Society in Harmony with Nature: Biodiversity initiatives

  • Biodiversity initiatives

Basic Approach

In addition to makings environmentally friendly cars, Daihatsu also works to conserve biodiversity through connecting with, working together with, and communicating information to local communities.
We promote the creation of plants globally that enable people and nature to coexist in harmony, and seek to become a company that is needed by people across (around) the world.

Existing Initiatives

We contribute to local communities through environmental conservation and biodiversity conservation activities rooted in the regions in which it operates.
At its Japanese business sites, there are geographically unique natural environment such as forests, grasslands and wetland, and habitats for flora and fauna such as ponds and biotopes; we carry out green space management through mowing and other manual activities, without the use of pesticides or other chemicals.
In 2015, we carried out flora and fauna surveys of its Japanese business sites. The results showed that a total of 1,145 different species—including 77 endangered or rare species—inhabited company-owned land.
In order to conserve the wildlife that lives there, and in order to encourage even greater biodiversity, we use expert advice to carry out biodiversity conservation at its business sites.
We also work together with local residents and communities on issues pertaining to regional biodiversity.
We intend to expand the scope of its activities by improving environmental awareness. To this end, it is also engaged in biodiversity education activities both for its employees and for local communities.

We carry out environmental activities in collaboration with a variety of different parties, including local governments, organizations, companies, and action groups.,
its contributions to conserving biodiversity and to improving public awareness of the environment has been recognized and praised.

Daihatsu Receives the Osaka Environment Award Grand Prix
In December 2019, we were evaluated in three fields: clear direction and framework for its environmental activities; collaborating with a variety of local parties; and conservation and education activities rooted in local communities.

Shiga (Ryuo) Plant awarded Shiga Biodiversity Initiatives Certification in fiscal 2018
Shiga (Ryuo) Plant was awarded the highest three-star ranking by Shiga Prefecture under the FY2018 Shiga Biodiversity Initiatives Certification system.
Shiga (Ryuo) Plant has been evaluated by Shiga Prefecture as a company that engages in biodiversity initiatives. The plant’s activities include thinning, tree-planting, proper lawn-mowing, and other green-space management in satoyama, as well as a range of ongoing biodiversity conservation activities.

Lake Biwa Biodiversity Network activities:
The 100 Dragonflies Mission—Save Shiga’s Dragonflies!

Prize-winner in the Let’s Protect Category at the Biodiversity Action Award Japan 2018
Winner of the Jury Prize at the Biodiversity Action Award Japan 2019
Certified as a partner program by the Japan Committee for United Nations Decade on Biodiversity in its 12th round of approvals
Winner of the Grand Prix in the Collaboration Category of the FY2018 Shiga Biodiversity Awards

Since 2018, Shiga (Ryuo) Plant has been participating in the Lake Biwa Biodiversity Network , and has taken part in activities that contribute to conserving biodiversity in Shiga Prefecture.
The Lake Biwa Biodiversity Network comprises eight companies located in Shiga. It contributes to regional biodiversity conservation, such as through the 100 Dragonflies Initiative—Save Shiga’s Dragonflies!, a project that aims to research, conserve, and communicate more widely the 100 species of dragonflies found in Shiga Prefecture.

In addition to its announcement of the Seventh Daihatsu Environmental Action Plan, which runs until the end of 2025, we will promote activities that encourage in harmony with nature, as part of its goal to leave an abundant natural environment to future generations by 2030. These activities include the All Daihatsu Green Wave Project, and promoting Kotodukuri and Hitodukuri (developing human resources) through activities that encourage in harmony with nature.

Conservation activities in company-owned woodlands

Daihatsu carries out forest maintenance in a manner that promotes biodiversity conservation; maintenance activities include thinning, and the removal of dead and fallen trees at its forests and bamboo groves.
We also maintain walkways that can be easily and safely used both by employees and by local residents.

Forest Conservation Goals, from 2021 onwards
As part of the Seventh Daihatsu Environmental Action Plan, Daihatsu will use well-maintained forests as spaces in which to carry out conservation activities and improve environmental awareness, as well as to deepen its partnerships and interactions with local communities.
The forests are also used for children’s environmental education and can contribute to the activities of children who will lead the future.

Wildlife observation in company-owned forests Wildlife observation in company-owned forests

Digging for bamboo shoots, both for food and to prevent the overgrowth of bamboo groves Digging for bamboo shoots, both for food and to prevent the overgrowth of bamboo groves

New shoots (Jolcham oak) New shoots (Jolcham oak)

Growing seedlings for tree-planting Growing seedlings for tree-planting