Toshiba and the Environment

As the world’s oldest electronics company for over a century, it is little surprise that Toshiba is making significant strides toward improving the future. After all, it was not that long ago when the idea of a portable computer was science fiction. Although no multinational corporation is perfect, it is obvious from Toshiba’s business practices and website that the company does care about the environment. These are some of the ways that Toshiba is helping to make the world a better place right now. To learn more about the products available from Toshiba, click here.

Taking a Stand on Conflict Minerals

There are no blood diamonds or metals in your Toshiba laptop because the company takes a staunch opposition to the trade of conflict minerals. This includes tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold that has been mined or smelted by organizations that contribute to armed groups either directly or indirectly. Toshiba representatives have stated that they are specifically concerned with the human rights atrocities that have taken place in the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries in over a decade of civil war. Since 2011, they have conducted an annual survey of their suppliers of materials for semiconductors regarding issues with conflict minerals.

Medical Treatment for Endangered Gorillas

Toshiba does much more than selling satellite computers. The company is divided into four main sectors: Electronic Devices Group, Home Appliances Group, Digital Products Group, and Social Infrastructure Group. Just in July 2013, the Gorilla Doctors’ veterinary team of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center used a Toshiba ViamoTM ultrasound system donated by Toshiba America Medical Systems to greatly improve the treatment of wild gorillas. According to the primate veterinarians, the portability, long battery life, and excellent image capturing of the ultrasound device makes it ideal for high risk situations in the rough terrain of the Central African rainforest. Read more here.

Toshiba Sustainability Report & Index

Since 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) has ranked the world’s leading companies for environmental factors. Out of the 2,500 biggest corporations in the world, Toshiba is proud to have been in the top 300 most sustainable companies for thirteen years running. According to company representatives, Toshiba maintains solid environmental management practices as part of a commitment to building a sustainable society. Their corporate policies include reduction of contribution to global warming, control of chemical concerns, and efficient utilization of resources. For an in-depth look at the Toshiba sustainability and environmental reports, visit the environment section of their website.

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