We strive to contribute to society comprehensively
through our pillar business, the world of toys.
Our Founder’s Ultimate Aspiration
On September 1, 1923, the Tokyo-Yokohama Great Kanto earthquake took away the lives of many city dwellers in an instant. TOMY founder, Eiichiro Tomiyama, immediately set to work making toys amidst the ruins of Tokyo shitamachi area. With people focused primarily on rebuilding their lives and their home, Eiichiro could have commended high rates as a tin worker, but he chose instead to make toys for a miniscule return. Why? Because he believed in the power of toys, to bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike.
In 1930, he founded the Tokyo Toy Industry Association with a group of like-minded associates. At the time, the toy industry consisted of a group of cottage industries, but the Association encouraged members to modernize and rationalize the industry. Its founding document entitled Tokyo Toy Industry Association Guiding Principles contained an entrepreneur’s motto that new toymakers rigorously aspired and adhered to.
Our predecessors advocated the ideal principle of co-existence and co-prosperity, declaring that, “those who aspire to eternal prosperity must understand they can only prosper together with others.”
The founding philosophies of the TOMY Group: Let’s excite the world’s markets with our outstanding products, and; our sincerity and diligence will contribute to society and lead to our own success and happiness, were based on this entrepreneur’s motto. They clearly illustrate our founder’s strong belief in the value of providing outstanding products to world markets and contributing to society at large through business, and the belief that sincere and tireless effort at work must contribute to the development of human culture.
While eras and environment evolve, our fundamental ideology holds fast, and we remain committed to contributing broadly to society through the business of toy making.
TOMY Group Social Responsibility Framework
To mark the approach of our 100th anniversary in 2024 and help guide future society, we have formulated the TOMY Group social responsibility framework, which sets our CSR vision to become friends with children around the world and how to achieve it.
We have organized our approach to fulfilling social responsibility through business with reference to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
■Special Feature: TOMY Group Social Responsibility Goals
Take a look at how we formulate strategies for each fiscal year.
Approach for Our CSR Vision
1. Expand play for all to enjoy
Be it different cultures, genders, disabilities and abilities, lifestyles or values, we live in a diverse world. We seek to help children grow by providing safe and secure toys that reflect such diversity and expanding play for children around the world to enjoy.
2. Be proud role models
Our operational environment is greatly influenced by globalization and technological revolution, and the responsibility to conduct fair, honest business is growing as companies play an increasingly influential role in society. We should act as proud, respected role models for children and seek to create fun, comfortable working environments across the TOMY Group.
3. Protect environment so children can smile in play 100 years from now
Today’s society faces multiple pressing problems including the depletion of resources, climate change, and environmental issues. We seek to minimize the negative impact of our business, contribute to regional development and protect the environment to help preserve sustainable communities and the earth for future generations of children to smile and play with toys.
Social Responsibility through Business
In pursuit of our CSR vision, we contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the creation of a society that leaves no one behind.
By spreading TOMY’s play culture worldwide, we give children the power to learn and broaden their interests, and help them build stronger independence, creativity and communication skills. We also create opportunities through toy play for children to learn in more depth about the knowledge and skill required for sustainable development.
The TOMY Group helps carve creative and productive work styles, building environments that facilitate safe, secure working and promote a healthy work-life balance.
We consistently support development of the regions where we operate and in our supply chain networks by helping to boost their techniques and capabilities.
We provide opportunities for people to experience sustainable lifestyles through toy play. We also build systems to ensure product safety and security across our entire value chain, and work to reduce product quality issues and optimize resource use.
By striving to develop accessible-design and other toys that everyone can enjoy and building healthy child culture, we seek to put smiles on all people’s faces, as the symbol of a peaceful society. To that end, we promote fair and transparent business activities.
We pursue operational activities that value local community links, and build strong partnerships with business partners in the true spirit of co-existence and co-prosperity. Through the partnerships that leverage our strengths as a toymaker, we also promote determined joint action aimed at solving social issues for children.
Social Responsibility Promotion
In fiscal 2017 and beyond, we have continued to conduct social responsibility activities through an organizational structure that falls under the direct control of the Board of Directors and is chaired by our Representative Director and Chairman. The project team is re-organized each year to address specific issues. The members of the first year’s project continue to serve as contact points at their departments and Group companies to help strengthen internal communications across the Group and forge a deeper understanding of social responsibility. In April 2018, we set up the CSR Promotion Team to both promote social responsibility and serve as the secretariat of the project.
Our Compliance Leaders’ Meeting, Safety Leaders’ Meeting, Risk/Compliance Committee, and Group companies’ health and safety committees are tasked with discussing social responsibility-related issues and managed by leaders from individual departments and Group companies.