Toshiba takes a practical approach to the challenge of achieving greater sustainability. Based on the concept of eco-efficiency and clearly defined objectives, we systematically work to improve our ratio of value to impact.
Sustainability is embedded in our corporate philosophy and we put concern for the environment as a priority in all our business activities so as to protect people’s safety and health as well as the world’s natural resources. In line with this thinking, Toshiba Group introduced the Environmental Vision 2050 in 2007. At the heart of this vision is the goal of achieving safe and comfortable lifestyles for mankind in harmony with the environment and within the resource limits of the Earth.
In practice, our environmental commitments translate into a broad programme of global sustainable business and environmental activities. Our initiatives are aimed at realising a low-carbon, recycling-based and natural symbiosis society. These activities are divided into the areas of sustainability management, environmentally conscious products (ECPs), ecologically compatible processes and sustainability awareness.
Toshiba TEC specifies clear objectives for its business activities, products and services. These targets include lower emissions and reductions in impact on biodiversity and other environmental aspects. As a globally operating corporate group, we not only comply with applicable laws and regulations in countries all over the world, but also with a number of voluntary industrial environmental protection guidelines.
As a manufacturing company, Toshiba TEC is in a strong position to enhance overall sustainability by reducing environmental impacts throughout its product lifecycles. With green procurement of environmentally compatible materials and parts, energy conservation and abolition of certain chemical substances, we systematically improve the ecological balance of our products. In addition, we consistently apply the 3Rs of sustainability – reduce, reuse, recycle – wherever possible in our operations. As a result, we are able to deliver recognised ECPs on a global scale.
It goes without saying that we strictly adhere to the requirements of the EU directives and regulations RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restrictions of Chemicals) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment). As of January 2012 Toshiba TEC has been compliant with the ErP Lot 4 Voluntary Agreement for Imaging Equipment, part of a framework directive applicable to all EU member states.
In processes as well, Toshiba TEC works to conserve resources and energy, while correctly controlling chemical substances. We continuously enhance the ecological compatibility of our production, logistics, marketing and servicing, in every region in which we operate.
With environmental education, awareness campaigns and active, wide-scale disclosure of internal and external environmental activities, Toshiba TEC seeks to expand each employee’s environmental consciousness. In addition, we take part in society-wide sustainability projects in cooperation with administrations, communities and other partners.