Initiatives to conserve biodiversity
All Shiseido products derive from the bounty of the Earth. It is critical that we conserve this bounty in the form of biodiversity so that we can continue to make use of it in the future. We must be aware that we are benefiting from the bounty of the Earth when we create products, and we must strive to conserve it in all its forms throughout the product life cycle. Shiseido places the conservation of the Earth's bounty at the core of its environmental activities, and we have put forth a statement of this policy entitled "Biodiversity at Shiseido."
Camellia planting and conservation volunteer activities
In order to provide an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the importance of conservation of bounty of the Earth, Shiseido has held events where its employees and their families volunteer to plant and conserve camellia trees every year in Wakayama Prefecture since 2009 and in the Goto Island in Nagasaki Prefecture and Yokohama KODOMO-NO-KUNI (children's land) in Kanagawa Prefecture since 2011.
Camellia planting and conservation volunteer activities in the Goto Islands, Nagasaki Prefecture
The outline and objective of the activities
Shiseido promotes camellia planting and conservation activities at the abandoned farmlands of the Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, the production site of raw material for the hair care brand "TSUBAKI." Due to the aging of the population in this area, abandoned farmlands are becoming a social issue. As Shiseido aims at sustainable and socially responsible raw material procurement, we achieve this through protecting and growing camellias in collaboration with the local residents. In September 2017, 40 employee volunteers and their families, mostly from the Kyushu area, planted 80 young trees of Camellia japonica L. on a plot of land of 0.07 ha. Also, this year we picked camellia’s fruit for the first time. A total of 310 employee volunteers have participated in this activity from its start in 2011 till 2017, having planted approximately 580 trees up to date.
Through cooperation with the local community we are able not only to produce high-quality camellia oil but also to deepen the employees’ understanding of sustainability.
April 2017 through March 2020 (third term)
Shin-kamigoto town, Minamimatsura-gun, Nagasaki prefecture
Shiseido Company, Limited; Shin-kamigoto town
After the adoption of sustainable development goals (SDGs) by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, various companies, organizations, and other entities are centering their activities on sustainable development. Shiseido aims to realize one of the SDGs, “Sustainably manage forests,” and supports sustainable procurement of camellia oil through the protection of forests, in the hope to achieve a balance of sustainable agriculture and business growth.
SDGs targeted by the present activity
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests
Results as of FY2017
Area of abandoned farmland cultivated into a camellia forest: 0.07 ha
"Shiseido Tsubaki Forest", a tree-planting and conservation project
Shiseido is engaged in a 10-year-long forest conservation project in Tsubaki, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. The project is called “Shiseido Tsubaki Forest” and started in 2009. Approximately 4,420 Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica L.) trees have been planted by 2017.
In May 2017, 14 employee volunteers participated in the 8th forest conservation project. On the day of the activity, we planted young trees of camellia with the help from the local forest union, Shirahama town office and Wakayama prefectural government office.
The employees who participated shared their experience and said, “’I am glad I was able to help with forest regeneration.’ and ‘It took a few years to improve the hard mountain soil, but I am excited to see the trees growing bigger.’”
Environmental conservation activity support on Yonaguni Island, which is the production site of the raw ingredient for Chou-mei-sou
All of the chou-mei-sou used in the "Shiseido Chou-mei-sou" brand products (drink, tablet, and powder) is the raw material produced on Yonaguni Island in Okinawa prefecture. Shiseido has been supporting the environmental conservation activities on Yonaguni Island since fiscal 2013 and contributes part of the sales to the environmental conservation activities to protect nature-rich Yonaguni Island.
There are a number of valuable animals and plants on rich nature Yonaguni Island, including endangered species, endemic species, etc. However, their numbers are declining. Therefore, we have begun the activities to learn/protect/communicate the rich natural environment and valuable ecosystem of Yonaguni Island in cooperation with the Yonaguni Itonami Network* and the Yonaguni Board of Education. We began with preparing "Yonakama Zukan", which is the first publication to contain the 137 types of animals and plants on the island, with the aim of creating a driver to learn about the valuable animals and plants. We distributed the book to each child of the island and the total of 800 households.
We are also removing the alien plant "Eichhornia crassipes", which is overgrown along Tabaru River, which is a major river on the island. It was originally introduced to purify water, but it is overgrown now so much that it covers to the water surface, presenting a risk that it would make it difficult for the native animals and plants to live. Therefore, we removed approximately 50 two-ton trucks worth of Eichhornia crassipes in May of 2014 with the aim of gaining back the original environment. Thanks to this work, light now shines through the water, and algae grow on the riverbed. The work has led to environmental improvement, as seen in the example of a number of aquatic organisms being observed.
Shiseido will continue promoting the activities to protect the rich natural environment to lead to the future along with the people of Yonaguni Island.
Shiseido held the 10th tree-planting activity in Gansu, China
In 2008, Shiseido launched a 10-year tree planting program in the city of Lanzhou in China's Gansu Province.
On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the last year of this project, a total of 118 persons including volunteer employees and staff from the Shiseido Group and business partners participated in the 10th tree-planting activity and planted young trees of oriental arborvitae.
There were some employees who have participated in this project 3 times or more, and even those participating for 10 consecutive years. They shared their opinions, such as "When I came to Lanzhou City for the first time in 2009, there were no trees but brown, bare mountain surface and I was shocked by the scenery. I’m so glad to see our trees growing and the mountain becoming green now" and "I’m very proud that we are planting not only young trees but also the hope and expectation for the future."
The total number of young trees planted by the Shiseido Group since 2008 has now exceeded 100,000, and their establishment rate has reached about 88%.
This is the last year of this tree-planting project in Gansu, but the Shiseido Group will contribute to Chinese society’s development also in the future, by actively participating in activities for environmental conservation and the realization of a sustainable society in China.
|Location||Lanzhou City, Gansu Province, China|
|Planting area||Approx. 56 ha|
|Number of trees||Approx. 120,000 (April 2008 to April 2017)|
|Program duration||Approx. 10 years|
Volunteers Plant Mangrove Trees in Thailand
Shiseido (Thailand) Co., Ltd. has been continuing with its mangrove planting activity throughout Thailand since fiscal 2008.
On September 13, 2016, 52 local employees planted approximately 500 trees in a mangrove forest of the Quartermaster Department Royal Thai Army (QMRTA) in Samutprakarn Province near Bangkok. The event was held under the support of the Foundation for Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (FEED), a nonprofit organization registered in Thailand, and an organization affiliated with the World Wide Fund for Nature, Thailand (WWF Thailand).
We also learned at the Environmental Study Center on Natural Resource Preservation how important it is to protect natural resources and how to effectively utilize sustainable energy. It turned out to be a day of great learnings.
Participants shared their voices, such as, "We realized that to raise even one tree takes strong commitment to create and preserve the beautiful nature of Thailand and its future."
Shiseido (Thailand) Co., Ltd. will continue with its environmental conservation activity with the hopes of handing down the beautiful natural environment to the future generations.
Initiatives for the issue of palm oil
The demand for palm oil, which is a raw material for food and cosmetics, has been drastically increasing in recent years. Tropical rainforests of elaeis guineensis, which is the raw material, have been illegally logged for major plantation developments, and endangered wildlife and effect for global warming from reduced forests have become issues. Shiseido has been participating in the "RSPO: Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil," which was established with the aim of conserving the environment and promoting and operating sustainable palm oil industry, since 2010. Based on the RSPO conference in March, 2012, we have declared to switch all of palm oil and palm kernel oil used by the Shiseido Group with palm oil certified by the RSPO by 2013 and completed the switch. Certification requires employing the Book & Claim system* as determined by the RSPO. Shiseido's declaration has been posted on the RSPO website.
Environmental responsiveness of Shiseido Ginza Building
As the headquarters on the Namiki Dori Street are being reconstructed (completion in fall of 2013), Shiseido conducted biological investigation to study animals (including birds and insects) living in the greens in the areas near the Ginza district, in order to design a building in harmony with the local ecosystem by providing green space on the rooftop and to make contributions to the community of Ginza.
This investigation was conducted in cooperation with Takenaka Corporation and Regional Environmental Planning Inc.
The investigation results showed that the Ginza district had a small animal population with a small number of types of animals. On the other hand, it was confirmed that in the neighboring large greens such as Hibiya Park and Hamarikyu, there was a large animal population and they are breeding and foraging. From these results, we found that if we had green space on the rooftop of the new headquarters building, that could be a stopping point for birds and insects, thus we could contribute to the biodiversity-friendly community development.
Trees within the premises of the building have been selected based on the investigation results. We have also established a zone in "Shisei Garden" on the rooftop in which plants used as cosmetics raw materials are grown, and we utilize the area for employees to truly feel and learn the importance of the bounty of the Earth.
Research on KODA
Shiseido has discovered through conducting joint research*1 with Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd. that KODA (α-Ketol-OctadecaDienoic Acid), which is a new type of natural plant fatty acid with the stimulatory effect of activating flower initiation (process of flower formation), has a stimulatory effect on rhizogenesis (root formation) of cuttage. Application of this effect has significantly increased the cutting propagation rate of Somei-yoshino cherry trees through cuttage, for which root formation was previously considered unstable.
Subsequently, together with Sumitomo Forestry, Shiseido has succeeded in the propagation of successor saplings originating from camellia trees that are over 300 years old at Reikan Temple in Kyoto as well as 350 years old Camellia Sasanqua trees at Ankokuron Temple in Kamakura city that were in danger of dying due to decay. The stimulatory effect of KODA on rhizogenesis has contributed to preventing the loss of a "diversity of species" from a biodiversity perspective.
Research on KODA started with developing cosmetic ingredients through plant tissue cultures. We are now researching in the joint project*2 on the development of flower initiation control technology of fruit trees. In addition, various research into KODA is currently underway in such areas as the agricultural products in which yields are declining due to global warming. Such technology is expected to contribute to the impact on agricultural products caused by climate change, which is induced by global warming.
The partners won the 18th Chemical and Bio Technology Prize for their discovery of KODA.