DNP to Promote Biodiversity Conservation Activities through Its Core Business
Aiming for eco-friendly material procurement and creation of green spaces
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) is engaged in biodiversity preservation through its core business from the standpoint of the awareness that as a company, we operate a business that is dependent on the benefits of the ecosystem. As part of those activities, DNP will launch two new ventures, namely, improvement of material procurement practices and the creation of green spaces at DNP business sites.
At DNP, we believe that as a company, we enjoy numerous benefits from an ecosystem supported by various life forms, and that maintaining a symbiotic relationship with the environment is essential to our sustained growth as a company. And based on this belief, we established the DNP Group Biodiversity Declaration in March 2010, and launched fully fledged biodiversity conversation activities.
In 2011, DNP reappraised the biodiversity relationships of our entire range of business activities, including product development, material procurement, manufacturing, sales, usage and disposal. As a result, the company designated improvement of material procurement practices and the creation of green spaces at DNP business sites, two areas deemed to have a great dependence or degree of impact, on the ecosystem as priority areas, and plan to push ahead with concrete activities.
[Material Procurement Related Activities]
DNP has taken advantage of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) activities in-place and ongoing since the 1990s to promote the development and production of packaging materials using biodiversity-friendly raw materials. DNP has been actively involved in activities such as client proposals involving the use of printing and/or processing paper made from timber from forest thinning, or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper(*1).
On this occasion, DNP has drawn up Guidelines for Procurement of Paper for Printing and Converting designed to contribute to the use of sustainable forest resources. This guideline stipulates such measures as priority procurement from suppliers with an established wood feedstock procurement policy, and the selection of paper using more sustainable forest resources, or those that are FSC certified. The company commenced procurement in line with these guidelines from September 2012, and plans to implement a series of client briefings in November.
[Creation of Green Spaces at DNP Business Sites]
DNP conducted a survey of the situation at 65 domestic manufacturing sites and one overseas base as to how the use of on-site green spaces might contribute to biodiversity in the surrounding areas. As a result, business sites were classified, and a quantitative assessment of biodiversity levels at business sites, green spaces in the surrounding areas and their inter-connection were executed at 10 locations with special features (*2). For example, there is a high green coverage within a 1km area around the Okayama plant, and given the geographical conditions of the surrounding areas, which is close to water, it was found that biodiversity potential is extremely high.
In order to pursue the creation of biodiversity-friendly green spaces at our business sites, for a month from late August 2012, DNP employees will participate in a flora and fauna and bio-assessment survey of the Okayama plant and its surrounding areas, based on the Eco-friendly Business Site Promotion Guidelines developed by the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB). A similar survey will also be conducted at DNP Chubu Co., Ltd. in Nagoya City, and at other DNP business sites, on a sequential basis, and it is planned to use the greening of company business sites, and the selection of flora and fauna to be cultivated at those facilities, in the creation of green spaces at DNP business sites.
The ongoing redevelopment of our site at Ichigaya includes plans for an Ichigaya Forest, which will form a link with surrounding green spaces. Our aim is to create an environment facilitating the free passage of birds and insects. DNP will gauge the degree of any contribution to biodiversity that the Ichigaya Forest may make, and in order to ensure that this contribution is reflected in subsequent plans, is also conducting a study of the flora and fauna at our sites and in the surrounding areas. In July 2012 DNP conducted a cicada observation tour, mainly for DNP employees and their families, with the objective of gauging the manner of changes the Ichigaya Forest is likely to exert on the ecosystem of the surrounding areas before it is created. The tour was also intended to supplements our children' s science education.
Looking ahead, DNP will continue to undertake activities targeting the conservation of biodiversity.