In recognition of the importance of the preservation of biodiversity, the Nissui Group revised its Environmental Code in 2014 and upholds preservation of biodiversity in its Policies. Since then, we have been engaged in activities to preserve biodiversity in the natural environment surrounding the Group’s domestic business locations around the country.
On October 7, 2018, 27 employees of the Nissui Group and their family members participated in an event to learn about biodiversity at the Fujimae-Higata, a registered Ramsar Convention site, in the city of Nagoya.
With the cooperation of the NPO, Fujimae Ramsar Society, participants, after listening to a lecture about the history of the tidal flat, got a hands-on experience of biodiversity by plunging into the tidal flats barefoot and finding various forms of life. Participants also picked litter at the nearby quay and spent the day experiencing the importance of the sea.
On September 29, 2018, 22 employees of the Nissui Group and their family members participated in an event to make and plant “amamo” (eelgrass) seedlings (Note) at Jigyohama in Hakata Bay.
With the cooperation of Fukuoka FUN (Field & Underwater Naturalists), participants, after listening to a lecture about the status of litter at the bottom of Hakata Bay and the problems of a dysoxic environment, made 400 "amamo" seedlings. Although the participants were not able to plant the seedlings due to the approaching typhoon, they were able to watch professional divers plant the seedlings in a movie.
We intend to continue this activity each year in the hopes of gradually spreading the beach built by us and nurturing Jigyohama into a bountiful sea.
(Note) Amamo (eelgrass): A seed plant that grows in the sea that is called the "cradle of the sea,” providing homes to small fish and shrimp.
In conjunction with the reconstruction of its drainage canal, a biotope was installed at the Anjo Plant, recreating an ecosystem consisting of fish, aquatic insects and plants. The biotope is also used for the environmental education of the community’s primary school children. This is an initiative to conserve biodiversity and to contribute to the community by protecting clean water.
Nissui (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (NTC), Nissui's overseas group company, is engaged in the processing of fish including salmon/trout in Hatyai, Thailand. In 2018, NTC was awarded the CSR-DIW Continuous Award by the Thailand Department of Industrial Works (DIW) in recognition of its environmental activities.
The Thailand Department of Industrial Works carries out initiatives to promote the CSR of enterprises in line with the ISO26000, the international standard for CSR management, and awards the CSR-DIW Continuous Award to enterprises that have conducted outstanding CSR activities.
Mangrove Reforestation and Release of Juvenile Fish and Crab
On May 1, 2018 (Labour Day in Thailand), 32 members of NTC participated in the planting of mangrove trees and the release of juvenile fish and crab at the General Prem Tinnasulanonda Garden. Mangroves are called the “cradles of life” that foster diverse ecosystems, as their roots provide homes for juvenile fish and crabs and the tree trunks serve as refuge for wild birds and monkeys. Mangroves are also able to absorb and store large volumes of the greenhouse gas, CO2, and planting mangroves is said to be effective in controlling global warming.
Building Dams from Natural Materials
On November 25, 2018, 20 members of NTC participated in the construction of a dam on a river using natural materials such as bamboo. Frequent floods occur in Thailand during the long rainy season from May to October and there are concerns that such floods will increase in the future due to the effects of climate change. Building dams slows down the water flow and protects the surrounding areas from water damage.
Piping Plovers, which have been categorized as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List (Note), are an endangered species to New England, the North East region of the US and the home of Gorton’s, Nissui's overseas group company. The Piping Plovers’ habitat is the coast line and the intrusion by people and dogs, among others, on their nesting sites is said to be the cause of their decline.
Volunteer activities to protect the Piping Plovers have been underway at Good Harbor Beach in the port town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the home of Gorton’s. Many members from Gorton’s are participating in the volunteer team by preparing schedules and keeping a 24-hour watch on the Piping Plovers to protect them as they lay their eggs and feed their chicks throughout the months of May and June. As a result of these efforts, many eggs were hatched on the shore in 2018.
(Note) IUCN Red List: List of endangered species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Information on over 90,000 species are posted on its site, and the Red List compiled by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and its assessment are based on this list.