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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 pplants, and other elements. Meanwhile, biodiversity is facing various crises in areas around the world, and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted in the SDGs (goals 14 and 15) and the CDB-COP10 (Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity), require business operators to protect biodiversity and make sustainable use of ecosystem services.
 The Kubota Group sees conserving biodiversity as one of its materiality. In its corporate activities, provision of products and services, and social contribution initiatives, in view of its impact on natural capital, the Group is endeavoring to ensure that care is taken to conserve biodiversity and protect the natural environment.

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.
Activity Targets (KPIs)

Eco-First Commitment

  • Based on our activity guideline on the conservation of biodiversity, the Kubota Group will appropriately manage environmental impacts and risks accompanying business activities. Also, we will promote the protection of natural environment by greening our establishments and creating biotopes.
  • The Kubota Group will promote the protection of natural environment through our activities to help restore abandoned farmland and conserve rural natural areas and forests, in the framework of our social contribution activity “the Kubota e-Project.”

Approach to Conserving Biodiversity

 The Kubota Group has set Conserving Biodiversity as one of its 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 submitted to the Japanese Minister of the Environment in 2010, 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 its 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

Initiatives Taken at Business Sites

1. Participation in Beach Cleanup Activities

In June 2019, Kubota Farm Machinery Europe S.A.S. (France) ran a clean-up activity on Dunkirk Beach. 83 employees participated, collecting around 30 kg of rubbish.

2. Mangrove Planting

SIAM KUBOTA Corporation Co., Ltd. (Headquarters) (Thailand) holds a mangrove planting activity every year. In 2019, the activity was held in Rayong Province. Around 50 employees participated, planting approximately 150 mangrove trees.

3. Releasing Juvenile Fish

In order to beautify the landscape, the green space has been installed in the rooftop of Training Center. It also demonstrates the effect of energy conservation in the building.

Planting trees on our premises

  • Tsukuba Plant ; Afforestation

    We have planted various trees and made a forest in the grounds.

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  • Kubota ENGINE AMERICA Corporation ; Afforestation

    We have planted over 50 trees (apple, cherry, etc.) and added bird feeders.

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  • Hirakata Plant ; Rooftop garden

    In order to beautify the landscape, the green space has been installed in the rooftop of Training Center. It also demonstrates the effect of energy conservation in the building.

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  • Head Office ; Rooftop garden

    We have installed a green garden partially of the communications space. It provides a habitat and stopover for insects and birds in the urban area.

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  • Sakai Plant ; Wall greening

    In order to beautify the landscape around the plant, we have installed green wall on the north side of the plant.

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  • P.T. Kubota Indonesia; Afforestation

    In order to contribute to the environment and beautify the corporate landscape, we have planted trees and made flower beds.

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  • KUBOTA Precision Machinery(Thailand) Co., Ltd.; Planting trees

    The employees including President planted trees on the grounds within the plant site.

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  • Kverneland Group UK Ltd.; Planting trees

    They planted fruit trees in the green space within the office site. They can spend their breaks and enjoy nature there.

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  • Kubota Agricultural Machinery India Pvt.Ltd.; Planting trees

    The employees planted trees on the space within the plant site.

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