Water Resources


In conjunction with climate change, deforestation, population increases, and other issues, the problems of water shortages, deterioration of water quality, and flooding, which are worsening on a global scale, are environmental risks that could severely impact our business activities. With an understanding that the sustainable use of water resources is a key issue, we have made water an explicit part of the Toyota Tsusho Group's Environmental Policy and we are actively working to reduce water consumption and reuse water.

To this end, we have formulated a water management plan within our ISO 14001 environmental management system. We have also set targets for one Group companies with high water burdens and are working to reduce those burdens.
The one out of 569 Group companies that have formulated water management plans account for 0.2% of the total.

Toyota Tsusho Group Water Usage Initiatives

The Toyota Tsusho Group is cognizant that the sustainable use of water resources is a crucial issue and expressly indicates this in its Group environmental policies. The Group is working to raise use efficiency and reduce usage by optimizing usage and implementing comprehensive re-use. We are working to reduce water consumption by reusing rain water in the washrooms at our Nagoya Head Office.

We evaluated water risks in countries where we operate using the WRI Aqueduct water risk assessment tool and identified regions in India and other countries at risk of severe water shortages, flooding, and so on (water-stressed regions). We conduct business in these regions with an understanding of the risks. To address the water released by business sites in Japan, we periodically maintain and manage water treatment facilities and conduct thorough management and monitoring of the concentrations of contaminants in waste water in accordance with voluntary standards.

The Group has no facilities, assets, production, or revenue in water stressed regions of Japan. In addition, we are not in violation of any national or regional licensing standards or restrictions concerning water quality or usage (including legal violations).

Stakeholder Involvement and Support Activities at Business Sites in Water-Stressed Regions

Our affiliated company, Techno Trends Auto Park Pvt., Ltd. (India), is working to reduce water consumption by reusing treated water after its own wastewater treatment for gardening and domestic wastewater. It is also accepting the treatment of wastewater from neighboring business partners and is working to prevent wastewater from being discharged outside its premises to protect the living environment of surrounding residents.

External Collaboration

CDP (Water Security)

Since 2017, we have been responding to the CDP water security questionnaire, a global information disclosure program on corporate water risks. We received a "A-" evaluation as a result of the responses to the CDP questionnaire conducted in 2023.

Performance Data

Water Consumption (Domestic Offices)
Water Consumption (Domestic Offices)
Tabulation scope: Toyota Tsusho Corporation (head offices, branches, sales offices, field offices) and domestic consolidated subsidiaries
Water Consumption (Overseas Offices)
Water Consumption (Overseas Offices)
Tabulation scope: overseas consolidated subsidiaries
Toyota Tsusho Office Water Intake and Release Volumes
Toyota Tsusho Office Water Intake and Release Volumes
Scope of calculation: Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Nagoya Head Office, Tokyo Head Office, Osaka Branch, Toyota Branch)
*For this scope of calculation, only domestic water is included, so the intake water volume and waste water volume are the same.
Biomass Power Generation Related Water Intake Volume
  2020 2021 2022
Shimane (1,000 m3) 283 260 302
Ehime (1,000 m3) 403 375 331
Scope of calculation: Two domestic Group companies (biomass power generation companies)
Total water withdrawal (by source)
2020 2021 2022
Amount of water withdrawal (unit: 1,000m3) Rivers, lakes, and natural ponds 0 18 22
Wells and boreholes (groundwater) 607 6,984 7,727
Water collected at the mining site 0 0 0
City water (potable water) 1,189 3,245 3,570
External drainage 0 0 0
Rain water 0 41 0
Water collected from the ocean 0 0 0
Total 1,796 10,288 11,319
Scope of calculation: Toyota Tsusho Corporation and domestic consolidated subsidiaries (2020); Toyota Tsusho Corporation and domestic and overseas consolidated subsidiaries (2021-22)
Water Consumption (Water Stress Regions)
Water Consumption (Water Stress Regions)
Scope of calculation: The AQUEDUCT Water Risk Altas was used to evaluate each site in countries with an “overall water risk” of "Extremely High (4-5)" from the AQUEDUCT 3.0 Country Rankings. Areas with an “overall water risk” of "Extremely High (4-5)” were categorized as “water-stressed regions.” Manufacturing facilities (plants) with total water withdrawals of 10 megaliters/year or more were defined as “facilities with significant impact.”
Number of Sites by Water Risk Level
(Unit: site)
Extremely High 22
High 137
Medium - High 45
Low - Medium 70
Low 116
Assessed “Overall water risk” by WRI AQUEDUCT. The 22 Extremely High sites include 6 in Singapore, 3 in Pakistan, 3 in UAE, 2 in Saudi Arabia, 2 in Kazakhstan, 2 in Morocco, 1 in Iran, 1 in Israel, 1 in Jordan and 1 in Uzbekistan.

Water management plans in water stressed region
The Toyota Tsusho Group have formulated water management plans for drought risk in water-stressed region. As a result of reduced operations due to the impact of COVID-19, water consumption decreased and no sites exceeded 10 megaliters. However, water management plans have been formulated because water consumption is likely to increase as operations recover.
Target (Office) Fiscal 2022: 33% reduction in water usage compared to fiscal 2020 (40 liters/employee/day)
Result (Office) Fiscal 2022: Water usage of 36 liters/employee/day
Scope of calculation: TechnoTrends AutoPark Private Limited

Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the actual result for the fiscal year 2022 was 36 liters/employee/day against a target of 40 liters/employee/day, greatly exceeding the target.

Target (Office) Fiscal 2023: Water usage of 38 liters/employee/day
Scope of calculation: TechnoTrends AutoPark Private Limited

Given that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to lessen in the fiscal year 2023, and corporate activities are expected to be similar to the pre-pandemic period, we have set a target of 38 liters/employee/day, which is slightly higher than the fiscal year 2022 results.

Third Party Certification

Third-party certification has been obtained from LRQA Group Limited for a portion of the performance data above.