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CSR Integrated Report

Fujikura Group CSR Integrated Report 2015
[ISO 26000 Core Subject] Environment


Initiatives for Biodiversity

The Fujikura Group aims to become a corporate group that is friendly to both people and the global environment. As a means to attain this goal, we have established and begun to apply the Group's guidelines on biodiversity conservation this fiscal year. Biodiversity refers to the diversity of ecosystems, species and genes. All creatures on Earth are directly or indirectly connected with and supported by each other based on biodiversity, which brings about many blessings such as rich ecosystems, and also supports our lives and daily living. Each and every employee of the Group is expected to be keenly aware of this fact and to conduct their business operations in line with the Group's guidelines on biodiversity conservation.

The Fujikura Group's guidelines on biodiversity conservation

The Fujikura Group's commitment to biodiversity conservation

Relationships between our activities and biodiversity

The following shows the relationships between Fujikura Group activities and biodiversity.

Relationships between our activities and biodiversity

Long-term vision for Biodirersity "Roadmap 2030"

Creation of a roadmap for 2030

The Fujikura Group manages a range of green spaces within its premises, and as an effort to foster the use of these existing spaces, we plan to turn them into nature-rich parks open to local inhabitants. We have created a roadmap to implement this plan by overcoming various issues, including how to ensure the security and safety of the parks.

Specific measures to implement the roadmap

The Fujikura Group asked Mr. Yutaka Akazawa (Representative Director of SERCO Corporation), who is an expert in biodiversity, to make recommendations about specific measures that the Group should implement to achieve our Roadmap 2030 long-term vision for biodiversity.
(see "Third Stakeholder Dialogue:Discussion on How to Move Forward with Roadmap 2030, Our Long-Term Vision for Biodiversity" in this report)

Participation in the Chiba network of companies for biodiversity conservation

The Sakura Plant of Fujikura Ltd. participates in the Chiba network of companies for biodiversity conservation as part of the Fujikura Group biodiversity conservation activities. The network was founded on April 1, 2013 by the Chiba prefectural government to support companies in conducting biodiversity conservation activities in a sustainable manner, and to contribute to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity by 2020. Companies participating in the network are implementing measures in collaboration with Chiba Prefecture and related support organizations.

Establishing an exhibition space for biodiversity at the Sakura Plant

As part of the activities conducted by the Chiba network of companies for biodiversity conservation, an exhibition space was established in March within the cafeteria of the Sakura Plant with support from the Chiba Biodiversity Center, where panels on biodiversity provided by the Center are displayed and copies of the brochures and PR magazines published by the Center are distributed. We hope that this space will be utilized to provide information about biodiversity to employees as well as those who visit the Plant for business meetings or other purposes.

Surveys on living creatures

The Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods, which we opened in Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo in November 2010, is full of living creatures. We began conducting surveys on the creatures concurrently with the opening of the bio-garden.
Specifically in the garden, we annually conduct biological research on the following eight items: (1) seasonal flowers; (2) grass and trees; (3) fruit; (4) birds in the bio-garden; (6) insects in the bio-garden; (6) fish; (7) waterweed; and (8) alien plants. As of May 2014, we have registered a total of 262 species as living creatures found in the garden.

[Living creatures found in the garden]

(1) Seasonal flowers: 95 species
    Spring flowers: 53
    Summer flowers: 29
    Fall flowers: 12
    Winter flowers: 1
(2) Grass and trees: 50 species
(3) Fruit: 42 species
(4) Birds in the bio-garden: 20 species
(5) Insects in the bio-garden: 45 species
(6) Fish: 11 species
(7) Waterweed: 6 species
(8) Alien plants: 8 species
(As of jul 2015)

Surveys on living creatures

In fiscal 2013, based on the Fujikura Group's guidelines on biodiversity conservation, similar surveys on living creatures started at other sites of Fujikura Ltd.

Participation in the Tokyo metropolitan government's project to plant native species

Fujikura Ltd. has been participating in the private-public initiative that the Tokyo metropolitan government is implementing to plant native species for the restoration of greenery from the Edo period. Under the project, the government along with three companies, including Fujikura, that foster the planting of native species, cooperate together to validate measures to solve problems related to the management of green plants and examine jointly with related industries effective awareness-raising activities to promote the planting of such species. The initiative is to be conducted for two years from fiscal 2014 to 2015. We will contribute to making comfortable habitats for living organisms through this initiative and by using our biotope Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods.

Launch of the Ikimono Wonderland website for children

We launched the Ikimono Wonderland website for children as part of our external website on the Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods. In this new website created by volunteer employees, we will communicate the wonder and greatness of wildlife as much as possible to first to third graders at elementary school and to their parents. We hope that children who view the Ikimono Wonderland and Millennium Woods websites will grow up to be adults who can protect the global environment and endangered species. In fiscal 2014, we added three topics.

Ikimono Wonderland

Bio-garden "Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods"

Creating an oasis in the center of Tokyo "Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods"

chiho koike

Corporate Strategy Planning Division
Chiho Koike

Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods was created as a biotope garden for local communities adjacent to the head office of Fujikura Ltd. in November 2010. The bio-garden extends over 2,200 square meters and consists of two ponds connected by a brook, a floating island, and a promenade. It is designed to reproduce a part of the rich forest that existed on the Musashino Terrace several hundred years ago. Since fiscal 2014, Fujikura Ltd. has been participating in the Tokyo metropolitan government's project to plant native species for the restoration of greenery from the Edo period, and employees have been conducting surveys on living creatures in the bio-garden under this project. A range of birds and insects can be observed in the Woods, through which we are committed to contributing to the restoration of ecosystems in the urban district. In the Woods, two groups of baby spot-billed ducks were observed leaving their nests in fiscal 2014, while baby kingfishers and spot-billed ducks were also seen leaving their nests in May 2015.

[Opening hours] 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during April to September
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during October to March
*No entry fees
[Location] Inside Fukagawa Gatharia (1-5-1 Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
[Website] http://www.forest1000.fujikura.jp/ (only in Japanese)

Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods

Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods

Panel exhibition to introduce creatures living in the bio-garden

Fujikura Ltd. held a panel exhibition on the Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods, displaying photos of creatures living in the bio-garden and explanations on biotopes, in the head office lobby. Many of those who stopped to look at the panels were surprised at the number of creatures who called the Millennium Woods their home. Some were even surprised at that degree of diversity in the center of Tokyo.

Seminars on biotopes

◆Seminar in the spring

We held our third seminar on biotopes in Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods on May 28, 2014, with the help of head office employees who volunteered for the event. It was a very hot day, similar to that typically observed in the summer, but more than 100 people, mainly local inhabitants, participated in the seminar. They observed living creatures in the Woods while being briefed on biotopes and referring to the distributed check sheet showing the various organisms present.

Seminars on biotopes

Seminars on biotopes

◆Seminar in the fall

Following the seminar held in May, we held another one on biotopes on November 21, 2014, the best season for viewing colored leaves. The seminar began at 10:00 a.m., thus avoiding the morning cold. A total of about 130 nature lovers, including couples, those taking walks in the Woods, and children visiting the area to observe nature attended the seminar. We were able to communicate the fact that the Millennium Woods is not a general park but a biotope for wildlife that is designed to reproduce the nature that existed on the Musashino Terrace several hundred years ago. The seminar ended after 3:00 p.m. before the setting of the sun.

Seminars on biotopes

Seminars on biotopes

Seminars on biotopes

Breakdown of participants

(Seminar held in May)

Couples 3 6people
Parents and children 16 37people
Alone 30people
Groups 2 36people
Total 109people

Total number of children and students: 44 (included in the numbers shown above)

(Seminar held in November)

Couples 7 14people
Parents and children 1 2people
Alone 55people
Groups 3 65people
Total 136people

Total number of children and students: 43 (included in the numbers shown above)