Toshiba Group Environmental Audits and Performance Evaluation System

Toshiba Group Environmental Audits


Toshiba Group conducts three types of internal audits: (1) “environmental management audit” of key Group companies, (2) “environmental audit of sites,” specifically production sites and non-production sites with high electricity consumption, and (3) “environmental technology audit of products” of business divisions. These internal audits are aimed at evaluating the status of the environmental management structure, compliance, facility management, and other relevant areas within Toshiba Group, and having discussions to identify and improve issues. We link the audit areas and criteria of the environmental audit of sites and environmental technology audit of products with those of the environmental management audit, to closely verify the environmentally conscious aspects in our business activities, products and services. Further, production sites with relatively low environmental impacts are excluded from the environmental audits of sites but use the same audit criteria to conduct a self-audit (inspection) within each Group company.

Toshiba Group’s environmental audit system

Environmental Management Audit


To improve assessment quality, we review these audit areas every year in the environmental management audit. In FY2021, we mainly performed evaluation of activity results in the Sixth Environmental Action Plan and of activity plans in the Seventh Environmental Action Plan in line with audit areas, and confirmed the status of environmental efforts.

FY2021 Audited Results Target: Ten key Group companies

  Audit area (number of items) No. of non-conformities/recommendations No. of good practices
1 Environmental policies and systems (24) 14 9
2 Environmental risk management & compliance (11) 4 9
3-1 Environmental Action Plan (Response to climate change) (10) 1 6
3-2 Environmental Action Plan (Response to the circular economy) (6) 0 1
3-3 Environmental Action Plan (Consideration of ecosystems) (8) 0 4
3-4 Environmental Action Plan (Enhancement of the basis of environmental management) (5) 0 7
  Audit area (number of items) No. of non-conformities/recommendations No. of good practices
1 Environmental policies and systems (24) 14 9
2 Environmental risk management & compliance (11) 4 9
3-1 Environmental Action Plan (Response to climate change) (10) 1 6
3-2 Environmental Action Plan (Response to the circular economy) (6) 0 1
3-3 Environmental Action Plan (Consideration of ecosystems) (8) 0 4
3-4 Environmental Action Plan (Enhancement of the basis of environmental management) (5) 0 7

Examples of non-conformities/recommendations

  • Human resources responsible for work related to the environment were insufficient and the plan to develop such resources was inadequate.
  • Management of environment related regulations and manuals was inadequate (Not updated, etc.).

Examples of good practices

  • Considerations of introducing an internal carbon pricing system.
  • ECP* creation activities are built into its product design, which led to receiving awards from external parties.

* Environmentally Conscious Products

Environmental Technology Audit of Products


The objective of the environmental technology audit of products is to improve the environmental quality of products and increase their contribution to the environment. To this end, the audit checks compliance with relevant legal requirements and the ECP standards set for each product (group) to secure environmental quality and the progress of ECP creation activities, which have the goal of creating products that contribute to reducing environmental impacts.

Environmental Audit of Sites


The objective of the environmental audit of sites is to improve each site’s environmental control by checking its environmental management status, control status of each environmental issue type (water discharge, air pollution, noise, waste, chemicals, energy consumption, etc.) at representative facilities, and compliance system to obey applicable laws and regulations, agreements, and rules, among others.

Performance Evaluation System


Toshiba Group evaluates key Group companies’ environmental management levels every year. We select the progress of the Environmental Action Plan, initiatives for the achievement of carbon neutral, evaluation and awards from inside and outside the company for environmental activities as performance evaluation criteria and evaluate their levels from various perspectives. In FY2021, we will review these criteria in line with the Seventh Environmental Action Plan to evaluate 20 activity items in total. We submitted the evaluation results to the Performance Evaluation Committee and reflected the environmental management level assessment results in the performance evaluation results of each evaluated company.

Performance Evaluation System