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CEO Commitment

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Introduction

After I joined the company, I worked mainly in the production division and the procurement division, which purchases materials and components from companies outside Toshiba Group. I was stationed outside Japan—including the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States—for a total of 14 years. In the Philippines, where I worked for four years (1996-2000), I led efforts to obtain ISO 14001 (international standards for environmental management) certification in order to accelerate environmental initiatives at the local production site. At that time, in emerging countries, a higher priority was still placed on the economy, and environmental issues were not taken as seriously as they are today. But out of necessity to take immediate action based on taking a hard look at what things would be like in the future, I expanded activities to involve the entire site through daily discussions with local employees, and this led to our obtaining ISO 14001 certification.

Immediately after I became director in charge of environmental affairs at Toshiba's head office in 2011, I started to develop a grand design aimed at becoming one of the world's foremost eco-companies by 2015. We established specific performance domains that should be achieved in 2015 as we pursue our vision for 2015 as one of the world's foremost eco-companies, and formulated four strategies*1 to achieve this vision and the Fifth Environmental Action Plan*2—a specific plan to implement the strategies.

Today, as seen by the frequent occurrence of disasters due to abnormal weather around the world, problems are surfacing that appear to be attributed to the effects of climate change. Meanwhile, in emerging countries, the problems of waste generated as a result of economic development—as well as problems arising from air and water pollution—are becoming increasingly serious; we cannot afford to put off taking measures to cope with these environmental issues. I believe that the quickest way to solve these problems is for each and every one of Toshiba employees worldwide to share the same mind-set and work together with a sense of solidarity.

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Strategy to expand ECPs, high-efficiency manufacturing strategy, compliance and management strategy, and communication strategy
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Toshiba Group's environmental action plan that covers the four years from FY2012 to FY2015

Continuing to support recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Toshiba Group has channeled extensive resources into supporting recovery from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Tohoku on March 11, 2011. In particular, as one of the enterprises in the nuclear power industry, we have made strenuous efforts to ensure the stabilization of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and advance its decommissioning in cooperation with the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. For the treatment of contaminated water, we have contributed to the continuous and stable operation of SARRY™—a retained contaminated water disposal system. Also, we have completed the installation of MRRS™—a set of equipment to remove about 60 types of radioactive nuclides—and its trial operation is now underway. We have also developed robots to inspect and investigate the inside of reactor buildings where human works are quite difficult and started to use them in such places. We further developed Gammasight™—a gamma camera capable of making the effects of radioactive rays visible—and technology for disposing of contaminated water, soil and ashes from incinerators in a form applicable for practical use and proposed to utilize them for decontamination in Fukushima and other areas.

On the other hand, in order to help rebuild the devastated areas in eastern Japan, we are actively proposing to build smart communities that meet local needs. In addition to a smart-community project in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, we are supporting a rebuilding project in Iitate Village, Fukushima Prefecture—which is based on its New Madeina Village Plan—as well as projects to build a large set of photovoltaic power plants and smart communities in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture. We will contribute to the recovery of Japan by pushing for the creation of sustainable, energy-saving communities mainly through actively introducing renewable energy and energy management systems while respecting characteristics of the region.

Aiming to become one of the world's foremost eco-companies through the grand design's four strategies

Toshiba Group aims to become one of the world's foremost eco-companies as it upholds its unified global brand “ecostyle” and strives to achieve a world in which people lead affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth. Last year, we announced our Fifth Environmental Action Plan based on the four strategies developed to achieve this aim: 1) strategy to expand ECPs, 2) high-efficiency manufacturing strategy, 3) compliance and management strategy, and 4) communication strategy. In this Action Plan, we are further integrating business management and environmental management in all business areas, and have set specific goals to ensure continuous business growth and reduce environmental impacts.

Strategy to Expand ECPs

Toshiba Group is carrying out two Green initiatives: 1) Greening of Products, in which we aim to achieve the highest level of environmental performance for all products we develop and reduce environmental impacts throughout product life cycles, and 2) Greening by Technology, in which we aim to provide a stable power supply and mitigate climate change on a global scale through the low-carbon energy technologies.

In the Greening of Products initiative, we are accelerating the development of localized products to meet the specific needs of different countries and regions, including developed countries where various energy-saving initiatives have been implemented, and developing countries where environmental impacts are likely to increase as a result of economic development. Consequently, in FY2012, our sales of Excellent ECPs, which achieve the highest level of environmental performance, were 668.8 billion yen and use of these products resulted in 6.8 million tons of CO2 emissions reductions. Both of these results exceeded the initial plan. In the future, we aim to achieve 1.8 trillion yen in Excellent ECP sales and 15 million tons in CO2 emissions reductions from Excellent ECPs by FY2015, and will use recycled materials extensively and actively reduce the use of specified chemical substances.

In the area of Greening by Technology, we are enhancing our programs to develop renewable energy sources, including solar, hydro, geothermal, and wind power. At the same time, we are promoting the improved efficiency in thermal power generation technology and commercialization of carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technology, as well as the development of new thermal power generation cycles designed to capture CO2 more easily and safer nuclear power generation technologies. As a result, in FY2012, we achieved 1.32 trillion yen in sales of energy-related products and reduced 450 million tons of CO2 emissions. Both of these results are close to the targets initially planned. In the future, we will actively establish next-generation power transmission and distribution technologies "smart grids" and build smart communities for advanced city planning. In FY2015, we plan to achieve energy-related product sales of 1.9 trillion yen and a mitigation in CO2 emissions of 490 million tons, thereby contributing to achieving an optimal mix of energy sources and a sustainable, low-carbon society.

High-efficiency Manufacturing Strategy

Greening of Process refers to our initiatives aimed at minimizing inputs such as materials and energy in manufacturing processes globally, reducing the discharge of waste and chemical substances, and keeping environmental impacts to a minimum—even if production increases. In FY2012, by reducing power consumption for air conditioning and lighting, restricting the use of electricity, conducting global energy-saving diagnosis, making production adjustments, and taking other measures, Toshiba Group reduced its total greenhouse gas emissions to less than half of the FY1990 level (2.76 million tons). We will strive to both increase productivity and reduce environmental impacts in all three areas: mitigation of climate change, effective use of resources, and management of chemicals. Thus we aim to increase eco-efficiency to 1.5 times the FY2000 level and pursue the world's lowest level of environmental impacts by FY2015.

Compliance and Management Strategy

Toshiba Group is striving to bolster its environmental management by developing human resources responsible for environmental initiatives and improving its environmental management systems on an ongoing basis. Under its unique in-house Environmental Audit System covering company managers, product business divisions, and production sites, the Group reviews the progress in the Environmental Action Plan and ensures compliance with relevant laws and regulations. In order to raise the level of environmental initiatives, we also reconsider our environmental training programs according to the managerial levels targeted and the expertise required every year. Currently, as part of our new undertakings, we are developing environmental leaders at each site, and in FY2012, 230 personnel were registered as Toshiba eco-style leaders. In the years to come, we will step up environmental management globally with the aim of registering 2,000 personnel as such by FY2015.

Communication Strategy

Toshiba Group is working to strengthen its relationships of trust with its stakeholders through environmental communication, conservation of biodiversity and other initiatives and enhance its environmental image. In FY2012, we advanced efforts to protect rare animals, insects and plants by effectively utilizing the grounds of our production sites. In terms of environmental communication, we opened "Toshiba Baton"—a website that involves our employees worldwide. By FY2015, we plan to globally establish ecosystem networks with our production sites playing a central role. At the same time, some 200,000 employees working at Toshiba Group companies will take an active role in developing environmental activities rooted in their local communities, thereby building a global environmental communication network that connects people together.

In Conclusion

One of my favorite books is Ichinichi Ichigen (A Thought a Day), written by Masahiro Yasuoka, a scholar. The book preaches the principles of life, teaching readers virtues to which they should aspire. It is also very instructive to me when I think how corporate management should be. In the 138 years since its foundation, Toshiba Group has adopted a philosophy of serving the public with passion and commitment to innovation. Under this guiding principle, we will accelerate the integration of business management and environmental management so that through providing our products and services to a greater number of people, we can attain a world in which all people lead affluent lifestyles in harmony with the Earth. To that end, we will stay true to Toshiba Group's slogan, "Committed to People, Committed to the Future," and will strive to become one of the world's foremost eco-companies, and in doing so, earn the trust of society. It is my sincere desire that we may enjoy your ongoing support and cooperation.

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