To ensure the sustainable utilization of living resources, due consideration is given to reducing the impact of our business activities on biodiversity, and we have established guidelines for the preservation of biodiversity.
As a founding member of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) which was established at COP10, the Asahi Kasei Group is proactively involved in this initiative to preserve biodiversity. We are also among the Promotion Partners for “The Declaration of Biodiversity” by Nippon Keidanren.
In Nobeoka, as part of a reforestation program by Miyazaki Prefecture, we are engaged in the regeneration of a broad-leaf forest called the Asahi Forest in an area where cedar and cypress had been cultivated previously. The project provides ample opportunities for our employees and nearby residents to learn about the importance of living in harmony with the natural environment. We are also working with companies performing tree-planting programs along the Gokase River to establish a network for maintaining biodiversity.
In Moriyama, the effluent water is clean enough to be used for agriculture. We established a stream recreating the natural environment within the plant grounds, releasing fireflies and fish native to the area in an effort to help preserve the nature of Lake Biwa.
In Fuji, we created a 10,000 m2 biotope called the Asahi Woods of Life at our plant and laboratory complex, recreating the ecosystem of the local area. Many of our employees and local residents participate in biodiversity-related activities such as planting trees, planting and harvesting rice, and watching fireflies. In May 2010, the Asahi Woods of Life was selected by the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure as one of the top 100 corporate projects for biodiversity preservation.