Mazda recognizes the importance of biodiversity.
Mazda is working to protect ecosystems through a wide variety of measures.
Mazda endorsed the aims of the "Declaration of Biodiversity by Nippon Keidanren (the Japan Business Federation)" and joined the "Japan Business and Biodiversity Partnership". In FY March 2012, with the aim of systematically developing its initiatives to protect biodiversity, Mazda conducted an assessment of impact on biodiversity. Based on this assessment, Mazda plans to prepare its biodiversity guidelines by the end of FY March 2013.
In accordance with the assessment methodology for the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review(ESR),*1 Mazda conducted an impact assessment to determine what kind of ecosystem services the Company depends on and exerts an impact on throughout its value chain.
The assessment results were reviewed by Professor Nobukazu Nakagoshi of the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, who gave his opinions concerning social contribution activities to improve biodiversity and other issues.
Based on the critical issues on which Mazda should place the highest priority and future directions determined in the impact assessment, Mazda will develop strategic initiatives for the future.
- *1Guidelines to review corporate activities' dependence and impact on ecosystems so that companies can develop appropriate strategies. It is issued by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
- Management and reduction of substances with environmental impact
- Prevention water and air pollution
- Considering impact on biodiversity when building new plants
- Support for regional forest protection activities (Mazda-no-Mori, Hiroshima-no-Morizukuri Forum) (Hiroshima, Japan)
- "Water-Supply Forest Development in Collaboration with Corporations" program (Yamaguchi, Japan)
- Greening activities in collaboration with communities (Kanagawa, Japan)
- Working with Student Conservation Association (SCA) (United States)
- Chatham Island Taiko Trust (New Zealand)
- Mazda Wildlife Fund (MWF) (South Africa)
- Overall:reduction of energy use
- Development:development and adoption of parts and materials that are easy to recycle
- Production:advancement of recycling of byproducts and waste products; zero landfill
- Logistics:advancement of the three Rs in packaging and wrapping materials
- End-of-life vehicles:horizontal recycling of bumpers ("bumper-to-bumper")
- Ongoing examination of the structures and functions of living things (example:drawing on the structures that generate color in insects' wings to develop vehicle painting technologies)
- Education related to biodivorsity as part of education programs on the environment at Mazda.
- Promoting Green Purchasing (including consideration to preservation of biodiversity)
- Environmental education focused on biology as part of the "Science is Fun" joint projects between the Mazda Foundation and Hiroshima University