All human activity benefits from the workings of the diverse life forms that live on the planet. At the same time, human activity also exerts a significant impact on biodiversity, including damage to ecosystems. Now, at a time when many species face extinction, the preservation of biodiversity is a shared issue for all of humanity.
Mitsubishi Electric formulated its Environmental Vision 2021 in October 2007. This Vision positions respect for biodiversity as one of the Company's basic policies. The policy stems from the strong desire to protect the natural environment and realize a sustainable society through fostering environmental awareness among our employees. Furthermore, we formulated the Mitsubishi Electric Group Biodiversity Action Guidelines in May 2010. These Biodiversity Action Guidelines have two main features: (1) they include the pledge of every Mitsubishi Electric Group employee to understand the relationship between business activities and biodiversity; and (2) they are structured according to each stage of the product lifecycle.
The Earth's ecosystem is made up of diverse living organisms. All aspects of human civilization benefit from this ecosystem, but at the same time, we affect it in both direct and indirect ways. Today, damage to the ecosystem is said to be driving many species to extinction and otherwise eroding biodiversity.
In recognition of this, the Mitsubishi Electric Group has established Biodiversity Action Guidelines, which add to the Group's environmental activities aimed at the creation of a low-carbon and recycling-based society from the perspective of biodiversity conservation. These guidelines define the role of business activities in preserving biodiversity, and outline the Group's efforts toward the development of a sustainable society through its business activities.
Recognizing that we utilize globally procured natural resources such as minerals, fuels and plants, we shall aim to preserve biodiversity in Japan and around the world by carrying out green procurement activities.
In designing our products and services, we shall promote the effective utilization of resources and the efficient use of energy, as well as aim to prevent the emission of substances that pose a risk to the environment.
When commencing or making changes to land use, such as when constructing factories or warehouses, we will give due consideration to protecting the biodiversity of the land in question. In manufacturing and transportation, we aim to minimize energy use, waste generation and the emission of chemical substances.
In our sales activities, we will work to promote better understanding among our customers of the impact that product/service usage and maintenance can have on biodiversity.
We will actively develop recycling technologies and apply them to collected end-of-life products.
We will deepen our understanding of the importance of biodiversity and our relationship to it, and will actively and voluntarily take actions necessary to coexist in harmony with nature.
All companies in the Mitsubishi Electric Group, including overseas affiliates, will act as one, in cooperation with local communities, NGOs and governments.
In formulating Mitsubishi Electric's Biodiversity Action Guidelines and the Relationship between Business Activities and Biodiversity chart, we invited Dr. Ryo Kohsaka* as the advisor, to exchange ideas regarding biodiversity, in March 2010. His feedback on our efforts is summarized as follows:
Based on this feedback, we completed steps to implement our guidelines and relational chart, which were announced on May 18, 2010.
In addition, to deepen employee understanding of biodiversity, we have created a chart that shows the relationship between business activities and biodiversity. Using this chart, we will promote renewed awareness among all business sites both inside and outside Japan of the relationships between their business activities and surrounding regions' ecosystems and natural environment, and link this awareness to concrete actions that contribute to communication with those regions and to the preservation of biodiversity.
|Mitsubishi Electric Outdoor Classroom||Foster environmental awareness among employees||Participants and employees, who serve as leaders, work to improve environmental awareness in natural classroom settings such as woodlands, waterways, parks, and seacoasts.|
|"Satoyama" Woodland Preservation Project||Contribute to society, drawing on the voluntary efforts of employees||Employees strive to restore parks, woodlands, rivers, and other natural areas located close to business sites.|
|Preserving biodiversity at business sites||Activities centered around co-existence with nature carried out at business sites||Confirmation and appropriate management of rare species, endemic species, and non-native species; promotion of co-existence with nature; and gaining an understanding of our involvement with the surrounding natural environment.|
|Living Creature Studies||Deepen understanding of our impact on the natural environment||Employees observe the natural environment at business sites and surrounding areas while evaluating and improving behavior.|
|Biodiversity-Conscious Procurement||Reduce procurement-related environmental risks||Employees evaluate suppliers from a variety of perspectives; for example, in terms of the status of environmental initiatives and in terms of management of products that contain chemical substances.|