Toyobo has adopted Junri-Sokuyu (順理則裕) as our basic philosophy. This motto, which means "Adhering to reason leads to prosperity," was a personal maxim of our founder, the Meiji Era industrialist Eiichi Shibusawa, and has been handed down as our company's management philosophy unchanged to the present day. These words were first spoken by the Chinese Song Dynasty philosopher Cheng Yi. Here junri indicates not only "thinking and acting rationally and logically," but also expresses the idea that "reason and ethics form one's basic attitude as a human being, and ethical values must be respected." Junri-Sokuyu is the starting point of our CSR, and the basis for developing our management vision and business policy.
Toyobo has overcome the crisis of deteriorating performance stemming from the global recession, and is seeking to regain growth. Over the past year, our earnings capacity has steadily recovered, and now we are shifting our priority to achieving growth. Toyobo has positioned this fiscal year as a stage for self-sustaining growth and expansion, particularly for innovation through taking up the challenge of new areas. Toyobo has, therefore, decided "Innovate and Build a Strong Toyobo" as its management policy. To implement this policy, the management and staff of the Toyobo Group will work as one, sharing a common understanding of current conditions and the nature of the times, and endeavor to exert their maximum concerted efforts to build a strong corporate group.
Toyobo has established a CSR Committee, chaired by the President, as the center of its CSR structure. The committee provides a framework for the unified management and oversight of Toyobo's relationship with all stakeholders, including customers, shareholders and investors, business partners, local communities, employees and the global environment.
CSR activities are governed by the CSR Charter, which commits the Toyobo Group to actively fulfill its social responsibilities, and to contribute to the development of a sound and sustainable society.
The Company is presently advancing the following types of CSR initiatives. First, we are developing a governance system that will enhance the check function, to secure transparency and fairness in decision making and the execution of work. To raise compliance awareness among employees, Toyobo has formulated the Toyobo CSR Charter and Toyobo Corporate Code of Conduct, and we are implementing training programs including one-on-one guidance throughout the group.
Toyobo has established several committees to handle risk management, including the Global Environment and Safety Committee, the Product Liability Prevention/Quality Assurance Committee, and the Internal Control Committee, providing a solid framework for dealing with risk. To put this structure into practice, crisis management training sessions envisioning a range of possible scenarios are conducted on a regular basis, focusing on actions to prevent any impairment in corporate value.
Meanwhile, Toyobo is working to address environmental problems under the Toyobo Group's Fundamental Policy on the Global Environment. These efforts include reducing the environmental burden, developing products which contribute to environmental preservation, and supporting environmental conservation activities in local communities.
Upcoming CSR Initiatives
The Toyobo Group believes that corporate, business and CSR activities should be part of an integrated whole. Actively integrating CSR measures into management strategies is important for the sustainable development of the corporate group.
The Toyobo Group's vision is to be the category leader for providing new value in the areas of environment, life sciences, and functional products. A category leader means being the top in specialized fields, and striving for a leading position. We believe that providing new value to stakeholders, and contributing to society, is the essence of the Toyobo Group's CSR activities.
Toyobo has already formulated a medium-term CSR plan for fiscal 2011 that outlines areas of responsibility for each committee, and specific issues to be addressed. The Toyobo Group remains committed to continuing its efforts toward ongoing reform and establishing a strong corporate position, while adhering to the principles of CSR. We will continue to act with responsibility toward society, while adapting to the changing times.