packaging waste
Christmas decorations made from packaging waste

In an attempt to promote reuse and recycling of packaging waste generated from the work place, the company held a craft contest with a Christmas theme. Approximately 170 employees participated in the contest; they made beautiful Christmas decorations rich in originality from plastic, expanded polystyrene, and corrugated cardboard materials that were no longer needed.

Cleanup activities

Toshiba Carrier Corporation (worldwide)

[Image] Activity by employees of TCFG Compressor (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Activity by employees of TCFG Compressor (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

At each affiliate inside and outside Japan, departments take turns cleaning sidewalks around their sites. In Japan, the company continues to implement cleaning activities by setting the 10th of the month as Toshiba Day. In FY2019, more than 900 employees worldwide participated in these activities.

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