The Toppan Group has formulated the following basic policies on biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of biodiverse resources.
Toppan positions the conservation of biodiversity as an important element of management. The Group takes an assertive approach to the sustainable use of resources by avoiding or minimizing the impact on biodiversity during raw material procurement operations. The Group also proactively undertakes social contribution activities to conserve biodiversity with preventative and adaptive methods formulated from long-term perspectives. These biodiversity initiatives focus on cooperation with communities and various other stakeholders with links to biodiversity. The Group recognizes that biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of biodiverse resources help mitigate global warming and alleviate other environmental problems.
■ 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.
■ Promoting the Conservation of Biodiversity
The Toppan Group established a Basic Policy on Biodiversity in April 2010 to pursue biodiversity conservation. A set of Paper Procurement Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Forest Resources was also formulated in September 2011 to step up specific conservation measures.
Concrete initiatives have been carried out through two approaches: biodiversity conservation at Group sites and conservation outside the sites. In the former initiatives, Toppan employees and their families promote biodiversity conservation within site premises in cooperation with external environmental experts. In the latter, employees and family members take part in conservation activities organized in site neighborhoods by environmental NPOs and local governments.
The Toppan Group works with a number of stakeholders, including employees, to conserve biodiversity throughout Japan and the rest of the world.