Challenge 6: Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature

Basic Policy

It is crucial that humans conserve forests and other natural environments and learn to coexist in harmony with nature. We are facing rapid deforestation, the disruption of habitats of diverse species, and the continuing loss of biodiversity. We are increasingly faced with the loss of biological resources that are essential for society, the threat of natural disasters, and the overall impact of global warming. Sustainable society is at risk. In light of this risk, Toyota launched three "connecting" projects and is taking action to expand activities to various regions of Japan and overseas in order to enrich the lives of communities in each region. We will expand these activities at group, regional, and organizational levels using the insights we have gathered so far, aiming for a future where people and nature live in harmony.

Three Connecting Projects

  • Toyota Green Wave Project
    Connecting Communities
  • Toyota Today for Tomorrow Project
    Connecting with the World
  • Toyota ESD Project
    Connecting to the Future

Biodiversity Guidelines

Promoting Expansion of Nature Conservation and Connecting Communities―Toyota Green Wave Project

Toyota Group companies have conducted afforestation activities at their respective plants and undertaken environmental conservation activities in their surrounding areas. The Toyota Green Wave Project is an initiative to connect regions through these diverse activities promoting harmony with nature. By extending Toyota Group activities to promote harmony with nature in Japan and overseas, we aim to expand natural habitats and help create a sustainable society, benefitting biodiversity.

Specific programs include the Plant in Harmony with Nature Project, which creates environments that foster nature and living creatures, and the All-Toyota Green Wave Project, which cultivates ties between local communities and the Group.

Evolution from "Afforestation Activities at Plants" to "Plant in Harmony with Nature"

Afforestation activities have been conducted since 2007 under the theme of creation of forests at plant sites. The Tsutsumi Plant, where the Prius is produced, serves as a model plant for this project. We expanded activities in FY2018, and in the future will carry out the Plant in Harmony with Nature Project. These activities are not limited to forest environments at or near plants, but are being expanded to include the habitats of various living creatures.

In addition, species that serve as indicators (indicator species) are selected to quantitatively assess ecosystems and are continuously monitored.

Plant in Harmony with Nature Project Leads the Way to the Better Enviroment

Major Initiatives during FY2018

  • The Kinuura Plant and Tajimi Service Center won the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center Chairman's Award at the 36th National Factory Greenery Promotion Conference.

All-Toyota Harmony with Nature Working Group: All-Toyota Green Wave Project

All-Toyota Green Wave Project
All-Toyota Green Wave Project

The All-Toyota Harmony with Nature Working Group was established by 23 affiliates in May 2015 to undertake Toyota Green Wave Project activities and expand Toyota Group activities in harmony with nature, enhance the dissemination of information, and strengthen Group collaboration.

Major Initiatives during FY2018

  • A total of 217 projects were carried out at all Toyota companies.
  • Collaborative activities including a tree planting festival at Millennium Hope Hill in the Tohoku region held with the participation of 30 employees from 18 companies and bamboo forest maintenance work at the Yahagi River conducted with the participation of 54 employees from 18 companies.
All-Toyota Green Wave Project
All-Toyota Green Wave Project

Booklet Published and Website Created

All-Toyota Green Wave Project

A booklet with information on the meaning of the Toyota Green Wave Project, the importance of biodiversity, and examples of programs by Group companies was published and distributed to employees. Ongoing efforts were made to raise awareness of participation in activities and inform employees about the importance of inter-company cooperation. A dedicated website was also launched to disseminate information on the activities of each company in a timely manner.

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All-Toyota Green Wave Project
All-Toyota Green Wave Project

Major Initiatives during FY2018

  • Three Toyota Group companies-Toyota Motor Corporation, JTEKT Corporation, and Toyota Industries Corporation-collaborated and implemented a program to protect the little tern.
All-Toyota Green Wave Project

Boosted Grant for Environmental Activities Connecting the World―Toyota Today for Tomorrow Project

Toyota has conducted cooperative activities in Japan and overseas with environmental NGOs including the Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program and afforestation programs in China and the Philippines. We have established the Toyota Today for Tomorrow Project to bolster our long-standing grant program on a global basis. With the aim of contributing to society, we will work together with organizations engaged in nature conservation around the world by establishing projects to solve issues in the areas of living in harmony with nature and biodiversity.

Collaborative Projects with International Organizations

Toyota became the first automobile company and the first Japanese company to sign a Global Corporate Partnership agreement with WWF*1. To promote biodiversity conservation, Toyota has made annual US $1 million grants to WWF since 2016. Toyota began a five-year partnership with the IUCN*2 to raise awareness of the biodiversity crisis. Under the partnership, Toyota provides annual grants of approximately US $1.2 million and provides support for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ (IUCN Red List)*3.

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WWF
World Wide Fund for Nature
*2
IUCN
Founded in 1948 through an international initiative, International Union for Conservation of Nature is a global nature conservation network comprising nations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
*3
IUCN Red List
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM (IUCN Red List) is a list of threatened species in the world managed by the international organization IUCN.
Collaborative Projects with International Organizations
Collaborative Projects with International Organizations

Major Initiatives during FY2018

  • A WWF seminar on sustainable natural rubber production and procurement was held in Japan as an educational event to provide information on conditions at natural rubber production sites and convey local opinions.
  • A website for the Living Asian Forest Project was launched in both Japanese and English.
  • Toyota and the IUCN organized an event in Bangkok, Thailand to raise awareness of biodiversity and the IUCN Red List in Thailand.
  • During a panel discussion at an event held by the IUCN, Toyota highlighted that the IUCN Red List is an important pillar of Challenge 6.
  • To support the activities of environmental NGOs such as BirdLife International and Conservation International, which conducts IUCN Red List surveys and conservation activities, Toyota donated vehicles to both organizations and supported their local surveys.
Collaborative Projects with International Organizations
Collaborative Projects with International Organizations

Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program

Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program

In 1999, Toyota was honored with the Global 500 Award from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for its launch of the world's first mass production hybrid electric vehicle, development of environmental management systems, active disclosure of environmental data, and other initiatives. To commemorate receipt of this award, Toyota established a subsidy program in FY2001 to support the environmental activities of NPOs and other groups with the intention of resolving problems in environmental fields and fostering people responsible for the next generation.

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Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program

Boost Contributions to Environmental Education Connecting the Future―Toyota ESD Project

Human resources development is crucial for ensuring environmental conservation activities continue long into the future. Consequently, the Toyota Education for Sustainable Development Project promotes sustainable human resource development suited to local communities. Our corporate training approach is to nurture environmentally conscious employees and leverage their awareness. Additionally, we are connecting our training activities to the future by making the best use of the features of business sites and company-owned fields to provide environmental education for children, who will be responsible for maintaining sustainable societies in the future.

Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute

Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute

Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute opened in 2005 at the Shirakawa-Go world heritage site with the goals of widely promoting locally rooted environmental education valuing nature's inherent wisdom. The concept of "living in harmony" is central to the Institute, which is located in an environment rich in nature at the foot of Hakusan (Mt. Haku), and which provides adults and children visiting Shirakawa-Go with hands-on nature programs as well as opportunities to work on ecosystem surveys of wildlife, along with forest conservation activities.

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Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute

Forest of Toyota

The Forest of Toyota in Toyota City is a company-owned forest near urban areas. It has been maintained based on the satoyama (area between mountain foothills and arable flat land) environment, which has long been part of our lives, creating a forest where living creatures can naturally inhabit.

Since 1997, the forest has been open to the public. Anyone can walk freely through the forest and take part in various events to experience the satoyama environment and learn about nature through their five senses. In 2017, we celebrated 20 years since the forest opened to the public.

Forest of Toyota
Forest of Toyota

Major Initiatives during FY2018

  • Hands-on learning events for local elementary school students were attended by 5,538 children.
  • The "Future of Harmony between People and Nature as Learned from Dragonflies" event was held as the second program in a series held to educate about the ecology of the living creatures of satoyama.
Forest of Toyota
Forest of Toyota

Promoting Environmental Contributions Through Biotechnology and Afforestation, Automotive Peripheral Technologies, and Forest Conservation Activities

Preservation of Peat Swamp Forests in Indonesia

Preservation of Peat Swamp Forests in Indonesia

Indonesia is the third largest emitter of CO2 in the world when forest fires, peat fires and other factors are included, with peat swamps accounting for 37 percent of emissions. In order to preserve swamp forests, prevent emissions, and perform fire prevention and monitoring activities, we are carrying out activities enable economic independence for local residents without having to use swamp resources. Toyota has verified that a fast-growing species of grass called Napier produces large yields, and an improved variety of this grass could further encourage economic independence. Moving forward, while cooperating with local companies we hope to verify the effectiveness of these efforts on a practical scale, such as through the expansion of activities to other agricultural villages.

Preservation of Peat Swamp Forests in Indonesia

TOYOTA Mie Miyagawa Mountain Forest

TOYOTA Mie Miyagawa Mountain Forest
TOYOTA Mie Miyagawa Mountain Forest

Toyota has implemented automobile manufacturing expertise in the management of its own forest site in Odai Town, in the Taki District of Mie Prefecture. Soil and water conservation* efforts and other functions that benefit the public are also being promoted. We are also conducting programs to learn more about forestry and the deep relationship between forests and human beings while fully incorporating the natural properties of the Miyagawa region, which has a long history in the timber industry.

Major Initiatives during FY2018

  • A new program called the Forest Challenge and Development Project was launched to tackle the challenges of using trees and forested areas with the aim of connecting forests with future generations.
TOYOTA Mie Miyagawa Mountain Forest
TOYOTA Mie Miyagawa Mountain Forest