TOTO has formulated a global environmental vision that guides its operating principles and decisions, which makes them the perfect partner. Since its founding, the TOTO Group has recognized the tremendous value of water. Today, with ever-increasing water shortages and the rise of global warming, they are redefining their relationship with this essential resource and are even more dedicated to sustaining the environment through the development of high-quality, water-efficient products.
TOTO's founder, Kazuchika Okura, had a vision more than one hundred years ago in 1912, before the concept of public sewage systems was widespread in Japan. After seeing more advanced systems overseas, he was moved to establish a ceramic sanitary ware laboratory to develop healthier and cleaner living spaces. In 1917, Okura founded Toyo Toki K.K. (which became known as TOTO LTD.) to supply the market with these products. TOTO was founded on a commitment to provide a comfortable living space for people, while always protecting the planet and its water.
Japan’s rich artistic heritage in pottery and porcelain is alive in every TOTO product we create today. Throughout their expansion worldwide, TOTO has remained true to the Japanese traditions that have shaped the Company motto and philosophy.