Coexistence with Local Communities
For Toshiba Group, we seek not just to resolve issues faced by local communities through business, but to conduct activities that are rooted in the area as a member of the local community.
Medium- to Long-term Vision
As a corporate citizen, Toshiba Group aims to win the trust of local communities in countries and regions across the globe.
Toshiba continued its efforts to support the employment and independence of people with disabilities in collaboration with local supporting organizations and enhance the local hygiene standard by cleaning around its business sites.
Future Challenges and Approaches
We will contribute to solving issues in local communities, in order to make sustainable society a reality. We will also maintain business activities that are firmly rooted in the local communities, respecting the cultures and customs of each country.
- Policy on Coexistence with Local Communities
- Structure of Coexistence with Local Communities
- Check and Evaluation of Local Impacts of Establishing New Business Sites
- Contributions to Local Communities around Business Sites
- Policy for Nuclear Safety Improvement
- Initiatives at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Policy on Coexistence with Local Communities
Toshiba Group contributes to the development of local communities and solution to issues imposed on them through our business activities. At our manufacturing sites, we have been practicing procurement at optimal location by localizing management, developing human resources, promoting local procurement, and other activities. We have also contributed to the development of social infrastructure in developing and emerging countries in addition to the development of products that meet the needs of local communities.
Furthermore, we have set our policy on the relationships with local communities in Standards of Conduct for Toshiba Group.
Structure of Coexistence with Local Communities
The administration division at each site or company is responsible for handling relations with local communities, including constant communication with communities associations and other organizations.
Check and Evaluation of Local Impacts of Establishing New Business Sites
When establishing new business operations, all Group companies at Toshiba Group adhere to laws and regulations, engage in dialogue with local authorities and residents and strive to maintain harmony with the community. Once operations are underway, the companies disclose information about their business activities and environmental conservation initiatives and thus engage in fruitful communication with local community.
For manufacturing sites, environmental audits of sites evaluate the extent to which operations have an impact on the local environment. Furthermore, efforts are being made to acquire ISO 14001 certification throughout Toshiba Group.
At all of these sites, we maintain good relationships with local communities.
Contributions to Local Communities around Business Sites
Support for the Employment and Independence of People with Intellectual Disabilities —Toshiba With Corporation
Established in 2005, Toshiba With Corporation is a Toshiba Group subsidiary mainly consisted of people with intellectual disabilities, and which aims to support the independence of those people. At Toshiba With Corporation, employees are engaged in business operations for cleaning, printing, and mail delivery, or as health keepers within Toshiba Group. Through these operations, they learn about work responsibilities and enjoyment in work, along with social rules and manners in order to achieve independent living. The independence of the people with intellectual disabilities requires not only employment opportunities, but also support in living, including lifestyle and health management. To this end, the company works in close collaboration with the families of the people with disabilities and local support organizations to create a unified support system.
We will continue to support promoting awareness and understanding of disabilities, fostering employee self-reliance, so everyone may play a more active role in society.
Contribution to Local Communities through In-House Sales Events
A sales event in support of post-disaster reconstruction on the website
Toshiba Group has been running in-house sales events during lunchtimes since 2004 with the aim of supporting the economic independence and participation in society of persons with disabilities. In FY2020, sales events were held at its sites nationwide for products from disaster-stricken areas such as Tohoku and for local welfare facilities. Additionally, in view of the spread of COVID-19, Toshiba Business Expert Corporation organized a sales event in support of post-disaster reconstruction on its website.
Improving the Environment of Surrounding Communities
Toshiba Chugoku Branch Office’s cleaning activity around their office building
Toshiba Group companies strive to improve the environment around their business sites. In FY2020, the Group companies’ employees across Japan cleaned areas around their business sites approximately 170 times. As part of the initiative, Toshiba Chugoku Branch Office carried out a monthly cleaning activity around their office building.
Consideration for Employees' Exercise of Civil Rights
Toshiba set up a new leave system called Saiban-in (Lay Judge) System Leave to coincide with the commencement of the Lay Judge System from May 2009 in Japan.
This leave facilitates the employees to participate as citizen jurors in criminal court procedures. Based on the law for implementation of the Saiban-in system in criminal court procedures, the salary per day for the employee selected to participate in such system amounts to the basic salary per day. Also, based on the above law, the number of leave days provided under this system equals to the maximum number of participation days under the Lay Judge System.
Contribution to Local Communities through Job Creation, Procurement and Tax Payment
Toshiba Group expands its business around the world. The jobs created contribute to local communities, especially the production facilities that employ a considerable number of local people.
Toshiba Group appropriately implements local procurement of materials, components and equipment, etc. based on the attributes of the items produced and the environment in which they are produced. Centered on production bases in each country, and also using the International Procurement Office (IPO), we make efforts to promote optimal procurement, including local procurement.
By paying taxes in accordance with national laws and regulations, the Group companies and their employees make an economic contribution to the regions where they operate under its Basic Policy on Tax.
Policy for Nuclear Safety Improvement
As a company involved in the nuclear industry, we recognize the importance of continuous improvements for nuclear safety. So, we are fostering a nuclear safety culture, as well as voluntarily and continuously working to improve nuclear safety, in light of lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.
Initiatives at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
The government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) have developed a mid-and-long-term roadmap towards the decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 30 to 40 years. This roadmap has set the target for the areas of contaminated water, removal of fuel from spend fuel pools, retrieval of fuel debris, and management of radioactive waste.
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has been making continuous efforts to develop the technologies to solve the challenges for achieving these targets and providing support toward decommissioning.