TOTO’s first president, Kazuchika Okura, wrote a letter to his successor, Saburo Momoki. The words contained in that letter have been treasured by the TOTO Group ever since as the Words of Our Founder. These words express the idea that “kindness must always come first” and state that our goal should be to provide good products and satisfy the customer and, by accomplishing that, profit and compensation will follow. The Words of Our Founder are positioned at the center of the Group’s management and represent our unchanging vision. My duty is to ensure that this vision, which has been cherished by each president before me, is passed down to the next generation.
We have found ourselves in a period of dramatic change and uncertainty in recent years that has included the COVID-19 pandemic, frequent natural disasters, changes to the international situation, and the progression of digital technologies. Under these circumstances, we are faced with the fundamental question of “what is the purpose of TOTO Group’s existence as a company?” As the TOTO Group heads into the future, the answer to how we can be useful to people and society comes back to the Words of Our Founder. Our purpose is to create enriched and comfortable lifestyles for customers around the world. The world is always undergoing change. And, if during this change we ever find ourselves unsure about something, the Words of Our Founder and our Corporate Philosophy lay out everything that we need to continue to value as we go forward.
The Company Mottos, TOTO Group Corporate Philosophy, and Charter of TOTO Group Corporate Behavior represent the inherited values, in other words the “heart,” of TOTO that are shared among employees and will be carried forward into the future. This remains unchanged. However, the way our “body” (business activities) moves will adapt in response to changes in the business environment. The TOTO Group’s strength lies in the fact that the “heart” is firmly rooted as the precondition of each employee’s actions.
Starting in fiscal 2021, we launched our New Shared Value Creation Strategy TOTO WILL2030 (hereinafter, “WILL2030”), which clarifies the lifestyle, society, and environment we want to achieve from a long-term perspective.
With the important material issues of Cleanliness and Comfort, Environment, and Relationships, we are making efforts to integrate CSR into management, aiming to create an enriched and comfortable future society that has no impact on the global environment and to achieve economic growth. As a result of these efforts, we will contribute to the SDGs through WILL2030.
We conduct our business activities under the long-cultivated TOTO brand, which has refined the concept that “good people make good products.” The TOTO Group’s approximately 34,000 employees conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. They wholeheartedly work for the benefit of our customers and society to create something different from mere industrial goods. When we communicate this to our customers through our products and services, I believe that the TOTO brand can shine even brighter. I am confident that as we continue to further refine the TOTO brand, we will keep gaining TOTO fans around the world.