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Policy on the Conservation of Biodiversity

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Policy on the Conservation of Biodiversity

The Meiden Group relies on the blessings of nature, which has biodiversity at its core, while its activities also have an effect on the natural environment. The Meiden Group aims to minimize this effect and contribute to the creation of a sustainable society.
The Meiden Group understands that the conservation of biodiversity is a major issue to be faced in order to achieve a sustainable society and the Meiden Group’s Basic Environmental Philosophy and Environmental Action Guidelines, as well as the Meiden Group Environmental Vision reflect our ethos in relation to the conservation of biodiversity.

Furthermore, we have drafted guidelines on the conservation of biodiversity in order to clearly state the relationship between our business activities and preserving biodiversity and we are applying them in our business activities.
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Meiden Group Biodiversity Guidelines

Meiden Group Biodiversity Guidelines

Basic Policy

We understand that our business activities benefit from the blessings of nature and at the same time, give various environmental impacts. We will deepen our people’s understanding of the importance of “Conserving Biodiversity” and contribute to realizing a sustainable society through our products and innovative technologies.

Action Guidelines

❶ We will contribute to conserving biodiversity through the development and supply of environmentally conscious products and innovative related technologies and thus promote our water processing business and renewable energy-related business and reduction of the use of hazardous chemical substances in our products.
❷ We will clarify how our business activities interrelate with biodiversity and we will help to conserve biodiversity by reducing the environmental impacts of our business activities.
❸ We will comply with applicable laws, regulations and international rules relating to biodiversity.
❹ We will deepen our people’s understanding of “conserving biodiversity” and we will take voluntary related initiatives at home and abroad.
❺ We will undertake activities in cooperation with our stakeholders such as local communities, non-profit organizations (NPOs), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, etc., and we will promote environmental communication with such activities’ information.

Map of Relationships between Business Activities and Biodiversity

Map of Relationships between Business Activities and Biodiversity

* This map is based on the Business & Biodiversity Interrelationship Map® of the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB).

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A Head Office Building that is Considerate of Biodiversity

Initiatives
A Head Office Building that is Considerate of Biodiversity

The ThinkPark Tower head office building in Osaki, Shinagawa City, Tokyo, is surrounded by the ThinkPark Forest on a block that is approximately 40% greenery. It is an oasis in the city and provides a relaxing space for employees and the local community.
Also, the Kazenomichi Path, which was designed so that the prevailing wind blows from the Meguro River and Tokyo Bay, provides relief from the heat island effect. ThinkPark Forest has been certified as an “urban oasis” by the Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System (SEGES).*

*A certification system for evaluation of green initiatives.

ThinkPark Tower

ThinkPark Tower

ThinkPark Forest

ThinkPark Forest

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Initiatives at Each Site for the Preservation of Biodiversity

Initiatives at Each Site for the Conservation of Biodiversity

At each site of the Meiden Group, we are working to conserve biodiversity on the grounds of each site and nearby.

Head Office Area

Nature Appreciation Events

Each year, we hold nature appreciation events in the green area (ThinkPark Forest) surrounding our head office (ThinkPark Tower), where we receive instruction from the Nature Conservation Society of Japan. In fiscal 2019, we held a nature appreciation event for the students at a local elementary school with the theme of “search for cicadas in the Osaki forest” as part of our community contribution activities. At the nature appreciation event, the children searched for cicadas and cicada shells in outdoor field work, and learned the life of a cicada and its shell. It was a great opportunity for both children and adults with an interest in cicadas or nature.

ThinkPark Tower

 

ThinkPark Forest

 

Ikimono Log (Living Nature Log)

In the head office area of Osaki, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, we take pictures of the organisms that live in the vicinity of the head office building and post them on the Ikimono Log (Living Nature Log) website operated by the Ministry of the Environment. We hope to create a database with information on the organisms that live in the area.

Brown-eared bulbuls

Brown-eared bulbuls

Warbling white eye

Warbling white eye

Asian swallowtail butterfly

Asian swallowtail butterfly

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Participation in Tree-Planting and Juvenile Fish Release Activities

Meidensha’s Water Infrastructure Systems Business Unit participated in the Fiscal 2019 Water Source Reforestation Project conducted by the Association of Iwate Central Water Supply Companies and the Toyosawagawa-Tochikairyoku(Toyosawa River Land Improvement Zone). Meidensha is responsible for the maintenance and management of plumbing infrastructure in the Association of Central Iwate Water Supply Companies’ Shiwa area. We approve of the intent to “contribute to a stable water supply into the future” and have participated annually since fiscal 2016.
In fiscal 2019, 10 employees participated, not only planting beech trees, but also releasing juvenile landlocked salmon and white-spotted char.
Meidensha will continue to maintain and manage water infrastructure, contribute to the preservation of water resources, and actively participate in activities to leave abundant nature for the next generation.

Participation in Tree-Planting and Juvenile Fish Release Activities

 

Participation in Tree-Planting and Juvenile Fish Release Activities

 

Numazu Works

The Numazu works is blessed with the bounty of nature such as a green zone (area = approximately 65 thousand m2) and groundwater. We are conducting activities use these natural resources in a sustainable manner and contribute to the community.

Summer Holiday Eco Classroom for Parents and Children

At the Summer Holiday Eco Classroom for Parents and Children held by Numazu City, we introduced the environmental activities undertaken at the Numazu works. In fiscal 2019, there were 43 families living in Numazu City. They participated in surveys of organisms, building electrical circuits, test rides in electric vehicles, events featuring rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles, made possible by the support of Meiden System Manufacturing Corporation, and a tour of the solar power system at the south office block, which was completed in May, 2018. This event was a good opportunity to provide fond memories of the summer holidays for both parents and children while teaching them about the appeal of connections with nature.

Summer Holiday Eco Classroom for Parents and Children

 

Summer Holiday Eco Classroom for Parents and Children

 

Ikimono Map (Living Nature Map)

We survey the diverse range of organisms that inhabit the grounds and include them in the Meidensha Numazu Works Ikimono Map (Living Nature Map).
In fiscal 2019, we conducted a survey of the organisms in the green zone in the grounds and discovered organisms such as the Asian swallowtail butterfly and the blue rock thrush. The results of the survey will be used in future activities.

Maintaining Biotopes

Through the survey of organisms, we discovered atrocalopteryx atrata dragonflies, which are classified as class II endangered species, at the Numazu works. We hope to maintain a biotope where these dragonflies will lay their eggs.

Maintaining Biotopes

 

Maintaining Biotopes

 

Maintaining Biotopes

 

Numazu Machipika (Street Cleaning) Support Group

Meidensha participated in the Numazu Machipika (Street Cleaning) Support Group Program conducted by Numazu City, and conducts street-cleaning activities in the areas around its sites. The Numazu works is located next to a river, and there is a risk of litter on the streets will flow out from the river to the sea. Cleaning-up activities prevent river waste from flowing into the sea and contribute to solving marine plastic waste problems.

Numazu Machipika (Street Cleaning) Support Group

 

Numazu Machipika (Street Cleaning) Support Group

 

Ota Works

Botanical Survey of On-Site Green Zone

At the Ota works, we conducted an on-site botanical survey and found more than 30 varieties of trees. We included the results of the survey on the Ota Works Green Zone Map and we will apply the knowledge gained fur future utilization of the green zone.

Ota Works Green Zone Map

Ota Works Green Zone Map

Kanayama Red Pine Forest Conservation Activities

The red pine forest in Kanayama is the most well-known natural landscape in Ota City. Kanayama castle was created using the natural contours of Kanayama and it is a precious historic site that is listed in the top 100 castles in Japan. The Ota works is registered as part of the “red pine management owner system” and we work to conserve the red pine forest by participating in activities such as weeding.

Kanayama Red Pine Forest Conservation Activities

 

Kanayama Red Pine Forest Conservation Activities

 

Elimination of Plastic Shopping Bags from the On-Site Store

The problem of marine pollution caused by plastic waste has spread over a wide area, and there is concern that it can adversely affect the ecosystem, living environment, fisheries, tourism, etc. The use of plastic bags has been abolished since July 2020 at on-site shops in the Meiden Group's Numazu and Ota works. Shops sell eco-bags instead of using plastic disposable bags at the checkout; and we educate all employees on the problem of marine plastics waste in order for them to establish their custom carrying around their own bags.

Elimination of Plastic Shopping Bags from the On-Site Store

 

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The Biodiversity Working Group, The 4 Electrical and Electronic Industry Associations

The Biodiversity Working Group, The 4 Electrical and Electronic Industry Associations

Meidensha has participated in the Biodiversity Working Group since its creation by the four electrical and electronic industry associations* in fiscal 2011. Through this working group, we have promoted the biodiversity initiatives of industry associations and maximized the effectiveness of our own initiatives as a part of the electrical and electronics industry.
In fiscal 2019, we summarized our approach to the marine plastics issues in the electrical and electronics industry as a leaflet.

The Biodiversity Working Group, The 4 Electrical and Electronic Industry Associations

 

* The Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (JEMA), the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), the Communications and Information Network Association of Japan (CIAJ), and the Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association (JBMIA)

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