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 pushing forward with activities pursuant to the Aichi Targets (international goals for biodiversity) agreed upon at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10).

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.
Declarations were received from around 4,300 employees (97% of all NGK employees) who promised to take a personal interest in and work to protect the biodiversity around them. We are continuing to promote this initiative and working to ensure its horizontal expansion throughout NGK Group companies in Japan.

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 almost full agreement of our suppliers in Japan to comply with the expanded Guidelines.

Biodiversity Survey of Company-Owned Site

Biodiversity survey

Continuing on from the winter survey that we carried out in fiscal 2016, we carried out a summer survey in fiscal 2017 and confirmed the existence of 20 species of birds, 141 species of plants, and 98 species of insects, which are the same levels as detected in the previous survey. Among these species, no alien species that required urgent action was found, meaning that biodiversity was being adequately maintained. We are planning to conduct surveys every two to three years from now on. The results of previous surveys are collated and displayed at a welfare facility on the survey site for the perusal of the general public and to help raise awareness regarding biodiversity.

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.
We also conduct environmental events and provide information to a wide range of stakeholders, including on-site classes at elementary schools, to increase environmental awareness.

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.