Basic Approach

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 its Declaration on the Global Environment into The Toppan Group Declaration on the Global Environment, a 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.

Toppan’s environmental considerations encompass the entire lifecycle of a product or service from production and transportation/distribution to end-of-life treatment. All of the Group’s business facilities and entities throughout the value chain are considered, from suppliers, service providers, and contractors to other major business partners of the Group (e.g., licensees, partners in joint ventures, partners of subcontractors, entities involved in non-controllable projects, due diligence providers, partners handling mergers and acquisitions, etc.).

Promotion Framework

  • 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 Ecoprotection 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
    Environmental Management Structure

Managing Climate Change Risks

The Toppan Group has set up a TCFD* Working Group composed of personnel from relevant head office divisions 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.

*Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

Environmental Management

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 (for details, see the “List of Indicators Assured by an Independent Assurance Provider”) 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. 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
Management Cycle under ISO 14001:2015

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 Groupwide 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 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.

Environmental Targets

Toppan Group Environmental Vision 2050

Toppan has formulated the Toppan Group Environmental Vision 2050, a long-term policy for addressing global environmental issues, as a proponent of a sustainable society that supports all forms of life in the global ecosystem of tomorrow.

Toppan Group Environmental Vision 2050

As a member of international society, the Toppan Group aims to enable “fulfilling, sustainable living” by contributing to decarbonization, resource circulation, and the optimal use of water through forward-looking activities with consideration for preservation of the global environment.

① Contributing to Decarbonization
Aiming for virtually zero Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions.

② Contributing to Resource Circulation
Aiming for zero waste emissions.

③ Optimal Water Use
Reducing water consumption and contributing to improved water quality by preventing pollution.

Toppan Group Medium-and-Long-Term Environmental Targets for Fiscal 2030

In tandem with the Toppan Group Environmental Vision 2050, Toppan has reviewed the key performance indicators (KPIs) for SDG-linked issues under the “environmentally friendly & sustainable production” theme within the Companywide Materiality category. The review led to the establishment of a new set of target values called the Toppan Group Medium-and-Long-Term Environmental Targets for Fiscal 2030.

Based on the new environmental vision, Toppan has employed a backcasting methodology to establish new fiscal 2030 targets for “contributing to decarbonization” and “optimal water use.” Toppan has also upwardly revised its target value for reducing Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions “contributing to decarbonization.”

Toppan Group Medium-and-Long-Term Environmental Targets for Fiscal 2030

① Contributing to Decarbonization
Reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 32.5% (446 kt-CO2e) compared to the fiscal 2017 level (1,373 kt-CO2e).
(Renewable energy ratio of 6.5%)
Reduce Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (1,224 kt-CO2e) compared to the fiscal 2017 level (6,122 kt-CO2e).

② Contributing to Resource Circulation
Reduce final landfill waste disposal by 60% (4,444 t) compared to the fiscal 2017 level (7,407 t).
Increase waste plastic material recycling rate by 12 percentage points (to 65%) compared to the fiscal 2017 level (53%).

③ Optimal Water Use
Reduce water consumption, improve water efficiency, and avoid water pollution risks.
(Quantitative targets will be set going forward.)

Medium-term Environmental Targets for Domestic Sites

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 Inc. and manufacturing subsidiaries in Japan.

Medium-term Environmental Targets for Domestic Sites in Fiscal 2020
? Mitigation of global warming ? Action for building a recycling-oriented society ? Conservation of the atmospheric environment
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 30% compared to the fiscal 2008 level
    (751 kt-CO2 → 530 kt-CO2: Reduce by 221 kt-CO2)
  • Reduce final landfill waste disposal by 95% compared to the fiscal 2008 level
    (1,584 t → 80 t: Reduce by 1,504 t)
  • Reduce VOC emissions into the atmosphere by 70% compared to the fiscal 2008 level
    (7,326 t → 2,198 t: Reduce by 5,128 t)

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 the Group’s 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.