Environmental Contribution Activities

Ecosystem Preservation Through On-Premise Extermination of Hypochaeris Radicata and Protection of Violets

Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd.’s Yashiro Plant has been conducting activities to preserve its on-premise ecosystem from three years ago. In its initial observation, it had spotted alien Catsear and native violets. Although butterfly larva called Indian Fritillary feed on violets, the geographical distribution of Indian Fritillary is said to be shifting north from western Japan. Therefore, the plant has been working to protect the native violets by exterminating Catsear. Thanks to these activities, Indian Fritillary are now observed on the beautiful violet field.

Violet field
Violet field
Eliminated Catsear
Eliminated Catsear
Indian Fritillary
Indian Fritillary
Larva of Argyreus hyperbius
Larva of Argyreus hyperbius

Joint Activities with the Chiba Biodiversity Center

As a “Chiba Japanese white pine system preservation supporter,” Nisshinbo Chemical Inc. has been cooperating in activities promoted by Chiba Prefecture to protect and restore endangered species. Japanese white pine is designated as one of Chiba Prefecture’s most important species to be protected, and its number has declined to about 80 indigenous adult trees on Bosokyuryo Hill. The company has been planting seedlings of Japanese white pine at the Toke Development Center and Asahi Plant under the guidance of the Chiba Biodiversity Center, and about two years have passed. The seedlings have grown steadily and are now roughly 50cm tall. Nisshinbo Chemical Inc. aims to continue to grow and manage the Japanese white pine over the long term.

In addition, the Toke Development Center has set up Biodiversity Satellites in a joint activity with the Chiba Biodiversity Center. Biodiversity Satellites are exhibitions set up across the prefecture, started in fiscal 2011 with the aim of raising awareness of biodiversity. Along with informational posters on biodiversity produced by the Chiba Biodiversity Center, the newsletter “Activity and Connection of Life” is handed to visitors, and application forms to join the “Activity of Life Investigation Committee” are distributed at the exhibits.

Japanese white pine on Bosokyuryo Hill
Japanese white pine on Bosokyuryo Hill
Biodiversity Satellite at Toke Development Center
Biodiversity Satellite at Toke Development Center

Participating in 4th Cavite Province “Stream Bank Conservation and Restoration” Activity

On September 28, 2018, eight employees of Nanbu Philippines Incorporated (NPI) participated in a stream bank conservation activity hosted by the Cavite Province government. NPI employees participated in the planting of various kinds of seedlings on the stream bank. Growth of these seedlings into trees will help conserve the stream bank and restore its environment.

At the planting activity
At the planting activity
At the planting activity

Participating in Civil Movement “Let’s do it Romania”

On September 15, 2018, employees of TMD Friction Romania participated in “Let’s do it Romania.” The event was held on the same day as World Cleanup Day, the world’s largest civil movement to tackle trash problems participated by people in 150 countries. Employees participated actively in this worldwide civil movement taking place in Caransebes city.

Employees participate in activities
Employees participate in activities

Participating in the Inagawa River Cleanup Plan

Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd.’s Head Office participates in the Inagawa River Cleanup Plan held biannually at Inagawa river near the plant. This activity is hosted by the executive committee of the Inagawa Cleanup Plan and conducted jointly with NPOs, companies, citizens, and five cities and towns along the river basin. The activity involves the cleaning of 20 areas along the Inagawa river. The company has participated in this activity since 2018 with the aim to contribute as much as possible to the preservation of biodiversity and reduction of marine plastic waste along the river basin.

Employees participate in activities
Employees participate in activities
Employees participate in activities