Toyoda Gosei Plants 7,500 Trees at Ontario Facility
Kiyosu, Japan, September 13, 2016: TG Minto Corporation, a subsidiary of Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., conducted a tree-planting event on its plant grounds in Palmerston, Ontario, Canada. Approximately 900 volunteers, including employees and their families, community residents, and local government officials planted about 7,500 trees and shrubs.
This “Plant Afforestation” project was started in 2009 to honor the 60th anniversary of Toyoda Gosei’s founding. Since then, the Group has planted a total of approximately 290,000 trees at 25 locations, three of which are in North America. This is the first time the Toyoda Gosei Group has held an “Afforestation” event in Canada.
“At Toyoda Gosei, we are committed to the environment and the communities where we live and work. We are actively involved in local and global activities for environmental conservation that protect biodiversity, prevent global warming and create an environment where humans, business and nature can coexist,” said Mr. Naoki Miyazaki, president of Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
With this project, the Toyoda Gosei Group aims to make a positive impact in the local environment, increase greenery at Group company plants, raise employees’ environmental consciousness and cultivate solidarity, and enhance ties with local communities. Tree and shrub species environmentally suited to the climate are planted in a mix and density that creates true woodlands that are resistant to natural disasters, such as tsunamis and fires, and do not require human management. At this event, 25 species including maple, oak, and American elm were planted on the periphery of the company grounds.
The project is organized under the guidance of international tree-planting expert, Dr. Akira Miyawaki, Professor Emeritus, Yokohama National University, Director of the Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology. Dr. Miyawaki’s technique will help minimize greenhouse effect, preserve wildlife, minimize soil erosion and stabilize the climate. With the assistance of Dr. Miyawaki, Toyoda Gosei Group is helping to create a naturally sustainable environment in its local communities.
Randy Pettapiece, Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament of Ontario (center), and Toyoda Gosei President Naoki Miyazaki (left)
About Toyoda Gosei
Established in 1949 and headquartered in Kiyosu, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Toyoda Gosei is a leading specialty manufacturer of rubber and plastic automotive parts and LEDs. Today, the Toyoda Gosei Group provides a variety of high-quality products internationally, with a network of approximately 100 plants and offices in 18 countries and regions. Through its flexible, integrated global supply system and leading-edge technologies for automotive safety, comfort, and environmental preservation, Toyoda Gosei is a global supplier that aims to deliver the highest levels of quality, innovation, and satisfaction to customers worldwide.