Toshiba Group promotes participation and collaboration with external CSR organizations, industry associations, government, international organizations and NGOs.
Then President Tadashi Okamura signed the Global Compact in January 2004.
In January 2004 Toshiba joined the United Nations Global Compact, pledging to adhere to universal principles covering human rights, labor and the environment. The Global Compact is a voluntary corporate citizenship initiative proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1999 at the World Economic Forum (annual meeting in Davos). The Global Compact envisages that in the course of business, companies' fulfillment of their corporate social responsibilities through compliance with internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption will lead to the emergence of a sustainable global economy.
As a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, in 2007, Toshiba participated as an advisory to the project utilizing GRI guidelines for "Communication on Progress (COP)", a report of the progress on the implementation of Global Compact principles.
Toshiba clarifies the implementation progress of the ten principles of the Global Compact by submitting a COP advanced level report once per year.
The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is the electronics industry's CSR promotion organization committed to fulfill CSR for labor, occupational health and safety, the environment, and ethical standards throughout the supply chain. It is founded in October, 2004, and as of April 2017 110 companies all over the world have joined. Toshiba Joined in June 2011 to promote supply chain CSR based on global standard.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), led by the CEOs of about 200 global corporations, aims to realize a sustainable future for business, society, and the environment. WBCSD provides constructive business solutions to realize sustainable societies by displaying leadership, offering effective opinions, and taking concerted action. Toshiba is a member of WBCSD, and served as a member of the WBCSD Executive Committee as one of its Vice Chairmen from 2014 to 2017. As an active member of the Energy & Climate and Cities and Mobility clusters, Toshiba aims to act globally to contribute to the realization of sustainable societies.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an international platform which brings together corporate CEOs, political leaders, scholars, journalists, and others who take global leadership roles to discuss important issues facing the world such as those related to the environment, energy, and health etc.
Toshiba Group participated in the forum as a Partner and the Toshiba representative served as a co-chairman at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Currently, we are participating as a managing company in the Infrastructure & Urban Development Community Initiative, which discusses how to achieve sustainable infrastructure and economic development, as well as in the Future of Production Initiative, which assesses future possibilities of the manufacturing industry, and the Future of Energy Initiative, which discusses more sustainable and affordable energy. We also actively participate in regional meetings held in countries around the world in order to contribute to solving problems unique to individual regions.
The Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum is a platform which aims to ensure appropriate development of science and technology, gathers scientists, policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and others in one place to discuss and exchange opinions about issues related to science and technology as well as society from the perspective that these are issues shared by humanity. Toshiba has participated in the STS Forum since 2004.
In addition to attending annual general conferences, we also participate in science and technology dialogues held in countries around the world, including India and Kenya.
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a global nonprofit organization for CSR activities which is established in the U.S. in 1992. 250 or more global organizations and companies had participated as a member, and Toshiba joined in 2003.
We engaged in stakeholder dialogues facilitated by BSR, and participated in Study Forums on human rights and supply chain CSR.
Council for Better Corporate Citizenship (CBCC) is an association, established in 1989 by Keidanren (Federation of Economic Organizations), which supports Japanese company to be accepted by regional communities as "Good corporate citizen" as well as promotes CSR activities in practice. Toshiba joined CBCC from its establishment, and currently takes part in activity as a member of planning committee.
TCFD is a private-sector-led task force established in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board in order to enhance climate-related information disclosure of companies. Toshiba Group expresses its support for the TCFD's recommendations released in 2017, and will actively disclose information on financial impacts of climate change. Additionally, Toshiba Group has become a member of the TCFD Consortium, a Tokyo-based initiative dedicated to promoting the goals of the TCFD, a step which leads to the enhancement of our own ESG information disclosure.