Harm FREE (Realization of a Society Coexisting with Nature)
Modern society is maintained by the value provided by natural ecosystems, including material cycles and the regeneration of air, water, and soil environments.
Kawasaki Group strives to reduce its environmental impact through products and manufacturing processes that exist in harmony with the global environment and contributes to the protection of ecosystems.
|Target of the 10th Plan (FY2019–2021)|
|Reduce environmental risk while operating factories with respect for biodiversity|
|Key strategies of the 10th Plan|
|Properly manage harmful chemical substances and consider alternatives
(Reduce Group-wide environmental risk)
Identify the types of trees on factory grounds and, where appropriate, replace with native species while continuing Company-wide forest conservation activities
The results of activities in fiscal 2021 to achieve the above targets are reported below.
Harmful Chemical Substance Reduction
Kawasaki properly manages and looks for alternatives to chemical substances that present a risk of negatively impacting human health or the environment.
Kawasaki’s emission volumes of major VOCs (toluene, xylene, and ethylbenzene) per unit of net sales, along with handling volumes of dichloromethane and hazardous metals (hexavalent chromium compounds) up to fiscal 2021 are illustrated as given below. Going forward, we will continue to properly manage chemical substances while aiming to reduce their use.
Handling volume of managed chemical substances and VOC emission volumes per unit of net sales (Non-consolidated)
Forest Conservation Activities
We are engaged in forest conservation activities in Taka and Ono, Hyogo Prefecture; Machida, Tokyo; and Niyodogawa, Kochi Prefecture. In fiscal 2021, activities were conducted with measures in place to prevent the spread of infections due to the impact of COVID-19.
Since December 2008, we have participated in the prefecture' s corporate forest restoration project. These activities began in the town of Taka and, in fiscal 2020 were expanded to Ono City, giving employees and their families the opportunity to get involved in forest conservation activities (trimming and clearing undergrowth) in two locations.
In fiscal 2020, Kawasaki became a participant in the "Tokyo Green Ship Action," and employees and their families joined forest conservation activities (clearing undergrowth) in Machida City for the first time under this campaign.
Since fiscal 2007, we have participated in a prefecture-organized forest restoration project, with new employees implementing such activities as forest thinning in the town of Niyodogawa. Although we refrained from directly participating in activities in fiscal 2021, we served as a co-sponsor to support local efforts.
Fiscal 2021 Achievements
|Activity location||Taka, Hyogo||Ono, Hyogo||Machida, Tokyo||Niyodogawa, Kochi|
|Activity content||Tree trimming, clearing undergrowth||Tree planting, trimming, clearing undergrowth, nature observation||Clearing undergrowth, nature observation||Forest thinning
Co-sponsoring local activities
|Participants||Employees and their families, and others (23 people)||Employees and their families, and others (total 77 people)||Employees and their families, and others (26 people)||Refrained from employee participation due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
|Number of events||1||2||1||0|
|Notes||Volume of CO2 absorbed: 0.26 t/CO2 (subject to a third-party certification for absorption volume)||Volume of CO2 absorbed: 36.0 t/CO2 (subject to a third-party certification for absorption volume)|
Environmental Education through Forest Conservation Activities
We carry out forest conservation activities, such as forest development and experiential learning, every year to provide opportunities for thinking about the environment.
Fiscal 2021 Achievements
|Nature observation (Ono, Hyogo Prefecture)||Interact with nature and learn about the importance of forests
||April and November 2021|
|Nature observation (Machida, Tokyo)||
River Cleaning Activities
From fiscal 2021, in addition to river improvement and utilization, and following on from our forest conservation activities, we initiated river cleaning activities as part of our biodiversity conservation activities. These aim to conserve the river environments which serve as habitats for the growth of fish (salmon, eel, goby, etc.) which move between rivers and oceans.
In March 2022, we took part in activities of the Fukuda River Clean Club, which conducts river clean-up activities in the Fukuda River, Tarumi Ward, Kobe.
Initiatives at Akashi Works
Winners of the Prize for Excellence, Akashi Flower Bed Competition
Akashi Works were awarded the Prize for Excellence after entering the flower bed competition hosted by Akashi.
We designed a flower bed with an octopus motif, from the competition theme of "The Abundant Seas of Akashi," and were highly rated for our lively design suggestive of imminent movement.
At the competition award ceremony, held in May 2022, the mayor of Akashi was in attendance, with local cable television also filming at the event.
In addition, at Akashi Works, we create flower beds in green spaces which can also be seen from the pavements outside the factory, to allow local residents to enjoy the pleasant views. We will continue to promote factory greening activities to provide eye-pleasing views to local residents.
Opening a violet garden to employees
Every spring, a great number of violets blossom at the Akashi Works' heliport. Such a thriving colony of naturally seeded violets within the premises of a plant is considered quite rare by botanists. To share this asset with plant employees and help them learn about the importance of greenery development, in 2014 Akashi Works decided to invite them into the violet garden each year during the blooming season, opening the heliport, which is otherwise off-limits, to them. This helipad has become a rest area for insects and birds, and allowed employees to enjoy scenes of the blooming of spring flowers, in particular the violets, as part of a nature observation event held in April 2022.
Although the number of employees who applied to visit the garden was around 30 when we started this initiative, the number increased to nearly 250 in recent years, suggesting that environmental awareness has grown among employees.
Going forward, Akashi Works will pursue environmentally friendly plant operations while pushing ahead with the development of greenery within its premises.
Initiatives in Food: Providing Lunches Using Wild Venison
In support of Hyogo Prefecture's efforts to counter vegetation damage caused by wild animals through the utilization of wild venison, continuing from 2020, lunch boxes titled “gibier* lunches” were offered to employees at the Kobe Head Office in June and December 2021.
We received a number of favorable comments from those who purchased the lunch boxes, such as "It went down well, and was softer than I expected and without the overwhelming smell I had imagined." As such, the provision of these lunches also served as a good opportunity for employees to think about biodiversity. The number of regular customers has gradually increased. Drawing on this experience, we are planning to continue initiatives to help raise employee awareness regarding biodiversity preservation.
Initiatives in Food: Sustainable Seafood Included on the Cafeteria Menu
As part of activities aimed at the realization of a society coexisting with nature, in February 2020, the cafeteria of the Tokyo Head Office began serving sustainable seafood that is MSC certified and ASC certified with the cooperation of Kobe Foods Co., Ltd.
In this way, we are providing employees with opportunities to think about water resource depletion and the impact of global warming through food—an integral part of daily life.
|MSC: A certification system for sustainable fishing and fishery products||ASC: A certification system for responsible aquaculture and fishery products|