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Conservation of Biodiversity

Toward realizing a society in harmony with nature

Toshiba Group is systematically implementing measures to fulfill three requirements for a sustainable society with a view to achieving a low-carbon, sound material-cycle society that strives to be in harmony with nature.

In an effort to achieve a low-carbon, sound material-cycle society, we are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste generated by manufacturing processes. At the same time, we are also striving to reduce environmental impacts throughout product life cycles by providing energy-efficient products and by conserving resources when manufacturing products, as well as to develop low-carbon power generation technologies and renewable energy sources, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation.

To achieve a society in harmony with nature we need to achieve a world in which biodiversity is appropriately maintained and humans and all other living species live in harmony on the earth and continue to benefit from the bounty of the ecosystem. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services* (IPBES), the so-called biodiversity version of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released a comment: "Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature's capacity to contribute to people's well-being." (Media release on March 11, 2018) Toshiba Group will contribute to the restoration and maintenance of biodiversity through activities aimed at conserving biodiversity, as well as mitigating climate change, efficiently using resources, and managing chemical substances in our business activities.

An intergovernmental platform covering biodiversity and ecosystem services. It has the four functions, namely "assessments," "policy tools and methodologies," "capacity-building," and "knowledge generation" as the core of its activities. It assesses the relationship between humans and nature with experts in diverse fields of study, generates new knowledge, requests capabilities, and reflects them in the policy.

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The Sixth Environmental Action Plan

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 was adopted at the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) held in Nagoya City in 2010. The plan sets a long-term goal of achieving "a society in harmony with nature" by 2050 and a short-term goal of taking effective and urgent actions to minimize the loss of biodiversity to ensure that by 2020 ecosystems are resilient and continue to provide essential services. Aichi Targets, the global goal serving as the core of the plan, define 20 goals for the international community to achieve by 2020.

Toshiba Group considers biodiversity conservation activities an important item in environmental management and has set a medium-term goal by 2020 to contribute to 10 of the 20 individual Aichi targets that relate to our business activities (targets, 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, and 19). With the aim of contributing to the achievement of these 10 targets, we have been promoting biodiversity conservation activities at 69 (45 in Japan, 24 overseas) sites worldwide.

Aichi Targets and the Sixth Environmental Action Plan

Category of Aichi Targets Aichi Targets Toshiba Group's Activity Targets
Theme Description
Strategic Goal A Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity Target 1 Raising awareness Environmental education, information disclosure, and collaboration with outside organizations
Target 2 Incorporating targets into strategies and plans Incorporation of targets into environmental policies, Environmental Action Plans, and ISO 14001 goals and targets
Target 4 Sustainable production Mitigation of climate change and efficient use of resources
Strategic Goal B Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use Target 5 Reducing habitat loss Building ecosystem networks that connect natural habitats with Toshiba Group sites, planting trees
Target 8 Reducing chemical pollution Management of chemicals
Target 9 Eliminating alien species Elimination of alien species at company sites
Strategic Goal C Improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity Target 11 Conserving protected areas Activities that contribute to preserving protected areas outside Toshiba Group sites
Target 12 Conserving endangered species Protecting rare plant and animal species, ex-situ conservation
Strategic Goal D Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services Target 14 Maintaining and managing ecosystem services Maintenance and improvement of cultural services
Strategic Goal E Boost implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building Target 19 Improving and spreading knowledge and technology Accumulating and disclosing ecosystem survey data (including habitat maps) and creating biodiversity conservation technologies

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Developing biodiversity conservation activities for the achievement of Aichi Targets at 69 sites worldwide

As results of FY2017, which was the first year of the Sixth Environmental Action Plan, the degree of efforts for targets 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, and 12 was higher, while the degree of efforts for targets 9, 11, 14, and 19 was lower. By target, the rate of implementation of target 2 (Incorporating targets into strategies and plans) was 100% as a result of complying with ISO 14001: 2015*. The rate of implementation of target 4 (Sustainable production) and target 8 (Reducing chemical pollution) was also 100% as a result of promoting the ongoing business activities such as reducing GHG emissions, providing energy-saving products and services, effectively using resources, and managing chemical substances in manufacturing. The rate of implementation of target 1 (Raising awareness) was 71% as a result of promoting education, nature observation meetings, workshops for employees and conveying information for stakeholders. As for target 5 (Reducing habitat loss) and target 12 (Conserving endangered species), many business and production sites continued to conduct activities under the Fifth Environmental Action Plan for 2012 to 2016, such as building ecosystem networks and protecting rare animal and plant species, and as a result of these activities, the rates for implementing target 5 and target 12 were respectively 67% and 71%.

For target 9 (Eliminating alien species), target 11 (Conserving protected areas), target 14 (Maintaining and managing ecosystem services), and target 19 (Improving and spreading knowledge and technology) that have low implementation rates, we will carry out feasibility case studies that include examples found from other companies.

"Protection of biodiversity and ecosystems," as well as "sustainable resource use" and "climate change mitigation and adaptation" were added to the scope of environmental conservation activities.

Results from efforts for FY2017 by target (All 69 sites are targeted.)*

[Image] Results from efforts for FY2017 by target (All 69 sites are targeted.)

* Total number of sites that achieved targets / All target sites (69) x 100

Toshiba Group Biodiversity Conservation Activity Database

Data on activities at individual sites is stored in a database for disclosure on our website. The corresponding Aichi Targets are also shown.

[Image] Toshiba Group Biodiversity Conservation Activity Database

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[Case: Aichi Target 4*] Activities to call back fireflies to Kitabana River

Japan Semiconductor Corporation Oita Operations

Japan Semiconductor Corporation Oita Operations used treated waste water on the premise to breed Nina, shellfish, which firefly larvae feed on, in the upstream of the Kitahana River, and released them in the downstream of the river. Also, employees (881 in total in FY2018 ) of the Operations cleaned up around the site and the Kitahana River. Existence of fireflies in the area was confirmed in 2015 and since then employees and citizens hold an observation event to watch fireflies around the river.

[Image] Activities to call back fireflies to Kitabana River

[Case: Aichi Target 5] Protecting birds and building ecosystem networks


In an effort to protect bird species and build ecosystem networks, the company based in France collaborates with a local NPO to manage green areas on the factory premise. The company adjusts lawn-mowing schedules, and conducts surveys to count the number of birds that visit this area.

[Image] Protecting birds and building ecosystem networks

[Case: Aichi Target 11] Forest conservation at Yumenomori Park in Kashiwazaki City

Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (Kashiwazaki Operations)

To conserve the valuable Satoyama environment and hand it down to the next generation, the Kashiwazaki Operations supports satoyama conservation program led by Satoyama Environment Creation Network, a citizen group. Its employees join seasonal activities 9 times a year (April to November) to maintain woods and waterfronts as volunteers.

[Image] Forest conservation at Yumenomori Park in Kashiwazaki City

[Case: Aichi Target 12] Activities to protect Japanese eight-barbel loach which is a rare species

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Keihin Product Operations)

Keihin Product Operations conserves Japanese eight-barbel loach, which is on the red list at the site. In order to contribute to conserving regional populations of Japanese eight-barbel loach, the Operation is carefully breeding them by regularly investigating the biotope along with experts.

[Image] Activities to protect Japanese eight-barbel loach which is a rare plant species

Each target shown for each case study is a representative Aichi Targets to which each activity corresponds, and it may also correspond to other targets.

Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University    Ryo Kosaka

[Image] Ryo KosakaThere is no doubt that a trend toward conserving biodiversity is emerging around the world. Many countries are currently striving to achieve the Aichi biodiversity targets adopted in Japan in 2010. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark a turning point for the Aichi targets for 2020 and 2050, when all parties, including Japan, will be evaluated for their progresses.

Biodiversity is also growing in importance in ISO Environmental Management. In the previous system, the issues related to the biodiversity was merely mentioned in appendixes. By contrast, under ISO14001, which was revised in 2015, biodiversity is mentioned as a requirement to be fulfilled on the same level as that of resources and climate change. Also, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include items related to biodiversity under the themes of terrestrial and marine ecosystems as well as of sustainable production and consumption.

Toshiba's initiatives have been highly evaluated for their bottom-up approach, which allows not only the head office but also individual factories and production sites to act on their own initiative to consider what animal and plant species must be protected and what programs must be implemented. The data presented in this report shows how initiatives are actively developed at many production sites to protect rare species, to develop biotopes, and to reduce the amount of chemicals discharged. At the same time, the data also reveals that efforts to protect against damage from invasive alien species are insufficient. The head office, individual factories and sites must periodically review what must be improved based on an overview of the activities carried out. Toshiba Group Environmental Report, which are issued periodically, provide an appropriate opportunity to reflect on Toshiba Group's environmental initiatives. Toshiba Group would be well advised to also consider setting goals for a specified period (e.g., for the next year, or for five years hence) in these reports. Toshiba Group is gathering and publishing data on the numbers of programs developed at factories around the globe within the framework of the Aichi targets. Therefore, to meet the requirements of the Aichi targets as benchmarks, the Group must clarify which targets it aims to achieve to what extent by when. In addition, environmental education must be evaluated not only in terms of whether or not it is provided to employees, but also in terms of how it enables employees to share their experiences and how it deepens their environmental knowledge.

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Promoting collaboration with industry associations and other companies

Through collaboration with electrical and electronic industry associations as well as other companies, Toshiba Group is working to strengthen awareness and information disclosure regarding biodiversity protection.

Participating in biodiversity working group of the 4 Electrical and Electronic Industry Associations

Together with other companies, we implement measures to improve electric and electronic companies' recognition of biodiversity and conduct research on international trends. During FY2017 to FY2018, we issued and spread our activity guidelines, "Let's Try Biodiversity" and revised* "Guidelines for Biodiversity Conservation Action in the Electrical and Electronic Industry" (FY2015 issue).

Added relationship with "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" of the UN

[Image] Let's Try Biodiversity
Let's Try Biodiversity

[Image] Guidelines for Biodiversity Conservation Action in the Electrical and Electronic Industries
Guidelines for Biodiversity Conservation Action in the Electrical and Electronic Industries

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Collaboration with Dai Nippon Printing Group

Toshiba Group and Dai Nippon Printing Group have been promoting biodiversity conservation activities by using 15 sites of both groups in 6 regions in Japan. While building ecosystem networks that connect the sites of the two companies, protecting rare animal and plant species, conducting joint biological research, holding joint nature observation meetings, and carrying out joint voluntary cleaning activities, we are also aiming to increase employee awareness at both companies.

Collaboration (1) Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture
Japan Semiconductor Corporation Headquarters & Iwate Operations / Kitakami Plant, D.T.Fine Electronics Co., Ltd.
Collaboration (2) Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
Toshiba Corporation Komukai Complex / Kawasaki Plant, D.T.Fine Electronics Co., Ltd.
Collaboration (3) Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture
Toshiba Carrier Corporation Tsuyama Factory / DNP Imagingcomm Corporation, DNP Life Space Corporation, DNP Fine Optronics Co., Ltd., DNP Logistics Co., Ltd.
Collaboration (4) Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture*1
Nishinihon Kaden Recycle Corporation / Kurosaki Plant, DNP Fine Optronics Co., Ltd.
Collaboration (5) Aichi Prefecture*2
Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corporation (Aichi Operations) / Nagoya Operations, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Collaboration (6) Yokohama / Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture*3
Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation Yokosuka Operations / Yokohama Plant, DNP Technopack

This collaboration has ended in May, 2018
Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corporation is now a subsidiary of the Chinese corporation Midea Group as of July 2016. However, collaboration with Nagoya Operations, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. will continue.
The Hamakanzo daylily protection program, a joint program started in FY2015, ended in FY2017.

[Image] Biological research at Daishigawara tideland (Collaboration (2))
Biological research at Daishigawara tideland
(Collaboration (2))

[Image] Volunteer clean-up activities (Collaboration (3))
Volunteer clean-up activities
(Collaboration (3))

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Biodiversity Guidelines

Toshiba Group formulated the Biodiversity Guidelines in September 2009. The Group will strive to make its initiatives for preserving biodiversity visible by analyzing its business activities and diverse environmental issues, including biodiversity, in comprehensive, quantitative terms and thus reduce environmental impacts and utilize ecosystem services in a sustainable manner.

Toshiba Group Biodiversity Guidelines

Basic policy

In order to conserve biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of biological resources that constitute biodiversity, Toshiba Group will implement the following measures:

  • Analysis of the impact of our business activities on biodiversity
  • Reduction of the impact on biodiversity and the sustainable use of resources through our business operations
  • Development of an organizational framework to promote these measures

Specific actions

  1. We will take appropriate measures to protect ecosystems when building factories or relocating facilities.
  2. We will collaborate with local public agencies and private organizations.
  3. We will continue our commitment to corporate citizenship activities as members of a sustainable society.
  4. We will assess the impact and effects of environmental measures on various aspects of the environment, including biodiversity.
  5. We will promote initiatives for the conservation of biodiversity in supply chains, including the mining of resources.
  6. We will assess the impact of substance emissions and the consumption of resources required for our business activities.
  7. We will study the structures and systems of nature and make technological contributions to society in accordance with the characteristics of our businesses.

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