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Komatsu's Environmental and Social Activities Enhancing Quality of Life


Biodiversity  Initiatives that Deal with Biodiversity

Komatsu will maintain our commitment to protecting biodiversity in our business activities, recognizing the impact of those activities on the ecosystem.

With the establishment of Komatsu's "Declaration of Biodiversity" and "Biodiversity Guideline" in January 2011, Komatsu business units worldwide began activities designed to preserve biodiversity.
Komatsu promotes initiatives to preserve biodiversity on two levels.

First, the Company continues to promote ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of Komatsu's business activities. Komatsu also considers biodiversity when deciding how land is to be used, such as when building factories.

Second, Komatsu is becoming directly involved in the preservation of biodiversity, and at the same time expanding our "one-site, one-theme activities" to raise employee's awareness of the need to preserve local ecosystems.

Declaration of Biodiversity by Komatsu (Excerpt/Summary)


Komatsu recognizes that its business activities are dependent on and influence benefits from the ecosystem through its biodiversity.

Based on this understanding, Komatsu strives to take actions in accordance with the policies described below, as it shares a sense of responsibility regarding the biodiversity crisis, and strives to conserve diverse resources.


Ⅰ(Recognition by Management)

Komatsu recognizes that conservation and promulgation of biodiversity are important management tasks.


Ⅱ(Initiatives)

Komatsu shall promote biodiversity through the following two perspectives

1.Komatsu shall reduce its environmental impact, which is affecting biodiversity, through its business activities.
(1)Reduction of environmental impact of products
(2)Reduction of direct environmental impact from products throughout lifecycle.
(3)Consideration of biodiversity when using land.
2.Komatsu shall work for conservation and promulgation of biodiversity through its social contribution activities.

Ⅲ(Operation)

Komatsu shall promote activities by means of a step-by-step approach.


Ⅳ(Cooperation with the community)

In order to protect the biodiversity rooted in regions, Komatsu will undertake activities in coalition with administrative agency, local citizens, NGOs and other entities; by doing so we aim become a corporation communities can be proud of.


Ⅴ(Full participation activities)

Komatsu will promulgate the importance of biodiversity to all employees and undertake activities with their full participation. We will involve corporations related to the lifecycle of Komatsu products and representative agencies as well as customers in these activities and promote our initiatives on a global group-wide scale.


Ⅵ(Communication)

Communication: Komatsu will strive to educate and disclose related information to employees. In addition, Komatsu will actively disclose information on activities being undertaken and work to contribute in heightening the level of societal awareness on the importance of biodiversity.



Evaluation of Activities concerning Biodiversity

■Utilization of the "Land Use Score Card"

Komatsu utilizes the "Land Use Score Card" and the "Living Things Monitoring Sheet" formulated by Japan Business initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB), a general incorporated association.

The "Land Use Score Card" scores the effort level of a business site in its biodiversity activities out of a maximum of 100 points in 3 categories consisting of 17 items.

Komatsu conducted this evaluation at 15 of our bases in Japan, including the head office. Of those, the 2 top scoring bases are presented below.

We will continue to promote activities in order to strive to achieve higher scores in this evaluation.

Items and Scoring of the Land Use Score Card R

Items and Scoring of the Land Use Score Card®

■Study Conducted with the Living Things Monitoring Sheet

The Living Things Monitoring Sheet allows employees to monitor organisms even if they are not experts through the identification of silhouette, and is a collection of species that act as an indicator of the environment. As shown below, the silhouettes are divided into 66 species in all.

The results of the studies conducted at the 15 Komatsu sites throughout Japan are shown below. Depending on the site, studies were conducted 4 times throughout each season at business facilities.

Moving forward, these studies will be periodically conducted each year.

Class Number of Species
Fowl 17
Odonata 5
Branchiura 8
Hymenoptera 4
Cicadidae 1
Coeoptera 7
Achidioidea 1
Aquatic Insects 4
Arachnids 2
Pulmonata 2
Bombina 3
Plants 4
Fungi 3
Edaphone 5

Initiatives of Each Business Facility

■Oyama Plant: Biotope Construction

At the Oyama Plant, 10,000 tons of flood-control space and green pond were preserved on the plant's premises. In the future, we plan to construct a biotope and natural wood area in this area.

In some areas, work such as pruning and thinning the brush has already started. Colonies of herons and several rare plant species have been observed in this area. We plan to maintain the area, to further promote conservation activities.

Biotope

Biotope

Heron Colony

Heron Colony

■Komatsu Castex: Study on Ponds

Komatsu Castex is surrounded by ponds that have never been observed by anyone, and so these ponds were studied for the inhabitant organisms.

Among other species, the common carp, crucian carp, Chinese pond turtle, mitten crab, and killifish were identified. In particular, the number of crucian carp was a great surprise; there were 432 of them living in the pond.

Lake that was studied

Lake that was studied

Size of captured crucian carp

Size of captured crucian carp



The public park operated and managed by KOMATSU NTC

The public park operated and managed by Komatsu NTC

■Komatsu NTC: Biotope Creation

Komatsu NTC has voluntarily taken up the responsibility of operating and managing a city's public park close to its facilities. The employees now utilize the public park as a site for their biodiversity conservation activities.

Biotope completed last year

Biotope completed last year

■Koriyama Plant: Biotope Creation

The Koriyama Plant created a biotope on vacant land next to the general office.

Efforts in improvement and conservation activities will continue throughout the future to create an even better habitat for organisms.

Awazu Plant Awarded for Efforts in the Kibagata Recovery Project
Awards ceremony at the Kibagata Environment Forum

Awards ceremony at the Kibagata Environment Forum

The Kibagata Environment Forum was held in February 17, 2013, where KOMATSU's Awazu Plant was awarded by the Kibagata Environmental Improvement Pro-Resolution Union (group consisting of local neighborhood organizations, NPOs, corporate businesses and other entities) for contribution to the Kibagata Recovery Project.