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.
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.
■ 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, along with Company-wide e-learning-based training. Group sessions in rank-based training are arranged in conjunction with e-learning programs. Regular training on Eco-creativity Activities is also organized 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
As the highest-level body responsible for the Toppan Group’s environmental management, the Board of Directors appoints the Director in charge of the Ecology Center, an organization responsible for overseeing the Group’s environmental conservation initiatives. The director leads the center in its work to establish a set of environmental targets. Management indicators to be targeted are set based on guiding forces on the environment such as global conventions, Japanese laws and regulations, social conditions, and the voluntary action plans of the KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) and Japan Federation of Printing Industries (JFPI). For the objective assessment of environmental impact by indicator, the Toppan Group applies the Life-cycle Impact assessment Method based on Endpoint modeling (LIME) to consolidate INPUT and OUTPUT data on the environmental burden associated with business activities into a single index of environmental impact. This quantitative assessment provides a holistic view of the environmental impact of the overall business activities of the Group as a benchmark for checking which management indicators exert comparatively significant influences on the Group’s environmental impact.
The Toppan Group has established current targets for fiscal 2020 with regard to three management indicators: CO2 emissions for the mitigation of global warming, final landfill waste disposal for building a recycling-oriented society, and VOC emissions into the atmosphere for the conservation of the atmospheric environment. The Ecology Center collects results on these indicators every year, reports them to the Board of Directors, decides a set of single-year targets, and finally develops environmental measures for the current year with authorization from the Board of Directors. These Group-wide targets are reshaped into site-specific targets to be treated as key indicators for managing the progress of the environmental conservation activities carried out at individual sites.