Environmental Management

Toyo Global Environmental Charter

The Toyo Tires Group carries out its business activities with a commitment to being environmentally aware and providing high-quality products and services. In 1992 we established the Toyo Global Environmental Charter, which sets forth our fundamental philosophy and action guidelines in promoting environmentally conscious behavior and activities. Based on the action guidelines, specific action items and medium- and long-term targets are set out in the Toyo Global Environmental Action Plan.

  1. Fundamental Philosophy

Through corporate activities that offer the means to provide joy in movement and comfort in daily living, we protect the planet that is our home and contribute to the creation of a wealthy and abundant society.

  1. Action Guidelines

1) Compliance with laws and regulations
We comply with laws and regulations related to the environment and work to protect it.

2) Reduction of environmental impacts
We strive to generate fewer waste materials in our business activities and suppress the consumption of energy and harmful chemical substances as much as possible to reduce the negative impact on the environment. Moreover, we preserve and effectively use resources through recycling and other efforts.

3) Development of environment-friendly products
At the product planning stage, we consider every step, from production to post-use, and strive to develop new products and new technologies that are friendly to the earth. Moreover, we continue to develop and provide products, technologies and services that are useful for global environmental protection, including through energy conservation and pollution prevention.

4) Harmony with society
As a member of both global and local communities, we strive to realize even better living environments through use of the Toyo Tires Group Environmental Protection Fund and dialogues with different sectors in society.

5) Internal and external awareness raising and public relations activities
We implement clear and comprehensive education and awareness-raising activities about all aspects of the environment for every employee level. We also endeavor with public relations activities for our customers, society, and local residents.

6) Expansion of efforts overseas
We comply with local environmental laws and regulations in all countries and regions we conduct our business and establish environmental management systems there to build harmonious relationships with local communities.

7) Response to emergencies
To prevent environmental disasters, we conduct thorough management and maintain and improve our equipment. At times of emergency, we immediately carry out investigations, take countermeasures, and strive to prevent any recurrence.

  1. Maintaining/Improving Management Systems

We appoint officers and staff members responsible for safety and environment and advance the improvement of management systems, while ensuring that the enforcement divisions clarify our action plans and work to realize an even better environment. Moreover, we conduct annual auditing to confirm the results of our environmental protection activities, evaluate them, and implement new measures.

Toyo Global Environmental Action Plan

Correspondence with
the Toyo Global Environmental Charter
Medium/Long-Term
Targets (Japan)
Action
Guidelines
1) Compliance with laws and regulations Protect the environment by complying with environmental laws and regulations and agreements with local residents.
2) Reduction of environmental impacts Global warming control Reduce CO2 emissions per unit of production by 15% compared to fiscal 2005 by the end of fiscal 2020.
Energy conservation Reduce energy consumption per unit of production by an average of at least 1% per year on a medium- to long-term basis.
Waste reduction Achieve a 100% recycling rate by the end of fiscal 2020 and maintain it thereafter.
Reduction of harmful chemicals substance use Reduce VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions by 50% compared to fiscal 2000 and maintain it.
Eliminate SOC (substances of concern) use.
Green procurement Promote preferential purchase of environment-friendly raw materials and development of environment-friendly technologies.
3) Development of environment friendly products Environmental consideration at development stage Minimize the use of environmentally hazardous substances in products at the development stage.
Development and provision of products and technologies that reduce environmental impacts Promote tire weight and noise reduction and fuel efficiency improvement, and develop energy-conserving products.
4) Harmony with society Toyo Tires Group Environmental Protection Fund Contribute to environmental protection and the creation of a sustainable society by providing financial assistance to non-profit organizations involved in biodiversity and environmental conservation in Japan and overseas.
Interaction with local communities Participate in and cooperate with regional events (cultural festivals, cleaning, etc.)
Support employees’ voluntary social contribution activities.
5) Internal and external awareness-raising and public relations activities Raise employees’ environmental awareness and disclose information on the Group’s environmental activities to customers and the general public through CSR reports, etc.
Provide environmental education and training suitable for employee’s positions/duties.
6) Expansion of efforts overseas Management systems Understand and comply with local laws and regulations.
Harmony with local communities Respect the culture and customs of each country/region and endeavor to harmonize with local communities.
7) Response to emergencies Prevention of environmental disasters and accidents Execute thorough management of environmental conservation facilities, and measure and control pollution loads.
Review and improvement of emergency response and other related manuals Conduct emergency response drills.
Reforming management systems Management systems Develop and improve a concrete action plan for each plant/business office in line with the Toyo Global Environmental Action Plan.
Conduct business activities in accordance with ISO 14001 guidelines.
Environmental accounting Conduct environmental accounting in accordance with the Ministry of the Environment’s Environmental Accounting Guidelines.
Environmental auditing Execute internal and external auditing.

Environmental management system

The Toyo Tires Group established the Corporate Environment Improvement Committee (present Safety & Environment Committee) in 1972 and the environmental department, ahead of competitors in the industry. The Environment Subcommittee of the Safety & Environment Committee develops a policy and prioritized measures each year. We promote environmental management by ensuring that the working groups, which are formed for each of the business segments (Tire and DiverTech) take the lead in implementing those measures while following the PDCA cycle.

Environmental management system

Environmental Management System

Environment subcommittee policy for FY 2015

Ⅰ. Improve environmental compliance

Ⅱ. Promote activities to reduce environmental impacts

Ⅲ. Promote activities to preserve biodiversity

Ⅳ. Other (responding to revised Industrial Safety and Health Act)

In accordance with the 2015 Policy, for Item I, on-site inspections of waste management service providers (one of the priority measures) were completed as planned at the beginning of the year. For Item II, we focused our efforts on reducing CO2 emissions per unit of production, promoting energy-saving activities, promoting waste reduction and recycling, and reducing VOC emissions. For Item III, with the aim of developing forests, which offer habitats for animals and plants, we supported the Millennium Hope Hills Project near the Sendai Plant, and “TOYO TIRES Midori-no Tsunagari, Mie”—a project to develop a corporate forest in the area around the Kuwana Plant. Employees from the plants and their families participated in tree-planting, thinning and other activities as volunteers. For Item IV, in cooperation with the Safety, Health and Disaster Prevention Subcommittee, we are working on preparations for chemical substance risk assessment.

Environmental management system (ISO 14001) certification acquisition status

In fiscal 2015, Toyo Tyre Malaysia Sdn Bhd acquired ISO 14001 certification.

Domestic business site Year/Month certified
Sendai Plant 1998/6
Kuwana Plant 1999/12
Toyo Soflan Co., Ltd.
Miyoshi Plant
Atsugi Plant
1999/3
(2008/3: integrated)
Hyogo Manufacturing Complex
Ayabe Toyo Rubber Co., Ltd.
Toyo Advanced Technology Inc.
1998/6
(2007/6: integrated)
Fukushima Rubber Co., Ltd.
Soflan Wiz Co., Ltd. Iwaki Plant
F.C.C. Co., Ltd.
2000/2
(2006/2: integrated)
Oversea business site Country Year/Month certified
New Pacific Industry Co., Ltd. Taiwan 2000/8
Silverstone Berhad Malaysia 2002/10
Toyo Automotive Parts (USA),Inc. U.S.A 2004/9
Toyo Automotive Parts (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd. China 2008/11
Toyo Tyre & Rubber Australia Ltd. Australia 2013/1
Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. U.S.A 2013/11
Wuxi Toyo Meifeng Rubber Products Manufacturing Co., Ltd. China 2014/3
Toyo Tyre Malaysia Sdn Bhd Malaysia 2015/11

Environmental performance at business sites in Japan (FY2015 results)

INPUT/OUTPUT

  • * Starting from fiscal 2013, the amount of energy used is calculated using the latest unit heat-of-combustion coefficient according to law. The amount of waste tires is reported separately since it concerns a form of energy of a non-energy origin.

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