As a corporate citizen of the Earth, we are working toward a better future, and we will continue to contribute to society through creative activities and projects.
One of our main activities is the Toshiba Group 1.5 Million Tree-planting Project, a worldwide forest development project to mark the 150th anniversary of Toshiba Group aimed for completion in 2025.
In FY2011, Toshiba kicked-off a 3-year tree-planting project in Werdohl, Sauerland, Germany with Bergwaldprojekt e.V. to help replace those trees lost during the January 2007 storm “Kyrill”. The planting of indigenous deciduous trees (sycamore, maple, European beech) will help to establish a new, near-natural and stable forest that generates more fresh water resources and restores the forest habitats of native wildlife.
The tree planting events to help restore the municipal forests damaged by the storm are very popular among employees of our four operating companies. It is a very rewarding experience for each volunteer participating, and all are keen to contribute to the restoration forests damaged by the devastating storm. Experienced foresters oversee the events to ensure that trees are planted correctly and also provide a wealth of interesting facts and information about the forest itself and its importance as an ecological system.
In total, 12.000 trees will be planted with the support of Toshiba employees. To date, employees from Toshiba Europe GmbH, Toshiba TEC Germany Imaging Systems GmbH, Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH and Toshiba TEC Europe Retail Information Systems have assisted Bergwaldprojekt e.V. with the planting of 2,000 trees on each Toshiba Tree-planting Day.
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Participation in External Organizations
Toshiba Group actively participates in and cooperates with external organizations, including trade associations, government agencies, international institutions, NGOs, and NPOs. The Toshiba Group aims to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by acting globally as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC) as well as in its capacities as a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
In June 2011, Toshiba joined the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), which is a CSR promotion group in the electronics industry. We support the EICC Code of Conduct and promote CSR throughout our supply chain. In May 2012, we revised the Toshiba Group Procurement Policy to specify the use of conflict-free minerals as an additional request to our suppliers in the area of human rights and to present specific examples of inhumane acts such as slavery and human trafficking.
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UN Global compact
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 UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1999 at the World Economic Forum.
10 Principles of the UN Global Compact Human Rights
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 and the environment will lead to the emergence of a sustainable global economy.
As a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, in 2007, Toshiba participated as an advisory to the project utilizing GRI guidelines for "Communication on Progress (COP)", a report of the progress on the implementation of Global Compact principles.
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1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
4. the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
5. the effective abolition of child labor; and
6. the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
10. Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.