Fiscal 2019 CSR Activity Report

Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation

Environment

Ensure the safety and health of society and employees, and protect the environment in all business processes, from procuring raw materials and manufacturing to the supply and disposal of products.

Basic Approach

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Related Policies

Ten Basic Environmental Rules(Adopted January 2000 and revised June 2011)

  1. 1. Prioritize environmental preservation
    We shall comply with all laws, regulations, and agreements in all of our business activities. Taking into consideration biodiversity, we shall place the highest priority on environmental preservation in the manufacture, handling, use, sale, transport, and waste disposal of products.
  2. 2. Prevent global warming
    We shall promote energy conservation and work to reduce our unit energy consumption and our carbon dioxide emissions.
  3. 3. Achieve zero emissions of environmental pollutants
    We shall strive continuously to reduce our emissions with the ultimate goal of achieving zero emissions of hazardous chemical substances and waste materials into the environment.
  4. 4. Use safer chemical substances
    We shall collect, maintain, and provide information on the health and environmental effects of the chemical substances we handle while striving to use safer chemical substances.
  5. 5. Promoting Recycling
    We shall develop recycling technologies for products, containers, and packaging and cooperate with society in promoting the recovery and reuse of such items.
  6. 6. Improve the level of environmental management
    We shall work to maintain and improve the level of our environmental management while working to upgrade our environmental management technology and skills, performing self auditing, and taking other measures.
  7. 7. Contribute to society through environmental improvement technologies and products
    We shall meet the challenge of developing new technologies and shall contribute to society through environmental improvement technologies as well as products that place a low burden on the environment.
  8. 8. Improve the environmental management of our overseas businesses
    In our overseas business activities, we shall place top priority on complying with local laws and regulations, and further, we shall manage those businesses in accordance with the management standards of the Toray Group.
  9. 9. Improve employees' environmental awareness
    We shall strive to improve our employees' awareness of environmental issues through environmental education, social activities, internal communications activities, and other means.
  10. 10. Share environmental information with society
    We shall deepen mutual understanding of Toray Group environmental policies and practices by widely publicizing our environmental preservation efforts and their results in environmental reports and other publications directed at local communities, investors, and the media.

Safety, Health, Accident Prevention and Environmental Preservation Management

Action Policy and Main Activities

Toray Group operates a policy for safety, health, accident prevention, and environmental activities. The policy is revised every year to reflect the results from the previous fiscal year, and specifies the main activities to implement in each policy area.

Safety, Health, Accident Prevention, and Environment Activity Policy of Toray Group in 2019

Action policy Main activities
Safety 3Z activities1 with the slogan of “Maintaining Zero, Day-to-Day.”
  • Thoroughly practice 3S/5S2
  • Thorough elimination of similar accidents
  • Expand communication to foster positive, communicative, and disciplined workplaces
Healthier lives Rigorous chemical substance management
  • Expand and strengthen management of hazardous chemical substances and toxic chemicals
Emphasize occupational health management
  • Implement mental health management
Accident prevention Achieve zero fire accidents
  • Thoroughly take fire prevention measures
Improve large scale earthquake response
  • Prepare for large scale earthquakes on a regular basis
Environment Achieve zero environmental accidents
  • Implement strict measures to prevent
Help to build a more sustainable world
  • Implement the Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan
  1. 1 3Z Activities is a program that aims for zero accidents, zero problems, and zero claims under the slogan of “Maintaining Zero, Day-to-Day.” The Manufacturing Division leads the program, which aims to achieve the goals of the Toray Group's medium-term management program.
  2. 2 3S/5S: 3S stands for seiri (sort), seiton (set in order), and seiso (shine). Adding seiketsu (standardize) and shitsuke (sustain) to 3S make up 5S.

Structure

Safety, Health, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation Promotion System

Toray Industries, Inc. places a group-wide committee, namely the Safety, Health, and Environment Committee, at the top of its system for safety, health, accident prevention, and environmental preservation (see chart below). The committee meets annually.
The committee discusses and sets policies and strategies for the entire Toray Group and its Responsible Care initiatives. The chair of the committee has absolute responsibility and authority over these matters. Progress on the issues determined by the committees is managed in the business divisions and plants using the PDCA cycle.

Safety, Health, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation Promotion System (Fiscal 2019)
Safety, Health, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation Promotion System (Fiscal 2019)

Audits and Follow-Up Measures

Toray Group conducts annual audits to objectively assess and improve the execution and management of safety, health, accident prevention, and environmental initiatives at offices and plants of group companies. Internal audits are conducted using a standardized audit checklist, and encompass visits and production floor guidance provided by directors and managers from other group companies.
In fiscal 2019, audits were conducted for all 13 plants and one research laboratory at Toray Industries, 32 plants operated by 28 group companies in Japan, and 72 plants operated by 51 group companies outside Japan. The audits focused on the following areas: thoroughly eliminating similar accidents; improving workplace discipline; checking status of emergency inspections for fire accidents; implementation of strict measures to prevent environmental accidents; and progress on Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan activities. The audits helped to secure systematic improvements by identifying and addressing facility issues and issues relating to management.

ISO 14001 Certification

Toray Group is pursuing the acquisition of ISO 14001, the certification for environmental management system, by all of its group companies, offices, and plants. Toray Industries had completed accreditation for all 13 of its plants by the end of 2000. By fiscal 2019, 36 plants at 22 group companies in Japan and 60 plants at 45 group companies outside Japan were certified. In fiscal 2019, three plants at Sowa Textile Co., Ltd., TBPR in Malaysia, and TMQ in China, newly acquired ISO 14001 certification.

Responsible Care Program

Under Responsible Care programs, chemical companies pursue voluntary management of chemical substances, transparent disclosure, and communication with the public. Companies committed to Responsible Care take safety, health, and environmental measures across the entire product lifecycle—from development, manufacturing, distribution and consumer use to the disposal—and then disclose the results of their efforts.
Toray Industries implements its program in accordance with the Responsible Care Global Charter.3 In fiscal 2019, the Company set priority issues: implementing the Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan, strengthening accident-prevention countermeasures and ensuring implementation of the chemical risk assessments.

  1. 3 The Responsible Care Global Charter was originally established in 2005 to encourage companies to take concrete action that is understandable to external stakeholders. The Charter was revised in 2014, and Toray Industries was a signatory to both the original and revised Charter.

Complying with REACH and Other International Chemical Substance Regulations

All business divisions of Toray Industries, as well as its group companies in and outside Japan, have systems in place for securing compliance with regulations on the restriction of chemical substances such as the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in Europe. Toray Group complies with international chemical substance regulations and conducts chemical substance safety management according to the regulations. As a part of this effort, the Group registers chemical substances registration in accordance with national laws and regulations. The Group also manages substances of high concern, a category that includes substances of very high concern (SVHC) under REACH, and studies the use of alternative substances. Chemical substances are checked for compliance with national chemical substance regulations both during product development and when bringing products to market, to ensure that marketed products do not contain unregistered or banned substances.

Complying with Japan's Chemical Substances Control Law

With the revision of Japan's Chemical Substances Control Law4 in April 2011, companies have been required to report on the manufacture, import, and utilization of general chemical substances. Toray Industries and its group companies in Japan studied the revisions, made the necessary preparations and completed their report covering fiscal 2019 in July 2020.

  1. 4 Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.

CSR Road Map Targets and Results

Clarify and fully comply with the basics of safety guidelines, and encourage employees to think carefully before taking action to prevent accidents

[Related material issue for CSR]

  • Ensuring safety and disaster preparedness
■KPI
Number of major accidents
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in 2019 (calendar year)
0

Result in 2019 (calendar year)

0

■KPI
Achieve world’s best standard for safety management (not exceeding 0.05 frequency rate for occupational accidents resulting in lost work time)
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in 2019 (calendar year)
No more than 0.05

Result in 2019 (calendar year)

0.34

■KPI
Number of fire and explosion accidents
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in 2019 (calendar year)
0

Result in 2019 (calendar year)

2

■KPI
Number of environmental accidents
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2019
0

Result in fiscal 2019

0

Reduce environmental impact by working to fulfill the Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan (achieve targets by fiscal 2020)

[Related material issues for CSR]

  • Addressing substances with negative environmental impact
  • Addressing resource and energy issues
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
■KPI
Reduction of atmospheric VOC emissions (%)
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2019
At least 70% lower than fiscal 2000

Result in fiscal 2019

76%

■KPI
Waste recycling rate (%)
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2019
At least 86%

Result in fiscal 2019

86.4%

■KPI
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of sales (%)
■Reporting scope
Toray Group (Japan)
■Target in fiscal 2019
At least 15% lower than fiscal 1990

Result in fiscal 2019

32%

Pursue environmental preservation on the basis of policies on water resources and biodiversity

[Related material issues for CSR]

  • Initiatives for managing water resources
  • Conserving biodiversity
■KPI
Water usage per unit of sales (%)
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2019
No more than 61% of 2001 level

Result in fiscal 2019

52%

■KPI
Number of companies and plants developing greenery policy and plan
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2019
at least 55

Result in fiscal 2019

56

Looking to the Future

Toray Group will continue to carry out safety, accident prevention and environmental preservation activities based on international frameworks such as ISO 14001 and Responsible Care as well as the Group’s medium- and long-term and single-year goals. The Group is committed to protecting the health and safety of employees and the public and reducing its environmental impact.

Activity Reports and Environmental Data

Click below on activity reports for fiscal 2019