Environmental Supply Chain
Toyobo is engaged in green procurement and green purchasing with the aim of maintaining and strengthening our environmental activities.
Promoting green procurement and green purchasing
We prioritize procurement of raw materials with a low environmental impact, and work with business partners who take a proactive approach to protecting the environment. Together, we are promoting green procurement to help build a sustainable society. We ask our business partners to provide information about the chemical substances contained in products, as follows.
(1) That the material does not contain any of the prohibited substances specified by Toyobo.
(2) That the content of hazardous substances specified by Toyobo has been identified.
In fiscal 2019, we revised our “Chemical Content Information Sheet” based on the information sharing scheme “chemSHERPA,” developed by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and requested that our business partners respond. In October 2020, we revised our "CSR Procurement Guidelines."
In fiscal 2022, we plan to again revise the "Chemical Content Information Sheet" based on revisions to laws and regulations, and request that our business partners respond. For general purchased goods, we are promoting green purchasing with the use of environmental labels.
The Toyobo Group is committed to reducing emissions by not only complying with legal and regulatory standards, but by also making continuous improvements in the prevention of air and water pollution. We will continue to further reduce our environmental impact.
Furthermore, there were no environmental-related fines or penalties for fiscal 2018 to 2020.
Safety and Environment Assessment
In order to improve the safety and environment levels of the Toyobo Group, the Safety and Disaster Management Promotion Committee and Global Environment Promotion Committee conduct safety and environment assessments in accordance with company regulations. As well as carrying out annual self-evaluations based on a checklist, we conduct on-site audits of each of our locations once every three years in order to maintain and improve management levels.
In fiscal 2020, we carried out on-site audits at three Toyobo business sites and ten Group companies. Results of this showed that all of these business sites performed well in terms of safety and environmental management.
Locations at which audits have been performed in the last three years
|FY||TOYOBO CO., LTD.||Group Companies||Audit results|
|2018||3 business sites||11 companies||All performed well|
|2019||3 business sites||9 companies||All performed well|
|2020||3 business sites||10 companies||All performed well|
There were no environmental-related accidents in fiscal 2018 to 2020.
ISO 14001 Certification Status
The Toyobo Group is building and operating an environmental management system compliant with international standard ISO 14001 in order to establish and enhance our environmental management system, and promote its continuous improvement. As of the end of March 2020, 17 business sites (50% of the Group's production sites: 17 out of 34) have acquired external certification of environmental management system standards.
Business sites acquiring ISO 14001 certification
|TOYOBO CO., LTD. Business Sites||Date of Certification|
|Research Center (Otsu, Shiga)||Dec. 1996|
|Tsuruga Research and Production Center (Tsuruga, Fukui)||Dec. 1996|
|Inuyama Plant (Inuyama, Aichi)||Mar. 1998|
|Utsunomiya Plant (Utsunomiya, Tochigi)||Feb. 1999|
|Takasago Plant (Takasago, Hyogo)||Mar. 1999|
|Toyama Production Center. Shogawa Mill (Imizu, Toyama)||Jul. 2001|
|Iwakuni Production Center (Iwakuni, Yamaguchi)||Nov. 2002|
|Group Companies||Date of Certification|
|Toyo Cloth Co., Ltd., Tarui Plant (Sennan, Osaka)||Dec. 1999|
|Cast Film Japan Co., Ltd., Tsuruga Plant (Tsuruga, Fukui)||Dec. 2000|
|Japan Exlan Co., Ltd., Saidaiji Plant (Okayama, Okayama)||Jun. 2001|
|PT. INDONESIA TOYOBO FILM SOLUTIONS (Indonesia)||Jun. 2001|
|Miyukikeori Co., Ltd., Yokkaichi Plant (Yokkaichi. Mie)||Apr. 2002|
|Cosmo Electronics Co., Ltd., (Yokkaichi, Mie)||Jan. 2004|
|Kureha Limited (Ritto, Shiga)||Jun. 2005|
|Toyo Cloth Co., Ltd., Iwakuni Plant (Iwakuni, Yamaguchi)||Oct. 2005|
|Toyobo Photo Chemicals Co., Ltd., Saidaiji Factory (Okayama, Okayama)||Oct. 2017|
|Toyobo Saha Safety Weave Co., Ltd. (Thailand)||May 2019|
|Toyobo Kankyo Techno Co., Ltd. (Osaka, Osaka)||Jun. 2019|
The Toyobo Group promotes a variety of educational and awareness activities in order to improve the environmental awareness of our employees.
During Environment Month, we hold an annual environmental seminar with outside lecturers invited, in which many employees participate. In addition, at each business site, we hold environmental exhibitions featuring panels that introduce our group's environmental activities as well as exhibitions of environmentally friendly products, and these introduce the Toyobo Group's environmental activities to our employees and the local community.
In addition, we are promoting environmental education through a unique curriculum tailored for new employees.
Every year in June and July, we hold environmental seminars for employees—in fiscal 2020 this was attended by 347 employees, and in fiscal 2021 by 291 employees.
Up until fiscal 2020, the environmental exhibition was held every year, but was canceled for fiscal 2021 in light of the spread of COVID-19.
Environmental education on joining the company
Education upon joining the company is provided not only to fresh hires, but also to mid-career employees at all locations, including at Group companies, and the number of participants in fiscal 2020 reached 737. In addition to explaining plans and achievements regarding the global environmental conservation system and initiatives, the training helps participants understand why environmental protection is important by linking it with the Toyobo Group’s Charter of Corporate Behavior, and explains what is expected of employees of the Toyobo Group.
Mechanism for certification of eco-conscious products
As clearly stated in the Toyobo Group’s Charter of Corporate Behavior, the Toyobo Group strives to save energy as well as reduce and re-use resources. We also develop products and technologies that help mitigate our impact on the environment. These products and technologies are defined and evaluated under our Eco-Review system. This system evaluates the following aspects at every stage in the product life cycle: “climate change prevention,” “reduction of chemical substances,” “resource conservation,” “reduction in waste,” and “other environmental contributions”. Products that meet these standards are certified as ECO-PARTNER SYSTEM® products. Since the Eco-Review is carried out at every product life cycle—from R&D to commercialization—issues that require improvement from an environmental protection perspective are identified and improved at an early R&D stage prior to the subsequent review. Consequently, we are contributing to the environment as we develop our products and technologies.
Ratio of ECO-PARTNER SYSTEM® product sales increases to 30.4%
Our goal is to increase the ratio of ECO-PARTNER SYSTEM® product sales to 30% of total sales by fiscal 2031(the ratio was 25% until fiscal 2016). In fiscal 2020, the ratio was 30.4% (sales of 60.6 billion yen), achieving the target. In the future, we will set new targets, and strive to create environmentally friendly products.
We also plan to expand this certification to cover Group companies.
Sales by evaluation standard of ECO-PARTNER SYSTEM® products
Evaluation standards for the ECO-PARTNER SYSTEM® comprise five categories, including items such as “climate change prevention” and “conservation of materials.”
The life cycle of products are divided into six stages from raw materials through to disposal, and the environmental impact at each stage evaluated and certified.
- * Sales figures in this diagram include duplicates, as a result of having multiple criteria set
Major ECO-PARTNER SYSTEM® products
|Corresponding field/market||Usage||Materials used|
|Climate change measures||Film of recycled PET resin||RESHINE®|
|Three-dimensional cushion material||BREATHAIR®|
|Antipollution measures||Liquid water-holding agent||ESPECK®|
|Solvent recovery apparatus||K-FILTER®|
|Bag filters for thermal power plants||PROCON®|
|Photosensitive water-wash nylon resin relief printing plate||Printight®|
|Transparent vapor-deposited film||ECOSYAL®|
|Solving water resource problems||Reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination||HOLLOSEP®|
|Water purification UF membrane modules||DURASEP®|
|Recycling systems (recycling and resource reduction)||Modifier for recycled PET||VYLON® RF series|
|Recycled nylon resin for airbag scraps||ECOKURELEAF®|
|Recycled PET textile products||ECHORCLUB®|
|PET-based synthetic paper||Crisper®|
|Spun yarn using unused cotton||ECOT®|
|Recycled nonwoven fabrics||e-VOLANS®|
|Other (environmentally friendly products)||Ultra-high-strength polyethylene fiber||IZANAS®|