Biodiversity

The Nisshinbo Group’s Contributions to the SDGs

The Nisshinbo Group contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its biodiversity activities.
The Group manages key performance indicators (KPIs) as part of systematic measures to achieve its environmental targets regarding strengthening of biodiversity conservation activities.

Core SDGs Goals and Targets and the activities of the Nisshinbo Group

The Nisshinbo Group considers SDGs 14.2 and 15.5 as core targets. The Group is promoting activities to conserve biodiversity. The Group is promoting activities such as preservation of natural habitats, preservation of important ecosystems and protection of threatened species at our locations in Japan and overseas, in accordance with the Aichi Targets*.

* Aichi Targets: Targets to be met by 2020, set at the 2010 meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

  • 14. Life below water

    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

  • Targets: 14.2

    By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans.

  • 15. Life on land

    Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

  • Targets: 15.5

    Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened specie.

Participating in the Japan Business and Biodiversity Partnership

Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. participates in the Japan Business and Biodiversity Partnership, a group that engages in activities to conserve biodiversity. The Partnership is composed of economic organizations, businesses, NGOs, and local governments.

The Company’s activities to conserve biodiversity began in fiscal 2015, and 9 activities are continuing in Japan. We are also developing biodiversity conservation Activities at 5 sites abroad.

Endorsement of the "Keidanren Declaration on Biodiversity and Action Guidelines (Revised Version)"

The Nisshinbo Group has endorsed the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren (revised edition).
Please refer to the URL below for details of the Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity and Revised Action Guidelines.

https://www.keidanren.or.jp/en/policy/2018/084.html

In 2018, Keidanren revised this declaration and action guidelines in response to major trends both at home and abroad, such as SDGs and the Post-Aichi Targets*. The revised declaration aims to "realize a sustainable society through the construction of a society in harmony with nature."
In addition, Keidanren released the Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity Initiative. This report contains the names of 256 companies and organizations (logo marks) that expressed their endorsement with the revised declaration and action guidelines, as well as "Policies for Initiatives for the Future and Specific Examples of Initiatives," and also introduces our Group.

Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity Initiative

Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity Initiative

Regarding the Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity Initiative, please refer to the URL below.
https://www.keidanren.or.jp/policy/2018/084_honbun.html#p3

In 2009, the Nisshinbo Group endorsed the Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity and Action Guidelines, established by the Keidanren, and after conducting surveys and educational programs, launched the Biodiversity Conservation Activities in 2015, expanding the scope of our Activities.

* Post-Aichi Biodiversity Targets: Global Biodiversity Targets for 2020 and beyond

Activities to Conserve Biodiversity

Ten domestic sites

Company, Business Site Related Aichi Targets Details of Preservation
Wildlife Being Protected
Japan Radio Co., Ltd.
Target 6: Preservation of marine resources

Activities:

Gathering of basic data on the preservation of marine resources in Tokyo Bay collaborating with the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Wildlife being protected: Habitat survey of Whitespotted conger, conducted from a fisherman’s perspective
Boat fishing for Whitespotted conger, equipped with information-gathering equipment
Boat fishing for Whitespotted conger, equipped with information-gathering equipment
Nagano Japan Radio Co., Ltd.
Head Office & Factory
Target 5: Preservation of natural habitats

Activities:

Afforestation and preservation of a forest near business sites, the “Forest of Nagano Japan Radio” (Matsushiro-cho, Nagano Prefecture, 0.4ha)
Wildlife being protected: Ecosystems or endemic species cultivated in Japanese larch forests (species to be protected not specified)
Afforestation and preservation activities
Afforestation and preservation activities
Nisshinbo Micro Device Inc.
Head Office and Kawagoe Works

Japan Radio Glass Co., Ltd.
Head Office Plant
Target 11: Preservation of important ecosystems

Activities:

Preservation of the Shingashigawa River waterfront environment near business sites (Fujimino, Saitama Prefecture)
Wildlife being protected: Flora and fauna near the Shingashigawa River (species to be protected not specified)
Waterside environmental conservation activities
Waterside environmental conservation activities
Nisshinbo Brake Inc.
Tatebayashi Plant
Target 12: Preservation of endangered species

Activities:

Preservation activities at the Nakanonuma Nishinuma swamp in Ora-machi, Ora-gun, Gunma Prefecture
Wildlife being protected: Carassius auratus subsp.2 (Ministry of the Environment: Threatened category II), etc.
Extermination of alien species
Extermination of alien species
Nisshinbo Mechatronics Inc.
Miai Machinery Plant
Target 11: Preservation of important ecosystems

Activities:

Habitat creation for dragonfly varieties at the on-premises Masuda Park
Wildlife being protected: Dragonflies (anticipated arrival and breeding of the Asian Bluetail, the lessor emperor and other dragonflies)
外来スイレン駆除
Extermination of alien water lilies
Nisshinbo Holdings Inc.
R&D Center

Nisshinbo Chemical Inc.
Toke Development Center
Target 12: Preservation of endangered species

Activities:

Surveys, protection and propagation of valuable species living in the surrounding forest (Onodai, Midori-ku, Chiba)
Wildlife being protected: Cephalanthera falcata (Thunb.) Blume (Ministry of the Environment: Threatened category II)
Protection of Cephalanthera falcata (Thunb.) Blume
Protection of Cephalanthera falcata (Thunb.) Blume
Nisshinbo Textile Inc.
Fujieda Plant
Target 12: Preservation of endangered specie

Activities:

Preservation of water quality at a pond on the plant site
Wildlife being protected: apanese rice fish (Ministry of the Environment: Threatened category II)
Pond for preserving Japanese rice fish
Pond for preserving Japanese rice fish
Nisshinbo Textile Inc. and two other companies
Tokushima Plant

Nisshinbo Textile Inc.
Yoshinogawa Plant
Target 12: Preservation of endangered species

Activities:

Propagation of fish fry donated by Tokushima Prefecture in fire protection water tanks and release into the river several years later
Wildlife being protected: Golden venus chub (Tokushima Prefecture: Threatened category IA; Ministry of the Environment: Threatened category IB)
Prefecture
Prefecture

Five overseas sites

Company, Business Site Related Aichi Targets Details of Preservation
Shenzhen NJRC Technology Co., Ltd.
(China)
Target 12: Preservation of endangered species

Activities:

Environmental conservation activities at business sites
Wildlife being protected: Cyathea spinulosa (Japanese name: Hego) (China's secondary priority protection level)
植樹・保全活動
Tree planting and conservation activities
Nisshinbo Micro Devices (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
(Thailand)
Target 11: Preservation of important ecosystems

Activities:

Tree planting and dam making in forest areas upstream of the Khun Nam River
Wildlife being protected: Animals and plants around the Khun Nam River (Wildlife Being Protected not specified)
Building a weir
Building a weir
Nisshinbo Somboon Automotive Co., Ltd.
(Thailand)
Target 11: Preservation of important ecosystems

Activities:

Mangrove plantations in the Plase Basin, Rayong Prefecture, Activities
Wildlife being protected: Conservation of the ecosystem of crabs, shrimps, shellfish, etc. that inhabit mangroves
Mangrove reforestation activities
Mangrove reforestation activities
Nanbu Philippines Incorporated
(Philippines)
Target 11: Preservation of important ecosystems

Activities:

Cleaning the Maalimango River Activities to Protect Lives' Habitats
Wildlife being protected: Animals and plants around the Maalimango River (Wildlife Being Protected has not been identified)
Cleanup activities
Cleanup activities
PT. Nikawa Textile Industry
(Indonesia)
Target 12: Preservation of endangered species

Activities:

Environmental conservation activities at business sites
Wildlife being protected: Cycas Javana (Indonesian endangered species EN)
Tree planting and conservation activities
Tree planting and conservation activities

Examples of the Nisshinbo Group Activities

Continue the Forest Foster Project contract in Nagano Prefecture

As the global environment is being closely monitored, Nagano Prefecture is developing a forest-fostering project with the aim of developing new forests by enhancing the interaction between companies and the community.

Nagano Japan Radio Co., Ltd., endorses this Nagano Prefectural initiative and has been funding forest development since 2015. The company has also held exchange activities twice a year (in spring and autumn) with local residents who actually maintain the forests. For example, the company trims underbrush from planted larch trees and embeds seed pieces in mushroom logs. Unfortunately, since 2019, interaction has been discontinued because of the impact of typhoon No. 19 and the spread of new coronavirus infections. While waiting for the resurgence of the interaction activities after the convergence of the coronavirus outbreak, Nagano Japan Radio will continue the Forest Fostering Project contract and contribute to forest improvement.

Continue to participate in Activities for environmental conservation to enrich ecosystems

In July 2021, 52 employees of Nisshinbo Micro Devices (Thailand) Co., Ltd., participated in the environmental conservation activities sponsored by the Thai Industrial Park Public Corporation (IEAT). The company works with governmental agencies and local residents to construct trees and weirs in forested areas upstream of the Khun Nam River in the Makhuea Chae Subdistrict, Mueang Lamphun District, Lamphun Province.

This time, more than ever, participants have been working to raise the awareness of employees regarding environmental conservation that has continued for more than one year. In 2021, a weir was set up in a small river (up to 3 meters wide) flowing from the back of a mountain near an industrial complex. The main ingredient was cement mixed with the natural materials of bamboo, stone, and soil. It is expected that the weirs will also function as habitats for aquatic organisms to enrich the ecosystems. In addition, water accumulation produced by the weirs can serve as drinking water for wildlife, such as wild birds, even during the dry season, as well as providing water to villagers who suffer from a lack of clean water.

Operation of setting up a weir
Operation of setting up a weir
Operation of setting up a weir
Operation of setting up a weir

Contributing Activities through river purification Activities

Saeron Automotive Corporation in the Republic of Korea has been conducting river purification activities and environmental beautification activities around its plant since 2008. Regular activities of garbage pickup and cleaning near the river by about 10 employees once a month is used to raise awareness of the protection of nature by employees.

The Sanbang River in Cheonan City, Chungcheongnam-do, has a diverse range of ecosystems, including fields and residential areas in most of the river basins, including Brassica napus and Ishimikawa, and freshwater fishes, such as medaka and Funa. Therefore, this environmental beautification contributed to the conservation of biodiversity. The project has been well received by neighboring farmers who take in agricultural water from the river, making it a useful activity for local communities.

Conservation Activities of endangered species (Golden venus chub)

Nisshinbo Textile Inc., Tokushima Plant, together with Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., Nisshinbo Chemical Inc., and Daio Paper Products Corporation, concluded an agreement with the Tokushima prefectural government to take over the endangered golden venus chub and utilize fire prevention tanks for reproduction of the fish. In fiscal year 2017, the companies launched multiplication activities, and 2021 was the fifth consecutive year. Starting with 200 fishes, the golden venus chub is being propagated reliably every year, and in fiscal year 2021, 368 (151%) of the fish were propagated.

Beginning in December 2020, the Yoshinogawa plant began keeping 30 golden venus chub from the Tokushima plant. As a result of careful sequestration to prevent adult fish from mistakenly eating eggs and juveniles in the aquarium , it was possible to reproduce up to 100 fish. The Yoshinogawa Plant increased the number of aquariums for breeding and contributed to the protection of endangered species by creating an environment amenable to breeding.