Corporate Citizenship by Group Companies/Sites
The Toshiba Group is active in various aspects of community life throughout the world.
Dispatch of medical and dental teams to local communities (Philippines)
Since 2006, Toshiba International Equipment (Philippines) (TIP) has been providing free medical and dental checkups and pharmaceuticals needed by the residents of poor neighborhoods. The company continues to do this semi-annually. About 300 people are examined each time. Further, during exam waiting times, the company provides education on safety, hygiene and environmental conservation.
Christmas Presents for Disadvantaged Children (U.S.A., Germany)
At Toshiba America Electronic Components, Westinghouse Electric Company, Toshiba Of Canada, Limited, and Toshiba Electronics Europe employees have personally selected, purchased, and hand-delivered Christmas presents to orphans and children of poor families who may not otherwise receive any presents for Christmas. All of the children, who were introduced by local children's centers, and especially those who have never before received a Christmas present, were delighted with the surprise gifts.
Solar Lantern Project in India (Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation)
The Solar Lantern Project is an initiative to deliver electric light to people in developing countries who lack access to electricity, by providing a "solar station" consisting of a solar battery charging facility and 50 solar lanterns. Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation enlisted in the project through the NPO Gaia Initiative in 2008 as the first Japanese company to do so, recognizing that the project is strongly relevant to energy, environment, and infrastructure systems, which coincide with the company's businesses, and is an ideal way to contribute to regional development in India. Lanterns had been donated to 31 villages as of the end of May 2015.
Elderly Care Support (Toshiba Mie Operations)
At Toshiba Mie Operations, some 100 employees and their families pay a visit to Mizuho Ryo, a local social welfare facility for the aged, twice a year in the summer and winter to volunteer their help. This is an initiative that has been ongoing since around 1980. Teams of seven to eight members each spend two hours cleaning various areas of the facility, including private rooms, the kitchen, and bath, with a focus on places that are normally difficult to clean, such as ceiling air-conditioner filters, lamp shades, kitchen fans and ducts, and window panes in high places. They also spend time with the elderly residents of the facility, making rice cakes and playing games of bingo.
Shoveling Snow for Elderly Residents (Toshiba Hokkaido Branch)
The Toshiba Hokkaido Branch has volunteered to remove snow at the homes of elderly citizens every year since 2005. In coordination with the Sapporo City Council of Social Welfare, some 100 employees from Toshiba Group companies and partner companies assemble into groups of six to eight members each and visit close to 20 homes of elderly citizens over a two-day period. Wearing caps emblazoned with the "Toshiba" logo, the volunteers remove and dispose of accumulated snow as requested at each house. The task proves to be extremely difficult during blizzards and low-visibility weather and when the workload unexpectedly increases at the last minute, but words of appreciation from the homeowners make it worth the effort.