Y.T. Rubber Co., Ltd. (YTRC)

Business activities

Processing of natural rubber

Total site area

250,000 m2

Number of employees

248 (as of the end of December 2018)

Location

51/2 Moo. 1 Thambon Tha Sa Thorn, Amphur. Phunphin, Suratthani 84130,Thailand

Contact for consultation and complaints

Tel: +66-81-893-1881 Fax: +66-87-893-1118
E-mail: ytrc_envi@ytrc.co.th

Message from the General Manager

Noboru Takita

YT Rubber (YTRC) was established in 2008 in Thailand’s southern province of Suratthani, which is situated on the eastern side of the northern Malay Peninsula approximately 600 kilometers south of Bangkok.
The nation’s total annual production of natural rubber is approximately 4.5 million tons (making it the number one producer in the world), of which roughly 60% is produced in Thailand’s south. The plant’s immediate vicinity is dominated by rubber plantations and a few groves of palm. The region also boasts extensive tropical rainforests and a bountiful natural environment.

YTRC currently procures and processes raw rubber materials and provides them as high-performance natural rubber products for Yokohama Rubber Group tire production sites both within Thailand and in locations worldwide including Japan, the US, China, Russia, the Philippines, and India, etc.
As a member of the Yokohama Rubber Group and based on the policy of being a business that contributes to the environment, the company has acquired ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, recycles plant wastewater (zero external emissions), and it conducts operations based on coexistence with the natural environment and local residents.

Organizational Governance

The company’s employees are from Thailand and Myanmar and we distribute compliance cards in their respective languages in an effort to promote an awareness of compliance.
Global Compliance study meetings are held a number of times annually, and through them compliance levels are increasing.

Compliance cards in the Thai and Burmese languages

Compliance cards in the Thai and Burmese languages

Human Rights

Interactions between employees

We aim to encourage interactions, cross-cultural exchanges, and friendship between Thais, Burmese, and Japanese employees in various situations including events based on Thai Buddhist culture, birthdays, year-end parties, and employee weddings.

A birthday message board

Prayers at a temple on a birthday

A Songkran event

Labor Practices

Activities for protecting safety and health

Because in our industry work is conducted throughout the year in high-temperature conditions, some competitor companies allow employees to work while only wearing lightweight clothing. At YTRC, however, we actively foster work-safety awareness by enforcing a policy that protective equipment must always be worn when undertaking any tasks for which there exists a possibility of injury.
We also actively participate in drug eradication campaigns led by the government and work to maintain the health and healthy living environments of employees.
We follow the laws concerning medical insurance and regular health checkups, and equal working conditions for both Thais and Burmese, with no discrimination based on ethnicity.

The chanting of safety slogans prior to commencing work

Firefighting drill

Rescue training

First aid training

The Environment

Environmental data

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Category FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018
Waste generated (t) 18 46 21 22 25
Proportion sent to landfill (%) 2.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Landfill waste (t) 0.53 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Energy use
(oil equivalent: kl)
Electric power 1,570 1,523 1,670 1,603 1,761
Fuel 870 865 1,026 1,019 1,135
Total 2,440 2,388 2,696 2,622 2,896
Greenhouse gas emissions (1,000t-CO2) 5.5 5.5 5.7 5.5 6.1
Water usage (1,000m3) 13.1 23.0 104.3 49.1

Energy-saving activities

An electricity and LPG consumption reduction team has been established, and information about daily electricity and LPG consumption, improvement activities and the progress of improvements is posted. By enlightening our employees, we are working to improve energy-saving activities.

Biodiversity preservation activities

We are continuing with preservation activities such as surveying the lifeforms on the pondage on the company grounds and the adjacent Tappi River.
In fiscal 2016, we examined 272 wild birds, of which there were 19 species, and 1,290 fish, of which there were seven species.
Further, we planted trees around the pondage and protected the banks, and started to provide a pleasant living environment for the birds and fish. As a result, we now see many wild birds every day.

A Green Wave activity (planting seedlings at a local elementary school)

Wild birds flying in

A Safety, Environment, Energy (SEE) activity

A biodiversity survey of birds (part of the company’s biodiversity protection activities)

A biodiversity survey at a pond (part of the company’s biodiversity protection activities)

A biodiversity survey as part of Forever Forest Project (part of the company’s biodiversity protection activities)

Fair Operating Practices

We regularly visit existing raw materials suppliers in order to maintain and strengthen relationships while providing explanations on our CSR philosophy in order to deepen the level of understanding.

Promoting agroforestry farming

Agroforestry farming is a form of mixed cultivation. By growing various crops within rubber plantations through utilizing the spacing between the planted rubber trees, small-scale farmers (smallholders) can develop an additional stable income source by being able to harvest and sell produce, etc.
By promoting the adoption of agroforestry farming practices, at YTRC we are working to stabilize the businesses and livelihoods of smallholders. We are also helping to maintain the region’s natural biodiversity and to protect its forests.
Furthermore, we are cooperating with university specialists who are researching agroforestry farming practices, and supplying saplings to an experimental plantation that is being run by YTRC.

The receiving of a raw material supplier award

A visit to the raw material supplier

A study meeting to which farmers were invited (on the subject of agroforestry practices)

Consumer Issues

Quality is managed in accordance with ISO 9001 standards, and we are moving forward with improvements based on measures that seek to investigate the root causes of quality information received from users.

ISO 9001 audit

ISO 14001 audit

Community Involvement and Development

We participate in monthly meetings with the local community to exchange opinions on the environment and the company’s initiatives and deepen the level of understanding towards the company’s activities. In addition, we also participate in meetings with nearby businesses and public institutions (schools, hospitals, and temples) to exchange information and participate in donation activities in order to cooperate with the development of the region.

Participating in a drive for blood donations

Onsite repairs being carried out by members of the company’s maintenance staff

The receiving of a restroom cleaning award

A regular meeting conducted with local companies

Participating in a soccer competition with local companies