reports from each year can be viewed as PDF files.
Toyota Industries participates in the Yahagi River Source Forests and Forest Gift Project run by the public interest incorporated foundation Aste. This project uses donations collected from companies and groups to carry out forest thinning activities and use the lumber to build benches that everyone can use. The benches are then donated to parks, kindergartens, schools, and other organizations. Every year since 2005, TICO has donated thinned lumber benches to kindergartens in the cities and towns where its plants are located. At the bench presentation ceremonies, children at the kindergarten are allowed to watch as the bench is assembled, and encouraged to take care of it as a simple way of communicating the value of Japan's precious forests.
A new project to conserve forests called "Ecocoro Tree Thinning" was launched in FY2009. The project is primarily run by our Group Leaders Associations of young leaders at manufacturing departments. Project members are currently carrying out conservation activities in the 6000-m2 Kaisho-No-Mori park, which is located in the city of Seto and owned by Aichi Prefecture. On project days, park staff members assess the status of the park's forests and the need for thinning, instructing project participants on how to cut the trees. Participants then work to clear away underbrush and fell the proper trees. Project activities took a major step forward in FY2011, when foster children were first invited to participate in a new Monozukuri Workshop. In these workshops, the children are able to use the thinned lumber to build bookstands, chests, and other items-learning the importance of nature conservation as they experience the joy of monozukuri (manufacturing).
*The word "Ecocoro" is an original one consisting of the words "Ecology" and "Cocoro" ("Spirit" in Japanese) and symbolizes our ambition to foster an eco-friendly spirit.
Our voluntary Group Leaders Associations, which consist of leaders from our manufacturing departments, participate in the Lake Hamana Source Forest-building and Biodiversity Project led by the non-profit organization Kumo Wo Tagayasu Kai. This initiative is designed to revitalize the natural forest habitats of animals in the area as well as build forests in a way that supports biodiversity. On the days when activities are held, members of TICO Foremen's Associations and their families travel to the town of Inasa in Shizuoka Prefecture, where the Shibukawa Forest is located, and plant 200 Konara saplings while learning about the importance of forest revitalization. Shibukawa in Inasa is a water source for the area around Kosai City, where the founder of Toyota Industries, Sakichi Toyoda, grew up-so the region has a deep significance for our company.