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Social Contribution Activities

[SDGs] 1 NO POVERTY[SDGs] 2 ZERO HUNGER[SDGs] 3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING[SDGs] 4 QUALITY EDUCATION[SDGs] 7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY[SDGs] 8 DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH[SDGs] 10 REDUCED INEQUALITIES[SDGs] 11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES[SDGs] 13 CLIMATE ACTION[SDGs] 14 LIFE BELOW WATER[SDGs] 15 LIFE ON LAND[SDGs] 16 PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS[SDGs] 17 PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

To realize a sustainable society, Toshiba Group actively promotes social contribution activities as well as business activities, thereby contributing to solving various societal issues.

Medium- to Long-term Vision

Our aim is that every Toshiba Group operational site, and each and every employee working there, will take the initiative in contributing to society.

FY2019 Achievement

Number of social contribution programs
Achievement
1,072 programs

We gave donations to help with COVID-19 through a Chinese subsidiary and its employees and donated 10,000 face masks through the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Japan.

Future Challenges and Approaches

We will continue to provide more information and to make opportunities to our employees, so that many of them can get involved in activities voluntarily that contribute to society.

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Toshiba Group Basic Policy on Social Contribution Activities

Toshiba Group has set the basic policy on social contribution activities which is embodied Toshiba Group's Basic Commitment of Committed to People, Committed to the Future.
The five key areas of activities stated in the Toshiba Group Basic Policy on Social Contribution Activities are all related to social issues that Toshiba Group regards as important. Toshiba Group will contribute to solving societal issues, attainment the SDGs and creating a sustainable society through business activities as well as social contribution activities by using knowledge and resources acquired through business.
In these endeavors, we keep track of the results and impact on business through regular dialogues with stakeholders including NPOs and NGOs, and reevaluate and decide on our course of action accordingly.

Toshiba Group Basic Policy on Social Contribution Activities

  1. In accordance with the Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group and Standards of Conduct for Toshiba Group, we make vigorous efforts to contribute to society.
  2. In contribution to society, we focus on the following fields: protection of the natural environment, science and technology education, promotion of sports and culture, social welfare, and international exchange and friendship.
  3. We support employees' voluntary activities.

Positioning of Social Contribution Activities in Toshiba Group

Positioning of Social Contribution Activities in Toshiba Group

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Structure of Toshiba Group's Social Contribution Activities

In the Toshiba Group, the General Affairs Office carries out social contribution activities in cooperation with Corporate Staff Divisions, key Group companies, etc. based on the Basic Policy on Social Contribution Activities.
With regard to donations to disaster relief and to NPOs and NGOs, we assess the legality and appropriateness of such donations before doing so, based on our in-house regulations.

Structure of Toshiba Group's Social Contribution Activities

Structure of Toshiba Group's Social Contribution Activities

Supporting Social Contribution Activities by Employees

Toshiba maintains a system to support social contribution activities by employees. For example, employees are able to take long-term leave by accumulating annual leave for the purpose of participating in volunteer activities. Toshiba also has a system for donating a maximum of 100,000 yen or reused PCs to NPOs and other organizations that employees belong to.

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Social Contribution Activities: Total Expenditure and its Constituent Parts

Total Expenditure and its Constituent Parts (FY2019)

Total Expenditure and its Constituent Parts (FY2019)

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Support Associated with COVID-19 Infection

In response to spreads of COVID-19 infection, to ensure the safety of customers, business partners, local communities, employees and their families, and business continuity, Toshiba Group is taking measures according to circumstances as they change.
In February 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak occurred in China, a total of 1 million yuan (¥15 million equivalent) was donated by Toshiba Group’s subsidiary in China and its employees to help control the virus spreading over a wider area. Some 10,000 face masks were also donated through the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Japan as infection prevention goods.

Toshiba Group's Response to COVID-19

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Social Contribution Award: Toshiba ASHITA Award

In order to invigorate our social contribution activities, Toshiba Group has been evaluating and giving awards to domestic and overseas activities. Every year we evaluate the previous fiscal year's activities from nine perspectives—goals, the extent of employee involvement, originality, continuity, social impact, collaboration with external organizations, and so on—and chairman's awards those activities that have achieved excellent results.
In FY2019, out of 1,527 programs that were carried out in FY2018 the following three programs were awarded.

  • Japan Semiconductor Corporation: Environmental activities in which all employees value cooperating with the local community
  • Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation: Participation in the Furusato Cleanup Event in their local areas, a nationwide environmental activity campaign
  • Toshiba IT & Control Systems Corporation (Koichi Ozeki): Instruction in self-defense martial arts class

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Toshiba Group Volunteer Days

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 FY2019, about 74,000 employees joined in 238 activities in Japan, and about 2,000 employees participated in 29 activities in overseas countries. The Group companies in Japan and abroad conducted their own unique social contribution activities given the issues of each region. In Japan we held food drives and other events to achieve Zero Hunger, one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We donated a total of 142 boxes of processed quick-cooking rice and other foods as disaster supplies to the NPO Food Bank Kawasaki. (Toshiba Fuchu Complex)

We donated a total of 142 boxes of processed quick-cooking rice and other foods as disaster supplies to the NPO Food Bank Kawasaki.
(Toshiba Fuchu Complex)

Houston Food Bank donated food to communities affected by hurricanes and other disasters

Houston Food Bank donated food to communities affected by hurricanes and other disasters
(Toshiba International Corp.)

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Science Technology Education

Toshiba Science Museum: Where You Can Experience the Joy of Science and Technology

Fifth anniversary exhibition Toshiba efforts supporting society and life for the next generation
Fifth anniversary exhibition
Toshiba efforts supporting society and life for the next generation

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 for people of all generations, such as for social studies field trips and corporate training, with guidance offered in Japanese, English and Chinese depending on visitors’ needs.

Toshiba Science Museum

Science and Technology Competition for Children in the U.S. 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 27th anniversary in June 2019, commemorating its long history as a Japanese company's science education support program in North America. In 2019, there were approximately 4,000 applications from all over the United States and Canada. The number of participant totals more than 400,000 to date.

[2019 Prizewinners]

  • GRADES K1-3 (Kindergarten to 3rd year elementary school)

    i Suit (lifesaving swimsuit)
    Saint Joseph School in Seattle, Washington

  • GRADES K4-6 (4th to 6th year elementary school students)

    Algatiles (seaweed tiles)
    Coulson Tough K-6 School in The Woodlands, Texas

  • GRADES K7-9 (1st to 3rd year junior high school)

    A Cure for Chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Infection
    The Nueva High School in San Mateo, California

  • GRADES K10-12 (1st to 3rd year high school)

    Engineering M. Luteus to Fix the Greenhouse Gases Methane and Carbon Dioxide
    Mission Vista High School in Oceanside, California

ExploraVision

Photo of children from the winning team

Photo of children from the winning team

Children from GRADES K10-12 (1st to 3rd year high school) showcase their award-winning idea, “Engineering M. Luteus to Fix the Greenhouse Gases Methane and Carbon Dioxide”

Children from GRADES K10-12 (1st to 3rd year high school) showcase their award-winning idea, Engineering M. Luteus to Fix the Greenhouse Gases Methane and Carbon Dioxide

Teaching Competition in China

Mr. Chen Decheng of South China Normal University (left) received the Toshiba Innovation Award.Mr. Chen Decheng of South China Normal University (left) received the Toshiba Innovation Award.

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 FY2019, approximately 12,000 students from 50 Normal Universities throughout China participated.

Environmental Education Program for Children

Since 2017, we have held an environment education programs 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 and regions where we have manufacturing sites to provide on-site classes.

Environmental education program for children

Scholarships

Toshiba Group awards scholarships to students and laboratories in different countries to help support development of a new generation. Furthermore Toshiba factories are receptive to local requests for tours, and some even accept internships of a few weeks.
Toshiba granted 100,000 yen every month to 230 university students in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures, which were hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake, until graduation.
In Vietnam, we have given a total of around 3 million yen every year since 2005 in subsidies to around 30 students at the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City campuses of Vietnam National University. We also run a software research center jointly with these universities. Some graduates of the universities have entered Toshiba Software Development (Vietnam) Co., Ltd. and continue to work there.

Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc. established a scholarship system in 2008 to provide education at university or vocational educational institute to economically disadvantaged high school students. Toshiba supported 90 students with scholarships up to 2018.

Factory Tours and Internship

At the request of local communities, Toshiba product operations throughout the facility tours, on-the-job training programs and internship programs.

  • Toshiba Yokohama Complex: Each year, we invite fifth-graders from Yokohama City Sugita Elementary School to the Yokohama Complex for a tour of the biotope and recycling center inside the complex.
  • Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation Himeji Semiconductor Plant: To participate in Try-yaru Week, a community hands-on learning program that has been conducted by the Hyogo Prefecture Board of Education, we accept second-year junior high school students for one week to enable them to experience light work.
  • Toshiba Carrier Corporation: At Fuji Plant, we hold a two-day community hands-on learning program for junior high school students from Fuji City.

Try-yaru Week
Try-yaru Week
(Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation’s Himeji Semiconductor Plant)

Work experience Toshiba Carrier Corporation’s Fuji Factory
Work experience (Toshiba Carrier Corporation’s Fuji Factory)

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Protection of the Natural Environment

Conservation of Biodiversity

Toshiba Group is conducting biodiversity conservation activities at 63 sites worldwide to contribute to the achievement of Aichi Targets, a shared global goal.

Conservation of Biodiversity

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Social Welfare

Sending Doctors and Dentists to Areas around the Toshiba Factory in the Philippines

 Medical treatment is provided free of charge (Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc.)
 Medical treatment is provided free of charge
(Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc.)

Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc. has been providing medical and dental examination services to promote and improve the physical well-being of intended beneficiaries in the nearby community twice a year since 2006. In February 2020, the company dispatched a team of 20 people consisting of doctors, dentists, nurses, and many employee volunteers to Biñan where they gave medical exams, extracted teeth and provided medicine free of charge to about 230 local residents.

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International Exchanges with Friendship, and Promotion of Sports and Culture

International Exchange Program for High School Students from Japan and the ASEAN Countries

Results presentationResults presentation

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 FY2019 was draw a TYCA Asia Vision 2040, and the program was held over eight days in December 2019.
A total of 10 high school students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei and six Japanese high school students listened to lectures by experts, and held group discussions about new ways of thinking learned during the program as well as Asian and global issues that ought to be prioritized based on the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and then they presented their own vision and ideas to get there for 2040.
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.

Promoting Sports

Toshiba promotes sports not only to help children to grow up healthy but also to inspire and encourage everyone through the impressive performances of top athletes.
Amateur sports teams of Toshiba employees play an active role in making a difference in society.

Toshiba baseball team: Brave Areus (Japanese)

Toshiba rugby team: Brave Lupus (Japanese)

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Disaster Relief

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 FY2019, we provided support via donations to areas affected by typhoons Faxai and Hagibis that struck Japan.

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