Relationship between Daifuku and Biodiversity

In order to clarify the relationship between business activities and ecosystems, Daifuku has mapped the interaction of product processes, land use, and other ecosystem aspects. Based on this map, Daifuku notes the impact on ecosystems by the land use at the Shiga Works, which is endowed with nature, and is conducting business activities that take biodiversity into account.

Conservation Activities at Shiga Works

In terms of site area, the Shiga Works is one of the largest land users in Shiga Prefecture. A survey of ecosystems within the Shiga Works confirmed 699 native species, and 52 rare and endangered species. In order to preserve this precious natural environment for subsequent generations, we have established a biodiversity preservation activity called the “Yui Project” to promote communication both within and outside the company, and we are pursuing various conservation initiatives.

Results of Ecosystems Survey (rare and endangered species)

Results of Ecosystems Survey
Classification Species Type
Birds Falcated duck, little grebe, little ringed plover, Eurasian sparrowhawk, buzzard, red-rumped swallow, olive-backed pipit, Eurasian bullfinch, peregrine falcon, etc. 27
Amphibians Clouded salamander, Japanese brown frog, leopard frog, schlegel's green tree frog 4
Reptiles and mammals Japanese pond turtle, harvest mouse 2
Insects Asiagomphus pryeri (dragonfly), trigomphus interruptus (dragonfly), trigomphus ogumai (dragonfly), epitheca marginata (dragonfly), spring cicada, polyrhachis lamellidens, gynacantha japonica, libellula quadrimaculata asahinai, sympetrum baccha matutinum, hydrochara affinis 10
Fish Gin-buna, dark sleeper 2
Plants Stalked adder’s tongue fern, early amythesy (beautyberry), yellow bladderwort, platycodon, atractylodes japonica, agrostis valvata, golden orchid 7
Total 52

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  • Peregrine Falcon

    Peregrine falcon

  • Clouded salamander

    Clouded salamander

  • Japanese pond turtle

    Japanese pond turtle

  • Trigomphus ogumai

    Trigomphus ogumai

  • Cephalanthera falcata

    Golden orchid

  • Little grebe

    Little grebe

  • Spring cicada (shell)

    Spring cicada (shell)

  • Eurasian bullfinch

    Eurasian bullfinch

Yui no Mori

As part of a biodiversity preservation activity called the Yui Project*, which started at Shiga Works in 2014, we set up the Yui no Mori (Mori = forest; comprised of a conservation pond, learning square, etc.). We engaged in biodiversity conservation activities for a region-specific red pine forest, the rare clouded salamanders and other species. The project also serves as a learning environment inside and outside the company.

  • *Yui Project: Yui means to "bring together," and the project refers to various activities to bring together "water with greenery, people with nature, and people to people."

Creating opportunities for interacting with nature

Creating opportunities for interacting with nature

We hold nature observation events and workshops involving experts, so that employees have opportunities to interact with plants and animals living around the Shiga Works. In fiscal 2018, these included making small ornaments from moss and Christmas wreaths using natural materials found on site, and holding of nature observation events that involved families of employees.

Initiatives Outside the Company

Participating in the Shiga Green-activity Network’s "Biodiversity and CSR Study Group"

Participating in the Shiga Green-activity Network

Seminar

We have participated as a founding organization in the working group called "Biodiversity and Environmental/CSR Research Association" that was established within the Shiga Green-activity Network general incorporated association since 2015. We are taking action towards the goals of creating places for "learning fundamental knowledge about biodiversity", "knowing about the latest CSR trends focused on the field of biodiversity" and "communication between association members."

Participating in the Lake Biwa Biodiversity Network's dragonfly conservation efforts through corporate collaboration

Participating in the Lake Biwa Biodiversity Network's dragonfly conservation efforts through corporate collaboration

Planning exhibit (Lake Biwa Museum)

The eight neighboring companies* of the Shiga Works launched the “Lake Biwa Biodiversity Network” in 2016 to conserve the biodiversity of Shiga Prefecture, with a specific focus on the dragonfly. Through the “100 Dragonflies Initiative,” the goal is to search for, protect and educate the public about the 100 species of dragonflies found in Shiga Prefecture. Well commended, the initiative won the Shiga Biodiversity Grand Prize in 2017, and the Biodiversity Action Award in 2018 from the Japan Committee for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.

  • *Asahi Kasei Corporation, Asahi Kasei Juko Co., Ltd., OMRON Corporation, Sekisui Jushi Corporation, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd., Yanmar Co., Ltd., and Daifuku Co., Ltd.