The Toshiba Group's dedication to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is reflected in its slogan "Committed to People, Committed to the Future." We live our mission every day through CSR management and social contributions by our employees worldwide. CSR management means giving top priority to human life, safety, legal compliance, and contributing to the solution of problems in the global society through business. In 2004 Toshiba became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, which defines universal principles covering human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. We are working to fulfill our role as a leading global enterprise in all of these areas.
With a new management policy of "Growth through Creativity and Innovation," we invest in product research and development that will contribute to a better future. Priority business fields in this area include Healthcare, Energy and Data Storage. A network or research facilities around the world—including Japan, U.S., U.K., China and India—assures that Toshiba is conducting cutting-edge research and development.
Toshiba Group is aiming to globally raise the eco-efficiency of our products and business uses tenfold by 2050, an initiative known as 'Environmental Vision 2050.' We are also aiming to become the world's foremost eco-company by greening our products, processes and technology. To learn more about our Environmental Vision, please go here.
Toshiba of Canada CSR In Action
Toshiba of Canada emphasizes its Community Giving by focusing on the following core areas: Education and Environment. Toshiba of Canada also encourages its employees to get involved in their communities through various programs and initiatives.
Founded by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the ExploraVision Awards program is the world's largest K-12 science and technology competition, and is open to students from Canada and the United States. ExploraVision encourages creative young minds to combine their imaginations with the tools of science and technology to create and explore a vision for the future. For more information on the awards program and how you can get involved, please visit the ExploraVision website.
Toshiba is the National Notebook sponsor for the innovative Upopolis program. Upopolis is a safe, private online social network for kids and teens in hospitals. Through the power of technology and social media, it helps kids stay connected to family and friends, share experiences and stay up-to-date with schoolwork. It also features an online library of easy to understand medical information on a wide variety of conditions, treatments, equipment and procedures. Since April 2009, Upopolis has enabled over 1,000 hospitalized children to connect with their family, friends and schools, and allowed them to blog and chat with each other.
Hosted by TREC Education, the 7th annual Kids’ World of Energy Festival took place from April 30-May 3, 2014 at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto. Since 2008, the Kids’ World of Energy Festival has directly engaged over 17,000 students and parents about the connection between energy and the environment and working towards an energy conscious world. The four-day Festival offers Gr. 5 and 6 students a unique range of hands-on workshops involving renewable energy, conservation, electricity, art and active participation. Toshiba Canada is a proud Silver Sponsor of this event and as such we participated in the Festival’s Community Event. While there, we educated attendees about Toshiba’s Sustainability efforts, environmental efficiency goals and our ExploraVision program. We also gave away an EPEAT Gold Certified Toshiba Satellite U50t Laptop.
Toshiba of Canada is a proud partner of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Toshiba is a product supporter of the NCC and has committed to a three-year partnership which tangibly supports the two organizations' shared core beliefs – that conservation of the biodiversity of ecosystem is the key to environmental management. With Toshiba's support, and as a leader in conservation, NCC launched LIS. An advanced digital management system, the LIS is a robust tool that enables the non-profit organization to track, monitor and manage Canadian conservation data through a single, online database saving them time while improving conservation outcomes. Toshiba has also sponsored an informational site, “Canada’s Land Watch”, to demonstrate the benefits of the biodiversity efforts the NCC team has accomplished.
The Toshiba Canada headquarters are located in Markham, Ontario and in 2011 the company was awarded the Markham Board of Trade's Business Excellence Award and the Donald Cousens Conservation & Environmental Leadership Award at the annual Business Excellence Awards Gala. Since 1991 the Business Excellence Awards have celebrated the very best in entrepreneurial spirit, success and ingenuity in Markham.
Toshiba of Canada encourages its employees to get involved in their communities through various programs and initiatives; and often supports local community giving initiatives outside of our core pillars.
Toshiba’s National Food and Clothing Drive
In December of 2016, Toshiba coordinated food and clothing drives at Toshiba’s Canadian Headquarters as well as at eight regional offices across Canada. Over 375kg (832 lbs) of food and clothing were donated to local food banks and charities.
Toshiba of Canada also donated $1000 to each of the charities that the Toshiba Headquarters food and clothing drive supported (Markham Food Bank and 360Kids Support Services).
Pictured L to R: Ralph Hyatt, President and CEO, Toshiba of Canada Ltd., Brittany Wilson, Senior Resource Development Associate, 360Kids and Bob Ysseldyk, President, Markham Food Bank.
Ride for Heart
Toshiba of Canada has participated in the Heart and Stroke Foundation “Ride for Heart” bike ride for 4 years to help raise funds for Heart and Stroke research in Canada. Toshiba employee, Tawnya Valiquette stated “I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s for a great cause and I did this ride to support two loved ones”-after the 2013 ride. Toshiba of Canada continues to participate and support this event and cause.
Weekend to End Women’s Cancer
Toshiba participated in the Shoppers Drug Mart Walk to End Women’s Cancer in Toronto, Ontario during the weekend of September 7-8, 2013. The Toshiba team raised and contributed over $10,000, benefiting the Campbell Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Toshiba employee, Rita Payne, stated that “it was a great feeling to know that collectively, as a whole, we had made a difference to funding important research that would help move us closer to a world free of cancer”.
Vancouver Sun Run
On Sunday April 27, 2014 a Toshiba team participated in the 30th Annual Vancouver Sun Run. The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada’s largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985, with roughly 50,000 participants every year. Toshiba is a Bronze Level Sponsor of the annual event, where a Toshiba Team has participated in the Race for 10 years; and this year the Millionth Runner was rewarded a Toshiba 50L1400U Television. Toshiba participant Rick Bennett explains ‘this event helps many local charities throughout the lower mainland of BC and for Toshiba and our Toshiba team to be a part of this was inspiring.
To learn more, please view our Global and North American CSR reports:
Toshiba Group’s Global CSR Reports (2004 – 2016)
Toshiba Americas Sustainability Report 2016
Toshiba TEC Group CSR Report 2016