A jour­ney to­wards Green..!

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Toy­ota Kir­loskar Mo­tor has fo­cused on achiev­ing har­mony be­tween its man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and the nat­u­ral world based on the con­cept of ‘A plant that op­ti­mally uti­lizes nat­u­ral re­sources, while op­er­at­ing in har­mony with the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.’

TKM be­ing an af­fil­i­ate of Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion, Ja­pan works in line with the En­vi­ron­ment Earth Char­ter that serves as a guide­line for pro­mot­ing & achiev­ing en­vi­ron­ment tar­gets. Apart from this, the En­vi­ron­ment Five year Ac­tion Plan helps each af­fil­i­ate to set tar­gets to en­hance its en­vi­ron­ment per­for­mance.

As its first step to­wards es­tab­lish­ing a sus­tain­able plant, TKM ini­ti­ated Af­foresta­tion ac­tiv­ity in the year 2009 with the ob­jec­tives of con­ser­va­tion of na­tive ecosys­tem and also to spark the Eco con­scious among team mem­bers and all the stake­hold­ers. Our aim was to ad­dress the chal­lenge, that our forests are fac­ing to­day and pro­vide a fa­vor­able habi­tat for the growth of na­tive species.

The en­tire ini­tia­tive is based on the ‘Dr. Miyawaki Method’ to re­store and re­con­struct forests based on the con­cept of “Po­ten­tial Nat­u­ral Veg­e­ta­tion”, which helps in cre­at­ing a fast grow­ing Nat­u­ral For­est at the rate of 1m/1 year by plant­ing na­tive species so as to cre­ate bio­di­ver­sity and ecol­ogy.

A bird’s eye view of the huge gath­er­ing on the Af­foresta­tion Day


21st June 2009 was a unique mile­stone for TKM, in its jour­ney to­wards cre­at­ing an Eco-friendly com­pany. The dream of af­foresta­tion turned real when 5800 people in­clud­ing team mem­bers came for­ward to sup­port TKM. TKM also in­volved fam­ily mem­bers, sup­pli­ers and deal­ers, school chil­dren, neigh­bor­ing in­dus­tries, lo­cal com­mu­nity in this no­ble cause. By the com­bined ef­forts of the par­tic­i­pants, with in a short span of two hours,32,500 saplings were planted.


De­spite a dip in the an­nual prof­its, TKM con­tin­ued its af­foresta­tion­pro­gramme.Vol­un­taryaf­foresta­tion­ac­tiv­i­tieswere­con--

ducted with­inthe com­pany premises. About 600 team mem­bers en­thu­si­as­ti­cally par­tic­i­pated in vol­un­tary af­foresta­tion pro­grammes be­tween April 2010 – March 2011. Dur­ing the year 2011 around 67000 saplings were planted in­side TKM. Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of World En­vi­ron­ment Month 2012, Team mem­ber vol­un­teers planted more than 7500saplings in schools & vil­lages. The com­pany has also been pro­mot­ing to its busi­ness part­ners.


World For­est Day is cel­e­brated world­wide ev­ery year on 21st of March in or­der to in­crease the pub­lic aware­ness among com­mu­ni­ties about the val­ues, sig­nif­i­cance and con­tri­bu­tions of the forests to bal­ance the life cy­cle on the earth. More than 1250 mem­bers par­tic­i­pated and planted 15000 saplings in­side TKM premises.

San­dal­wood Av­enue has been cre­ated in the plant premise by plant­ing about 200 saplings. As part of this event, us­ing the non pro­duc­tion hour’s team mem­bers planted about 15000 num­ber­sof saplings.


TKM is com­mit­ted to en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion and strongly be­lieves in com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion to de­velop a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and affin­ity to­wards the en­vi­ron­ment. A Need based As­sess­ment Sur­vey was con­ducted to un­der­stand the En­vi­ron­ment needs of com­mu­nity. Un­der this Team Mem­bers took up ac­tiv­i­ties such as en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness cam­paigns, waste man­age­ment and plan­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the neigh­bour­ing vil­lages & schools. Through­out this jour­ney TKM has planted more than 2,42,000 saplings with 70 dif­fer­ent na­tive species that has re­sulted in de­vel­op­ment of 52 acres of green belt area. In fu­ture, these can be utilised as re­pro­duc­tion or­chards and also as re­search sites.

Par­tic­i­pants from all age groups (4 – 60 yrs) en­thu­si­as­ti­cally in­volved dur­ing the Event

Eco ini­tia­tive at com­mu­ni­ties

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