Environmental Management

Toyota Tsusho Group's Environmental Policy

Based on our Corporate Philosophy of "living and prospering together with people, society and the globe," the Toyota Tsusho Group has established the Toyota Tsusho Group Environmental Policy and takes action to respond to climate change, preserve forests and biodiversity, curb the use of resources and energy, use water effectively, and reduce water consumption in areas experiencing water stress.

Toyota Tsusho Group's Environmental Policy
  1. 1.As a responsible corporate citizen, we strive to reduce the following impact on the environment by eliminating environmental pollution, while placing a high priority on not disturbing the global environment in conducting business.
    • Address climate change issues, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions
    • Preservation of forests and biodiversity
    • Effective use of resources and energy
    • Effective use of water and reduction of the amount of use in water stressed regions
  2. 2.We promote environment-related businesses, such as the efficient use of waste and the preservation of natural resources, and contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented economy and society in collaboration with our affiliates and business partners.
  3. 3. We comply with all environmental requirements, including environmental laws and regulations and industry guidelines.
  4. 4.We participate in activities to reduce impact on the environment by establishing an environmental management system and implement Kaizen (continuous improvement) of these activities through periodic review and the application of creative ideas.
  5. 5.We enhance environmental awareness among employees by providing environmental training and promoting a thorough understanding of our environmental policy.

Environmental Management Promotion Structures

The Toyota Tsusho Group's environmental management systems conform to ISO 14001 standards in Japan outside Japan, the systems are operated and managed in accordance with the Group’s environmental management rulebook—a set of voluntary standards. Both in Japan and overseas, the Group implements regular internal audits with the aim of improving its standards of environmental management. The Toyota Tsusho Group holds an annual Global Safety & Environmental Promotion Meeting to report on the Group’s environmental conservation activities, discuss changes to laws and regulations, and to share information. As far as environmental accidents are concerned, a Safety Management Enhancement Committee-attended by executives-is held once a month, and reports of case studies and countermeasures are shared to prevent reoccurrences.

Environmental risks including climate change, biodiversity, preservation of forests, and water issues are discussed by the Sustainability Management Committee, which is chaired by President&CEO, and matters that meet certain conditions are reported to the Board of Directors for consideration of responsive measures. Furthermore, this year Executive Vice President and Member of the Board Takahiro Kondo was appointed officer responsible for climate change responses and CSO Hiroshi Tominaga was appointed officer responsible for implementation, and the Safety and Global Environmental Promotion Department is playing a central role in promoting measures by each department of the company in response to climate change.

The Toyota Tsusho Group passed its ISO 14001:2015 certification renewal audit in 2018, and its current certification is effective until December 31, 2021. The number of Group business subsidiaries that have acquired ISO 14001 certification stands at 59 in Japan and 134 outside Japan, accounting for approximately 19% of all subsidiaries (as of March 2020).

Toyota Tsusho Group’s Environmental Management

Toyota Tsusho Group’s Environmental Management

Construction of Environmental Management Systems Overseas

Construction of Environmental Management Systems Overseas

Efforts to Reduce Environmental Burden

Toyota Tsusho Group performs risk assessments and conducts business in accordance with the Environmental Policy and Biodiversity Guidelines.
<New investment projects>
For any new investment projects, we investigate and evaluate impact on forest conservation, biodiversity conservation,
conservation of resources, energy conservation, effective use of water, and we are also striving to protect the environment and reduce environmental impact, aiming to achieve both biodiversity conservation and business activities.

<Current business framework>
For our current business framework, we quantitatively evaluate risk of environmental pollution caused by equipment and management level of working area to reduce risk of environmental pollution. We also carry out risk assessments including biodiversity of existing businesses through internal audits of the environmental management system.

Internal and External audit results (fiscal2019)

Toyota Tsusho (non-consolidated) Japanese Group Companies
First-party audit (internal) 36 departments 54 companies
Second-party audit (internal) 0 departments 20 companies
Third-party audits (external) 32 departments 20 companies

Environmental training and environmental awareness

1.Raising employees' environmental awareness

We use e-learning and Environment Month to raise the environmental awareness of employees of the Company and Group companies. E-learning programs on ISO 14001 standards and certification tests for environmental specialists (biodiversity test and Eco Test) are available on the Group intranet to help employees learn environmental issues (subjects).

During Environment Month in June, we participated in the All-Toyota Green Wave campaign for Toyota Group companies by putting up posters to raise awareness of biodiversity among employees.

Cumulative total of e-learning course participants in fiscal 2019

ISO 14001 standards 888
Eco-verification (Parts 1-17), biodiversity 525

2.Human resources development for environmental management promotion

In Japan, the Group undertakes environment management through environmental management systems compliance with ISO 14001 and holds ISO seminars and ISO 14001 internal auditor training courses for Group employees, along with pre-assignment training for employees posted overseas.

Seminar results (fiscal 2019)

  Toyota Tsusho Japanese Group Companies Total
ISO seminar 260 persons 130 persons 390 persons
Internal auditor development course 0 persons 44 persons 44 persons
Pre-assignment training for new expats
(environmental preservation)
56 persons 15 persons 71 persons

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISO seminars and pre-assignment training for new expats were changed from face to face seminar to e-learning in fiscal 2019.