Conserving the Natural Environment
We Strive to Conserve Natural Environments and Biodiversity.
Basic ConceptLessening the Impact of Business Activities on Biodiversity
In April 2008, the Sekisui Chemical Group incorporated items relating to biodiversity into its Environmental Management Policy. In 2011, the Group established a set of guidelines. The Sekisui Chemical Group has striven to conserve the natural environment, including in terms of biodiversity, through both environmentally conscious business activities and actions to preserve the environment undertaken around the world.
Biodiversity AssessmentAssessing the Environmental Impact and Confirming the Effect on Biodiversity
At the Sekisui Chemical Group, the Environmental Subcommittee of the Group, which is positioned under the CSR Committee, headed by the President, meets twice a year to deliberate on biodiversity with regard to the Group’s business activities, and to assess their impact. As a specific method to assess impact on the environment, the Company uses the JBIB Land Use Score Card®*1, a tool for evaluating the level of effort to preserve biodiversity with respect to land use, as well as WET*2, which evaluates the impact on living organisms exerted by waste water.
With the Sekisui Chemical’s large-scale land developments including the construction of one of its plants, or when new land is acquired as a result of an M&A or other activity, the Company conducts an environmental impact assessment with regard to the potential effect that the Company’s business could have, including on the air, bodies of water, or soil. Within this environmental impact assessment, we also confirm the impact on biodiversity.
*1JBIB Land Use Score Card®：A tool used to assess the level of effort to preserve biodiversity, developed by the NPO Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity.
*2WET（Whole Effluent Toxicity）：A test method to assess the toxicity of wastewater in bio-response of fish, water fleas, and algae.
SEKISUI Environment WeekHeld to Help Develop Human Resources with Excellent Environmental Activity Promotional Skills
For a fifth time, in fiscal 2017, a total of 25,277 employees participated in activities.
The activities were creatively devised to match each business site and included beautification around the areas, tree planting, energy-conservation in the offices and much more.
Initiatives to Improve Green Space QualityInitiatives to Improve Green Space Quality at All Domestic Production Sites and Laboratories
We are moving forward with efforts to improve green space quality at business sites with the aim of maintaining flora and fauna habitats, building ecosystem networks that connect regions and business sites and invigorate regional partnerships. Under the environmental medium-term plan (2017-2019), we aimed to improve our score on the JBIB Land Use Score Card® by 5 points compared with fiscal 2016. As a result of planting local seeds and saplings, activities to get rid of invasive alien plants, and other activities, we had improved our average score by 2.6 points (compared with fiscal 2016) in fiscal 2017.
ParkFauna and flora observation at greened areas of Taga Plant
An Example of Our Initiatives to Improve Green Space QualityCreating Heim Forest, a Biotope with Its Roots Deep in the Local Area
In May, 2017, Kyushu Sekisui Heim Industry Co., Ltd. finished construction of a biotope (named "Heim Forest") the Company had been operating on its business site.
The company planted 27 kinds of seeds and sapling native to Tosu, the area the Company is located in, such as Camellia japonica and Cornus kousa, which all grow very well in the region, and created a biodiversity-sensitive, green tract of land inviting all kinds of living things of the surrounding area to live there. During the SEKISUI Environment Week held in fiscal 2017, as a part of the initiative, company employees attached tree name tags to trees in the area. Heim Forest is used by employees on weekdays as a space for relaxation and also by visitors to the factory during factory tours as a resting area. In the future, the Company intends to improve the quality of this green space further and perhaps even make it open to residents of Tosu and other neighboring areas.
Panoramic view of Heim Forest
Attaching tree name tags during
the SEKISUI Environment Week
Serving as a space for relaxation for employees on weekdays
WET Evaluation of WastewaterInvestigation of Causes at Business Sites Where Impact Had Been Confirmed by Previous Surveys
The Sekisui Chemical Group strictly follows wastewater standards regulated by laws and ordinances and has set even tougher standards for the management of wastewater from its production sites. To prevent negative effects on and ensure the safety of the water environment for aquatic life in the places where wastewater flows, the Group has conducted WET assessments of wastewater and surveys of the habitat conditions in the rivers where wastewater is released since fiscal 2013.
Looking at past surveys, 96% of the water emitted into public water areas by the Sekisui Chemical Group production sites has been checked. In fiscal 2017, the Company conducted investigations into causes at business sites where past surveys have revealed an impact on living organisms.
River ecosystem survey
Examples of living creatures used in
WET assessments (zebra fish)
Results from the JBIB Land Use Score Card®
|JBIB Land Use Score Card®||Increase by 2.6 points|
|Points of JBIB Land Use Score Card®||JBIB Land Use Score Card® is a tool promoted by JBIB, which evaluates the level of effort to preserve biodiversity with respect to the land owned by the Company. It is a sheet for evaluation of every business site regarding the size and quality of its green space, management system, etc. on a scale from 0 to 100.
We implement assessments of every business site for the fiscal year using the JBIB Land Use Score Card® and calculate the increase from the number of points it had in fiscal 2016. The index is the average value of the points increase of all business sites.
SEKISUI Environment Week Participation Rate
|Participation rate in the SEKISUI Environment Week initiative||84.9%|
|Proportion of participants in the SEKISUI Environment Week initiative||Total number of participants in the SEKISUI Environment Week initiative / total number of employees in the business sites participating in the initiative x100|
Business Sites (Owned, Leased or Managed) in or Adjacent to Protected Areas and in Unprotected Areas of Rich Biodiversity
■ SEKISUI MEDICAL CO., LTD. Iwate Plant
Address:4-115 Matsuo, Hachimantai City, Iwate prefecture
Surface / subsurface classification:surface
Location related to protected area:adjacent to Towada-Hachimantai National Park
Business type:manufacturing and production
Value associated with biodiversity:protected area as defined in Japan’s Natural Parks Act
Habitats Protected or Restored Within Reporting Period
■ Kyushu Sekisui Industry Co., Ltd.
Address:225-1 Yanagishima, Chiyoda-cho, Kanzaki City, Saga prefecture
Details on protection or restoration:creation of a biotope which replicates a natural habitat. Protected within the bio-tope is the gudgeon, an endangered species of fish, and other precious aquatic life indigenous to the local region.
Numbers of IUCN Red List Species and National Conservation List Species with Habitats in Areas Affected by Operations, by Level of Extinction Risk
i.Critically Endangered (CR) IA: 1 species
ii.Endangered (EN) IB: 2 species
iii.Vulnerable (VU) II: 7 species
iv.Near Threatened (NT): 21 species
v.Least Concern: 0 species