Biodiversity Conservation

Consideration for Biodiversity

Our livelihoods and lives are supported by the various gifts that biodiversity brings. In order to continuously enjoy these gifts, we have to investigate the impact of our business activities on biodiversity and remove the negative ones. We position "LIVING TOGETHER" as the basis for all corporate activities, have incorporated biodiversity conservation activities into our environmental management system (EMS) since 2012 and conduct Biodiversity Risk Surveys in our Head Office, Tokyo R&D Center, Hirakata Plant and Tamaki Plant. If there is a risk, we consider improvement measures and promote improvement activities in a systematic manner.

Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation

Since 2016, in an effort to take the concept of biodiversity conservation a step further, we started cultivating "Tamatsukuri Kuromon Oriental Pickling Melon", which is accredited as "Naniwa's Traditional Vegetable" by the Osaka Prefecture from the perspective of "Species Conservation" in the premises of our Head Office and since then, have worked on the cultivation of several "Naniwa's Traditional Vegetables". Also, as part of our social contribution activities, we have worked on biodiversity conservation activities, such as "Removal of Non-native Species at Lake Biwa" and "Conservation Activity of Coppice for Zephyrus in Mt.Mikusa".

For more details about these efforts for biodiversity conservation, please refer to the following web-pages;

In addition to our green procurement activities, we encourage our suppliers to consider biodiversity by referring to the items related to biodiversity preservation included in the Kyocera Document Solutions Supply-Chain CSR Guidebook* and in the Kyocera Document Solutions Supply-Chain CSR Deployment Check Sheet. We also check the status of their efforts for biodiversity conservation. Furthermore, we continue to take various actions, including the elimination of invasive alien species listed as sensitive species for the improvement of potential risks.

*Items related to biodiversity preservation included in the KYOCERA Document Solutions Supply Chain CSR Deployment Guidebook

Biodiversity-conscious Operation Control

Consider minimizing the direct impact on biodiversity caused by business activities

As for the items that have a direct impact on ecosystems, occurring in accordance with business operations, such as water intake, water discharge, exhaust air, waste, noise, vibrations, and light, it is necessary to consider the impact on human health, as well as all living creatures and to appropriately manage them by incorporating them into an environmental management system. If possible, suppliers are requested to establish their own voluntary criteria to manage those items.

Procurement of raw materials which is harmless to biodiversity

Strive to procure biodiversity-conscious raw materials

Biodiversity-conscious raw materials are the ones produced by methods that destroy forests or waterfronts (natural ecosystems, such as marshes, lakes and rivers which are the habitats for living creatures) or do not excessively harvest natural biological resource. In order to use such raw materials, it is necessary to ensure their traceability back to their places of origin and confirm that the ecosystem in those places has been appropriately taken into consideration while harvesting them. As for raw materials that require any third party certification system,* we consider the use of an appropriate one.

*A system that certifies that biodiversity is not destroyed in the process of producing or harvesting a raw material. Representative example of such systems is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for paper or wood.


Tanabe Radish (one of "Naniwa's Traditional Vegetables") cultivated at KYOCERA Document Solutions Head Office won the "Effort Awards" at the Competitive Show

Since 2012, we have incorporated biodiversity conservation activities into our environmental management system (EMS) activities, and we have been actively taking risk reduction action, based on the results of biodiversity risk surveys at each of our business sites in Japan. Also, since 2016, we have been prioritizing biodiversity conservation activities, and we have protected the genes of vanishing vegetables and have maintained the genetic diversity by working on the revival of "Naniwa's Traditional Vegetables" (which are currently less common at stores). In 2018, Tanabe Radish, which is one of "Naniwa's Traditional Vegetables", cultivated at Kyocera Document Solutions Head Office, won the "Effort Awards" at the competitive show of "Tanabe Raddish Festa" held at the shopping street in front of Komagawa Station located in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka city.
High recognition which Tanabe Radish carefully cultivated by volunteers received this time encouraged us, and we will make an effort to raise employee's awareness of biodiversity conservation activities and improve the communication with people in local areas through cultivation activity of "Naniwa's Traditional Vegetables".

Certificate of Recognition Award Ceremony
Certificate of Recognition Award Ceremony
Certificate of Recognition
Certificate of Recognition

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