Biodiversity

DIC Group has formulated the DIC Group Biodiversity Policy. This new policy outlines the Group’s responsibilities, goals and metrics for the biodiversity conservation. It was created with the aim of contributing actively to the conservation and protection of biodiversity while also minimizing the Group’s impact on the environment.

The DIC Group recognizes that the responsible management of biodiversity is crucial not only for the environment, but also for its own success in the long term. Guided by this new policy, which demonstrates its dedication to ensuring a sustainable future, the DIC Group will work tirelessly to achieve its goals and help realize a healthier planet for generations to come.

DIC Group Biodiversity Policy

Article 1 (Purpose)

At DIC Group, we are committed to environmental responsibility and sustainability. We recognize the importance of biodiversity* in maintaining a healthy and balanced ecosystem, and we are dedicated to minimizing our impact on the environment while actively contributing to the conservation and protection of biodiversity. This Biodiversity Policy outlines our commitment to biodiversity conservation, our goals, and the measures we will take to achieve them.
We acknowledge that the responsible management of biodiversity is not only essential for our environment but also for the long-term success of our business. This policy is a testament to our dedication to sustainability, and we will continue to work tirelessly to achieve our goals and contribute to a healthier planet for future generations.

* "Biodiversity”, short for biological diversity, means the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.

Article 2 (Compliance with Regulations)

The DIC Group is dedicated to complying with all relevant national, and international laws and regulations concerning biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, and natural resource management. When there is a conflict between national law and international law, we seek ways to respect internationally recognized rules to the greatest extent possible.

Article 3 (Biodiversity Assessment)

The DIC Group conducts assessments on the impact of our business on biodiversity and works to mitigate negative impacts based on the outcome of these assessments.

Article 4 (Local Care)

We conduct our business while minimizing damage to local habitats and ecosystems.

Article 5 (Sustainable sourcing)

The DIC Group propels to source raw materials, products, and services in a manner that minimizes negative impacts on biodiversity. We use supplier management platforms (e.g. EcoVadis) and questionnaires to assess suppliers and encourage their corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Article 6 (Pollution Prevention)

The DIC Group employs technologies and practices to minimize the release of pollutants, chemicals, and waste materials into the environment, ensuring that our operations do not harm local ecosystems. We improve downstream recyclability by using 5R* and circular economy principles.

* The 5Rs methodology refers to Reuse, Reduce, Renew, Recycle and Redesign, five key-words in favor of improved circular economy and carbon footprint reduction, all included in the DIC Group operational and product creation activities.

Article 7 (Research and Innovation)

The DIC Group contributes to the conservation of natural capital through biodiversity-friendly products and services, including sustainable sourcing of raw materials. We contribute to industry collaborations with the aim of sustainability benefits.

Article 8 (Education and Training)

We provide education and training programs to our employees and contractors to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity conservation. Our goal is to foster a culture of environmental responsibility within the DIC Group.

Article 9 (Reporting and Transparency)

The DIC Group will maintain transparent communication regarding our biodiversity efforts and performance. We will regularly report on our progress and work with stakeholders.

Article 10 (Continuous Improvement)

The DIC Group will regularly review and update this Biodiversity Policy to reflect emerging best practices and evolving environmental standards. We are committed to the continuous improvement of our efforts to protect and enhance biodiversity.

Article 11 (Community Engagement)

The DIC Group engages with local communities in our biodiversity conservation initiatives. By building strong relationships and understanding local perspectives, we work towards a common goal of protecting our shared environment.

(This policy is established as of November 15, 2023.)

Preserving Biodiversity

01Protecting Satoyama* Areas

The DIC Group recognizes the preservation of biodiversity as a critical challenge. As part of DIC Management School, the Group’s training module for senior management in Japan, in January 2011 a lecture was given by an outside expert on the relationship between corporate activities and biodiversity. The lecture was attended by executives from corporate headquarters, as well as from plants and Group companies across the country, and prompted the launch of a wide range of related initiatives. For example, the same year brought the launch of an initiative designed to ensure an effective grasp of the relationship between the Group’s operating activities and biodiversity at all stages of its products’ life cycle, from R&D and the procurement of raw materials through to end-of-life disposal or recycling. In April 2011, experts from the Chiba Biodiversity Center, a prefectural government organization, observed the natural forest and gardens on the 30-hectare site in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, occupied by the Central Research Laboratories and the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, giving DIC’s biodiversity management efforts high marks and offering advice for future initiatives.
From the beginning, DIC has used a closed system for circulating and reusing groundwater for the Central Research Laboratories and hired a waste processing firm to ensure no wastewater escaped from the site. The site’s satoyama landscape makes it an ideal home for numerous tree and flower varieties, as well as for an abundance of other wildlife, including birds and insects. Loved by the local community, the site has welcomed approximately 200,000 visitors annually since the opening of the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in 1990.

  • Satoyama is a Japanese term applied to the area between mountain foothills and arable flat land.
The forest and gardens of the site occupied by the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art are always alive with seasonal flowers and foliage.

The forest and gardens of the site occupied by the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art are always alive with seasonal flowers and foliage.

02Use of FSC-Certified Paper

DIC prints the DIC Report, its convocation notice, interim report (in Japanese only), pamphlets for its production facilities and the Central Research Laboratories, and The DIC Way Handbook on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

03Participation in JBIB

In April 2022, DIC joined the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB). JBIB is a group of Japanese companies committed to preserving biodiversity that works actively to collect the latest information and network with other members. The DIC Group is conducting study sessions with outside experts and companies from other industries with the objective of promoting more ambitious efforts to preserve biodiversity,

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Biodiversity Initiatives at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

At the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, located adjacent to the Central Research Laboratories on the same expansive site, 300 broadleaf tree seedlings were recently planted in a corner originally occupied by a cedar forest. This effort was undertaken as part of a three-year plan (continuing until 2023) to create a thicket of trees, with attention given to ensuring an ecosystem that would support coexistence with wild birds and small animals.
In this originally satoyama area, grafting was historically used to grow cedars for processing into lumber. While grafting leads to swift growth, the resulting trees can be prone to disease. After this part of the site became the property of the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, these grafted cedars were not harvested for lumber and simply left to grow for much longer than they would otherwise have been, as a consequence of which the trunks of many weakened from within. For the past several years, the museum has been thus forced to cut the trees down to prevent them falling, leaving an area of unsightly stumps. In fiscal year 2020, the museum planted 100 seedlings, including sawtooth oak, beech, Chonowski’s hornbeam, kobus magnolia and yamazakura, a variety of wild cherry.

Museum staff take part in planting seedlings

Museum staff take part in planting seedlings

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