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Since its founding, Toshiba has pursued businesses that support people's prosperity and enhance confidence and safety in society.

Major awards received

Major awards received
1875
  • Toshiba founded when Hisashige Tanaka (also known as "Karakuri Giemon" meaning "Gadget Wizard") opens a factory in Ginza.
1890
  • Manufactured Japan's first electric incandescent light bulbs.
1894
  • Manufactured Japan's first electric fans.
1924
  • Manufactured and sold Japan's first radio receivers.
  • Founded Matsuda Ongakudan, first amateur wind instrument orchestra in Japan.
1927
  • Opened Matsuda Shomei Gakko, first private enterprise museum in Japan.
1930
  • Developed and announced Japan's first electric washing machines and refrigerators.
1931
  • Sold Japan's first electric vacuum cleaners.
1945
  • Founded Toshiba General Hospital.
1948
  • Founded Toshiba rugby club.
1950
  • Founded Toshiba basketball club.
1955
  • Released Japan's first automatic electric rice cookers.
1957
  • Started broadcasting Toshiba Sunday Theater.
1958
  • Founded Toshiba baseball club.
1959
  • Developed Japan's first transistorized televisions. Developed Japan's first microwave ovens.
1961
  • Opened Toshiba Science Museum
1969
  • Began broadcasting "Sazae-san."
1982
  • Began Toshiba Grand Concert series.
1986
  • Developed and commercialized laptop computers.
  • Opened Toshiba Gallery at Victoria and Albert Museum, England.
1989
  • Founded Toshiba International Foundation.
1990
  • Founded Toshiba America Foundation.
1991
  • Founded Toshiba Thai Foundation.
1992
  • Started ExploraVision Awards (EVA) in North America.
1996
  • Sold IT Vision broadcasting tuner that receives closed captioning.
1997
  • Supported National Museum of Science and Industry (England) learning materials idea contest.
2000
  • Commercialized BS digital high-definition TVs.
2002
  • Official IT Partner of the FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.
2003
  • Established Basic Policy on Corporate Citizenship.
  • Started "Pink Ribbon Campaign"
2004
  • Assigned staff to promote social contributions; created social contributions mark.
  • Conducted campaign "Social Contributions 2004: Committed to People, Committed to the Future."
  • Started internal sales event by social welfare service corporation.
2005
  • The first Toshiba Group CSR Conference was held.
  • Established social contribution award (Toshiba "Ashita" Award).
  • Issued Social Contributions Activities Report.
  • Held "Minato Appreciation Ceremony" to honor 130th anniversary of founding.
  • Opening of our 130-year anniversary "Our Amazing Story of 130 Years of Manufacturing! The Passion Deep within Our Souls Began with the Myriad Year Clock" at the National Museum of Nature and Science
  • Opened "Toshiba no Mori" (Toshiba Forest) at Gotemba.
  • Began building two Toshiba Hope Elementary Schools each year in China.
  • Began holding "electronics disassembly workshops."
2006
  • The myriad year clock built by founder Hisashige Tanaka is named an important cultural property of Japan.
  • Started campaign to plant 1.5 million trees.
  • Official IT Partner of the FIFA World Cup in Germany.
  • Sponsored the Hope Outstanding Teacher Award.
  • Started program to donate PCs for reuse.
2007
  • Concluded industry-participating forest pact with Oita Prefecture.
  • Official electronics sponsor of the Rugby World Cup in France.
2008
  • Began support for Real Science Education Institute.
  • Began teaching competition for aspiring science teachers in China.
  • Concluded comprehensive forest maintenance pact with Tokyo Metropolis.
  • Concluded forest usage and protection pact with Kyoto Prefecture.
  • Concluded "Shizuoka Future Forest Supporter Pact" with Shizuoka Prefecture.
  • Concluded corporate forestry pact with Hyogo Prefecture.
2009
  • Sold Japan's first general-purpose LED light bulb.
  • Donated cherry trees to Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Concluded pact with Kanagawa Prefecture to participate in forest restoration.
  • Concluded corporate forest project pact with Chiba Prefecture.
  • Concluded comprehensive forest maintenance pact with Aomori Prefecture.
  • Started sign language classes.
  • Conclusion of comprehensive agreements with Iwate Prefecture over forestry management
2010
  • Stopped production of general-purpose incandescent light bulbs.
  • Concluded corporate forestry pact with Fukushima Prefecture.
  • Concluded forestry pact with Miyagi Prefecture.
  • Commercialized the world's first 3D LCD TV not requiring dedicated glasses.
2011
  • Official sponsor of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
  • Establishment of the Toshiba Great East Japan Earthquake scholarship
  • Installation of LED lighting equipment at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
2012
  • Installation of LED lighting equipment at the Golden Hall of Chusonji Temple
  • Entered into agreement for Tree Planting with Mie Prefecture
2013
  • Establishment of Minamisoma Solar Agripark
2014
  • Commencement of TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy
  • Opening of the Toshiba Science Museum
  • Beginning of unified actions for the Toshiba Group's contributions to society

 

Major awards received

Major awards received
1978
  • Toshiba's baseball team received the 7th annual Kawasaki City Culture Award
1989
  • Toshiba's woman's basketball team received the 18th annual Kawasaki City Culture Award
1991
  • Toshiba's baseball team received the 20th annual Kawasaki City Sports Award
1992
  • The Toshiba Science Museum received the 21st annual Kawasaki City Culture Award
1993
  • Toshiba International Foundation receives Japan Mécénat Award from the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts. 
1997
  • The Toshiba Ride on Jazz Orchestra received the 26th annual Kawasaki City Culture Award
2000
  • Toshiba's men's basketball team received the 29th annual Kawasaki City Sports Award
2004
  • Awarded at the first "Guangming CSR Awards" (China).
2005
  • Awarded at the second "Guangming CSR Awards" (China).
  • Toshiba's men's basketball team received the 34th annual Kawasaki City Special Award in Sports
2006
  • The Toshiba Group's 2005 CSR report received the "Toyo Keizai Sustainability Report Award" (prize for excellence). 
  • Awarded at the third "Guangming CSR Awards" (China).
2007
  • Awarded at the fourth "Guangming CSR Awards" (China).
  • Toshiba's baseball team received the 36th annual Kawasaki City Special Award in Sports
2009
  • Toshiba received the Tokyo Metropolitan Environmental Award (Governor's Prize). 
2010
  • Toshiba's baseball team received the 39th annual Kawasaki City Special Award in Sports
2013
  • Toshiba's men's basketball team received the 42nd annual Kawasaki City Special Award in Sports
2015
  • Toshiba received the Most Valuable Partner Award from China's Department of Education.

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