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Our core CSR commitments and priorities as a "corporate citizen of planet Earth".
Toshiba America believes that employees are our most valuable asset, and we constantly strive to create an environment, both within our companies and in the communities in which we operate, that encourages individuals to discover and reach their full potential.
Committed to upholding human rights and convinced that diversity fuels business success in a multicultural world, Toshiba respects individuals and values diversity. As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, Toshiba strives to ensure compliance with internationally recognized principles concerning human rights and labor.
Toshiba America and Canada's Chairman's Award
Toshiba thinks highly of its people and encourages them to take part in community involvement activities. To recognize outstanding community service activities in America and Canada, Toshiba America's Chairman is announcing an award for employees in the U.S. and Canada who contributed to their communities. The award winners will enjoy a trip to join the ExploraVision Awards Weekend, Toshiba's core CSR activity in Washington, D.C. every June.
This year, "Helping the Helpers" by Toshiba America Business Solutions was honored for the prize.
The Toshiba Helping the Helpers Technology Makeover is one of our favorite events, because it allows our company to give back to deserving nonprofit organizations that are improving lives in communities across the nation. In 2013, TABS, TAIS (Digital Product Division and Telecommunications Systems Division), TAEC and TIC donated more than $225,000 of Toshiba's latest technology to five outstanding nonprofit organizations. Nearly 80 diverse applicants sent in brief video entries explaining their missions while articulating how new technology could help them continue their work. Five finalists were chosen, then the public was invited to vote for the grand prizewinner via TABS' Facebook portal, Toshiba for Good.
Every year since 2004, the Toshiba President's "ASHITA" (Japanese for tomorrow) Awards are presented to a company or employees who made an outstanding contribution to strengthen and promote good corporate citizenship activities throughout the Toshiba Group worldwide to earn the trust of society and to ensure sustainable development in the community we operate.
This year, "Power to the People" by Colleen Smith of Toshiba Electronic Components, Inc. was honored the prize.
Power to the People is a grassroots organization bringing solar power to schools and medical facilities in remote villages throughout Nicaragua. "The people of El Caribe, Nicaragua, go to bed when the sun goes down because there is no light to read by, no way to study, no entertainment or news to watch or listen to. Through Power to the People, we set up a solar panel system and installed Toshiba LED light bulbs bringing light to the community... meaningful changes for a deserving community."- Colleen Smith, 2011 Toshiba America and Canada's Chairman's Award Recipient, Power To The People.