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.
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 2018.
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.
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.
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 562t of VOC substances with a result of 521t and our voluntary target of 177t of PRTR with a result of 169t.
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
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 yet to make the shift will promote activities to complete the process in fiscal 2019.
ISO 14001:2015 certification activities
Audits were carried out by a certification body in each country and region in a systematic manner in fiscal 2017 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 2018 (Environmental standard: 0.03mg/ℓ)
|Name of plant||Concentration in groundwater within grounds||Current status|
|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. In fiscal 2018, 29 capacitors and other items were treated.
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 2014 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. We held discussions on three topics in fiscal 2018, namely global warming, reducing waste and conserving water resources, to increase understanding of the importance of environmental activities and deepen the children’s learning.
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 2017, we invited Takenori Takahashi, Group Leader, Environmental Management Group, Environmental Mamagement and Quality Promotion Division at Konica Minolta, Inc., to give a talk and his topic concerned environmental management at Konica Minolta. In February 2018, the Alpinist Ken Noguchi was invited to give a talk and his topic concerned changing Japan, beginning with Mt. Fuji. Both of these guest speakers spoke about what needs to be considered and addressed by companies in order to protect the environment. The detailed talks enabled all employees up to management level to reaffirm the importance of tackling environmental issues.
Going forward, Toyota Boshoku will work to further improve its environmental conservation activities by nurturing company members with high environmental awareness.
Initiatives with local communities
Toyota Boshoku has concluded an agreement to promote environmental preservation with Toyota-shi (Aichi), the home of one of our factories. The agreement includes stricter target figures than legal standards for various kinds of waste emitted from factories, which have been built into business activities. Measures to protect water quality being promoted at the Sanage Plant as part of these efforts have been highly acclaimed, with the activities introduced in a guidebook to eco-friendly factories released by Toyota-shi in July 2018. Going forward, we will aim to realise a sustainable earth together with the local community and all other stakeholders.
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 2018
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.
*1 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.
*2 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.
*3 Waste that is recycled for a fee
*4 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
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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 2018, environmental accounting recorded investment of 1,696 million yen, costs of 2,762 million yen and economic effects of 2,658 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.
|Environmental accounting||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
|Business area cost||Pollution
|R&D cost||92||661||0||2||（Included to Toyota Boshoku）|
|Social activity cost||0||17||0||5||0||7|
|Environmental remediation cost||0||0.06||0||0||0||0|
Depreciation and amortisation is not included in the costs.
|Economic effects||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
|Cost reduction through energy conservation||110||19||91|
|Resource saving & reduction of waste disposal costs||556||57||1,313|
|Profit on sale of recycled materials||336||1||174|
|Material effects||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
|Material effects||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|