Striving to Preserve Biodiversity through Both Business Activities and Social Contributions
In April 2008, Sekisui Chemical Group incorporated items on biodiversity to its Environmental Management Policy. Since then it has strived to preserve biodiversity through both environmentally conscious business and deploying nature conservation activities around the world.
- Approach to Biodiversity Preservation
|1. Assessment and reduction of the impact of business activities on biodiversity||
|2. Development and promotion of related technologies and product||
|3. Raising employees' awareness||
|4. Dialogue and cooperation with external stakeholders||
|5. Transmittance of information||
In March 2011, Sekisui Chemical Group established guidelines for preserving biodiversity. In accordance with these guidelines, in fiscal 2012 we continued from last year assessment of activities to preserve biodiversity at three business sites in Japan. The results brought to light issues such as the fact that the trees planted at some business sites consist of single species only and spatial structure with variation achieved through a mixture of tall and short trees is limited. In the future, we will address these issues to make progress on creating business sites that can coexist with a diverse range of creatures and work to raise the level of these activities across the whole of Sekisui Chemical Group.
Preservation of Biodiversity
Located in Ritto City in southern Shiga Prefecture, Sekisui Chemical's Shiga-Ritto Plant is surrounded by many precious natural woodlands.
In fiscal 2012, as part of its efforts to preserve biodiversity, the plant built an artificial floating island planted with aquatic plants in the pond where plant wastewater ultimately is discharged. This can be expected both to provide habitat for the freshwater fish living in the pond and to purify the water through the action of the aquatic plants. The floating island was made using the Eslon Neo Lumber fiberreinforced foamed urethane (FFU) material produced at the plant, and it was designed to be an optimal environment for the growth of aquatic plants. Carex thunbergii, bur-reed, Manchurian wild rice, and other species native to the surrounding watershed were chosen for planting on the island, with employees' families taking part in the planting as well.