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Of the major risks identified by the risk management system*, "environmental pollution" and "industrial waste disposal" were classified as environmental risks. Activities to deal with environmental risks before they become a serious problem are being implemented on an ongoing basis in line with TOTO's goal of contributing to the maintenance of a safe society where people can enjoy peace of mind.

Status of Legal Compliance

While endeavoring to prevent pollution relying on our environmental management system, we also make every effort to minimize environmental loads by setting our own strict standards in addition to complying with the law.
Number of cases of violations of environmental laws
*Number of cases in which TOTO and its subsidiaries inside and outside Japan received penalties from regulatory authorities
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Japan 0 0 0 0 0
Overseas 1 2 1 1 0

Penalty of violating quantitative measurement of water discharge from plant in Mexico

We were penalized for violating quantitative measurement of plant water discharge in Mexico in 2015.
As preventive recurrence, we stock spares of flow mater, and check condition regularly.
Furthermore we spread those measures to other plants which have similar regulation.

NANJING TOTO fined for violating wastewater control rules with damaged pipe connection

In August 2016, the connection part of NANJING TOTO’s kerosene pipe was damaged, causing an outflow of kerosene from the rainwater drain path to the neighboring river. NANJING TOTO was fined for allowing this to occur. To prevent recurrences, NANJING TOTO strengthens everyday inspections to check for oil leakages from the piping and regularly repairs the piping.

TAIWAN TOTO fined for violating the Taiwanese law on waste disposal

TAIWAN TOTO was fined for having allowed the volume of its waste storage to be partly unreported in November 2016. To prevent recurrences, TAIWAN TOTO reviews the applicable laws and seeks to improve the system for keeping the company informed of legislative amendments

TOTO DALIAN fined for exceeding the standard values of plating wastewater

TOTO DALIAN was fined for wastewater in Jun. 2017 while an online monitoring equipment connected to the Bureau of Environment showed an abnormal value.As preventive measures for recurrence, we arranged a system for emergency response.

TOTO BEIJING fined for violating due to inadequacy in the operation of the environmental facility

In July 2018 TOTO BEIJING was penalized for inadequacy in the operation of the environmental facility, which led to the failure to fulfill the standard pH level of the chemical in the kiln’s gas-emission cleaning equipment, and paid a fine.
As a preventive measure, we provided education to everyone. Please note that we have identified that there are no problems in the other offices.

Plant Initiatives

The TOTO Group aims to reduce SOx, NOx, and dust emissions in order to strengthen its pollution prevention efforts.
In addition, those plants in Japan to which the water-quality total-volume restriction applies keep effluent below certain specified levels in order to maintain water quality.
We also manage chemical substances appropriately. With regard to substances to which the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Law applies, the quantity used, emissions and amount of movement are monitored.

•Data regarding air quality, water quality, noise level and vibration level regulatory items for each site (including overseas sites) can be found here (in Japanese):

Air emissions associated with the use of Volatile Organic Compounds(VOCs)

TOTO will continue to put into practice activities to reduce the emission of environmentally hazardous substances in our production activities.
(Fiscal Year)
  2017 2018 2019
Total VOC emissions(t) 28.4 29.4 26.5

Measures against Dioxin and promotion of proper PCB disposal

Measures against Dioxin

In February 2012, the TOTO Group announced that it had finished turning off one factory incinerator that had previously been in operation.

Promotion of Proper PCB Disposal

The Kitakyushu PCB Waste Treatment
Facility (from the website of the Japan
Environmental Safety Corporation)
In accordance with the relevant laws and regulations, transformers, condensers and stabilizers that have high PCB levels (more than 5000mg/kg) are managed appropriately and 813 units have been disposed of, with another 38 units in storage (as of April 2020). following the disposal plan of Japan Environmental Safety Corporation (JESCO).
In addition, electric devices that have low PCB levels (more than 0.5mg/kg to 5000mg/kg) are disposed as their PCB levels are identified through analysis.