CSR Activity Report (CSR Guideline Activity Reports)

Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation

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 to Environmental Preservation

Corporate efforts to help realize a sustainable society have become increasingly vital in recent years. Toray Group established its Medium-Term Environmental Plan in fiscal 2000 to strengthen and enhance initiatives for reducing environmental impact. The Group has set key performance indicators (KPIs) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per unit of sales in order to fight global warming, as well as to reduce atmospheric emissions of certain chemical substances (PRTR substances and VOCs, etc.) and waste. These efforts have continued during the course of all five Medium-Term Environmental Plans up until fiscal 2020.
Currently, the Group has transitioned from initiatives based on the Medium-Term Environmental Plan to those rooted in the Toray Group Sustainability Vision and the Challenge 30 Project, a company-wide project for engaging in specific activities. Furthermore, targets have been set, and initiatives are underway based on the CSR Roadmap 2022, a medium-term CSR plan.
Under the Toray Group Sustainability Vision announced in July 2018, the Group aims to achieve two targets per unit of revenue by 2030: a 30% reduction in greenhouse emissions and a 30% reduction in water usage. The Group is also promoting a Challenge 30 Project, a company-wide project to tackle specific activities related to these targets. To achieve these two targets, three-year KPIs have been included in CSR Roadmap 2022, the Group's medium-term CSR plan. Under this plan, the Group has also set KPIs relating to atmospheric VOC emission reduction and waste recycling rate improvement, which the Group had been working on until fiscal 2020 under the Medium-Term Environmental Plan. From fiscal 2021, Toray strengthened its management of priority-focus companies and factories, namely those have a particularly large environmental impact. Targets have also been set as KPIs for new initiatives such as switching to certified palm oil use as a raw material.

  1. * Refer to the following activity reports for more information on basic approaches and policies regarding safety and disaster prevention, as well as for issue awareness and policies regarding individual environmental issues.

Related Policies

Ten Basic Environmental Rules (Established January 2000 and revised June 2011)

  1. 1. Prioritize environmental preservation
    We shall comply with all laws, regulations, and agreements in all of our business activities. Taking biodiversity into consideration, we shall place the highest priority on environmental preservation in the manufacture, handling, use, sale, transport, and waste disposal of products.
  2. 2. Prevent global warming
    We shall promote energy conservation and work to reduce our unit energy consumption and our carbon dioxide emissions.
  3. 3. Achieve zero emissions of environmental pollutants
    We shall strive continuously to reduce our emissions with the ultimate goal of achieving zero emissions of hazardous chemical substances and waste materials into the environment.
  4. 4. Use safer chemical substances
    We shall collect, maintain, and provide information on the health and environmental effects of the chemical substances we handle while striving to use safer chemical substances.
  5. 5. Promoting Recycling
    We shall develop recycling technologies for products, containers, and packaging and cooperate with society in promoting the recovery and reuse of such items.
  6. 6. Improve the level of environmental management
    We shall work to maintain and improve the level of our environmental management while working to upgrade our environmental management technology and skills, performing self auditing, and taking other measures.
  7. 7. Contribute to society through environmental improvement technologies and products
    We shall meet the challenge of developing new technologies and shall contribute to society through environmental improvement technologies as well as products that place a low burden on the environment.
  8. 8. Improve the environmental management of our overseas businesses
    In our overseas business activities, we shall place top priority on complying with local laws and regulations, and further, we shall manage those businesses in accordance with the management standards of the Toray Group.
  9. 9. Improve employees' environmental awareness
    We shall strive to improve our employees' awareness of environmental issues through environmental education, social activities, internal communications activities, and other means.
  10. 10. Share environmental information with society
    We shall deepen mutual understanding of Toray Group environmental policies and practices by widely publicizing our environmental preservation efforts and their results in environmental reports and other publications directed at local communities, investors, and the media.

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 2021

Action policy Main activities
Safety Pursue zero occupational accidents
  • Thoroughly practice 3S/5S1
  • Thorough elimination of similar accidents
Healthier lives Emphasize occupational health management
  • Enhance and strengthen mental health management
  • Rigorous chemical substance management
Accident prevention Pursue zero fire accidents
  • Enhance Fire Prevention Project Part Ⅱ activities
Enhance crisis management for natural disaster risks
  • Strengthen response capabilities for large-scale earthquakes
  • Improve response abilities for wind and flood damage
Environment Pursue zero environmental accidents
  • Thorough elimination of similar accidents
Promote Sustainability Vision
  • Promote Challenge 30 Project
  • Make efforts to reduce environmental impact
  • Address the problem of marine plastic waste
  1. 1 3S/5S: 3S stands for seiri (sort), seiton (set in order), and seiso (shine). Adding seiketsu (standardize) and shitsuke (sustain) to 3S make up 5S.


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

Toray Industries, Inc. places a group-wide committee, namely the Safety, Health, and Environment Committee, at the top of its system for safety, health, accident prevention, and environmental preservation (see chart below). The committee meets annually.
The committee discusses and sets policies and strategies for the entire Toray Group and its Responsible Care initiatives. The chair of the committee has absolute responsibility and authority over these matters. Progress on the issues determined by the committees is managed in the business divisions and plants using the PDCA cycle.

Safety, Health, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation Promotion System (Fiscal 2021)
Safety, Health, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation Promotion System (Fiscal 2021)

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 2021, audits were conducted for all 13 plants and one research laboratory at Toray Industries, 27 plants operated by 27 group companies in Japan, and 82 plants operated by 63 group companies outside Japan. The audits focused on the following areas: thoroughly practice 3S/5S; comprehensive measures to prevent similar accidents; re-inspection of fire prevention control ducts; measures to prevent leakage of plastics such as resin pellets into wastewater; and thorough measures to prevent environmental accidents. 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 2021, 33 plants at 22 group companies in Japan and 68 plants at 48 group companies outside Japan were certified.

In fiscal 2021, two plants at TFCC in China and TRMX in Mexico, newly acquired ISO 14001 certification. The Gunsan Plant at TAK in South Korea also acquired certification for the first time. The Advanced Materials Research Center, which is already ISO 14001 certified, was added to the scope of certification, increasing the total by four plants.

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.2 In fiscal 2021, the Company set priority issues: promoting the Sustainability Vision and rigorous chemical substance management.

  1. 2 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.

Compliance Status Regarding Worldwide Chemical Substance Regulations

All business divisions of Toray Industries, as well as its group companies in and outside Japan, have chemical substance management systems in place for securing compliance with relevant regulations worldwide, such as Japan's Chemical Substances Control Law and the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in Europe. As a part of this compliance effort, the Group registers chemical substances registration in accordance with national laws and regulations. The Group also reports production and import volumes, manages substances of high concern, a category that includes substances of very high concern (SVHC) under REACH, and studies the use of alternative substances. In 2021, in addition to responding to the new UK-REACH registration system in the post-Brexit UK, and the KKIDK regulation in Turkey, the Group revised its safety data sheets (SDS) for Toray products sold in Japan to achieve compliance with new JIS requirements.

Further Improving Chemical Substance Management in Toray Group

To better respond to increasingly stricter regulations worldwide, Toray Group is working to enhance its chemical substance management by utilizing management systems and improving in-house training. Since 2019, the Toray Chemicals Management System (TCMS) has been used to centrally manage product substance content as well as legal and regulatory information. TCMS is also used to check the registration status of chemical substances in destination countries, and to tabulate volumes of exports to countries outside Japan. In 2021, the Group conducted online employee training concerning product SDS preparation, as well as a new chemical substance notification system related to the Japan's Industrial Safety and Health Act and the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture. This has helped to raise the knowledge levels of relevant employees involved in frontline operations.

CSR Roadmap 2022 Targets

CSR Roadmap goals

  1. Place the highest priority on safety, thoroughly uphold the basic rules, and strive to prevent disasters and accidents
  2. Reduce environmental impact by working to fulfill the Medium-Term Environmental Plan
  3. Pursue environmental and biodiversity preservation on the basis of policies on water resources and biodiversity

Main Initiatives and Key Performance Indicators

⑴ Aim for zero major accidents
⑵ Achieve world’s best standard for safety management
⑶ Create a comfortable working environment to ensure the safety and health of employees and to raise the level of safety and health
Accident Prevention
⑷ Aim for zero fire and explosion accidents
Environmental Prevention
⑸ Aim for zero environmental accidents
⑹ Reduce greenhouse gas emissions per unit of revenue
⑺ Reduce water consumption per unit of revenue
⑻ Reduce atmospheric VOC3 emissions
⑼ Aim for a high waste recycling rate
⑽ Conduct a survey of palm oil contained in raw materials and switch to certified products
⑾ Systematically adopt renewable energy
⑿ Reduce atmospheric emissions of substances subject to the PRTR Act4
⒀ Pursue the greening of each site in consideration of the regulations of each country and region and harmony with the surrounding environment
Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Target Fiscal 2021 Result
Fiscal 2020 Fiscal 2021 Fiscal 2022
0 0 0 0
No more than 0.05 No more than 0.05 No more than 0.05 0.38
0 0 0 6
0 0 0 4
At least 20% lower than fiscal 2013 (Fiscal 2022) 20.6%
At least 25% lower than fiscal 2013 (Fiscal 2022) 28.3%
At least 70% lower than fiscal 2000 At least 70% lower than fiscal 2000 At least 70% lower than fiscal 2000 77.6%
At least 86% At least 86% At least 86% 85.9%
Usage survey of certified products : 100% Decision making (Yes/No) of shifting to certified raw materials : 100% (Fiscal 2022) 100%
  1. Reporting scope : Toray Group (3-❶, 3-❷, 3-❸, 3-❹, 3-❺, 3-❻, 3-❼ and 3-❽)
    Toray Industries, Inc. (3-❾)
  1. 3 Volatile organic compounds
  2. 4 Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof

Related Materiality for CSR

  • Ensuring safety and disaster preparedness
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Initiatives for managing water resources
  • Addressing substances with negative environmental impact
  • Addressing resource and energy issues
  • Conserving biodiversity

Click here for a PDF summary of materiality-related CSR Roadmap 2022 main initiatives, KPIs and progress (PDF: 1.6MB).PDF

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 2021