Biodiversity Initiatives

Materiality Focus

The Toray Group views conservation of biodiversity as a critical global environmental issue that is of equal importance to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Group analyzes the impact of its business activities on biodiversity and strives to help build a more sustainable world.

Working Group Considers Initiatives for Biodiversity

The Toray Group pursues biodiversity initiatives under a three-year action road map and sets its priorities under the Toray Group Biodiversity Basic Policy. In fiscal 2016, the Group started implementing initiatives under the third road map, which runs from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2018. These initiatives build on and refine the initiatives implemented under the second road map.

Biodiversity InitiativesAdopted December 2010

Basic Concept

Toray Group appreciates the gifts of nature that biodiversity provides, and strives to realize the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Group contributes to society through the development and dissemination of products and technologies which advance conservation of biodiversity.

Action Guidelines

  1. We take into consideration the impact of our business activities on biodiversity, and strive to realize the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
  2. We endeavor to develop environmentally friendly technologies and products, and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity by making them available for use.
  3. We practice fair use of genetic resources on the basis of relevant international agreements.
  4. We recognize the influence of biodiversity within the supply chain, and pursue coexistence with nature.
  5. We strive to raise employee awareness on biodiversity, and contribute to the building of a society that nurtures biodiversity through our communication with stakeholders.

Note: Toray Group respects Nippon Keidanren's Declaration of Biodiversity (Guide to Action Policies) and the Japanese Ministry of the Environment's Guidelines for Private Sector Engagement in Biodiversity. The Group is a promotion partner of Nippon Keidanren's Declaration of Biodiversity.

Procuring Raw Materials

The Toray Group conducted a survey of all products to determine the usage of bio-based raw materials in product manufacturing. The Group developed rules for checking the biodiversity impacts of products in fiscal 2015, and began applying the rules to all products in fiscal 2016.

Social Initiatives

The Toray Group also endeavors to conserve biodiversity with its social initiatives. In fiscal 2016, employees and families of Toray Group companies in the Tokyo area took part in the Fourth Arakawa Clean Aid events. The participants listened to speakers from the non-profit Arakawa Clean Aid Forum about trash and its impact on the global environment and ecosystems, and then collected trash while recording the type and quantity. The participants also got a close-up look at the biodiversity of the Arakawa River including crabs, gobies, and invasive plants, learning about the importance of biodiversity conservation.

  • Employees and families of Toray Group companies in the Tokyo area participated in the Fourth Arakawa Clean Aid eventEmployees and families of Toray Group companies in the Tokyo area participated in the Fourth Arakawa Clean Aid event
  • Experiencing the biodiversity in the Arakawa RiverExperiencing the biodiversity in the Arakawa River

Increasing Green Areas

Develop greenery policy and plan, as part of biodiversity conservation initiatives (number of group companies and plants)

Reporting scope: Toray Group

Fiscal 2016 target:
35

Result:
46

Forested area on the premises of Okayama Chemical Industry & Co., Ltd.Forested area on the premises of Okayama Chemical Industry & Co., Ltd.

Plants at Toray and its group companies in Japan operate greenery policies and plans through 2020, guided by the Toray Group Basic Policy for Increasing Green Areas.1 The plans encompass initiatives to conserve green areas, including natural forests2 that have been protected since the plants began operating. Sustainable greenery conservation initiatives also help to conserve the environment for communities.

  1. 1 Toray Group Basic Policy on Increasing Green Areas was established in 2012, evolving out of greenery policies that were first established in 1973.
  2. 2 Natural groves or forestation by species based on potential native vegetation

Toray Group's Basic Policy for Increasing Green AreasEstablished June 2012

  1. A. Toray Group contributes to the preservation of the natural environment by promoting tree planting using planting methods suitable for the biodiversity of local habitats.
  2. B. Toray Group aims to surround its production plants with greenery by giving priority to tree planting in areas at the boundaries of factory sites.
  3. C. Toray Group sets goals for making each of its production plants greener while considering how to attain harmony with the surrounding environment as well as regulations concerning green space ratios in each respective country or region.

VOICEMessage from an Employee

Conserving Nature in Our Communities

In April 2011, the Ishikawa Plant obtained ISO certification for Ishikawa Prefecture's system for conserving satoyama woodlands and satoumi coastal areas. Satoyama refers to landscapes that include human production activities and natural habitats. These landscapes serve as valuable biotopes for many living things, when properly maintained by people. Increasingly, insufficient satoyama maintenance is threatening biodiversity.

Since 1992, employees of the Ishikawa Plant have devoted the first Saturday in October to maintaining and collecting trash in and around Nanatsudaki Falls, a local sightseeing spot. Every year, some 150 employees and family members give their time to maintain the area, enjoying the time well spent.

Additionally, in 2016, Ikoi-no-Mori forest park was completed in Midorigaoka of Nomi City. Midorigaoka is an area where company housing is located. General Affairs Department personnel were involved in the establishment of the park, helping as members of the secretariat. At the park, new employees hired in fiscal 2017 helped with raking and removing leaves, as a part of the maintenance activities.

The employees of the Ishikawa Plant will continue to take pride in giving back to the community and growing in concert with the community.

  • Nanatsudaki Falls cleanup dayNanatsudaki Falls cleanup day
  • Path maintenancePath maintenance
  • Path to Nanatsudaki FallsPath to Nanatsudaki Falls
  • Raking and removing leaves in the Ikoi-no-Mori forest parkRaking and removing leaves in the Ikoi-no-Mori forest park

Toshikatsu MinamiGeneral Affairs Department, Ishikawa Plant, Toray Industries, Inc.

Toshikatsu MinamiGeneral Affairs Department, Ishikawa Plant, Toray Industries, Inc.

Toray Group's Approach to the Relationship between Corporate Activities and Biodiversity

Starting from the procurement of raw materials, the entire lifecycle of the Toray Group's business activities has a wide range of effects on biodiversity. The two diagrams below conceptualize the relationship between the Group's business activities and biodiversity in terms of the two aspects of risks and opportunities.

Risks

Opportunities