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Toshiba Group environmental audit system

Toshiba Group conducts three types of internal audits: (1) "environmental management audit" of key group companies, (2) "environmental technology audit of products" of business divisions, and (3) "environmental audit of sites," specifically production sites and non-production sites with high electricity consumption. Production sites with relatively low environmental impacts are excluded from the environmental audits of sites but use the same audit criteria to conduct a self-audit (inspection) within the relevant group company.

Toshiba Group's environmental audit system
[Image] Toshiba Group's environmental audit system

To improve assessment quality, we review these audit areas every year. Since FY2017, we have been conducting qualitative assessment in these audit areas in line with the Sixth Environmental Action Plan. We are strengthening our environmental management by inspecting specific environmental efforts.

Environmental management audit

FY2019 audit results
Audited targets: eight key group companies

No. Audit area (number of items) No. of non-conformities/recommendations No. of good practices
1Environmental policies and systems (14) 8 15
2Legal compliance and risk management (9) 4 0
3Business processes (11) 8 9
4Products and services (15) 5 10
5Information disclosure and communication (7) 6 15
6Supply chain management (2) 10
Examples of non-conformities/recommendations
  • Insufficient analysis of environmental data resulted in insufficient implementation of specific environmental impact reduction measures.
  • Systems for managing risks and compliance with environmental laws and regulations were incomplete.
Examples of good practices
  • The analysis results from questionnaires answered by participants in environmental education were effectively applied to the following year's education.
  • The results of environmental audits of sites were comprehensively analyzed and shared throughout the Group.

Environmental technology audit of products

The objective of the environmental technology audit of products is to improve the environmental quality of products and increase their contribution to the environment. To this end, the audit checks compliance with relevant legal requirements and the ECP* standards set for each product (group) to guarantee environmental quality and the progress of ECP creation activities, which have the goal of creating products that contribute to reducing environmental impacts.

* ECP: Environmentally Conscious Product

Environmental audit of sites

The objective of the environmental audit of sites is to improve each site's environmental control by checking the status of its environmental management, worksite management, and compliance.

Ratings for the environmental audit of sites
[Image] Ratings for the environmental audit of sites

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Performance evaluation system

Reflecting the environmental management level in performance evaluation results

Based on the Toshiba Group's environmental audit system, we evaluate key group companies' environmental management levels. Among 61 items in the 6 areas of the environmental management audit, we use those that match the top priority items in the Sixth Environmental Action Plan as performance evaluation criteria. In FY2019, as performance evaluation criteria, we used 15 items in 3 areas, namely (1) business processes, (2) products and services, and (3) management. We then carried out quantitative evaluation using these criteria with the key group companies. We submitted the evaluation results to the Performance Evaluation Committee and reflected the environmental management level assessment results in the performance evaluation results of each evaluated company.

Performance evaluation system
[Image] Performance evaluation system

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