CSR Activity Report (CSR Guideline Activity Reports)

Social Contribution Activities as a Good Corporate Citizen

Proactively participate in local communities and the larger society in order to contribute to development in a way betting a good corporate citizen.

Basic Approach

As the foundation of its business activities, Toray Group works to build ties with local communities and contribute to society through its core businesses. Embracing a corporate philosophy of contributing to society as the ultimate objective of its corporate activities, Toray Industries, Inc. has worked to foster social development since its founding. The Group’s Corporate Missions were set out in 1995 and include “For society: To establish ties and develop mutual trust as a responsible corporate citizen.” Social contribution activities were included in Toray Group’s CSR Guidelines established in 2004, and these activities have been a part of the Group’s CSR activities ever since.
Today, the Group is working to achieve the Toray Group Sustainability Vision, which calls for solving social issues by expanding its Green Innovation and Life Innovation businesses. These efforts are driven by the Medium-Term Management Program, Project AP-G 2022, and the Long-Term Corporate Vision, TORAY VISION 2030.
While contributing to society through its business activities, the Group will continue to promote social contribution activities as a good corporate citizen to help solve global issues such as those addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),1 as called for in its CSR Roadmap 2022. Based on the social issues that the Group aims to solve through its businesses, the focus has been set on three priority areas, namely “science and technology promotion,” “environment and communities,” and “health and welfare.”
As indicated in the Toray Group Sustainability Vision, the Group works to increase people’s interest in the environment. Toward this end, the Group is focusing on activities uniquely suited to Toray, including providing educational support in such areas as science, the environment, and career education, as well as offering support for improving and developing science and technology and promoting science education through the activities of Toray science foundations around the world. The Group maintains social contribution activities at a designated scale to ensure a specified measure of social contribution over the long term.

  1. 1 The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2015 at the UN Sustainable Development Summit attended by more than 150 Heads of State. These 17 goals and 169 targets are worldwide objectives to be reached by 2030.

Related Policies

Toray Group Social Initiative PoliciesRevised Sep 2020

  1. Based on its Corporate Philosophy of "Contributing to society through the creation of new value with innovative ideas, technologies, and products," we will contribute to sustainable development of local and global society as a good corporate citizen, while continuously supporting social initiatives among employees.
  2. We will pursue original programs dedicated to the improvement of social welfare in local communities, international exchange through traditional culture, sports promotion, and especially the advancement of science.
  3. Using company awards and other measures, we will create a culture that encourages employees to participate in society in constructive ways such as engaging in voluntary activities with an eye to local needs.
  4. We will examine all marketing and advertising activities from the perspective of social contribution before finalizing them.

Priority Areas for Social Contribution

  • Science and Technology Promotion
  • Environment and Communities
  • Health and Welfare

Science and Technology Promotion: Toray Group strives to live up to its corporate philosophy of “Contributing to society through the creation of new value with innovative ideas, technologies and products” by providing innovative technologies and advanced materials. The Group is committed to taking on the challenge of innovation across all of its corporate activities. That is why the Group must develop and retain human resources who can generate this continual innovation. Also, via the Toray science foundations around the world, the Group is providing research grants, promoting science education, and fostering public interest in science, looking to make a long-term contribution.

Environment and Communities: Toray Group is pursuing Green Innovation businesses that help solve global issues relating to the environment, resources and energy. Utilizing its expertise and human resources, the Group is continuously engaged in environmental conservation activities while collaborating with local communities.

Health and Welfare: Toray Group’s Life Innovation businesses contribute to better medical care and longevity, foster public health, and support personal safety. To help build a world where people everywhere can live long, healthy lives, the Group promotes sports and cancer screening awareness. Individual business sites support education programs for children and social welfare initiatives.

Social Contribution and the Sustainable Development Goals

Toray Industries has from the beginning engaged in corporate activities with the ultimate purpose of contributing to society, viewing itself as a public entity. The Company considers the growth of its business as an indication that it has earned the recognition and support of society as a corporation that is endeavoring to practice its philosophy of contributing to society.
In 1955, Toray Industries established the company principle that “Toyo Rayon contributes to communities” as an explicit statement of its founding principles. From around that time, everyone at Toray Industries, from management to employees, began pursuing diverse initiatives to realize the philosophy of contributing to society. These activities ranged from making donations to various organizations and institutions, providing humanitarian assistance and financial aid to disaster-stricken areas, and inviting students to visit Toray’s manufacturing sites and providing them with informational materials.
In 1986, Toray Industries established the corporate philosophy of “Contributing to society through the creation of new value with innovative ideas, technologies and products,” which carries on the core concept of the previous company principle. Toray Group pursues this corporate philosophy by emphasizing the social contributions of its businesses in making business decisions. The Group considers every aspect of its corporate conduct and the conduct of its employees through the lens of contributing to society. It is for this reason that Toray Group’s core businesses naturally align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whose themes include resolving global environmental issues and contributing to health and longevity.
While the SDGs have recently become the focus of international development efforts, Toray Group has been working since the beginning to resolve global social issues like these, as it strives to live up to its corporate philosophy.

Structure

Since April 2012, Toray Industries has positioned the CSR Operations Department as a specialized department focusing on social contribution activities. The department is responsible for planning and promoting its own voluntary programs implemented independently, as well as aggregating CSR performance across Toray Group. Policy related to CSR activities and major CSR initiatives are discussed by the CSR Committee. Policy is communicated to Toray Group sites in and outside Japan through “CSR line activities” designed to resolve CSR issues in specific workplaces, as well as meetings attended by representatives from each country where the Group operates outside Japan, in order to promote activities that are suitable for the particular circumstances of each country and company.

Social Contribution Activities Operational Structure
Social Contribution Activities Operational Structure

CSR Roadmap 2022 Targets

CSR Roadmap goals

  1. As a member of society, implement social contribution activities that help to solve the global issues addressed by the SDGs and other initiatives
  2. Voluntarily and continuously engage in the priority areas of “science and technology promotion,” “environment and communities,” and “health and welfare”

Main Initiatives and Key Performance Indicators

KPI
⑴ Implement social contribution activities at the appropriate scale
10-❶
⑵ Actively engage in social contribution activities that are distinctive of Toray Group, focusing on science and technology promotion
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⑶ Promote social contribution activities in collaboration with stakeholders such as local communities and non-profit organizations
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⑷ Educate employees in Toray Group in order to instill the significance of social contribution, and encourage each site to continually participate voluntarily and actively in social contribution activities
10-❷
⑸ Develop a wide range of educational support activities such as sending employees to teach science, environmental, and career education classes at schools
10-❸
⑹ Support the improvement and development of science and technology and the promotion of science education through the activities of Toray science foundations in and outside Japan
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⑺ Share information with internal and external stakeholders on Toray Group’s social contribution activities via websites and other means
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Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Target Fiscal 2020 Result
Fiscal 2020 Fiscal 2021 Fiscal 2022
100% or higher 100% or higher 100% or higher 94%
2,500 or more 2,500 or more 2,500 or more 1,625
15,000 or more 15,000 or more 15,000 or more 7,017
  1. Reporting scope : Toray Group

Looking to the Future

Toray Group was founded with a commitment to contribute to society. In keeping with this pledge, the Group works to build relationships of trust with local communities by taking initiatives in the priority areas of “science and technology promotion,” “environment and communities,” and “health and welfare.” In addition, as a good corporate citizen, the Group pursues activities that contribute to the development of local communities and the resolution of global issues. Toray Group social contribution activities continue to evolve in ways that inspire Group employees and make them proud.
Toray Group employees visit science and physical education classrooms as guest instructors, support career education activities, and host plant tours for local children and students. The Group receives requests from many schools and communities, and these activities are expanding both in and outside of Japan. The goal set in fiscal 2014 is for these activities to reach a cumulative total of 100,000 people as a means of supporting education that will nurture leaders for a sustainable world. During fiscal 2020, this number reached 98,000 and is expected to rise to 100,000 in early fiscal 2021.

Fiscal 2020 CSR Activity Report

Click below on activity reports for fiscal 2020