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Toshiba ISD slams Environment Victoria report

  • 09 June, 2005 16:12

<p>MEDIA STATEMENT</p>
<p>TOSHIBA ISD SLAMS ENVIRONMENT VICTORIA REPORT ON ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT CARD ON COMPUTERS</p>
<p>Toshiba Information Systems Division (ISD) Australia has today sought a public retraction from Environment Victoria as a result of the seriously misleading claims it has made in connection with the publication of its report entitled “Computer Waste in Australia and the Case for Producer Responsibility.”</p>
<p>Toshiba has demanded a retraction of Environment Victoria's call for a consumer boycott of Toshiba's computer products on the basis that its research is flawed and its conclusions are founded upon incorrect and incomplete information. Environment Victoria's Report provides a completely inadequate basis upon which to call for a consumer boycott.</p>
<p>The Report's deficiencies are partly due to Environment Victoria's failure to allow Toshiba a reasonable opportunity to provide Environment Victoria with the required information as to its environmental policies and procedures.</p>
<p>“Our records show that we were given less than a couple of business days to respond to Environment Victoria’s request for information before it published its report. Given notice and a reasonable opportunity to respond, we would have provided our Environmental Management policies, however as we were unable to provide information within this unreasonable timeframe, the study does not represent Toshiba ISD correctly,” said Mark Whittard, General Manager, Toshiba ISD Australia.</p>
<p>“The study’s methodology is flawed and we are determined to have Environment Victoria's misrepresentations fully redressed. Environment Victoria has demonstrated a lack of responsibility in the publication of this Report and its subsequent call to consumers to boycott our products,” he said.</p>
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<p>About Toshiba</p>
<p>Toshiba’s ISD is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47billion on a consolidated basis.</p>
<p>Australian mobile computing market leader, Toshiba ISD is unique among vendors, specialising exclusively in mobile solutions and services. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.</p>
<p>Since it pioneered the notebook market in 1985, Toshiba ISD has sold more than 1.25 million notebooks in Australia and New Zealand and is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing market leading mobile computing solutions.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>
<p>For further press information please contact:
Kieran Moore or Caroline Hendra Kristie O’Dwyer
Howorth Communications Toshiba ISD P/L
Ph: 02 8281 3810 Ph: 02 9887 8120
E: pr@howorth.com.au E: KODwyer@Toshiba-TAP.com</p>

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