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Contribution to Society
To realize a sustainable society,
Toshiba Group actively promotes social contribution activities as well as business activities,
thereby contributing to solving various societal issues.
Science and technology education
ExploraVison Award, a long lasting science competition program for children in the US and Canada
Since 1992, Toshiba Group has worked with the National Science Teachers Association to host the ExploraVision Awards (EVA), a science and technology competition for k-1 to k-12 students in the United States and Canada.
EVA is a competition aiming to encourage dreams in which children make predictions about technologies that they believe will become feasible within 20 years based on today's science and technology. The program celebrated its 28th anniversary in June 2020, commemorating its long history as a Japanese company's science education support program in North America. Since its inception nearly 450,000 students have participated, making it the nations’ largest k-12 science competition and motivating students in North America to excel and explore science and technological innovation.
This year the award ceremony took place virtually on June 5th to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Teaching Competition for students in China
Seeking to contribute to the future development of scientific and technical human resources in China, in 2008 we established the Contest of Math and Science Teaching Program for the Normal University Students in China in cooperation with China's Ministry of Education. This is a contest for students of Chinese teacher training universities. Winners and their instructors are invited to Japan for the opportunities to have experience of Japanese science, technology and culture, and exchange with teachers and students of Japanese teacher training university.
In FY2018, approximately 20,000 students from 49 Normal Universities throughout China participated.
Mr. Chen Decheng of South China Normal University (left) received the Toshiba Innovation Award.
Hands-on environmental education program for children
Since 2017, we have held an environment education program for elementary school children in collaboration with the Association of Corporation and Education at Toshiba Science Museum. We also visit elementary schools in areas around Tokyo to provide on-site classes. Titled "Where Does Electricity Come From? - The World Beyond the Power Outlet", the first installment of the program uses energy as a theme to enable children to learn about the mechanism of power generation through experiments as well as to think about environmental issues and the future of energy.
The second installment entitled "Mysterious material which controls electricity – Learning the Use of Energy through the discovery and the utilization of semiconductors" teaches children what semiconductors are and the development history of electrical appliances through an educational material which includes a workshop where children create an original electrical circuit.
In 2018, 1,876 elementary school children participated in 64 classes at 31 venues.
Observing the LSI production process
Toshiba Group's response to COVID-19
Toshiba Group is responding to the global coronavirus pandemic with measures that prioritize the safety of our employees and their families, and of our customers and business partners. We continue to monitor the situation and to follow government guidance and instructions, while doing all we can to ensure business continuity.
In Japan, Toshiba Group has made in-kind donation of 10,000 masks to China through Chinese Embassy in Japan in February 2020.
Furthermore our Group companies in each country are also carrying out various contribution activities to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. You can find more information here.
Indonesia; In-kind donation to 12 villages located
in Tanjung Jati and Cirebon
India: monetary donation to support
the fight against COVID-19
Disaster relief efforts
As a company that conducts business worldwide, Toshiba Group wishes to contribute to restoring areas affected by natural disasters. To that end, we review what is most appropriate in consideration of local characteristics and damage situations, and donate money, provide our company products, and collaborate with NGOs. In addition, employees also engage in fund raising and volunteer activities.
In FY2018, we provided support via donations and efforts to restore infrastructure to areas affected by heavy rainfall in West Japan in July and following the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake in September.
Toshiba Group's approach to SDGs
Contributing to the SDGs through our corporate activities
The cornerstone text of the Basic Commitment of Toshiba Group is "Committed to People, Committed to the Future." This underlines Toshiba Group's timeless commitment to contributing to the development of society through our business activities and is consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to realize a sustainable society.
Toshiba Group always acts with integrity and has a passion for changing the world for the better, envisioning a future for generations to come and joining with stakeholders to build a new tomorrow. Based on this ideal, we will continue as before to combine the creative power and technological expertise we have built up over the years to tackle social issues that are becoming increasingly complex and serious with the aim of launching a new future.
The Essence of Toshiba
Sustainable Development Goals
Employing "Unemployed" Data: Creating a World of Co-Existence and Co-Creation
We are now witnessing an explosion of data as computing devices are embedded in our everyday objects. Data from our purchasing decisions, health conditions and performance of equipment in factories are examples contributing to this explosion, however these data have not yet been fully employed. When data is processed, organized and presented in a given context, it becomes meaningful information that can improve our daily lives. What more can be achieved if we employ such "unemployed" data?
Toshiba Data Corporation, a new company established in 2020, aims to explore possibilities of tapping on everyday data and realizing tangible benefits for society. But what is a "data-circulating ecosystem" that the company intends to create, and how will data be utilized in effective ways?
Contributing to the SDGs through Environmental Management
Many of the SDGs that Toshiba Group focuses on such as response to climate change, urban development, and sustainable consumption and production are closely related to environmental management.
Contributing to the SDGs through Environmental Management
Social contribution expenditure
To contribute to building a sustainable community, Toshiba Group has contributed 1.8 billion yen in social contribution activities in FY2018.
Total expenditure (FY2018)
Employees involvement in social contributions activities
Toshiba Group Volunteer Days (Global Action)
Toshiba Group has held the Toshiba Group Volunteer Days (previously Toshiba Group Simultaneous Social Contribution Activities) since FY2014 around December 5, the International Volunteer Day set by the United Nations. The aim of this initiative was to make a significant social contribution that cannot be achieved by individuals, through the simultaneous participation of all Toshiba Group employees.
In FY2018, about 90,000 employees joined 354 activities in Japan, and about 20,000 employees participated in 92 activities in overseas countries. Especially, to achieve “Zero Hunger,” one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in Japan we held food drives and charity concerts to boost awareness of the activities and increase participation. Overseas, Group companies conducted their own unique social contribution activities given the issues of each region.
A charity concert aiming to promote food drive activities
"Gift of Art" to donate crayons, etc. to children of immigrants
(Toshiba America, Inc.)
Environmental Conservation Activities
Biodiversity conservation initiative
In the contemporary world, the conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use is becoming increasingly important and recognized worldwide. The year 2010 marked the adoption of Aichi Targets as the global goal at the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) held in Japan. In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were announced, which included goals for biodiversity. In 2019, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services* (IPBES) released their first global assessment which highlighted the adverse effects of human activities on the ecosystems. The assessment reported that around one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction and that the health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. Initiatives for the conservation of biodiversity are becoming an inseparable issue when companies try to promote sustainable management.
Toshiba Group assesses each environmental process related to manufacturing as well as products and services, such as those aimed at preventing global warming, efficiently using resources and managing chemical substances, to see their impact on the environment including that on biodiversity, and specifies activity objectives with respect to the reduction of that impact. At the same time, we are contributing to creating a society in harmony with nature through the promotion of conservation activities that directly affect nature. It takes many years to restore and improve biodiversity and ecosystems. We will promote biodiversity conservation activities from a long term view and an ongoing effort based on an analysis of possible risks and opportunities to our group.
Toshiba Science Museum
In January 2014, the Toshiba Science Museum was reopened near JR Kawasaki Station as a location for the support of science-technology education, a linchpin in Toshiba's social action programs. The museum celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2019.
It is used for a multitude of purposes, such as social studies field trips, school trips, corporate training, international exchanges, and sightseeing. It is a facility where people of all generations can have fun while learning about science and technology through extensive hands-on programs and exhibitions consisting of 3 concepts: past, present, and future.
Science show on stage
Activities at Toshiba International Foundation
Toshiba Youth Club Asia Program
Since FY2014, the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) has been holding Toshiba Youth Club Asia (TYCA), an international exchange program for high school students from Japan and the ASEAN countries.
The theme for FY2018 was "Asian Vision 2040," and the program was held over eight days in March 2019. A total of twelve high school students from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam and six Japanese high school students, listened to lectures by experts, went on field trips, and held group discussions about what they themselves can do in the future by the framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and then they presented their own vision.
Through TYCA, TIFO will go on providing opportunities to high school students from Japan and ASEAN countries, which have diverse cultures and values, to discuss the future of Asia, bearing in mind social issues.