Breaking new ground in the printing industry, Toppan established its Ecology Center in 1991 and laid out the Toppan Declaration on the Global Environment as its fundamental environmental philosophy in 1992. In April 2009, this was revised as “The Toppan Group Declaration on the Global Environment” and the company promotes environmental activities aimed at the realization of a sustainable society on a group-wide basis. The Ecology Center takes the lead in proactive engagement in four types of environmental activities that involve participation by all of our employees. These activities are Environmental Management Activities, Eco-protection Activities, Eco-creativity Activities and Environmental Communication Activities.
Toppan's Environmental Logo
This logo symbolizes Toppan's environmental actions and measures as a seed that will germinate and grow.
- The Toppan Group Declaration on the Global Environment
- The Toppan Group Declaration on the Global Environment PDF(752KB)
This refers to activities for systematically managing environmental initiatives such as the construction of the environmental management system, and these activities are based on the repetition of the PDCA (Plan,Do,Check,Action) cycle. Before the 2008 fiscal year, 46 operational sites in Japan and 10 operational sites overseas had acquired ISO14001 accreditation. The Eco-protection and Eco-creativity activities that have been the pillars of our environmental activities are promoted together with Environmental Communication, and various measures are implemented under the guidance of the Ecology Center.
We call our activities aimed at minimizing the environmental burden of our operations “Eco-protection Activities” To lower our emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, we promote activities corresponding to the national greenhouse gas reduction target (Kyoto Protocol target). We also pursue waste recycling activities including significantly reducing final landfill waste disposal and achieving zero emissions at 43 operational sites (as of the end of March 2009). Recycling, energy saving and resource saving are promoted at offices at each operational site. We are taking proactive measures to reduce the environmental burden of our transportation activities with initiatives such as the promotion of ecodrive and modal shift practices.
Equipment for recovering solvents
In line with our original 14 Environmental Points based on ISO14021, we engage in the development of environmentally friendly products and services in accordance with voluntarily established criteria devised with consideration for the special characteristics of the products and services of each division. Products and services developed are evaluated in-house and those that meet the criteria are certified and sold as environmentally friendly products.
We are also using the microfabrication, photoregulation and surface processing technologies developed in printing operations in the research and development of components in the field of next-generation energy sources with reduced environmental burdens such as fuel cells and solar cells.
Theses are activities for sharing awareness of approaches to the environment with stakeholders through educational activities inside and outside the group and activities promoting coexistence with local communities. We engage in activities including collaborations between the industrial, government, academic and private sectors, the issuance of CSR reports, and reporting on environmental activities to local residents.