Conservation of Biodiversity

Shimadzu’s Measures to Preserve Biodiversity

We have been striving to preserve biodiversity, one of the international environmental issue, through our business activity based on our environmental policy.
Our major practices are as follows.
Based upon the Japanese Invasive Alien Species Act, we establish procedures for what to do if invasive alien species are found in incoming shipments and to familiarize all engaged person with the procedures, as a countermeasure against these species entering Japan.
In addition, we held several seminars for suppliers who have not yet taken measures to preserve biodiversity and encouraged them to develop measures at their companies.
Furthermore, in relation to the environmental impact assessment required under ISO14001, we added the impact on biodiversity as one of our evaluation criteria for hazardous chemical substances we use. This will help to strengthen our self-management of substances that cause a major impact on biodiversity when they are mined, for example minerals like rare metals, or chemical substances regulated by environmental standards due to their impact on aquatic life.
Since FY 2013, wood materials for shipping package are replaced with certified wood, and continuously cross-checked certificate information by suppliers and actual materials. Additionally, certificated papers are also installed on a company-wide basis.
We have been conducting the "Shimadzu Corporation Reforestation Activities" (Nantan City, Kyoto Prefecture) regularly since fiscal 2008 with participation from our employees and new recruits, we carried out activities such as thinning trees and injecting spawn into logs to grow Shiitake mushrooms in the forest. We also organized nature observation walks guided by experts and studied the biology of the animals and plants and the condition of our "Shimadzu Forest."

Eco-Club Receives Excellence Award for Communication Category of Biodiversity Action Award Japan

Shimadzu's environmental action group, the Eco-Club, received the excellence award for the communication category of the first Biodiversity Action Award Japan. The purpose of the award is to help promote biodiversity as a mainstream issue by recognizing activities consistent with the declaration of five actions promoted by the Japan Committee for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB-J), namely eating, touching, communicating, protecting, and selecting. UNDB-J is a Japanese organization established in accordance with the
UNDB resolution adopted at the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (in 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York).
The Eco-Club is a team of mainly women from Shimadzu established in 1999 to create environmental teaching tools and conduct on-site environmental classes not only at work, but also for children, from the perspective and sensibility of women. In 2007, the club created a card game based on the theme of biodiversity called "bidi," which allowed
learning about endangered species while having fun. The award was presented to recognize their many years of actions and contributions to ongoing environmental education.

Shimadzu Forest space and JHEP certification

In June 2014, a new 8,000 m2 Shimadzu Forest space was installed on the south side of the new head office building. This green space has diverse vegetation and contribute to construct local eco-system network.
In June 2015, Shimadzu Forest space earned an AAA score, the highest available, from the Japan Habitat Evaluation & Certification Program (JHEP). This program is developed and operated by the Ecosystem Conservation Society-Japan to objectively and quantitatively evaluate biodiversity conservation or restoration measures.
Since 2016, we start to conserve traditional local plants which are categorized threatened species. AFUHI, called “Futaba-Aoi” in Japanese, is a type of them. It has been used in a decoration of Aoi-Matsuri festival, that is one of the traditional festivals in Kyoto.
We intend to continue maintaining and conserving this thriving ecosystem in the future as well, and also contribute to inheriting traditional culture.

AFUHI, called “Futaba-Aoi” in Japanese

AFUHI, called “Futaba-Aoi” in Japanese

Shimadzu Forest space

Shimadzu Forest space

United Nations University Project

Professor Konrad Osterwalder, Rector of the United Nations University (at the time) and Shimadzu President Akira Nakamoto

Professor Konrad Osterwalder,
Rector of the United Nations University (at the time)
and Shimadzu President Akira Nakamoto

Shimadzu has been continuously supporting the United Nations University's "Environmental Monitoring and Analysis in East Asian Regions—Transfer of Technologies and Environmental Management" project, which started in 1996. The project, which has already been carried out over five three-year phases, is monitoring chemical pollutants in the coastal environments often Asian countries so as to create a sustainable global environment.
Since Phase 6 involves the analysis of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) in environmental water, Shimadzu will provide the most advanced high-performance liquid chromatograph mass spectrometers.
Shimadzu is also committed to continuing to train local engineers by utilizing our specialized technology and expertise with regard to environmental analysis.

Planting trees by affiliate company in China

Members of affiliate company in China participated in planting tree event

Members of affiliate company
in China participated in planting tree event

China-based affiliates of Shimadzu, 8 companies, participate in “Mother River Protection” program collaborated with China Youth Development Foundation since 2010. This program aims to protect river and soil environment, and promote restoration of local vegetation and forestation.