Business Continuity Plan Initiatives
Percentage of group companies preparing emergency response plan for business continuity
Reporting scope: Toray Group (Japan)
Fiscal 2016 target:
Ensuring Preparedness for Major Earthquakes
The Toray Group maintains a business continuity plan (BCP) in case of a major earthquake, which has been identified as a priority risk to address.
In fiscal 2016, the Toray Group developed a major earthquake BCP to systematically organize its earthquake preparedness. The Group also outlined procedures for developing BCPs for designated priority products in an earthquake and selected the products. In fiscal 2017, the Group will develop BCPs for these products. In addition, Toray finished introducing an employee safety verification system at group companies in Japan and continued with systematic seismic upgrades for plant buildings.
Since fiscal 2012, Toray has conducted company-wide drills to establish an emergency response headquarters. In fiscal 2016, Toray conducted company-wide emergency response headquarters drills based on a scenario involving the simultaneous occurrence of an earthquake comparable in intensity to the Great East Japan Earthquake and an earthquake with an epicenter directly under the Tokyo metropolitan area, resulting in extensive damage to group companies and plants situated in Shizuoka Prefecture and further west. Toray practiced setting up a temporary company-wide emergency headquarters in Kansai and simulated relocating the company-wide emergency headquarters once the Tokyo Head Office was restored to functionality. Some aspects of the scenario were not disclosed beforehand in order to make the drill more realistic. In conjunction with the drills, Head Office staff and divisions reviewed the work that they considered to be highest in priority.
The Group also deployed a damage mapping system after the Great East Japan Earthquake, in order to rapidly and accurately map damage to group companies and business partners in an emergency. The system proved useful in helping the Group secure business continuity during the Kumamoto Earthquake that occurred in April 2016.
Addressing Influenza Pandemics
Toray's recent preparedness efforts for influenza pandemics included revising the Toray Group Influenza Pandemic Response Plan in June 2015 to address high and low pathogenic viruses. Toray also used this opportunity to revise the risk management framework and infectious disease control measures at the divisional, departmental, office, and plant levels, and put the changes into effect.
In fiscal 2016, Toray worked on preparing a business continuity and scale-back plan to prevent the further spread of infectious disease in a pandemic, and enable the company to meet its social responsibility to continue supplying products. The plan directs the company to classify products and operations by importance, and designates the business structure at different stages of a pandemic and business resources to secure including supply chains.
Group companies in Japan also prepared and began operating risk management frameworks and infectious disease control measures. Group companies outside Japan are implementing measures based on the situation in the countries they operate in.