Biodiversity Preservation

Planting flowers

In Yokkaichi Plant, we are running a flower project that fills the factory with flowers. This is helping to improve environmental awareness among the employees there—as well as our factory's image—and is creating a more relaxing environment.
In November 2019, the fifth potting event was held, and many employees attended.

Transplantation event in November 2019
Transplantation event in November 2019

Transplantation event in November 2019

Owl protection project

Aware of the impact of our business activities on biodiversity, KIOXIA engages in biodiversity conservation activities in order to reduce the impact and promote social contribution activities.

Aiming to promote the owl protection project advanced by the Natural Study Group of Yokkaichi-Nishi High School in Mie Prefecture, in 2018 our Yokkaichi Operations signed a “Mie Biodiversity Partnership Agreement”, forming an industry, government and university partnership in March 2018. Under this partnership, we will unite with people in the region to support the activities of the partnership, which aims to pass down the region’s rich natural environment to the next generation through the provision of equipment used for observation.

As part of this activity, we have installed bird boxes in Mie Prefecture’s Forest Park to allow the observation of owls inside and outside the boxes with observation cameras.

In addition, to improve observation capabilities, in December 2019 we added more equipment, including solar panels. During late February and early March 2020, we observed three laid eggs; subsequently, we observed three baby owls that hatched in April and fledged in May.

Solar battery panels powering the on-site equipment

Solar battery panels powering the on-site equipment

Baby owl fledging

Baby owl fledging

Observation equipment installed on trees

Observation equipment installed on trees

Baby owls inside the bird box

Baby owls inside the bird box

Activity results and plans

  Main activities and outcomes
2018 Provided observation equipment; started to promote the project within and outside the company.
2019 Improved the specifications of the observation and recording equipment, etc.
2020
  • Tripartite discussion about FY2020 activities (July 2020)
  • Discussion about activities after expiration of the partnership agreement

Owl Lecture

On October 10, 2019, we invited Mr. Tange from Yokkaichi-Nishi High School to a lecture held as part of our owl protection activities. We learned about the ecology of owls and the importance of nature.

Lecture as part of owl protection activities

Lecture as part of owl protection activities