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Basic Concept of Biodiversity Conservation

Furukawa Electric Group has incorporated its efforts to conserve biodiversity into "Basic Environmental Policy". The Group has established comprehensive guidelines for the Furukawa Electric Group's biodiversity conservation efforts. The Group will carry out its activities based on these guidelines.As beneficial initiatives for the ecosystem, the Group will conserve rare plants and animals and procure based on Green Procurement Guideline(note). In addition, the Group will conduct single-use plastic reduction activities and community cleanup activities as initiatives to reduce the harmful effects to ecosystem.

(note)  The Group has established "Green Procurement Guideline", which indicates that the Group will preferentially and continuously procure environment-friendly products that lead to biodiversity conservation, forest conservation, and resource conservation.

Furukawa Electric Group Biodiversity Conservation Guidelines

  1. Evaluate the effects that our business activities have on the ecosystem, and minimize the harmful effects while maximizing the beneficial ones
  2. To sustainably use resources and conserve biodiversity, consider more than ever the need to carry out measures against climate change, conserve resources, recycle and reduce environmentally hazardous substances
  3. Carry out activities in collaboration with local communities to conserve biodiversity

Initiatives

Cultivation of the Endangered Plant and Community Cleanup Activities at Yokohama, Chiba, Hiratsuka, and Shiga Works

The group company Furukawa Research Inc. launched activities in fiscal 2015 to cultivate the class II endangered species (note 1) of flower Pulsatilla cernua within the grounds of Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd.’s Yokohama Works, as part of our efforts to contribute to local society. From fiscal 2016, cultivation activities have also been taking place at Hiratsuka Works and Chiba Works, growing new plants cultivated from the roots of existing plants. In fiscal 2020, we began to share plant roots with group company Furukawa Automotive Systems to further expand cultivation of Pulsatilla cernua. Based in Shiga Prefecture, Furukawa Automotive Systems received recognition for its cultivation of the class II endangered species Pulsatilla cernua and cleaning activities in the local community conducted through its ISO 14001-based environmental management systems in the "Shiga Biodiversity Initiatives Certification 2020" (note 2) program, earning the highest rating of three stars.

(note 1) “Class II endangered species” refers to species with an increased risk of extinction.

(note 2) In 2015, Shiga Prefecture established the Biodiversity Shiga Strategy, which is based on the philosophy of “utilizing the inherent strength of nature and protecting life across generations”. Since 2018, the Shiga Biodiversity Initiatives Certification program has been used to evaluate the efforts of businesses to conserve biodiversity.

  • Yokohama Works

  • Chiba Works

  • Hiratsuka Works

  • Furukawa Automotive
    Systems Inc.(Shiga)

  • Furukawa Automotive
    Systems Inc.(Shiga)

Reduction and Recycling of Plastic Waste at Furukawa Electric Group

One of the problems that adversely affect ecosystems is marine plastic waste. The Group engages in the recycling of plastic waste for biodiversity conservation, resource saving, and climate change prevention. In addition, the Group makes efforts to monitor and reduce the used amount of single-use plastics.

External Collaboration

The Group has been participating in the following initiatives for biodiversity conservation.

  • Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB)
  • Keidanren Initiative for Biodiversity Conservation
  • Japan Clean Ocean Material Alliance (CLOMA)
DFF Inc., ビジネス基盤変革本部 サステナビリティ推進室, ものづくり改革本部 安全推進室, ものづくり改革本部 資材部, ものづくり改革本部 品質管理推進室, 総務・CSR本部 CSR推進部, FTR, 環境部
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