Toshiba Group provides a wide range of products, from electronic devices to building- and facility-related equipment, industrial systems, and energy and social infrastructure products. Various chemicals are used to manufacture these products. Toshiba Group considers "minimizing the risks involved in the use of chemicals," the precautionary principles proposed and adopted at the WSSD*1 and other conferences, as an important challenge to address if it were to properly manage these chemicals. We have been promoting initiatives to specify the chemicals to be managed, to eliminate the use of specified chemicals (including the use of substitute substances), and to reduce the amount of chemicals contained in our products. In addition, we share information on such specified chemicals in each process of our production activities in order to minimize the risks of these chemicals to human health and the global environment.
Also, to respond to the globalization of business, Toshiba Group takes global measures to manage chemicals contained in products. We gather and assess the latest trends in policies and regulations on chemical management of countries around the world and reflect them in Toshiba Group's management of chemicals.
Furthermore, Toshiba Group promotes the Green Procurement initiative, which specifies prohibited substances, which are prohibited from use in procured items such as product materials and parts, and managed substances, which are monitored for use in procured items, to be reduced and substituted to mitigate their environmental impact. Our aim is to procure products, parts, and materials with less environmental impact in cooperation with our business partners and suppliers.
Rank A (prohibited) substances are those prohibited or restricted from use in products (including packaging) by laws and regulations in Japan and abroad, and include substances on the Declarable Substance List of IEC 62474: Material Declaration for Products of and for the Electrotechnical Industry prepared by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For substances in the IEC 62474 Declarable Substance List that are stated on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) of EU's REACH Regulation, we manage them as Rank B (managed) substances.