CSR Social Activities

Environmental Management

Based on the TOYOTA BOSHOKU Earth Charter and in concert with our 2050 Environmental Vision and 2020 Environmental Action Plan, we will make collective efforts as a group to implement activities to conserve the global environment in order to realise a sustainable society.

Promoting Environmental Management

The Toyota Boshoku group implements environmental management activities on an on-going basis that include convening sessions for the environmental committee in respective regions to confirm environmental initiatives, verifying cases of improvement via genchi-genbutsu (Go, see & study) and actively implementing cross-organisational deployment best practices.

Safety / Health / Environment Function Meeting

The Safety / Health / Environment Function Meeting sets the desired direction for the Toyota Boshoku group’s environmental activities (product environmental and production environmental aspects), confirming progress and following up on actions, and holding deliberations as well as supervises overseas related committees in each region.

Promotion system

Promotion system

Environmental Affairs Committee (Toyota Boshoku)

This committee makes on-going efforts aimed at strengthening product environmental and production environmental activities and checks the environmental activities being undertaken at each plant via genchi-genbutsu with a view to achieving the goals of the 2020 Environmental Action Plan. It has also ensured that best practices are deployed across the organisation. All of the committee’s objectives were achieved for fiscal 2016.

Status of activities by committee

Committees in each region promote environmental activities with the following four areas marked as priorities.
1. Activities to ensure zero abnormalities and complaints
2. Activities to reduce environmental impact
3. Activities for the management of chemical substances at plants
4. Activities related to ISO 14001 certification
Although the environmental issues being dealt with at the state and regional level differ, the Toyota Boshoku group has set high standards for all of its activities, which can be managed and implemented by each committee. The Safety / Health / Environment Function Meeting confirms the progress of all committees.
Initiatives are being introduced related to climate change measures, a priority area under the 2050 Environmental Vision and 2020 Environmental Action Plan formulated in 2016. These initiatives were core to our efforts in fiscal 2016.

Energy conservation diagnostics in the Asia & Oceania region

Energy conservation diagnostics were conducted in the Asia & Oceania region in June 2016. This kind of diagnostics refers to efforts to verify the status of energy consumption at plants and business sites via genchi-genbutsu and activities to make improvements that lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions and costs.
On this occasion, energy conservation diagnostics were conducted at a newly built plant. Around 15 areas were earmarked for improvement and checks undertaken regarding each improvement together with local staff.
Going forward, we will continue to implement these diagnostics through genchi-genbutsu in each country and region to reduce CO2 emissions and costs at each site.

Strengthen the Chemical Substance Management System

Creating a management system for chemical substances

The Toyota Boshoku group is taking steps to manage chemical substances in all business activities from development and design to production and packaging.

Creating a management system for chemical substances

Activities to reduce emissions of chemical substances

We are undertaking activities to reduce the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) substances used and emitted from plants. This includes optimising areas to be coated and reducing the incidence of recoating by revising the mould release agent coating method and reducing the consumption of coating material by improving the cleaning method.
As a result, we achieved our target of 577t of VOC substances with a result of 501t and our voluntary target of 172t of PRTR with a result of 154t.

PRTR substances / VOC emissions [Toyota Boshoku]

Initiatives for Legal Compliance / Environmental Risk Management

In order to prevent environmental accidents and pollution, we conduct environmental risk management based on voluntary standards that are stricter than regulations require. In addition, we conduct risk management with value placed on the perspective of local people. Our environmental risk map is used in this regard. An environmental risk map is a tool to visualise risk around a plant and on premises, strengthen inspection standards and enable environmental patrols. Responsible persons at each plant carefully visualise risk and conduct patrols so that the latest information is always incorporated into the risk map.
As a result, we achieved zero abnormalities and complaints in the Toyota Boshoku group.

ISO 14001 Acquisition Status

The Toyota Boshoku group conducts activities in a planned manner at all production sites during a transitional phase up to September 2018 so that each site can be shifted completely to ISO 14001: 2015 edition.

External audits

Audits were carried out by a certification body in each country and region in a systematic manner in fiscal 2016 as well, with all plants subject to the audit evaluated as having zero non-conformance items and operating all required ISO 14001 items appropriately.

Strengthening Environmental Education to Pass Environmental Conservation Activities on to Future Generations

Environmental education to local children

Toyota Boshoku has implemented a programme since fiscal 2013 that involves visiting local elementary schools to introduce the environmental activities being undertaken by Toyota Boshoku to children and get them to think about environmental conservation activities they could undertake themselves. In fiscal 2016, three of the key areas we wanted to convey were mitigating global warming, reducing waste and conserving water resources. We had the children think about activities that they could do at school and home through group discussions.
In addition, we conducted factory tours as part of our environmental education, in which they had the chance to observe wastewater treatment facilities and engage in simple experiments related to wastewater processing. The children appeared very thoughtful throughout the tours and experiments.
Toyota Boshoku will continue to expand these activities and contribute to the education of future leaders for a sustainable earth.

Environmental education to company members

Toyota Boshoku conducts a variety of activities as part of Environment Month in June and Energy Conservation Awareness Month in February. In June 2016, we invited Ms. Mayumi Matsumoto, Visiting Associate Professor at The University of Tokyo, to give a talk and her topic concerned the role of companies in undertaking efforts to mitigate global warming and preserve biodiversity for the future. In February 2016, Mr. Kiyohiko Ikeda, professor of the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University gave a talk on environmental management with a view to 10 years in the future. Both talks concerned the expectations for and responsibilities of companies regarding environmental conservation, which served to boost awareness among company members, including management. An exhibition related to energy conservation was also held in February 2016, where manufacturers of energy-saving equipment showcased technologies and products related to improvements in energy conservation. Representatives from each manufacturer explained how the equipment worked, which will serve as a great reference when implementing concrete energy conservation programmes and installing energy-saving equipment.
Going forward, Toyota Boshoku will work to further improve its environmental conservation activities by nurturing company members with high environmental awareness.

Exhibition related to energy conservation
Exhibition related to energy conservation

Our Business Activities and the Environment (Resource Consumption for Business Activities and Emissions Causing Environmental Impact)

Resource consumption for business activities and emissions causing environmental impact in fiscal 2016

The total amount of CO2 emissions and basic unit of Toyota Boshoku and those of the Toyota Boshoku group that are reported in Toyota Boshoku Report 2017 have been assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. Please refer to their Independent Assurance Report, which appears on page 70 of Toyota Boshoku Report 2017, for more details.

Resource consumption for business activities and emissions causing environmental impact in fiscal 2016

*1 Direct discharge of greenhouse gas from operators themselves (fuel combustion, industrial processing) / Targeting city gas, LPG, kerosene, heavy oil and light oil in the Toyota Boshoku group
*2 Indirect discharge that comes from electricity, heat and steam supplied from other companies / Targeting electricity in the Toyota Boshoku group
*3 Waste that is recycled for a fee
*4 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

Environmental Accounting

The Toyota Boshoku group believes that it is important to assess the effectiveness of our investment and cost in terms of environmental conservation in order to improve the efficiency of administration and make rational decisions.

Cost of environmental conservation

In fiscal 2016, environmental accounting recorded investment of 1,712 million yen, costs of 2,778 million yen and economic effects of 2,589 million yen.

Economic effects of environmental conservation measures

The economic effects of our environmental conservation measures were calculated from three ascertained items that were based on a sound rationale. Deemed effects such as risk avoidance effects are not taken into account.

Material effects of environmental conservation measures

Examples of improvements in waste reductions and reductions in CO2 emissions are provided in the links below.

(Unit: Millions of yen)
Environmental accounting Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
Business area cost Pollution
121 121 77 64 207 364
575 174 78 21 474 146
27 274 4 179 22 237
Administration cost 0 343 0 48 0 328
R&D cost 127 435 0 5
Social activity cost 0 18 0 7 0 13
Environmental remediation cost 0 0.06 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 850 1,366 159 324 703 1,087
Aggregate Investment
1,712 Cost

Depreciation and amortisation is not included in the costs.

(Unit: Millions of yen)
Economic effects Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
Cost reduction through energy conservation 111 15 91
Resource saving & reduction of waste disposal costs 558 58 1,278
Profit on sale of recycled materials 218 1 259
Aggregate 2,589
(Unit: t-CO2)
Material effects Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
Energy conservation 3,155 430 2,599
(Unit: t)
Material effects Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
Waste disposal 866 689 1,662