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. 1In order to pass down a better global environment to the children of the future, As a responsible corporate citizen, we strive to reduce the following impact on the environment by preventing and reducing environmental pollution, while placing a high priority on not disturbing the global environment in conducting business.
    • Contribute to the transition to a carbon neutral society, reduce greenhouse gas emissions through our business activities and aim for carbon neutrality by reducing CO2 emissions from automotive,manufacturing, and energy plant construction through the use of clean energy and innovative technologies
    • Strive to preserve forests and biodiversity
    • Reduce resources and energy, and improve efficiency
    • Effectively use water and reduce the amount of use in water stressed regions
  2. 2We 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,while reducing the discharge of waste through our business activities, 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. 4We 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. 5We enhance environmental awareness among employees by providing environmental training and promoting a thorough understanding of our environmental policy.
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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.

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 68 in Japan and 139 outside Japan, accounting for approximately 20% of all subsidiaries (as of March 2021).

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 (fiscal2020)
Toyota Tsusho (non-consolidated) Japanese Group Companies
First-party audit (internal) 26 departments 67 companies
Second-party audit (internal) 0 departments 24 companies
Third-party audits (external) 33 departments 31 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 put up posters and conducted awareness-raising activities for employees.

Cumulative total of e-learning course participants in fiscal 2020
ISO 14001 standards 311
Eco-verification (Parts 1-17), biodiversity 361

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 various e-learning for Group employees.

Seminar results (fiscal 2020)
Toyota Tsusho Japanese Group Companies Total
ISO seminar 200 persons 84 persons 284 persons
Internal auditor development course - - -
Pre-assignment training for new expats
(environmental preservation)
26 persons 0 persons 26 persons

In fiscal 2020, ISO seminars and pre-assignment training for new expats were changed from face-to-face seminars to e-learning, from the perspective of preventing the spread of COVID-19. It was also decided not to implement the face-to-face ISO 14001 Internal Auditor Development Course.