To realize a sustainable society, Toshiba Group actively promotes social contribution activities as well as business activities, thereby contributing to solving various societal issues.
Our aim is that every Toshiba Group operational site, and each and every employee working there, will take the initiative in contributing to society.
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.
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.
Positioning of Social Contribution Activities in Toshiba Group
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
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.
Total expenditure and its constituent parts (FY2018)
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 FY2018, 1,815 programs were carried out throughout the year, and four programs were awarded.
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 FY2018, about 90,000 employees joined 354 activities in Japan, and about 20,000 employees participated in 92 activities in overseas countries. Especially, to achieve “Zero Hunger,” one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in Japan we held food drives and charity concerts to boost awareness of the activities and increase participation. Overseas, Group companies conducted their own unique social contribution activities given the issues of each region.
A charity concert aiming to promote food drive activities
“Gift of Art” to donate crayons, etc. to children of immigrants
(Toshiba America, Inc.)
Science show is held every day at the stage
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, such as social studies field trips, school trips, corporate training, international exchanges, and sightseeing. It is a facility where people of all generations can have fun while learning about science and technology through extensive hands-on programs and exhibitions consisting of 3 concepts: past, present, and future.
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 26th anniversary in June 2018, commemorating its long history as a Japanese company's science education support program in North America. The number of participant totals about 400,000 in the past.
iSWARM (integrated Smart Wireless Agriculture Remote Management)
L. D. Batchelder School in North Reading, Massachusetts
The CFAST (Cystic Fibrosis Absorbent Sponge Technology)
Plainview Old Bethpage Middle School, Plainview, New York
Emotion Recognition (EMREC): The personalized future of autism therapy
Saint Anthony's High School, Huntington, New York
Polychiral Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Solar Cells
Ward Melville High School, East Setauket, New York
Photo of children from the winning team
Children from Grades K-3 (kindergarten to grade 3 at elementary school) who won in the Smart Wireless Agriculture Remote Management section share their winning idea
Ms. Jin Chen of Zhejiang Normal University (right) 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 FY2018, approximately 20,000 students from 49 Normal Universities throughout China participated.
Observing the LSI production process
Since 2017, we have held an environment education program 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 to provide on-site classes. Titled "Where Does Electricity Come From? - The World Beyond the Power Outlet", the first installment of the program uses energy as a theme to enable children to learn about the mechanism of power generation through experiments as well as to think about environmental issues and the future of energy.
The second installment entitled “Mysterious material which controls electricity – Learning the Use of Energy through the discovery and the utilization of semiconductors” teaches children what semiconductors are and the development history of electrical appliances through an educational material which includes a workshop where children create an original electrical circuit.
In 2018, 1,876 elementary school children participated in 64 classes at 31 venues.
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. provides education at university or vocational educational institute to economically disadvantaged high school students. Since establishing the scholarship system in 2008, Toshiba has supported 90 students, 53 of whom are now employed with the Company.
At the request of local communities, Toshiba product operations throughout the facility tours, on-the-job training programs and internship programs.
Appreciating fireflies with local children
Toshiba Group is conducting biodiversity preservation activities at around 66 locations worldwide to contribute to the achievement of Aichi Targets, a shared global goal. The Oita Operations of Japan Semiconductor Corporation breeds shellfish using on-site wastewater as feed for fireflies larvae living upstream in the Kitahana River and releases them downstream near the site. Employees also pick up rubbish around the site and along the river. The activity aiming to bring fireflies back to the area has been ongoing since 2010 and after five years in 2015 they were finally seen inhabiting the area again. Every year gatherings are held to view the fireflies by employees and local citizens.
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 March 2019, the company dispatched a team of 62 people consisting of doctors, dentists, nurses, and many employee volunteers to Malaban , Biñan where they gave medical exams, extracted teeth and provided medicine free of charge to 321 local residents.
Medical treatment is provided free of charge (Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc.)
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 FY2018 was "Asian Vision 2040," and the program was held over eight days in March 2019. A total of twelve high school students from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam and six Japanese high school students, listened to lectures by experts, went on field trips, and held group discussions about what they themselves can do in the future by the framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and then they presented their own vision.
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.
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.
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 FY2018, we provided support via donations and efforts to restore infrastructure to areas affected by heavy rainfall in West Japan in July and following the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake in September.