Biodiversity Action Guidelines

The SCREEN Group places great importance on the idea of maintaining the environment in a state that will enable us all to continue enjoying the benefits of its natural capital. To support our efforts, we have created the following set of action guidelines. The Group is fully committed to the conservation of biodiversity worldwide.

We also deeply respect the United Nations Global Compact and the 10 principles that have been adopted in four key fields. The entire Group is taking action to help international society develop in a sustainable manner.

SCREEN Group Biodiversity Action Guidelines

  1. We affirm the importance of conserving biodiversity and are striving both to educate our employees and present information to outside parties about it.
  2. We are pursuing the following efforts so that we may benefit from diverse living beings and achieve a sustainable society.
    (1) Checks on Global Warming
    Curtailing the volume of CO2 emissions from our products, activities and services
    (2) Promoting a recycling-oriented society
    • Reducing the volume of final waste disposal and promoting the three Rs
    (3) Direct efforts at conserving biodiversity
    • Protecting habitats and conserving species
    • Taking biodiversity into account in the procuring of raw materials
  3. We will work toward the purification of water quality in order to protect the water environment.
  4. In order to conserve the natural environments adjacent to our plants and offices, we will strive to protect the environment in concert with activities in those local communities.
  5. We will take biodiversity into account when building new plants, engaging in major expansion and renovation efforts, and continuing our development work.

April 1, 2017

SCREEN Forest Conservation Activities

The SCREEN Group has signed an agreement with the Kyoto Model Forest Association to support the Kyoto Model Forest Initiative. We are currently working with local residents to maintain an area known as the SCREEN Forest. 

Signing of Agreement for Kyoto Model Forest Initiative

Signing ceremony for joining the Kyoto Model Forest Initiative

The SCREEN Group has joined the Kyoto Model Forest Initiative,1 a project dedicated to protecting and cultivating regional forests, and is providing funds to support maintenance work. In this initiative, we are cooperating with the Kyoto Model Forest Association, Kyoto Prefecture, Kameoka City and the Miyagawa area of Miyamae-cho in Kameoka City.

For a five year period starting in 2018, we will pay the costs of maintaining an approximately 53 hectare block of forest in the Miyagawa area. Group employees are also scheduled to take part in volunteer activities to help maintain the area.

The SCREEN Group is committed to promoting CSR management under our corporate principles of Sharing the Future, Human Resource Development and the Pursuit of Technology. We plan to continue our social contribution activities in the field of environmental preservation with the twin goals of preventing global warming and conserving biodiversity.

1. The initiative is intended to bring together everyone living in Kyoto and enjoying the benefits of its forests in an effort to protect and cultivate these areas. Kyoto Prefecture introduced various bylaws to protect its rich natural environment in 2005 and continues to promote these efforts. In 2006, the prefecture established the main driving force behind this initiative, the Kyoto Model Forest Association (KMFA became a public interest incorporated association in 2009).

Joint Project to Revive Kyoto’s Natural and Cultural Heritage

SCREEN is supporting a Kyoto City government project that is designed to pass on the area’s unique natural heritage and traditional culture to future generations. As part of the project, we are cultivating a variety of rare native plants in an effort to conserve the different species.

Conservation Activities for Rare Species

We have set up gardens at the SCREEN head office and are cultivating the following plants. The species are rare and native to the Kyoto area.

SCREEN head office Garden containing rare native plants

Eupatorium japonicum
Chrysanthemum seticuspe
Hemerocallis fulva var.longituba
Patrinia scabiosifolia
Belamcanda chinensis
Asarum caulescens2
Dianthus superbus
Patrinia villosa
Epimedium sempervirens
Hydrangea paniculata

 

2. If cultivation of asarum caulescens is successful, it will be used as an offering at the Aoi Matsuri, one of Kyoto’s three main annual festivals.

SCREEN is participating in a Kyoto City project that is designed to revive the area’s natural and cultural heritage.3  In 2017, we received official certification from Kyoto’s mayor as the 18th contributor to the initiative. As part of a three year plan, we have created a number of gardens at the SCREEN head office and are growing more than 10 different varieties of plants.

These plants include eupatorium japonicum, chrysanthemum seticuspe, patrinia scabiosifolia and asarum caulescens as well as other rare species that are native to the local area. If their cultivation is successful, we hope the plants can be used as offerings in local festivals and other traditional events.

3. The project is designed to preserve and revive the use of plants that have played a role in local festivals and traditional culture. Kyoto City certifies the activities of project members and sends experts to support cultivation efforts when necessary. In 2014, Kyoto formulated a local biodiversity plan to ensure its rich natural and cultural heritage is maintained for the future. The plan provided a clear direction for the preservation of the area’s highly important biodiversity. It was followed in the same year by the launch of this project.