Corporate Social Responsibility Information

Policies and Targets for Biodiversity

Declaration of Biodiversity and Biodiversity Action Guidelines

Sumitomo Forestry established its policy on Biodiversity Conservation in Company-owned Forests in Japan in fiscal 2006, and its Timber Procurement Philosophy and Policy in fiscal 2007. The Company also revised its Environmental Policies in fiscal 2007 to incorporate biodiversity considerations. Then in March 2012, the Sumitomo Forestry Group established its Declaration of Biodiversity, setting out the Sumitomo Forestry Group’s understanding of and stance on biodiversity; Biodiversity Action Guidelines, specifying an internal set of guidelines; and Biodiversity Long-Term Targets as specific goals of activity.
In July 2015, the Group initiate the Sumitomo Forestry Group Environmental Policy, bringing together the Environmental Philosophy, the Environmental Policies, the Sumitomo Forestry Group Declaration of Biodiversity, and the Sumitomo Forestry Group’s Biodiversity Action Guidelines.

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Biodiversity Long-Term Targets

As well as advancing biodiversity preservation initiatives, the Group established the Biodiversity Long-Term Targets in March 2012 as a way of contributing to the international community in respect to attainment of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted at the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in 2010. Rough schedules for achieving each of the long-term targets were put in place covering the period up until 2020 and serve as a guideline for advancing initiatives.

The Sumitomo Forestry Group’s Biodiversity Long-term Targets: Summary

Group-wide targets
1 (Aim to achieve sustainable forests)

In all timber-related businesses, from upstream to downstream, work to prevent any reduction in forest areas and aim to achieve sustainable forests.

  • Regenerate forests through reforestation and the recharging of natural resources and maintain logging to less than grown volume of the forest.
  • Increase the procurement and use of sustainable timber, including forest certified timber, plantation forest timber, and Japanese timber.
  • Promote the efficient use of timber and, recycle, and reuse timber.
2 (Increase the amount of CO2 absorbed by and sequestered in forests and timber)

In order to increase the amount of CO2 absorbed by and sequestered in forests and timber, promote the use of timber by cultivating healthy forests and encouraging the use of timber construction materials and the construction of wooden buildings. In this way, contribute to the protection of biodiversity and help alleviate climate change.

Individual targets
3 (Forests)

Promote forest management that regenerates, maintains, and increases biodiversity

  • Carry out zoning that protects ecosystems and the habitats of living creatures.
  • Maintain to 20% or above the percentage of the environment protection priority forests area of Company-owned forests in Japan.
  • Maintain to 100% the percentage of Company-owned forests in Japan that are forest certified.
  • Establish targets for protecting endangered species based on the results of the biodiversity monitoring conducted within Company-owned forests in Japan starting 2012.
  • Conduct operations at plantation forests overseas while considering how best to contribute to local communities, economies and education.
4 (Products)

Provide products and services that are considerate to biodiversity, such as forest-certified timber and products and services that have received an environmental assessment.

5 (Construction)

Work to develop homes and communities that are in harmony with the natural environment and their surrounding urban landscapes.

6 (Design)

Manage and minimize the generation of waste through promoting a zero-emissions policy in construction operations.

7 (Greening)

Be considerate to the surrounding ecosystems and tree species and actively cultivate native species.

8 (Plants)

Manage and minimize the generation of pollutants, waste, and noise pollution, and reduce their impact on biodiversity.

9 (Public relations)

Actively communicate the importance of biodiversity to all stakeholders, including customers, business partners, and local communities.

10 (Research)

Collect the latest information and develop conservation technologies in order to implement measures to protect biodiversity.

11 (Social contribution)

Protect those trees that are historically and culturally important and also preserve their genetic material.

CSR Report 2016