Implementing CSR Activities and Improving CSR Education
Organizational Structure for Social Responsibility
The CSR Committee, which is chaired by the director in charge of CSR implementation and reports directly to the president, coordinates the activities of six group-wide committees. Furthermore, CSR/legal compliance committees have been established at each group company, division, and plant to help implement group-wide CSR activities.
Promoting CSR Initiatives in Every Workplace
A special characteristic of Toray Group’s approach to corporate social responsibility is its “CSR line activities,” a unique employee participation system that emphasizes putting CSR into practice on the job. In every workplace, relevant departments present suggested tasks corresponding to each of the 10 items in the Group’s CSR Guidelines. Based on those tasks, each workplace sets specific actions suited to their respective circumstances and continues to work accordingly.
In-House Training on CSR-Related Issues
The Toray Group strives to ensure that social responsibility is firmly rooted in its culture by providing various training opportunities. In April 2015, the Group distributed a CSR pamphlet (available in Japanese and English) to all employees.
The percentage of group companies that implemented CSR training in fiscal 2105 was 97%. The Toray Group was unable to achieve training at a full 100% of group companies due to the fact that certain companies had only just formed. In March 2016, representatives from the Toray head office provided a lecture at a training session for group companies in South Korea, and also attended a top management meeting of group companies in the South Korea to discuss issues related to CSR with presidents and executives.
VOICEMessage from an Outside Director
Kunio ItoOutside Director
Applying my experience to strengthen Toray governance as management commitment is tested
I have long believed that short-term management does not lead to long-term innovation and that the creation of sustainable value through collaboration between companies and investors is vital. Governance lays the foundation for earning stakeholder trust. Over the past two years, as companies have been expected to strengthen governance with the establishment of Japan’s Corporate Governance Code and other regulations, Toray has bolstered its governance system with, for example, the revision of its Basic Policy for Internal Control Systems. The company now moves into the execution phase, when the level of commitment from management will be tested. I will draw on my professional experience to support all of Toray’s efforts.