A journey towards Green..!
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
OUR FIRST STEP TOWARDS BUILDING A GREEN TKM….
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.
CONTINUING OUR EFFORTS TO CREATE A GREEN COMPANY…
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 CELEBRATION:
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.
ECO CSR: AN ECO INITIATIVE AT COMMUNITIES
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