Environmental Protection Efforts

Environmental Protection Efforts

TOYO TIRES Midori-no Tsunagari Mie forest preservation activities
TOYO TIRES Midori-no Tsunagari Mie forest preservation activitiesTOYO TIRES Midori-no Tsunagari Mie forest preservation activities

We understand that our business activities have the greatest direct impact on the environment of the areas around our production facilities in particular. Therefore, we not only build understanding of and trust in those activities by maintaining a dialogue with and providing information to stakeholders in areas around production facilities but also strive to reduce the physical and psychological environmental burdens. We also promote efforts to protect biodiversity in local communities as something that not only generates direct benefits for local life but also leads to sustainable growth.

For example, the Kuwana Plant works with the NPO Mori-no Kaze to undertake “TOYO TIRES Midori-no Tsunagari Mie” activities, through which we are transforming a local abandoned thicket into a healthy forest.

In fiscal 2017, 102 employees and their family members (22 were children) participated in these activities where they planted trees, cut thickets, and picked up garbage. On the day of the event, participating children also learned about the environment.

Furthermore, we regularly meet with environmental NGOs and exchange opinions regarding how the entire supply chain, including business partners, can preserve forests on a global scale.

Preserving Biodiversity

With production facilities in Japan, the U.S., China, and Malaysia, we conduct operations while complying with the environment laws and regulations in each country.

We have confirmed that at the current time, there are no protected lands stipulated in biodiversity related laws and regulations or highly valuable land in terms of biodiversity (such as Ramsar Convention-designated wetlands) in the areas around or downstream from our production facilities. In addition, if we operate in countries and regions that are highly valuable in terms of biodiversity, we will continue to analyze risks and work to protect that biodiversity through a preventive approach.

Toyo Tire Group Environmental Protection Fund

Based on the desire of employees to contribute to creating a better living environment as residents of the Earth and local community, we established the Toyo Tire Group Environmental Protection Fund in 1992 to provide financial support for organizations and activities related to environmental protection in Japan and overseas. The Fund employs a gift matching system, under which the company contributes the same amount of money donated by employees. Contributing to the fund has taken root as a Group environmental conservation activity, and the employee participation rate has reached about 90%.

The fund is managed as two types of funds, an in-house fund within the Group and a foundation fund within the Osaka Community Foundation. The in-house fund is used for several purposes, including providing direct donations and subsidies to environmental protection organizations that we select on our own, covering the cost of providing support in the form of manpower by employee volunteers, and subsidies for applicant organizations that are introduced by independent organizations that select recipients for the fund.

We visit organizations that receive direct subsidies once a year, ascertain the details of their activities, and exchange opinions with responsible staff. For example, the BUNA-WO-UERU-KAI has worked to restore highly biologically diverse beech forests over many years in Hyogo Prefecture, where our headquarters is located. This organization uses the subsidies for vegetation surveys, removing undergrowth, and other activities. During the exchange of opinions with the organization, we commented on expanding activities to raising next-generation children in order to continue to restore and create beech forests. We will continue to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity through these subsidies.

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Start of Partnership with the Japan Philanthropic Association on Environmental Protection

We invited the Japan Philanthropic Association to serve as a new independent organization that selects recipients for the Toyo Tire Group Environmental Protection Fund. We have started to provide support for certified environmental protection NPOs and their work through the association.
The association selects organizations to receive subsidies by not only complying with selection criteria created by the Group, using our subsidies to expand the scope of the organization’s activities, and increasing contributions to solving social issues, but also being able to broaden the scope of Group employee’s volunteer activities as application requirements. There is an independent committee to evaluate appropriateness.
In fiscal 2018, we will provide a total of 5 million yen in aid to five organizations selected by the association.

Stakeholder Comment:
Restoring a Rich Natural Environment with the Toyo Tire Group and Aiming to Create a Sustainable Society

The mission of the association is “to provide a path for individuals to participate in society, mainly through corporate philanthropy, and foster soundness for democracy in order to fulfill its responsibilities as a body so that each and every person can contribute to the creation of society.”
Although the five organizations recommended in fiscal 2018 conduct various activities, all organizations have a strong desire to pass on the environment to the next generation. With the support we provide, these organizations plan to undertake various activities, including basic surveys of forests that were impossible before, activities to educate youth on the importance of nature, and activities to continue to maintain forests. One of the organizations in the disaster area that received subsidies this time is working to restore the lost environment by involving local residents.
There are various factors when it comes to environmental issues, and we live in an era when solving these issues requires the activities of not only specialized organizations but also organizations that make use of various resources, including local residents, and provide leadership. We would like to develop a support program that spreads similar activities throughout the country, restores an even richer natural environment, and leads to the creation of a sustainable Japanese society by shining light on organizations that possess lofty goals and earnestly conduct their work.

Yoko Takahashi President Japan Philanthropic AssociationYoko Takahashi, President,
Japan Philanthropic Association