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Conserving Biodiversity

Our corporate activities rely on various ecosystem services, which are provided by natural capital comprising soil, air, water, animals and plants, and other elements. Meanwhile, biodiversity is facing various crises in different locations worldwide, therefore corporations are required to do their part in protecting biodiversity and making sustainable use of ecosystem services.
The Kubota Group sees conserving biodiversity as one of its materiality issues. In its corporate activities, provision of products and services, and social contribution initiatives, in view of an impact on natural capital, the Group is endeavoring to ensure that care is taken to conserve biodiversity and protect the natural environment.
Taking this into account and beginning with our Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets 2025, we have started establishing targets for biodiversity conservation activities in accordance with the characteristics and business operations of each site. We are currently monitoring the progress of these activities.

Activities towards achieving SDGs

Related SDGs and targets
14.LIFE BELOW WATER,14.1,15.LIFE ON LAND,15.1,15.2,15.4,15.9,15.a2.ZERO HUNGER,2.4,6.CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION,6.3,7.AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY,7.a9.INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE,9.4,12.RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION,12.2,12.8,12.a,13.CLIMATE ACTION,13.1,13.3
Major Activity Content
  • Promotion of activities to preserve biodiversity
    • Reintroduction of young fish into bodies of water, volunteer activities for coral restoration, tree planting activities, protection of wild birds and animals
    • Greening and beautification activities on business office premises or in surrounding areas
    • Social contribution activities (KUBOTA e-Project)
  • Conservation of the natural environment through appropriate management and reduction of wastewater, emission gases, and waste materials, etc.
2025 Activity Targets (KPIs)
  • Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets 2025:
    • Promote the protection of the natural environment by greening our establishments and creating biotopes
    • Promote conservation of the local natural environment and biodiversity as social contribution activities

Approach to Conserving Biodiversity

The Kubota Group has set Conserving Biodiversity as one of the five basic items for environmental conservation. In December 2009, we incorporated corporate activities that consider biodiversity into the Kubota Group Environmental Action Guidelines. Then, in our Eco-First Commitment which was renewed in 2021, we also included a commitment to promoting activities for conserving biodiversity.

Approach to Conserving Biodiversity

The Kubota Group has included Conserving Biodiversity as one of the five basic items for environmental conservation. In its corporate activities, provision of products and services, and social contribution initiatives, in view of its impact on natural capital, the Group will endeavor to ensure that care is taken to conserve biodiversity and protect the natural environment.

[Major Initiatives]
  1. Corporate activities
    1. At the design and development stage, we conduct product environmental assessments to evaluate the impact on natural capital.
    2. At the procurement stage, we present our Green Procurement Guidelines to our suppliers and require them to give consideration for biodiversity.
    3. At the production and logistics stages, we strive to reduce the environmental loads and environmental risks associated with operations at our sites and transport of materials.
    4. As part of our environmental management, we conduct environmental education and awareness-raising for employees to foster their recognition of the value of biodiversity and the importance of conservation activities.
    5. Our environmental communication initiatives include efforts to disseminate information about our biodiversity conservation activities.
  2. Provision of products and services
    • By providing products and services with less environmental loads through fuel efficiency and exhaust gas purification, for example, we are striving to lessen our impact on biodiversity.
    • By providing water environment solutions such as wastewater treatment and waste treatment, we contribute to improving the ecosystems and nurturing environment for plants and animals.
    • By providing products and services that contribute to urban infrastructure development that considers smart agriculture and the environment, we contribute to sustainable use of ecosystem services.
  3. Social contribution activities
    • Through our social contribution activity the Kubota e-Project supporting reclamation of abandoned farmland and conservation activities in rural and forest areas, we are promoting protection of the natural environment.
    • We are promoting the beautification and greening of business sites and neighborhoods as well as protection of plants and animals.

Relationship with Biodiversity

Conservation of Biodiversity around Business Sites

In FY2021, we undertook social contribution activities through biotope conservation inside our business sites and clean-up and greening of areas around sites. We also maintained environments for various living organisms and promoted protection of the natural environment and conservation of biodiversity.

Installation of Insect Hotels

At Kubota Baumaschinen GmbH (Germany), we installed insect hotels in some of our car parking lots as part of our efforts to conserve biodiversity.

Installation of Biotopes

At the Kubota Hanshin Plant Mukogawa Site, we installed a biotope on site to conserve biodiversity.

Mangrove Planting

At P.T. Kubota Indonesia, we conducted a project with 20 participants to plant 5,000 mangrove trees. Mangroves protect people’s lives from coastal erosion and help to conserve biodiversity.

Tree Planting Activity

At Kubota Farm Machinery S.A.S (France), we conducted a treeplanting activity called “On Your Side,” aiming to bring some cheer to the citizens of the nearby city of Bierne by communicating a positive message to them.

Promoting Social Contribution Activities

The Kubota Group conducts annual beautification activities in areas around its sites to pick up litter, which may become a source of marine plastic pollution.

Clean-Up Activities around Sites

  • At Kubota Utsunomiya Plant, an assigned team conducts beautification activities around the plant on a bimonthly basis.

  • At Kubota ChemiX Co., Ltd.’s Odawara Plant, an assigned team conducts beautification activities around the plant on a bimonthly basis.

  • At Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation, we conducted cleanup activities in the public roads and car park around the factory.

  • At Kverneland Group Manufacturing Lipetsk (Russia), we conducted cleanup activities in a nearby forest belt and reservoir.

Promoting Continuous Conservation Activities

Our Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets 2025 include conservation of biodiversity. Our initiatives for this include continuously promoting greening of the inside of our business sites and social contribution activities. Furthermore, the Kubota Group has wide-ranging involvement with biodiversity, from the environmental impacts of its production activities at business sites to the impact of products and services used by customers.
We report to the Executive Officers’ Meeting on energy consumption and emissions of CO2, waste, water, and chemicals, etc. at our production sites, as well as the status of progress on reduction measures at each site. The impact of climate change and its potential for causing biodiversity loss has also been pointed out, and we have now revised our target values for CO2 emission reductions in 2030 to achieve even greater reductions.
As an initiative to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers on farms, we are working to promote the spread of farm management using the Kubota Smart Agri System (KSAS) along with agriculture drones and combine harvesters fitted with sensors. Through efficient use and distribution of agrochemicals and fertilizer, we will reduce the impact of chemicals on the environment and contribute to conservation of biodiversity.