In line with its declaration to preserve biodiversity in the Environmental Vision 2020, Daifuku has conducted surveys of the ecosystem within Shiga Works since 2012. The surveys have shown that many native species live within the Works, including some threatened species. We will establish more specific conservation plans and strive to create a Works that coexists harmoniously with nature.
Relationship between Daifuku and Biodiversity
Daifuku has mapped the relationship between product processes, land use, and other business activities and biodiversity. Based on this map, Daifuku notes the impact on ecosystems by the land use at Shiga Works, which is endowed with nature, and is conducting business activities that take biodiversity into account.
Conservation Activities at Shiga Works
According to a survey of ecosystems within Shiga Works conducted in fiscal 2012, we confirmed 642 native species on the grounds, including 49 threatened species. We will establish more specific conservation plans and strive to create a Works that coexists harmoniously with nature.
Results of ecosystems survey
|Birds||Falcated duck, grebes, little ringed plover, eurasian sparrowhawk, buzzard, hirundo daurica, olive-backed pipit, bullfinch, falcon, etc.||27|
|Amphibians||Clouded salamander, Japanese brown frog, leopard frog, Schlegel's green tree frog||4|
|Reptiles and mammalians||Japanese pond turtle, harvest mouse||2|
|Insect||Trigomphus ogumai, Asiagomphus pryeri, Epitheca marginata, spring cicada, Asian giant hornet, Polyrhachis lamellidens||7|
|Benthic organisms||Asiagomphus pryeri, Trigomphus interruptus, Trigomphus ogumai||2|
|Plants||Ophioglossum petiolatum, Callicarpa dichtoma, Utricularia australis, Platycodon, Atractylodes japonica, Agrostis valvata, Cephalanthera falcata||7|
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Yui no Mori
As part of a biodiversity preservation activity called Yui Project*, which started at the 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 the indigenous red pine forest, the rare clouded salamander and other species in Yui no Mori in 2014. The forest was also used as a learning environment inside and outside the company. In 2016, we improved the waterfront living environment for the benefit of birds, dragonflies, and other creatures by installing a floating island in Shakunage Lake next to Yui no Mori.
- *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."
Symposium on biodiversity
In May 2014, we held a symposium at Hini Arata Kan to declare the kick-off of biodiversity conservation activities, where 89 staff members from the Shiga Works participated. At the symposium, attendees heard a report on biodiversity surveys done within the Shiga Works through the four seasons. A panel discussion was also conducted with outside experts to discuss our approach to the activities in the future. Since then, we have continued to carry out initiatives with the guidance of experts.
Nature observation event
We hold nature tours involving experts, so that employees have opportunities to interact with animals and plants living around Shiga Works. In 2016, we held insect tours in summer and autumn and exhibited a some of the specimens that were gathered in the lobby of Hini Arata Kan.
Initiatives Outside the Company
Participating in the Shiga Green Purchasing Network’s "Biodiversity and CSR Study Group"
We have participated as a founding organization in the group called the Biodiversity, and CSR Study Group that was established within the Shiga Green Purchasing Network in 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".