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Initiatives for Biodiversity Preservation

Water-source Preservation Project

Preserving the water resources that sustain the interconnection of lives helps maintain the ecosystem and preserve biodiversity. Water is also a critically important resource for manufacturing pharmaceuticals and fermentation products.

As part of its activities to conserve the ecosystem and biodiversity, the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group has been endeavoring to preserve water by engaging in the Kirin Group’s water-source preservation project since fiscal 2007. In 2017, the Takasaki and Ube Plants of Kyowa Hakko Kirin and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Yamaguchi Production Center, respectively mainstay plants for pharmaceuticals and fermentation products, performed weeding, planting and tree thinning in an effort to preserve forests that provide water resources. The Kyowa Hakko Kirin Takasaki Plant entered into a three-party agreement with Gunma Prefecture and Kurabuchi Furusato Public Corporation, under which it has been engaging in the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Takasaki Water Source Forest Conservation Activities.

Water source forestation activity

Activities to Preserve Biodiversity

The Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group has been engaged in a variety of activities through its respective business sites to preserve the ecosystem in collaboration with local communities. Specific examples include cleaning the local river (Kise River, Shizuoka Prefecture), releasing young amago trout into a river (Momozawa River, Shizuoka Prefecture), and preserving grasslands (Akiyoshidai, Yamaguchi Prefecture). The Kyowa Hakko Kirin Fuji Plant has been cleaning up the nearby Kise River through Shizuoka Prefecture’s River Friendship Program in collaboration with civil engineering office Numata Doboku and Nagaizumi Town.

Thai Kyowa Biotechnologies Co., Ltd. (Thailand) planted mangroves in collaboration with the Pak Nam Prasae Town Office at the Mangrove Forest Conservation Center of the Prasae Basin.

Cleaning up river banks

See here for information on environmental initiatives in collaboration with local communities.

We comply with the Kirin Group’s Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources in gaining access to raw materials and specimens and sharing the benefits arising out of their use with local communities that provide them.

Furthermore, to comply with the Act on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity through Regulations on the Use of Living Modified Organisms (Cartagena Act), we have put in place an internal committee to conduct proper management.

We also make donations to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Japan, the Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation and other organizations to help preserve nature.

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