Environmental Risk Management

Materiality Focus

Number of environmental accidents

Reporting scope: Toray Group

Fiscal 2016 target:
0 accidents

Result:
2 accidents

Incidents Involving Environmental Disasters, Legal Compliance, and Fires

In fiscal 2016, two environmental accidents and one fire occurred within the Toray Group. The first environmental accident involved a leak of heavy oil into public waters at a group company outside of Japan. The leak was caused by leaving a valve open during the tearing down of equipment. To prevent recurrence of a similar accident, employees were asked to reconfirm the rules for ensuring proper checks during facilities work, and double-checked that their operations were in compliance with the rules.
The second environmental accident involved a failure to consult with government authorities before constructing environmental facilities at Toray. Advance consulting was a procedure defined in an environmental protection agreement made between Toray and the relevant organizations. To ensure against future compliance violations, Toray circulated a reminder of the need to confirm the content of environmental protection agreements and established acknowledgement rules for use when concluding agreements.
The third accident involved a fire at a group company outside of Japan. Some facility damage was caused by the fire, an investigation was conducted to identify the cause, and appropriate preventative measures were put in place.
The Group received six complaints and requests from residents near its facilities concerning noise and odor, which were seriously examined and addressed by implementing improvements.

Environmental Incidents in Fiscal 2016 (Toray Group)

Administrative disposition due to violations of laws or ordinances1 0
Accidents (fires, explosions, environmental accidents, etc.) 3
Slight but temporary exceeding of standard values2 0
Complaints/requests (noise, odor, etc.) 6
  1. 1 Includes improvement orders and fines. Improvement guidance and recommendations are included in accident figures.
  2. 2 No improvement guidance or recommendations were received from authorities, as there was no harm to the environment.

Preventing Soil and Groundwater Pollution

The Toray Group constructs protective embankments around its facilities and storage tanks for hazardous chemicals, and takes precautions to ensure that none of these dangerous substances leak or discharge into the surrounding area or contaminate the soil onsite. In fiscal 2016, remediation using wells to clean up groundwater pollution continued at Toray Monofilament Co., Ltd., and remediation to address soil pollution continued at Toray's Nagoya Plant.
In addition to these ongoing remediation efforts, the Toray Group voluntarily implements regular surveys to monitor soil and groundwater pollution. Should any pollution be identified through these surveys, rules are in place to ensure that immediate action is taken to remediate the pollution.