Fiscal 2019 CSR Activity Report- Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation

Biodiversity Initiatives


Biodiversity is being destroyed at a dangerously fast pace with the advance of climate change, the depletion of natural resources, the destruction of ecosystems, and the extinction of species. This is one of the most urgent problems facing the world.
Toray Group views conservation of biodiversity as a critical global environmental issue that is of equal importance to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Group conducts risk assessments during the facilities design phase as well as the product safety review phase of all products. This encompasses the use of environmental assessment checklists to assess impacts on biodiversity, as part of the Group’s commitment to help build a more sustainable world.

Working Group Considers Initiatives for Biodiversity

Toray Group develops biodiversity initiatives, which are prioritized and implemented under the guidance of the Toray Group Biodiversity Basic Policy. In fiscal 2019, the Group conducted a review of raw materials containing bio-based ingredients.

Biodiversity InitiativesAdopted December 2010

Basic Approach

Toray Group appreciates the gifts of nature that biodiversity provides, and strives to realize the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Group contributes to society through the development and dissemination of products and technologies which advance conservation of biodiversity.

Action Guidelines

  1. We take into consideration the impact of our business activities on biodiversity, and strive to realize the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
  2. We endeavor to develop environmentally friendly technologies and products, and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity by making them available for use.
  3. We practice fair use of genetic resources on the basis of relevant international agreements.
  4. We recognize the influence of biodiversity within the supply chain, and pursue coexistence with nature.
  5. We strive to raise employee awareness on biodiversity, and contribute to the building of a society that nurtures biodiversity through our communication with stakeholders.
  • Note: Toray Group respects Nippon Keidanren's Declaration of Biodiversity (Guide to Action Policies) and the Japanese Ministry of the Environment's Guidelines for Private Sector Engagement in Biodiversity. The Group is a promotion partner of Nippon Keidanren's Declaration of Biodiversity.

Procuring Raw Materials

Toray Group conducted a survey of all products to determine the usage of bio-based raw materials in product manufacturing. The Group developed rules for checking the biodiversity impacts of products in fiscal 2015, and has applied the rules to all products.

Social Initiatives

Toray Group endeavors to conserve biodiversity with its social initiatives. In fiscal 2019, employees and families of Toray Group companies in the Tokyo area took part in the sixth Toray Group Arakawa Clean Aid event, a joint initiative with the non-profit Arakawa Clean Aid Forum. After learning about garbage in rivers and oceans and the impact on the environment and ecosystems, participants join a garbage collection and inspection program, where they separate and record the type of refuse, learn about the natural environment, and then review the day. The idea is to help them understand the problem of garbage firsthand and to gain an awareness of the importance of the environment, which fosters natural diversity. The nature observation walk gave participants an up-close look at the biodiversity of the Arakawa River including goby fish, sesarmid crabs, and insects, while learning about the importance of biodiversity conservation.

  • Employees and families of Toray Group companies in the Tokyo area collected and classified trash as part of the Sixth Toray Group Arakawa River Clean AidEmployees and families of Toray Group companies in the Tokyo area collected and classified trash as part of the Sixth Toray Group Arakawa River Clean Aid
  • Nature observation walk participants have closer look at natural living organismsNature observation walk participants have closer look at natural living organisms

Increasing Green Areas

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


Forested area on the premises of Okayama Chemical Industry & Co., Ltd.Forested area on the premises of Okayama Chemical Industry & Co., Ltd.

Plants at Toray Industries, Inc. and its group companies in Japan are operating greenery policies and plans through 2020, guided by the Toray Group Basic Policy for Increasing Green Areas.1 The plans encompass initiatives to conserve green areas, including natural forests2 that have been protected since the plants began operating. Sustainable greenery conservation initiatives also help to conserve the environment for communities.

  1. 1 Toray Group Basic Policy on Increasing Green Areas was established in 2012, evolving out of greenery policies that were first established in 1973.
  2. 2 Natural groves or forestation by species based on potential native vegetation

Toray Group's Basic Policy for Increasing Green AreasEstablished June 2012

  1. Toray Group contributes to the preservation of the natural environment by promoting tree planting using planting methods suitable for the biodiversity of local habitats.
  2. Toray Group aims to surround its production plants with greenery by giving priority to tree planting in areas at the boundaries of factory sites.
  3. Toray Group sets goals for making each of its production plants greener while considering how to attain harmony with the surrounding environment as well as regulations concerning green space ratios in each respective country or region.

Toray Group's Approach to the Relationship between Corporate Activities and Biodiversity

Starting from the procurement of raw materials, the entire lifecycle of Toray Group’s business activities has a wide range of effects on biodiversity. On the risk side, these effects include the use of water resources and energy resources and emissions into the atmosphere and water, while on the opportunity side, these effects include reductions to CO2 emissions by offering products that reduce the weight of parts for aircraft and other equipment and protecting habitats by offering products that maintain green areas and protect water resources.
The two diagrams below conceptualize the relationship between the Group's business activities and biodiversity in terms of the two aspects of risks and opportunities.