- Fundamental Approach to the Environment
- Mitigation of Global Warming
- Building of a Recycling-oriented Society
With the growing awareness of environmental conservation throughout the world in the 1990s, the scope of environmental issues to be tackled by businesses grew significantly. Toppan reorganized its previous structure for environmental conservation by establishing the Ecology Center in 1991 and formulating its Declaration on the Global Environment, a basic philosophy for environmental conservation activities, in 1992. Toppan has promoted environmental initiatives based on the declaration ever since.
The Toppan Group targets the creation of a sustainable society where all forms of life in the global ecosystem can coexist into the future. In April 2009, the Group revised the Declaration on the Global Environment into The Toppan Group Declaration on the Global Environment, a new basic philosophy for environmental activities applied to the entire Group. The revised declaration reflects Toppan’s more assertive approach to the conservation of the global environment.
■ Promotion Structure
The Board of Directors is the highest-level body responsible for the Toppan Group’s environmental management. The board appoints a director to head the Ecology Center, an organization that oversees Toppan’s environmental conservation initiatives by supervising, evaluating, and verifying environmental activities undertaken throughout the Group and reporting results to the Board of Directors.
The Toppan Group has established an environmental conservation framework in which the heads of every division, Group company, and operational site are positioned as the personnel chiefly responsible for environmental efforts. These heads appoint Environmental Management Officers to steer the actual implementation of conservation activities carried out at their sites and collaborate to propel environmental initiatives throughout the divisions.
To accelerate the initiatives, these officers have set up Eco-protection Promotion Committees, bodies composed of persons relevant to the environment across the departments. The committees promote environmental conservation activities at Group sites and manage progress. For advanced environmental measures, the committees have convened multiple subcommittees to formulate necessary responses to specific environmental issues. Energy Subcommittees, for example, pursue energy-saving efforts to help mitigate global warming.
■ Environmental Management Systems
The Toppan Group has established environmental management systems (EMSs) based on ISO 14001.
A PDCA cycle of planning, support and operation, performance evaluation, and improvement serves as a core part of the ISO 14001-based EMSs to ensure ongoing improvement.
Group sites maintain their EMSs through management system audits by ISO 14001 registrars, internal audits (of legal compliance) by the Ecology Center, and other internal environmental audits at individual sites.
The Ecology Center aggregates evaluations of environmental performance as the organization responsible for overseeing the Toppan Group’s environmental conservation activities. The evaluation results are assured by an audit firm (independent assurance provider) and reported to the Board of Directors. The center discloses the verified performance data via the Toppan corporate website and other communication channels.
For environmental targets, in particular, the Ecology Center decides a set of site-specific, single-year targets based on the Group-wide targets and develops current-year measures with authorization from the Board of Directors. These site-specific targets are treated as key performance indicators for managing the progress of environmental conservation activities carried out at individual sites. The Ecology Center also manages the monitoring of soil and groundwater pollution, ascertains the results, and discloses the details.
■ Environmental Education
The Toppan Group implements various measures to improve the environmental literacy of employees based on social trends related to the environment, priority topics for year-by-year environmental activities, and other environment-related issues.
Toppan has been holding sessions for rank-based training, optional training, and internal auditor training. The rank-based training includes both group sessions and Company-wide e-learning programs. The Group also organizes regular training on Eco-creativity Activities for employees in sales departments.
■ Environmental Communication
The Toppan Group develops Environmental Communication Activities to share environmental conservation awareness with stakeholders through integration into the communities, along with environmental education for Group employees and non-Toppan individuals. Toppan has been organizing a host of environmental communication activities such as industry-government-academia-civil society projects, the disclosure of environmental performance data on the Toppan website, the publication of Site Eco Reports for surrounding communities and local governments, neighborhood meetings to report on the Group’s environmental efforts, and participation in eco-exhibitions and environmental consortiums.
■ Medium-and-long-term Environmental Targets of the Toppan Group
As the highest-level body responsible for environmental management in the Toppan Group, the Board of Directors appoints a director to head the Ecology Center, an organization responsible for overseeing the Group’s environmental conservation initiatives. The appointed director supervises the center’s work to establish a set of medium-and-long-term environmental targets. Toppan has set fiscal 2030 targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction for the entire Group, including domestic and overseas sites, in order to meet the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement: to keep the global temperature rise this century to no more than 2°C above the pre-industrial level. Toppan’s GHG-emission reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a partnership between the CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
■ Medium-term Environmental Targets for Domestic Sites
As a participant of the voluntary action plans and other initiatives developed by the KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) and Japan Federation of Printing Industries (JFPI), the Toppan Group has established medium-term environmental targets for three management indicators at domestic sites for fiscal 2020: a CO2 emission target for the mitigation of global warming, a final landfill waste disposal target for building a recycling-oriented society, and an atmospheric VOC emission target for the conservation of the atmospheric environment. These indicators are calculated for Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. and its manufacturing subsidiaries in Japan.
■ Managing Climate Change Risks
Under the supervision of the director in charge of climate change risks, the head office Manufacturing Management Division clarifies physical risks and formulates measures to manage them, while the Ecology Center in the Manufacturing Management Division ascertains and analyzes a global picture of transition risks and relevant international legislation. Whenever necessary, specified physical or transition risks are reported to the Director in Charge of Risk Management and the Board of Directors.
■ Assessing Environmental Impact
Toppan applies the “Life-cycle Impact assessment Method based on Endpoint modeling (LIME)” to assess the degree to which the Group’s initiatives for achieving environmental targets have reduced its total environmental impact. This life cycle assessment allows the Group to consolidate INPUT and OUTPUT data on the environmental burden associated with business activities into a single index of environmental impact. The LIME provides Toppan with a quantitative view of how environmental impact is changing from the base year.