In January 2004 Toshiba joined the United Nations Global Compact, pledging to adhere to universal principles covering human rights, labor and the environment. The Global Compact is a voluntary corporate citizenship initiative proposed by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1999 at the World Economic Forum (annual meeting in Davos). The Global Compact envisages that in the course of business, companies’ fulfillment of their corporate social responsibilities through compliance with internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption will lead to the world’s sustainable development.
As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, in 2007, Toshiba participated as an advisory in the project utilizing GRI guidelines for “Communication on Progress (COP),” a report of the progress on the implementation of Global Compact principles.
Toshiba declares its compliance with such citizenship initiative in the President’s message sent outside the company and also clarifies the implementation progress of the ten principles of the Global Compact by submitting a COP advanced level report once per year.