CSR Guidelines & Activity Reports

Social Contribution Activities

Social Initiatives

Proactively participate in local communities and the larger society in order to contribute to development in a way befitting 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.
Under the Sixth CSR Road Map, the Group is focused on social issues addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1 and the Green Innovation and Life Innovation businesses under the medium-term management program, Project AP-G 2019. The Group has set targets in several priority areas, namely science and technology promotion, environment and communities, and health and welfare. Toray Group will maintain its scale of social contribution activities over the long term and focus particularly on providing educational support to train the human resources needed to achieve a sustainable society. The Group’s goal is to provide a total of 100,000 people with educational support, including science and environmental education addressing the topics of water and climate change, between fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2020. The educational materials incorporate hollow membranes and carbon fiber developed by Toray Group, in keeping with its corporate philosophy of contributing to society through its business.

  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 PoliciesAdopted May 2005

  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.
  5. We will contribute funds amounting to about 1% of our consolidated ordinary income to social initiatives.

Priority Areas for Social Contribution

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 are relatively new on the scene, Toray Group has from the beginning been working to resolve the global social issues they address 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.

Social Contribution Activities Operational Structure
Social Contribution Activities Operational Structure

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 2012-2017 average)
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2018
100% or more

Result in fiscal 2018


Number of persons reached through educational initiatives in these key fields
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2018
15,000 or more

Result in fiscal 2018


Looking to the Future

Moving forward, Toray Group will continue to fully implement its founding pledge to contribute to society in its activities and businesses. At the same time, the Group will act as a good corporate citizen and pursue initiatives to build trust with communities and contribute to their advancement. In particular, the Group will continue to focus its efforts 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.

Activity Reports

Click below on activity reports for fiscal 2018