Fiscal 2019 CSR Activity Report
Social Contribution Activities
Proactively participate in local communities and the larger society in order to contribute to development in a way befitting a good corporate citizen.
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 helping to solve social issues as a responsible member of society through its business activities, under its CSR Roadmap 2022, the Group will continue tackling global issues such as those addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).1 Based on the issues most relevant to its businesses, the Group has set three priority areas, namely science and technology promotion, environment and communities, and health and welfare. In particular, as indicated in the Toray Group Sustainability Vision, the Group will focus on educational support activities, including environmental, science, and career education, in order to promote public concern for the environment.
The Group’s goal is to provide a total of 100,000 people with educational support, including science and environmental education such as the topics of water and climate change, between fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2020. The educational materials incorporate hollow fiber membranes and carbon fiber developed by Toray Group, in keeping with its corporate philosophy of contributing to society through its business.
- 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.
Toray Group Social Initiative PoliciesRevised Sep 2020
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 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.
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.
CSR Road Map Targets and Results
Pursue ongoing social initiatives throughout the Toray Group in the priority areas of “science and technology promotion,” “environment and communities,” and “health and welfare.”
- Social contribution expenditure (% compared with fiscal 2013-2018 average)
- Reporting scope
- Toray Group
- ■Target in fiscal 2019
- 100% or more
Result in fiscal 2019
- Number of persons reached through educational initiatives in these key fields
- ■Reporting scope
- Toray Group
- ■Target in fiscal 2019
- 15,000 or more
Result in fiscal 2019
Looking to the Future
Toray Group was founded with a commitment to contribute to society and build relationships of trust with local communities. Accordingly, under the recently completed Sixth CSR Roadmap, the Group worked on initiatives in the priority areas of “science and technology promotion”, “environment and communities”, and “health and welfare”, while supporting education to foster people who can help build a sustainable world.
With the adoption of the new CSR Roadmap 2022, the Group is now focusing on initiatives in the priority areas of science and technology promotion, environment and communities, and health and welfare, along with educational support activities to inspire interest in the environment. These efforts are all designed to ensure that Toray Group contributes as a good corporate citizen to overall social progress and the development of local communities.
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Toray Group’s Social Initiatives and Community Engagement
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