|DATE||21 December, 2006|
|VENUE||Toshiba corp. Yokohama Complex|
|THEME||CSR at Yokohama operation|
On December 21, 2006, the Yokohama Complex, located in Yokohama's Isogo Ward held a dialogue with representatives of the local community. Those invited included the head of the local neighborhood association, an elementary school principal, a university professor, representatives of nearby companies, and a specialist on employment of people with disability. The dialogue solicited opinions on matters regarding Toshiba's initiatives for information exchange with the local community, environmental communication and the employment of people with disabilities with the aim to reflect the outcome in future activities.
A lagoon created by converting a regulating pond into a biotope, a habitat for plants and animals where biodiversity is nurtured, serves as a fitting symbol of environmental commitment of Yokohama Complex and has received acknowledgement as being beneficial to the community. This fine example of the restoration of a rich ecosystem serves as a fascinating outdoor classroom for youngsters to learn about the world of nature.
Other suggestions received include engineers giving special science classes for youngsters and opening more facilities and events for general public providing opportunities to see the work at the complex. Yokohama Complex will strive to incorporate these valuable suggestions to enrich future activities.
During my four-year assignment beginning in 2002 we were unable to use the school grounds owing to the complete reconstruction of the school. During that time Toshiba let us use the grounds of the Yokohama Complex. In fact, 2,500 children used the grounds for a period of three years and seven months. The grounds are spacious, and we were able to foster the children's development in mind and spirit in an excellent environment. I attended today to express my gratitude.
I hear that the Yokohama Complex has held plant tours for the families of employees. Showing students how their fathers work is a wonderful thing. Today's students fall into two opposite groups: those who desire to seek employment and those who don't. Such activities provide positive motivation.
We place people with disabilities in employment with Toshiba With Co., Ltd., a special subsidiary for employing disabled people located within the Yokohama Complex premises. With regard to the employment of people with intellectual disabilities, I would like companies to discover people's potential rather than harbor preconceptions about what they cannot do.
People with disabilities have no intention of taking advantage of their disabilities, and there is no excuse for poor quality on the grounds that products are made by people with disabilities. I would like companies to make use of external resources to expand employment of disabled people, not wrestle with issues on their own. I would like Toshiba to tell other companies in the area what it is doing concerning employment of the disabled and encourage them to take up the challenge, too.
The summer festival is open to the local community and everyone looks forward to it. Also, there's no other stand of cherry trees this splendid in the neighborhood. Although they invite the officers of the neighborhood association for cherry blossom viewing, I would like them to open the grounds to the local community. Although I suppose there are security issues, limiting the time to weekends would be fine. I urge them to consider it.
We have an occupational experience program at the elementary school. The real-world experience expands the children's career aspirations and they can directly perceive the enthusiasm of working people. For that reason, I'd like the Yokohama Complex to provide opportunities for experiential learning.
Also, as science instruction in the school curriculum is difficult, I'd like people with professional scientific knowledge to inspire the children. I'd like to request the Yokohama Complex to offer science classes at schools in the area.
Each year we accept busloads of elementary school students for plant tours. We open the gym on the premises to the general public, and more than 6,000 people use it each year.
Contents and Job Titles as of December 2006