CSR Social Activities

Environmental Management

Basic approach

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. In addition, we are providing education to people inside and outside the organisation focused on environmental protection.

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.

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 2020.

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
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.

*2 Abnormalities: In case oil, etc., has leaked into a public waterway at a level that exceeds legal, by law and agreement standard values
Complaints: In case of contact from a local citizen, government, etc., alleging physical damage or psychological effects on account of the company

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

Regarding substances which are designated as VOC*3 and PRTR*4, the Toyota Boshoku group has reduced emissions by switching to water-based paint and by starting to transition to release agents made from components with low amounts of VOC and PRTR. Moving forward, we will continue to promote activities aimed at reducing the amount of chemical substances used and the amount of emissions from our plant.

*3 VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds (covers 100 substances designated by Japan's Ministry of the Environment)
*4 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register: Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

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.

ISO 14001 Acquisition Status

All business entities in Japan completed the transition to ISO 14001:2015, the new version of the standard, in fiscal 2018. Business entities in regions outside Japan made the shift to complete the process in fiscal 2019.

ISO 14001:2015 certification activities

  • Toyota Boshoku:100%
  • Japan affiliate’s production sites:100%
  • Sites outside Japan:100%

External audits

Audits were carried out by a certification body in each country and region in a systematic manner in fiscal 2020 as well, with all plants subject to the audit evaluated as having zero non-conformance items and operating all required ISO 14001 items appropriately.

Environmental risk management

Soil and groundwater purification at the Kariya Plant

At the Toyota Boshoku Kariya Plant, based on the “Provisional Guidelines for Soil and Groundwater” issued in 1994 by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, we have been conducting annual inspections for soil and groundwater contamination and are working to purify these resources since 1995. Purification of soil contamination started in 1996 and was completed in 1998. Purification of groundwater contamination continues with levels maintained below standard values.

Results of trichloroethylene measurements in fiscal 2020 (Environmental standard: 0.03mg/ℓ)

(Unit: mg/ℓ)
Name of plant Concentration in groundwater within grounds Current status
Kariya Plant ND~0.011
FY2018 result:ND~0.007
FY2019 result:ND~0.012
Below standard values
Continuing to maintain

ND:Not detectable; under minimum quantity value (less than 0.002)

PCB treatment status

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are now designated as prohibited substances. PCB wastes now being stored must be treated at designated treatment facilities no later than the end of March 2027. 6 transformers, some waste clothes and 9 trays were disposed of in fiscal 2020.

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

Environmental education

In fiscal 2020, the seventh year of the project, Toyota Boshoku provided an opportunity to have fun learning about the environment by conducting on-site education at a local elementary school. On the day of the education, we introduced our environmental efforts and conducted experiments on wastewater treatment. Through group work, children deepened their understanding on the three themes of ‘conserving energy,’ ‘reducing trash,’ and ‘valuing water.’

The children showed a great deal of interest in an experiment to clean water using chemicals.
Children show great interest in an experiment for purifying wastewater

Initiatives in the local community

Continuing from fiscal 2019, Toyota Boshoku held an eco-tour of our Sanage Plant sponsored by Toyota City. Parents and children living in the city of Toyota toured facilities such as wastewater treatment plants.
During the tour, we introduced the current state of worldwide water shortages worldwide. Participants also took part in experiments which introduced the wastewater treatment process and water quality analysis method at Toyota Boshoku. It was an outstanding opportunity for conveying the importance of water.
We will continue to deepen our understanding of the environment and aim for a sustainable global environment together with members of the local community.

Parents and children observe killifish in a wastewater treatment facility as part of an eco tour run by Toyota City.

Environmental abnormality

In fiscal 2020, there were no major leaks at Toyota Boshoku related to air and water quality. However, there was one incident of a drainage abnormality*5. In response, we completed the necessary countermeasures and implemented those countermeasures throughout our company in order to prevent recurrence.

*5 In case oil, etc., has leaked into a public waterway at a level that exceeds legal, bylaw and agreement standard values.

Construction of an energy-saving office which incorporate advanced technology

In May 2020, Toyota Boshoku completed the main building, which is an energy-saving office that incorporates various energy-saving technologies. Some key points of the technologies are energy-saving and wellness control linked to lighting and air conditioning, a sunlight shading and daylight admission control system which uses the exterior screen 'Tsumugi-Oru,' which is a reference to the kanji used in the name of Toyota Boshoku. Through these advanced energy-saving technologies, we have achieved ZEB Ready*6 and acquired an S rank for CASBEE*7. Moreover, the performance of these technologies were highly evaluated and adopted for the Leading Projects for Sustainable Buildings (Leading CO2 Reduction), a program run by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

*6 ZEB stands for 'Net Zero Energy Building'; in other words, a building which aims for an annual net balance of 'zero' in terms of energy consumed by the building.'ZEB Ready' is a building that has reduced energy consumption by 50% or more from the standard amount of energy consumed.
*7 CASBEE stands for 'Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency'. This system comprehensively evaluates the quality of the building, including consideration for indoor comfort and scenery, as well as environmental considerations such as equipment and materials which conserve energy and have low environmental impact

Evaluation of energy-saving office

Exterior screen in the image of safe fabric that flutter in the wind

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 2020

Energy consumption and CO2 emission data (Scope 1, Scope 2) within the Toyota Boshoku group released on our website have been independently assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. Please see the Independent Assurance Report for more detailed information.

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

*8 Emissions excluding the effects of co-generation in reducing CO2 totaled 304,337t-CO2.
*9 Direct greenhouse gas emissions from a company's own fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes. Scope 1 emissions from the Toyota Boshoku group occur from the burning of city gas, LPG, kerosene, heavy oil and light oil.
*10 Indirect emissions from the generation of electricity, heat and steam purchased from other companies. Scope 2 emissions from the Toyota Boshoku group occur from the generation of purchased electricity.
*11 Waste that is recycled for a fee

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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 2020, environmental accounting recorded investment of 2,374 million yen, costs of 3,512 million yen and economic effects of 2,578 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.

(Unit: Millions of yen)
Environmental accounting Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
Business area cost Pollution
987 139 31 96 374 677
477 122 173 124 255 193
15 306 0 156 47 213
Administration cost 0 346 0 23 0 293
R&D cost 15 784 0 2 (Included to Toyota Boshoku)
Social activity cost 0 20 0 4 0 15
Environmental remediation cost 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1,493 1,717 204 404 676 1,391
3,210 608 2,067
Aggregate Investment
2,374 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 109 39 58
Resource saving & reduction of waste disposal costs 577 61 1,320
Profit on sale of recycled materials 274 14 127
Aggregate 2,578
(Unit: t-CO2)
Material effects Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
Energy conservation 3,095 1,125 1,658
(Unit: t)
Material effects Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
Waste disposal 1,062 672 1,788