Our livelihoods and lives are supported by the various blessings that biodiversity brings. In order to enjoy these blessings continuously, we have to investigate the impact on biodiversity of our business activities and remove the negative causes. At Kyocera Document Solutions, we position "LIVING TOGETHER" as the basis for all corporate activities, and conduct Biodiversity Risk Surveys in each office; Head Office, Tokyo R&D Center, Hirakata Plant and Tamaki Plant. If there is a risk, we consider improvements in our environmental management system (EMS) and promote improvement activities.
In addition to our ongoing green procurement activities, we encourage our suppliers to consider conserving biodiversity by following the Kyocera Document Solutions Supply-Chain CSR Guidebook* and the items in the Kyocera Document Solutions Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Check Sheet related to biodiversity conservation. We also perform checks on the status of their efforts to conserve biodiversity. Furthermore, we continue to take various actions, including the eradication of invasive alien species, to move toward the amelioration of potential risks.
Consider minimizing the direct impact of their business activities on biodiversity.
With respect to matters that have a direct impact on ecosystems, such as water intake, water discharge, air exhaust, waste, noise, vibrations, and light, it is necessary to consider their impact not only on human health but also on other living organisms and to appropriately manage such matters by, for example, incorporating them into an environmental management system. If possible, suppliers are requested to establish their own voluntary criteria to manage those matters.
Endeavor to procure biodiversity-friendly raw materials.
Biodiversity-friendly raw materials are raw materials produced by methods that do not excessively harvest natural bioresources or destroy forests or waterfronts (natural ecosystems such as marshes, lakes and rivers), as these places are the habitats of organisms. In order to use such raw materials, it is necessary to ensure their traceability back to their place of origin and confirm that the ecosystem in those places has been appropriately taken into consideration in harvesting practices. For raw materials that require a third party certification system*, consider use of an appropriate certification system.
*A system that certifies that no biodiversity is destroyed in the process of producing or harvesting a raw material. One such system is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for paper or wood.
In May 2016, as part of our biodiversity conservation efforts, we started cultivation of "Tamatsukuri Kuromon Shirouri" (a variety of oriental pickling melon), one of the traditional vegetables of the Tamatsukuri area of Osaka city, where the Head Office is located.
Since 2012, when we incorporated biodiversity conservation activities into our EMS activities, we have been conducting biodiversity risk surveys at each of our sites in Japan and actively taking risk reduction action based on the survey results.
This year, we moved one step forward in terms of our biodiversity conservation concept by starting cultivation of Tamatsukuri Kuromon Shirouri, a variety of oriental pickling melon certified by the Osaka prefectural government as "Naniwa's traditional vegetable," in the compound of the Head Office.
This variety of oriental pickling melon (shirouri) was once cultivated in the area near the Tamatsukuri Gate (popularly called "Kuromon" or the "black gate" because this gate was originally painted black) of Osaka Castle, and this neighborhood, called Tamatsukuri, started to produce shirouri pickled in salted rice bran (nukazuke) which became one of the specialties of the region in the Edo period. Unfortunately, this nukazuke disappeared as a result of the wave of modernization that started with the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
We learned that Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine, located in this neighborhood, is actively trying to resurrect "Tamatsukuri Kuromon Shirouri." As we have a long relationship with this shrine, which conducts the New Year prayer for the Head Office every year, and we consider it important to encourage the biodiversity conservation and greater communication with local society, we decided to actively help the shrine realize their wish.
In the summer of 2016, we successfully harvested excellent "shirouri" despite it being our first attempt.
Also since May 2017, we have continued the cultivation with the expansion of the field.
In the future, we also intend to conduct various other activities for biodiversity conservation.