Environmental Protection Efforts

Environmental Protection Efforts

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 FY2019, the fifth year of this project, they observed a ceremony to celebrate the opening of a walking trail by inviting people from the local community. Attending on this occasion were the mayor of Toin Town, the speaker of the Mie prefectural assembly, and the speaker of the Toin town assembly, who all delivered a congratulatory address, as well as the president of the local residents’ association, members of the local community, and members from a non-profit organization. The walking trail has since become a destination for local residents seeking to relax. Our employees continue to contribute to maintaining the trail so that many people can enjoy leisurely walks along it safely. In FY2019, on four occasions, a total of 85 employee volunteers from the Kuwana Plant joined in this community service alongside other local residents. Through such continued commitment, they are hoping that their plant will be seen as an integral part of the host community as it contributes to the further development of the community.

  • A ceremony to celebrate the opening of a walking trail

Preserving Biodiversity

With production facilities in Japan, the US, 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 Corporation is an active participant in Operation Clean the Ina River, which aims to preserve the limpid stream and protect and nurture wild habitats. Together with members from local governments, a private organization, and local residents, we simultaneously clean up twenty locations in the basin of the Ina River that runs through the southeast of Hyogo Prefecture. With the understanding that protection of the natural environment leads to the sustainable development of a community, a total of some twenty persons, including our employees from our Headquarters and their family members, volunteered as community members. After cleaning up the basin with local residents, they socialized with other participants over pork miso soup, which was served by a private organization. The friendly ties with the community members were further strengthened at an insect observation event held afterwards for those who were interested.

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 and outside Japan. 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 been over 80%.
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.
*Due to the spread of the COVID-19 from the end of 2019, the visit to the grant groups in FY2019 (subsidy period: April 2019 to March 2020) has been canceled. We are making adjustments to exchange opinions with the person in charge in consideration of the timing.

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 2019, we provided a total of 18 million yen in aid to 19 organizations selected by the association.
In FY2020, the number of recipient organizations of the fund will be increased to 14, and a total of 18 million yen will be shared between them (unchanged from the previous year).
*Due to the spread of COVID-19, it is expected that some of the activities of the recipients will be changed or postponed. Regarding the revision of the plan for our subsidy activities, the Environmental Protection Fund Steering Committee will confirm the activity status of each group and hold discussions. In this way, we will continue to operate the subsidy appropriately in accordance with the plan.