Sustainability

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Actions that drive value.

Sustainability is not just a tagline, it is a way of life at Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. Toray’s corporate philosophy is “contributing to society through the creation of new value with innovative ideas, technologies, and products.” We align with this vision, not just by the products we create, but also by who we are as responsible corporate citizens.

Commitment to Sustainability

Our corporate policies reflect our place in the world. We manage our responsibility to a changing world, an aging population, technological innovation, and transformative environmental challenges. Our goals facilitate this transformation.

Our products help create a world that is less dependent on fossil fuels. They push technology to reduce, and eventually eliminate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to global climate change.

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Our products, carbon fiber composites, enable structures to be built with less material and weight, reducing the amount of fuel consumed and greenhouse gasses emitted into the air. Results from a study on the impact of carbon fiber in automotive and aerospace applications show that when the body structure of a car is made 30% lighter using carbon fiber, 50 tons of CO2 will be reduced per 1 ton of carbon fiber over a life cycle of 10 years. When the fuselage structure of aircraft is made 20% lighter using carbon fiber, 1400 tons of CO2 will be reduced under the same condition.

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SUSTAINABLY MANAGED RESOURCES

Paper, a sacrificial reinforcement in prepreg manufacturing, is recycled at the end of its useful life to prevent landfill waste. We developed a unique cleaning process to reuse about 25% of paper, reducing the energy required to recycle roughly 37 million feet of paper per year. Other initiatives include using energy efficient LEDs, installation of steam turbine generator to harness and reuse wasted process energy.

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EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Toray supports outreach activities that promote sustainability through education, wildlife conservation and preservation of wild spaces. We continue to promote environmental stewardship and conservation through engagement with National Park Service and National Park Foundation.

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PROMOTING DIVERSITY

We are committed to a workplace that encourages diversity and inclusion. We provide equal employment opportunities for everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, national origin, veteran status or uniformed service member status.

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ENSURE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING FOR EVERYONE

One of our guiding principles places top priority on safety, accident prevention, and environmental preservation. Our business processes, from procuring raw materials and manufacturing and disposal of our products, reflect how we strive to ensure the safety and health of our employees and protect the environment.

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