Environmental Initiatives

Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives

Our Group’s business activities rely on nature’s bounty. Following the philosophy of our Responsible Care Activity Guideline, we recognize the importance of conserving biodiversity. As such, we are a promotion partner of “The Declaration of Biodiversity by Nippon Keidanren.” Understanding the importance of biodiversity outlined in the guidelines and reflecting it in the basic management stance, and following these declarations, we are promoting environmental impact reductions, compliance with our procurement policy, and dialogue with communities through preservation activities at biotopes set up at some of our business locations. In terms of our initiatives during the product life cycle, we develop ecofriendly products, while outside of Japan we take part in local initiatives, including those that protect rare tree species. These initiatives are approved, monitored, reviewed and modified by our Responsible Care Committee.

There were no items requiring review in fiscal 2021.

[TOPIC]Biotope and Visiting Guest Lesson Initiatives

A survey of the relationship between domestic and overseas Group business sites and protected areas of biodiversity importance revealed that none of the Group’s business sites are located within such areas. However, the results of an ecosystem survey conducted in fiscal 2011 at the site of our Shizuoka Plant located in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture, confirmed the presence of Japanese killifish, a Category II (VU) vulnerable species. Although the site is not a protected area, after determining the strong need for preserving the biodiversity of this site, we decided to create a company biotope. The creation and maintenance of the biotope were completed in March 2017. The biotope, which occupies about 5% of the Shizuoka Plant’s 287,000 m2 site, is habitat for a wide variety of fauna and flora, including ancient Oga lotus and jewel beetles, among others, in addition to Japanese killifish. We continue to engage in communication with local communities, such as by spreading the word on the significance of our biotope for biodiversity to the community and supplying some of the Japanese killifish that have taken root and multiplied within our biotope to neighboring locations.

During fiscal 2021, the impact of the spread of COVID-19 infections resulted in a major decrease in visitor numbers. In addition, visitor reception of school study excursions has remained suspended in order to prevent the spread of contagion. At the same time, we continue to engage in dialogue with neighboring elementary schools regarding biodiversity conservation efforts centered on the biotope, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, as in the previous year, we have responded to requests for visiting guest lessons at schools, field trips using the biotope, and other activities. We provided a total of approximately 150 killifish to four elementary schools in the neighborhood, and gave a visiting guest lesson at one school (120 students in total) on how to conserve Japanese killifish while introducing our SDG initiatives. In addition, two field trip visits to the biotope were made, one in the spring and the other in the fall. Although visits by the general public have decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to collaborate with the community, especially with neighboring schools.

Biotope general information sign

Biotope general information sign

Japanese killifish (a Category II (VU) vulnerable species)

Japanese killifish (a Category II (VU) vulnerable species)

Biotope (Oga lotus and a large enoki, or Japanese hackberry tree)

Biotope (Oga lotus and a large enoki, or Japanese hackberry tree)

Elementary school excursion and lesson

Elementary school excursion and lesson

Visiting guest lessons at elementary schools

Visiting guest lessons at elementary schools

Biotope (blossoming hill)

Biotope (blossoming hill)

[TOPIC]Participation in the 30 by 30 Alliance for Biodiversity

The G7 2030 Nature Compact, agreed upon at the G7 Summit held in the UK in June 2021, commits each country to effectively conserve and protect at least 30% of its terrestrial and marine areas as healthy ecosystems by 2030 (“30 by 30”). Its goal is “halting and restoring biodiversity loss (nature positive)”.

In Japan, the 30 by 30 Alliance for Biodiversity was launched under the leadership of the Ministry of the Environment to achieve the “30 by 30” goal. In addition to the expansion of protected areas such as national parks, the Alliance will initiate a mechanism for OECM* recognition of spaces that have been preserved outside of protected areas.

We are committed to obtaining OECM certification for the Ikoi no Mori biotope at our Shizuoka Plant, and to contributing to the “30 by 30” initiative.

  • * Spaces other than protected areas that contribute to biodiversity conservation.
    An acronym for “other effective area-based conservation” measures.
The Alliance logo

The Alliance logo

Biotope Ikoi no Mori (Forest of Relaxation)

Biotope Ikoi no Mori (Forest of Relaxation)

Initiative to Protect Forest Ecosystems

Our Company contributes to conservation of biodiversity by protecting forest environments through our support for activities including forest thinning projects and afforestation activities of the environmental NPO Office Chonaikai (Office Neighborhood Association). Our company has supported forest thinning mainly in Iwate Prefecture since fiscal 2008 by expanding the use of Paper Products that Contribute to Forest Thinning Efforts promoted by the Morino Chonai-Kai (Forest Neighborhood Association).

The cumulative amount of this paper used is approximately 83,000 kg, which corresponds to the thinning of 5.55 hectares. Our business site in Indonesia engages in afforestation activities for growing mangrove forests that protect various species of marine organisms, and is also carrying out activities mitigate climate change. Going forward, we will continue to conserve biodiversity tailored to the environment surrounding each of our business sites.

Amount of Paper Products that Contribute to Wood
Thinning Efforts Used by Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.

Environmental Conservation and Beautification Activities in the Surroundings of Plants

We are working to conserve and beautify the areas surrounding each of our production plants by cooperating with local environmental conservation activities and campaigns against illegal dumping of waste as well as cleaning and beautification events organized by local communities.

SB Kawasumi (Head Office, Tonomachi)

SB Kawasumi (Head Office, Tonomachi)
Participated in environmental and beautification activities around Tonomachi King Sky Front.

S.B. Techno Plastics (Head Office)

S.B. Techno Plastics (Head Office)
Participated in the Kodama Industrial Park Clean Operation.

Shizuoka Plant

Shizuoka Plant
Coducted environmental and beautification activities around the dormitory.

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