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 the verification results to the Board of Directors.
The Toppan Group has established an environmental conservation framework in which the heads of every business 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 business 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 Structure
Managing Climate Change Risks
The Toppan Group has set up a TCFD Working Group composed of personnel from relevant head office departments under the Sustainability Promotion Committee to address the risks and opportunities presented by climate change. The working group employs scenario analysis to identify significant risks and opportunities and perform evaluations focused chiefly on the financial impacts of climate change on the Group.
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 environmental audits (of legal compliance) by the Ecology Center, and other internal environmental audits at individual sites.
The Ecology Center aggregates environmental performance data as the organization responsible for overseeing the Toppan Group's environmental conservation activities. The aggregation results are assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. (an independent assurance provider) and reported to the Board of Directors (for details, see the “List of Indicators Assured by an Independent Assurance Provider”). 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 Groupwide 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.
Management Cycle under ISO 14001:2015
Numbers of Internal Environmental Audits and Issues in Need of Improvement (Fiscal 2021)
|Domestic Sites Audited||54|
|Issues in Need of Improvement Identified at Domestic Sites||26|
|Domestic Sites Reviewed||4|
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 Groupwide e-learning programs. The Group also organizes regular training on Eco-creativity Activities for employees in sales departments.
Results of Environmental Education (Fiscal 2021)
|Training||Number of Trainees|
|New employee training: General environmental education||464|
|E-learning-based program on Toppan’s sustainability initiatives||18,300|
|E-learning-based program for personnel in charge of the environment in fiscal 2021||526|
|Toppan Challenge School (15 courses)||28|
|Toppan Business School (7 courses)||2,374|
|Internal environmental auditor training program||175|
The Toppan Group develops Environmental Communication Activities to share environmental conservation awareness with stakeholders through community involvement initiatives and 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.