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Educational programs for elementary school children to learn about the environment

As part of our environmental communication initiative, we are working together with the Association of Corporation and Education, an NPO that specializes in developing classes together with companies, to start an educational program for elementary school children at the Toshiba Science Museum and elementary schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area for learning about the environment.

This program is designed to raise children's awareness about global warming, resource depletion, and other environmental issues that seriously affect people's lives. Meanwhile, we are introducing various scientific technologies that contribute to resolving such issues, thereby enabling elementary school children to think deeply about environmental issues and how to give back as members of society by taking action on their own. These activities are aligned with "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)*," a concept advocated by the United Nations.

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Education for fostering children who will support a sustainable society. This education is thought to require the following two perspectives: (1) Developing personality and fostering humanity, including self-discipline, judgment, and a sense of responsibility; (2) Fostering individuals who are aware of relationships with others, society, and natural environment and can respect a "relation" and "connection" (The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Japanese website).

This program's content is also in line with elementary school curriculum guidelines and can be taught in classes for science studies, social studies, and general studies. The program places high priority on experiments, team activities, and active dialog with teachers and provides opportunities for children to enjoyably learn about various initiatives and technologies developed to resolve environmental issues.

In FY2018, we held two programs titled: "What's on the other side of the power outlet?" (theme: energy) and "The mysterious material which controls electricity!? —How to use energy learned from the discovery and use of the semiconductors—" (theme: semiconductors) at about 30 locations including Toshiba Science Museum and in elementary schools mainly in the Tokyo metropolitan area. In the semiconductor program, we use educational material as part of community communication activities by way of our production site (visiting lectures at local elementary schools) as the first attempt after the launch of the program. Toshiba Group plans to continue this series of programs to provide children who will support a sustainable society in the future with opportunities to think about what they can do at present and 10 and 20 years from now.

"What's on the Other Side of the Power Outlet?" (Theme: Energy)

[Image] What's on the Other Side of the Power Outlet?

[Image] What's on the Other Side of the Power Outlet?

Participants in the program learned through experiments about the features of various methods for generating electricity including wind power generation, geothermal generation, photovoltaic power generation, and thermal power generation which are indispensable for our life. They also developed an interest in considering how energy should be consumed in the future including global warming-related issues and combined use of multiple energy sources.

The Mysterious Material Which Controls Electricity!? —How to use energy learned from the discovery and use of semiconductors— (Theme: Semiconductors)

[Image] 電気をあやつるふしぎな素材」のイメージ

[Image] 電気をあやつるふしぎな素材」のイメージ

Participants looked at how semiconductors, which are indispensable for use of electricity, actually work, along with examples of advances made in familiar electrical products such as laundry machines and air conditioners. They learned that semiconductors not only contribute to energy-saving in products, but also are manufactured in consideration of decreasing adverse impacts on the environment, and got a deeper understanding of the roles of semiconductors in society. We believe this program will also contribute to smooth introduction of programming education to be made compulsory in elementary schools starting from FY2020.


[Image] Association of Corporation and Education Shota Wada

Association of Corporation and Education
Executive Director
Shota Wada

<Energy program>
Although there are various energy education programs, there are few lessons that discuss a combination of power generation methods. The program was intended to ensure that children understand the characteristics of power generation methods and think about how they should supplement each other.

<Semiconductor program>
The mechanism and roles of semiconductors are closely connected with the study of subjects such as science and social studies. We tried not only to have the students actually realize how everyday study is connected to familiar products and technologies, but also to create a program that will lead to constructive study that can be applied to solutions to environmental issues.

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27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

[Image] 27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

On February 7 and 8, 2019, the 27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition was held at Smart Community Center in Kawasaki City. Approximately 2,600 guests visited the exhibition.
This year's exhibition showed how Toshiba Group is contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through environmentally conscious products and services as well as high efficiency manufacturing technologies. With the title, "Contributing to achieving the SDGs through environmental management," we exhibited a total of 40 products and services that contribute to solving various social issues including environmental issues, as well as case studies on manufacturing and basic activity, under the themes of: De-carbonized Society, Sustainable City, Circular Economy, and Manufacturing and Basic Activity. Customers from a wide range of sectors, ranging from government and municipal offices to companies through to students and media, visited the exhibition and asked questions regarding technologies, performance, and business scale and left many messages to our Group. As side events, we held a special tour of Toshiba Science Museum located on the second floor of Smart Community Center with the environment as the theme and introduced Toshiba Group's environmental management and what you should see at the exhibition to the press.

[Image] 27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

[Image] 27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition
[Image] 27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition
[Image] 27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition
[Image] 27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition
[Image] 27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition
[Image] 27th Toshiba Group Environmental Exhibition

Messages from visitors

  • The exhibition was useful because disaster prevention is an extremely important issue at our city. (Customer from a municipal office)
  • The explainers were thoughtful and kind. I was able to understand the exhibition content very well. Since it has both high technical strength and many unique products, I felt future growth can be expected from this company. (Student)
  • Due partly to the covered theme being close to my research theme, I was able to really sense the high level of the company's technology. (Student)
  • I would like to express my respect for the company's efforts to continually hold the environmental exhibition a total of 27 times. (University professor)
  • I was again able to recognize the company's attitude that contributes to our society. (Business person)
  • I found out that the company is working in various business fields. Maybe it would be better to clarify differences versus other companies. (Business person)

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Environmental advertisements

[Image] Nikkei ESG, February 2019 issue (Nikkei BP)
Nikkei ESG, February 2019 issue (Nikkei BP)

We introduced our energy-saving railway rolling stock system that combines VVVF* inverters using All-SiC (silicon carbide) devices, totally enclosed permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM), and power supply system for emergency run equipped with SCiB™ over a total of four pages.

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Variable Voltage Variable Frequency

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Toshiba Group's Global Environmental Action

Toshiba Group is promoting "Global Environmental Action," which is an employee-supported environmental action program. In the Sixth Environmental Action Plan, which started in FY2017, we have set a theme for each fiscal year and carry out activities worldwide in accordance with that theme. The theme for FY2018 is water, and each of our sites has organized activities such as events and education to think about the importance of water resources, as well as water saving and cleanup activities. The total number of activities reached over 650* across the Group. We aim to foster a sense of togetherness within Toshiba Group by developing activities based on a common theme and to raise employees' awareness about a wide range of environmental issues by changing the theme annually. In addition, we conduct activities in collaboration with local communities to enhance communication with local residents, NPOs, and NGOs.

In 2019 and beyond, we plan to set themes related to issues that stimulate public interest such as resources, and chemicals, thereby promoting environmental activities at our sites around the globe. By sharing information on activities of the sites inside Toshiba Group, each site can further develop its activity going forward.

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Including activities based on themes other than water

[Image] Toshiba Group's Global Environmental Action

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Participation in initiatives

Support to the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

The TCFD is a task force established by the Financial Stability Board in 2015 under the leadership of the private sectors with the aim of enhancing disclosure of climate-related information from companies. In support of the recommendations in the final report released by the TCFD in 2017, Toshiba Group has been working on information disclosure with regard to financial impacts of climate change. We also participate in the TCFD Consortium aimed at making joint efforts among supporting institutions in Japan for enhancing ESG information disclosure.

TCFD

Participation in the Environmental Reporting Platform Development Pilot Project

Toshiba Group has been participating in the Environmental Reporting Platform Development Pilot Project, a demonstration project promoted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan for full-scale operation of the ESG dialog platform for six consecutive years since its launch in 2013. This will allow understanding information that is genuinely required based on information registered in the project and through dialog with investors to enhance disclosure of our ESG information.

Participation in other external CSR related initiatives

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