Considering the impacts of our businesses on ecosystems, we at Kaneka strive to develop technologies, materials and products that have less environmental impacts, as well as to mitigate environmental impacts of our production.
As part of our corporate social responsibility efforts, we also collaborate with stakeholders outside the company in biodiversity conservation activities.
Partnership for Biodiversity Conservation
We join the following initiatives.
- Promotion Partners of the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren
- Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation
- Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund
- Japan Business and Biodiversity Partnership
Lake Biwa Walnut School
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We join the Steering Committee of the Walnut School, established to manage and conserve the Konooka Biotope (see note 1), located near our Shiga Plant.
Established as a collaborative effort by Shiga Prefecture, Otsu City and the local community members including our Shiga Plant, the Walnut School works to preserve this precious natural environment for future generations. Such activities include grass mowing, sidewalk maintenance, and updating educational signboard, and it also hosts seasonal nature observation gatherings some three times each year.
The gatherings provide valuable learning opportunities for children to observe rare plants, wild birds, insects and other wildlife living in the biotope.
We will continuously contribute to the conservation of the beautiful natural environment of Lake Biwa.
Note 1: Biotope: A place where organisms live as they do in nature. In human environments such as cities, biotopes are artificial environments created to regenerate and preserve a natural habit.
Outdoor activities by the Walnut School
Children enjoy tasting tempura made from wild herbs
Kaneka Forestry for the Future
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Since 2012, we have been participating in private forest preservation project promoted by Hyogo Prefecture. Named "Kaneka Forestry for the Future," employees at our Takasago Plant have maintained the habitat in Taka Town, Hyogo.
After listening to the lecture by the town officials, some 60 employees, mainly newly hired, carried out tree thinning in April 2015, and about 65 employees and their family members participated in another session in November.
Since 2013, trainings for all newly hired employees have been carried out as part of the project. Through assisting each other on the precarious forest terrain in cutting and transporting timber, the participants were able to deepen their bonds of solidarity and learn to function well as a team. Over the five-year period from June 2012 through May 2017, these activities will be carried out over some 15 sessions at an area of forest of roughly 15 hectares.
New employee training in the forest
Reforestation by employees and their family members
Settsu-no-mori Kaneka Biotope
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Since 2013, our Osaka Plant has maintained the Settsu-no-mori Kaneka Biotope. We have leased part of greenery area of the plant to Settsu City, and managed the biotope collaborating with the Settsu Firefly Society. The biotope provides a wetland environment where fireflies and other wildlife can be observed.
Firefly larvae that were introduced to the biotope in November 2014 successfully grew into adults, and when the area was open to the public in 2015 from May 24 to 31, local residents enjoyed watching the dance of the fireflies in flight.
This was the second firefly watching gathering held since 2014, and the number of participants grew from 634 on the first occasion to 1,123, indicating the steady growth in awareness of this initiative. We look forward to the biotope serving as a recreation area for the local community into the future.
Entrance sign of the biotope
The dance of the fireflies was seen again this year