CSR Guidelines & Activity Reports

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

For information on Toray Group’s basic approach and policies on safety, accident prevention and environmental preservation, please visit the links for the related topics in the Activity Reports below.

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 2018

Action policy Main activities
Safety 3Z activities1 for zero accidents
  • Thoroughly practice “Anzen Koh-Doh”2
  • Thorough elimination of similar accidents
  • Thoroughly practice safety activities in each business
  • Expand communication to foster positive, communicative, and disciplined workplaces
Health Rigorous chemical substance management
  • Expand and strengthen management of hazardous chemical substances and toxic chemicals
Emphasize occupational health management
  • Implement a plan for countermeasures against pandemic influenza
  • Enhance mental health management
Accident prevention Achieve zero fire accidents
  • Thoroughly take fire prevention measures
Improve large-scale earthquake response
  • Maintain large-scale earthquake preparedness
  • Execute large-scale earthquake and tsunami response drills
Environment Achieve zero environmental accidents
  • Implement strict measures to prevent environmental accidents
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 This refers to thinking about and acting on the basics of safety in order to enhance personal hazard sensitivity, identify hazards in the workplace, and ensure one’s own safety.

Structure

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

Toray Industries, Inc. implements its system for safety, health, accident prevention, and environmental preservation through two group-wide committees: the Safety, Health, and Environment Committee and the Global Environment Committee3 (see chart below). Each committee meets annually.
The Safety, Health, and Environment Committee establishes policies and strategies for the entire Toray Group. The Global Environment Committee discusses and sets strategies aimed at securing the growth of the Green Innovation business, fighting climate change, and helping to build a recycling-oriented society. The chairs of both committees have absolute responsibility and authority. Progress on the issues determined by the committees is managed in the business divisions and plants using the PDCA cycle.

  1. 3 With the dissolution of the Global Environment Committee on August 1, 2018, responsibility for environmental technology development was transferred to the Technology Committee and responsible care to the Safety, Health, and Environment Committee. The Recycling Committee, which had been overseen by the Global Environment Committee, was also eliminated, and product recycling initiatives are now implemented by individual business divisions.
Safety, Health, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation Promotion System (Fiscal 2018)
Safety, Health, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation Promotion System (Fiscal 2018)

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 2018, audits were conducted for all 13 plants and one research laboratory at Toray Industries, 46 plants operated by 27 group companies in Japan, and 73 plants operated by 53 group companies outside Japan. The audits focused on the following areas: ensuring basic safety rules are followed; thoroughly eliminating similar accidents; increasing the safety awareness of unit heads and unit chiefs; 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 2018, 35 plants at 21 group companies in Japan and 58 plants at 43 group companies outside Japan were certified. In fiscal 2018, one plant at Toray BSF Coating Korea Limited in the Republic of Korea 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.4 In fiscal 2018, 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. 4 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 completed registration of substances designated by REACH by the final deadline of May 31, 2018. The Group is also registering chemical substances based on recently revised laws in the Republic of Korea and Taiwan.
Toray Industries and some of its group companies in Japan use chemical substance management systems and the List of Lists (LOLI) Database,5 a comprehensive database of chemical hazard and toxicity information and regulations in countries around the world, to strengthen their efforts to handle chemical substances safely and in compliance with relevant laws and regulations worldwide.

  1. 5 Provided by the U.S. company, ChemADVISOR, Inc., LOLI is a search tool and database of regulatory lists from many countries around the world.

Complying with Japan's Chemical Substances Control Law

With the revision of Japan's Chemical Substances Control Law6 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 2018 in June 2019.

  1. 6 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 2018 (calendar year)
0

Result in 2018 (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 2018 (calendar year)
No more than 0.05

Result in 2018 (calendar year)

0.28

■KPI
Number of fire and explosion accidents
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in 2018 (calendar year)
0

Result in 2018 (calendar year)

2

■KPI
Number of environmental accidents
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2018
0

Result in fiscal
2018

17

  1. 7 The impact on the environment was extremely minor. For more information, please refer to the “Environmental Risk Management” page in the “Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation” section.

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 2018
At least 70% lower than fiscal 2000

Result in fiscal 2018

72%

■KPI
Waste recycling rate (%)
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2018
At least 86%

Result in fiscal 2018

85.7%

■KPI
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of sales (%)
■Reporting scope
Toray Group (Japan)
■Target in fiscal 2018
At least 15% lower than fiscal 1990

Result in fiscal 2018

30%

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 2018
No more than 61% of 2001 level

Result in fiscal 2018

51%

■KPI
Number of companies and plants developing greenery policy and plan
■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2018
at least 50

Result in fiscal 2018

54

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 2018