Biodiversity Initiatives

Basic Philosophy of Biodiversity

To realize a sustainable society, the Yaskawa Group recognizes that our business activities are founded on various services provided by biodiversity and shall promote the conservation of biodiversity through business activities and social contribution activities based on our Basic Philosophy of Environmental Protection and our Basic Action Guidelines under the concept that the protection of the global environment is one of the most important themes in common to all human beings.

Action Guidelines

  1. We shall strive to prevent global warming, recycle and save resources, and perform appropriate management of chemical substances in our business activities.
  2. We shall promote our environment/energy business domain to reduce environmental loads from both energy saving and energy creating aspects.
  3. We shall deepen our employees’ knowledge on biodiversity and collaborate with the local community, administration, NPOs, and NGOs to carry out activities both internally and externally.

Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives

Participation in the “Donguri-Bank”

 

In the Kitakyushu area where Yaskawa’s headquarter is located, the company participates in a “Donguri Bank” (‘acorn bank’) initiative for a “1 million tree planting project in the environmental capital: a project in Hibikinada to create a green gallery where birds sing” hosted by the city.

About 27 employees and their family members participated in a tree planting event that was held in March.

Following an environmental declaration by local elementary school students, about 1,500 participants planted approximately 5,500 acorn seedlings including 100 seedlings we have grown for two years.

  • acorn bank
  • photo
・Activities to exterminate invasive alien species

Since FY2017, we have engaged in activities to exterminate “Coreopsis Lanceolata,” an invasive alien species inside the plant facilities.
We learned about the invasive alien species that is adversely affecting the regional ecosystem, confirmed appropriate extermination methods, and implemented extermination activities.

  • coreopsis lanceolata

    Discovery, Cutting and Extermination of Coreopsis Lanceolata

Establishment of paper purchase guidelines

Paper used for business activities on a daily basis is made from precious forest resources that are produced by the biodiversity of the earth. Therefore, we need to protect that biodiversity while also using it. In other words, we need to make “sustainable” commitments. When it is found that a product has been made through destruction of nature or pollution of the environment during a manufacturing process, we must carefully consider whether we really should use that product. Accordingly, we have established paper purchasing guidelines, and completed switching of copy paper and name cards to FSC-certified paper to date.
From FY2018, we started to adopt FSC-certified paper for brochures, etc.

Greenbelt

In the new head office (so-called “Robot Village”) opened in June 2015, we created the “Greenbelt” in which we planted approximately 100 species of trees, mainly consisting of locally indigenous species, in consideration of biodiversity. We shall continue to foster this forest, which is open to the general public on weekdays, as a place where citizens can familiarize and interact with nature.
In the future, we will also like to use this forest as a forest of education, such as observation of living organisms that inhabit the forest, etc.

Commitment related to natural environmental protection (India)

On June 5 (WED: World Environment Day), YASKAWA India (YIND) holds a ceremony in order to enhance employees’ environmental awareness each year. This year, we invited an EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) officer from the local authorities to explain the background as relates to the inauguration of WED and the 2018 theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.”
On the other hand, YIND’s employees declared their commitment to make efforts toward environmentally friendly activities, such as environmental protection, use of renewable energy, and rainwater harvesting, in the presence of the EHS officer. Also, YIND’s EHS team held a competition for best slogans and posters based on the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.” About 40 employees of YIND participated in the competition, and judges commended the top 3 teams.
After the commendation, a judge explained again the necessity for environmental conservation in front of employees in order to maintain workplaces, homes, and communities.
Finally, saplings of plants were handed out to all employees, and the ceremony ended with everyone planting a sapling. Through such activities, YIND is conducting a campaign to raise awareness about preservation and improvement of India’s natural environment and environmental protection of the entire planet.

 

Scene from the day


  • Scene from the ceremony

  • Scene from the commendation

  • Contributed works

  • Scene from the sapling planting(1)

  • Scene from the sapling planting(2)

  • Commemorative photo

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