CSR Activity Report (CSR Guideline Activity Reports) - Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation

Environmental Risk Management

Number of environmental accidents

■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2021

Result in fiscal 2021


Compliance with Environmental Laws and Accidents in Fiscal 2021

In fiscal 2021, four environmental accidents occurred within Toray Group, some of which were minor.
These were all accidents in which exhaust gas or wastewater emissions exceeded standards for air or water quality. After promptly contacting the local governments, the plants involved confirmed, through analytical investigations and reviews of the surroundings based on internal rules, that the impact on the environment was extremely minor.
The causes of these accidents included the exceeding of exhaust gas standards due to the use of fuel with a high concentration of nitrogen oxides, chemical leaks due to inadequate management of dikes, and wastewater spills due to the pumping of liquids in amounts that exceeded the capacity of wastewater treatment equipment. To prevent recurrences, the Group will thoroughly review fuel management methods, modify equipment, and conduct employee education.
The Group received eight complaints and requests from residents near its facilities concerning noise and odor, which were seriously examined and addressed by implementing improvements.

Environmental Accidents in Fiscal 2021 (Toray Group)

Administrative disposition due to violations of laws or ordinances1
  1. 1 Serious environmental accidents resulting in improvement orders
Accidents (environmental accidents, etc.)2
  1. 2 Environmental accidents for which improvement guidance and recommendations are issued
Slight but temporary exceeding of standard values3
  1. 3 Environmental accidents for which improvement guidance and recommendations are not issued by local government
Complaints/requests (noise, odor, etc.) 8

Preventing Soil and Groundwater Pollution

Toray Group constructs protective embankments around its facilities and storage tanks for hazardous chemicals, and takes precautions to ensure that none of these dangerous substances leak or discharge into the surrounding area or contaminate the soil onsite. In fiscal 2021, remediation using wells to clean up groundwater pollution continued at Toray Monofilament Co., Ltd., and remediation to address soil pollution continued at Toray Industries' Nagoya Plant. Toray Group will continue these ongoing remediation efforts and voluntary surveys to monitor soil and groundwater pollution.

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