CSR Guidelines & Activity Reports - Product Safety and Quality

Initiatives for Product Safety and Quality Assurance

Social Initiatives

Reinforcing Compliance in Product Quality Assurance

Toray Group is pursuing five major tasks to reinforce quality assurance compliance throughout the Group.

  1. Reinforcement of structures related to quality assurance systems of the entire Toray Group
    The Group provides guidance to business divisions and group companies regarding their quality assurance frameworks, and audits the effectiveness of these frameworks and the work done under them. The organizations clarify their vision for quality assurance and design initiatives to close the gap between the vision and actual performance.
  2. Development of human resources and creation of workplace culture not allowing any misconduct
    The Group implements education on compliance as part of its quality assurance compliance. It has already been completed at Toray Industries, Inc., and it is underway at group companies in and outside Japan in fiscal 2019.
  3. Understanding of actual state of agreements with customers and establishment of guidelines related to quality (assurance)
    The Group is preparing guidelines for quality assurance agreements and will use them to assess agreements and review their provisions as necessary.
  4. Appropriate maintenance or control and modernization or fulfillment of measuring devices
    Toray Industries prepared risk assessment sheets for judging the necessity of upgrading or conducting maintenance on measuring devices, and used them to identify devices in need of an upgrade. In fiscal 2019, risk assessments will be implemented at group companies in and outside Japan.
  5. Improvement of quality data management system to not allow any misconduct
    The Group is developing data management systems that minimize human involvement, such as by automating measurement, transfer of measurement data, and issuance of inspection reports.

Education and Training for Product Safety and for Quality Assurance

Group companies implementing product safety and quality assurance education

■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2018
100%

Result in fiscal 2018

100%

Toray Industries provides training every year for newly appointed department and section managers at the Company and its group companies in Japan. The training is designed to educate managers about quality assurance compliance and Toray Group’s quality assurance and product safety initiatives. Since fiscal 2013, all group companies around the world have conducted original product safety and quality assurance training tailored to their operations.

Enhancing Product Safety Reviews

Toray Industries and its group companies implement product safety reviews for all products. In addition to addressing product safety, the reviews examine the adequacy of information provided to customers via, for instance, safety data sheets (SDS), labeling, and instructions. Products are also assessed for impact on the global environment.
Special precautions are taken for new products that are highly original, as well as for products for which the safety considerations have changed significantly from previous products. For these products, a Product Safety Review Board comprised of neutral assessors with specialized knowledge is assembled to review the safety of the product.
The Group also ensures that newly established group companies rapidly establish a framework for product safety and implement product safety reviews.

Implementing product safety reviews for all products
Product Safety Review Flow Chart (Toray Industries, Inc.)
Product Safety Review Flow Chart (Toray Industries, Inc.)
  1. 1 At group companies in and outside Japan, this position is held by the president or a director

Preventing Product Accidents

Number of product accidents

■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2018
0

Result in fiscal 2018

1

Golf shirts made from nylon spun knit fabric were found to bleed color onto pants and undergarments. However, there were no negative health impacts from the color bleeding.

Providing Product Safety Information

Toray Group provides customers with product safety information specifically tailored to the product or service.

  1. Customer support lines
    In its efforts to create a convenient environment for customers, Toray Industries makes available toll-free numbers for customers to call and inquire about its mainstay consumer products such as home water purifiers and contact lenses.
  2. Safety data sheets (SDS)
    Toray Group designates the duties, management framework, and procedures for SDS on products that are manufactured or sold by the Group, and provides customers with adequate information on the safe handling of Group products. SDS are disclosed online so that they are readily accessible to customers.
  3. Product labeling and instructions
    Toray Group creates labels and instruction manuals (including catalogs) and provides them to customers only after clarifying the duties and management framework for product labels and instruction manuals, the procedures from creation to distribution, and other key processes.

Respecting the Eight Basic Consumer Rights

In providing products and services, Toray Group is fundamentally committed to respecting the Eight Basic Consumer Rights and strives to secure safety and quality of its products throughout the Group's business activities.

The Eight Basic Consumer Rights Excerpted from the Consumers International website

  • The right to satisfaction of basic needs
  • The right to safety
  • The right to be informed
  • The right to choose
  • The right to be heard
  • The right to redress
  • The right to consumer education
  • The right to a healthy environment