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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
[Image] Toshiba Group's environmental audit system

To improve assessment quality, we review these audit areas every year. In FY2020, we performed evaluation of audit areas in line with the Sixth Environmental Action Plan, and confirmed the status of specific environmental efforts. From FY2021 onward, we will review these audit areas in line with the Seventh Environmental Action Plan and promote environmental efforts.

Environmental Management Audit

FY2020 Audit Results
Audited targets: eight key Group companies
No. Audit area (number of items) No. of non-conformities/recommendations No. of good practices
1Environmental policies and systems (14) 5 13
2Legal compliance and risk management (9) 3 9
3Business processes (11) 0 7
4Products and services (15) 1 7
5 Information disclosure and communication (9) 1 16
6 Supply chain management (3) 4 3

Examples of non-conformities/recommendations

  • Systems for managing risks and compliance with environmental laws and regulations in terms of products or site management were inadequate.
  • Supply chain management was inadequate, for example, information contained in the Green Procurement Guidelines was not organized.

Examples of good practices

  • Toshiba Group manages in detail its course of action and priority measures and reflects them in its activity plans.
  • Each business division makes a detailed plan for creating ECP* and appropriately manages the plan.

* 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

Based on the Toshiba Group's environmental audits, we evaluate key Group companies' environmental management levels. Among 61 items in the 6 areas of the environmental management audit, we select those that match the top priority items in the Sixth Environmental Action Plan as performance evaluation criteria. In FY2020, we selected 15 items in areas of business activities, products and services, management, and other as performance evaluation criteria, and carried out quantitative evaluation. 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.

From FY2021 onward, we will review these items in line with the Seventh Environmental Action Plan to promote our efforts.

Performance Evaluation System
[Image] Performance Evaluation System