Partnership with Business Partners

Promotion of CSR Procurement

Creating a sustainable supply chain is indispensable for continuing to ensure a stable supply of natural rubber and other raw materials with the quality and volume essential for the growth of the Toyo Tire Group business.
Because this is an urgent high priority issue for the Group, we have established a company wide working group (WG) and discuss action plans, which include orientation, goals, and targets. The WG brings together the responsible parties in related business organizations, the discussed action plan is approved by the Executive Committee (chairperson: President), which the Board of Directors delegates authority to, and the plan is spread to all companies and organizations in the Group.

We conduct audits and inspections regarding the quality of purchased products and whether they contain regulated chemical substances. We have also formulated the Toyo Tire Group CSR Procurement Guidelines to respond to environmental and social issues within the supply chain and created the CSR Self-Assessment Checklist. We have also published Japanese, English, and Chinese versions of the CSR guidelines and provided them to overseas business partners. We hold briefing sessions in and outside Japan, share the spirit of the CSR Procurement Guidelines with business partners, and request that self-assessments and improvements be made.

Supporting Efforts to Develop an Initiative to Achieve Sustainable Natural Rubber

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Tire Industry Project (TIP) Sustainable Natural Rubber Working Group is leading the launch of a platform (the so called Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber, GPSNR) to achieve sustainable natural rubber together with a wide range of stakeholders in the natural rubber supply chain. We participate in this working group, and provide support for the initiative. The platform is expected to be launched in early 2019.
The GPSNR will work towards priorities identified by natural rubber stakeholders, namely: harmonizing standards to improve respect for human rights, preventing land-grabbing, protecting biodiversity and water resources, improving yields, and increasing supply chain transparency and traceability.
We are also moving forward with efforts to revise the guidelines into a CSR Procurement Policy that respects the principles of this initiative.

* Includes information updated in October 2018.

Response to the Conflict Minerals Issues

Conflict minerals refer to tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold which are produced in conflict areas such as Central Africa. The US, Europe, and other countries are moving toward regulating these minerals since purchasing them could finance the local armed forces that propagate conflicts and violations of human rights. We conduct thorough investigations by tracing all the way back along the supply chain to refining companies to determine whether the materials or products supplied to us contain conflict minerals from the relevant countries, in cooperation with our customers and suppliers.