Sustainability

Environmental

Protecting Biodiversity

In the NGK Group, we view the challenge of protecting biodiversity as an integral part of achieving a sustainable society, and towards that end we are undertaking the following activities.

Aichi Targets NGK Activities
Target 1
Spread awareness
People are aware of the value of biodiversity and actions to be taken to conserve it. Employee environmental education, next-generation education, cooperation with suppliers, promoting participation in My Action Declaration initiative, encouraging employees to participate in volunteer activities
Target 4
Sustainable production and consumption
Stakeholders at all levels have taken steps to achieve sustainable production and consumption. Expanding sales of products contributing to environmental protection, CO2 reduction, effective use of resources, cooperation with suppliers
Target 5
Inhibit loss of all natural habitats
The rate of loss of all natural habitats, including forests, is at least halved, and degradation and fragmentation is significantly reduced. Voluntary employee participation in forestation and other environmental conservation activities, biodiversity survey/appropriate control of company-owned site
Target 8
Control pollution by chemical substances, etc.
Pollution from use of chemicals, including fertilizers and agrichemicals, has been brought to levels that are not detrimental to the ecosystem. Chemical substance management, management of exhaust and wastewater, expanding sales of products that prevent air pollution, cooperation with suppliers
Target 9
Alien species
Invasive alien species are controlled or eradicated. Biodiversity survey/appropriate control of company-owned site
Target 11
Conserve protected areas
At least 17% of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10% of coastal and marine areas are placed under appropriate conservation management. Voluntary employee participation in forestation and other environmental conservation activities
Target 14
Ecosystem services
Ecosystems that provide essential natural services are restored and safeguarded. Voluntary employee participation in forestation and other environmental conservation activities, biodiversity survey/appropriate control of company-owned site
  • *1 Source: "Guidelines for Action by the E&E Industries Concerning Biodiversity Conservation" (The Biodiversity Working Group, The 4 Electrical and Electronic Industry Associations)
  • *2 NGK activities commenced in fiscal 2016 are in blue

Promoting Participation in the "My Action Declaration" Initiative

In fiscal 2017, as a way of raising awareness among employees, we began promoting participation in the "My Action Declaration" initiative led by the Japan Business Federation and the Ministry of the Environment. This project aims to have by 2020 a million people make a declaration to take action to conserve biodiversity.

Declarations have been received from a total of 4,800 employees who promised to take a personal interest in and work to protect the biodiversity around them. We have also expanded this initiative throughout NGK Group companies in Japan and so far a cumulative total of 6,200 group employees have made the declaration (as of March 2019).

Cooperation with Suppliers

We have added to the CSR Procurement Guidelines items pertaining to water resource-related initiatives and biodiversity conservation initiatives. We have won the agreement of 95% of our suppliers in Japan to comply with the expanded Guidelines.

Biodiversity Survey of Company-Owned Site

Biodiversity survey

At an NGK employee welfare facility located on the outskirts of Nagoya City, we carry out periodic summer and winter surveys of birds, plants, and insects. Among the diversity of wildlife confirmed, no alien species that require urgent action has been found, meaning that biodiversity is being adequately maintained. The results of the surveys are displayed on panels at the facility in order to raise awareness of the area's biodiversity among facility users.

Environmental Education and Communication

In accordance with the Guidelines for Environmental Action under NGK's Core Policy on the Environment, we conduct ongoing environmental education and awareness activities aimed at increasing employee environmental awareness.
Our aim is to deepen the understanding of environmental problems among each employee to inculcate an awareness of environmental conservation activities.

Employee Volunteers Teaching Parent-Child Insect Classes

Every summer at Tsuruma Park in Nagoya's Showa Ward, NGK employees and Executive Vice President Kanie teach Summer Break Insect Observation classes for children and their parents (hosted by the Nagoya City Greenery Association), explaining the various names and ecosystems of insects living in the park.
This annual event has been attended by a cumulative total of 600 people since 2007.