Outline of Yamaha Motor’s Main Biodiversity Initiatives
We recognize the importance of preserving biodiversity and other issues related to sustainability, and also that addressing these issues can lead to opportunities for growth.
Yamaha Motor has always attempted to harmonize all of its corporate activities with the global environment, through initiatives including technological innovation in smaller, more environmentally friendly engines, the creation of products such as electrically power assisted bicycles and electric motorcycles that use smart power technologies, and research and development of next-generation power sources.
We have therefore formulated the “Outline of Yamaha Motor’s Main Biodiversity Initiatives” to build on these programs as we address biodiversity.
We will address biodiversity independently, systematically and continuously, based on our corporate philosophy, the Yamaha Motor Group Basic CSR Policy, and the Environmental Plan 2020, from the perspectives of “diversity of ecosystems, biological species, and genes,” “activities that supplement the benefits of nature,” and “minimizing the impact created.
Contribute with intellectual technologies that respect the earth
We are deeply aware of the significant benefits of nature on our product fields, and aim to use technology to preserve biodiversity.
Pursue activities that are in harmony with the earth’s environment
We will continue to systematically address biodiversity by cultivating an ecological mindset and taking greater initiative.
Where biodiversity is threatened, we will promote activities at a global level that protect and foster nature in harmony with the earth’s environment.
Make strides in environmental communication and information disclosure
We will cooperate and work together with broad segments of society in our activities to address biodiversity, and strive to disclose information as appropriate.
We are continuously implementing systematic activities in line with the Outline of Yamaha Motor’s Main Biodiversity Initiatives, based on voluntary participation of employees.
Protecting the Endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Every year, females of the endangered loggerhead turtle species come to Enshunada Coast, a natural site popular with locals, to lay their eggs.
Organizing “Sustainable Beach” Project and Participating in Loggerhead Turtle Cleanup Campaign
Protecting the Endangered Riverside Tiger Beetle (Diversity of biological species and genes)
Implementation of Campaign to Remove Alien Plant Species
Protecting Nature (Diversity of the Ecosystem)
Organized Marine Cleanup Activities at Lake Hamana
Employees from Marine-related businesses carry out cleanup activities every year using such products as personal watercraft and boats to collect trash that has washed onto shore, even in areas that cannot be reached by land.
Coral Reef Conservation Activities
Okinawa Prefecture is said to be home to more than approximately 360 species of coral. However, it is said that Okinawa Prefecture’s coral has been diminishing rapidly both in variety and in number due to environmental changes in recent years. Alarmed by this situation, a local group launched “Team Tyura Sango,” a public-private joint project to restore the coral reefs.
Mangrove Reforestation (Chonburi, Thailand)
Yamaha Motor Parts Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (YPMT) is engaged in mangrove reforestation activities.
The effects of these planting activities include, first of all, that they provide a food source for the living creatures that inhabit the area. Reforestation also absorbs CO2 and mitigates the effects of disasters caused by tsunamis and other high waves. In addition, they allow people to study the natural environment amid rich natural surroundings and provide an opportunity for communication between local residents and government.
Beach Cleanup Activities for the Blue Sea (Vietnam)
Yamaha Motor Vietnam Co., Ltd. (YMVN) has been conducting the Beach Cleanup Activities for the Blue Sea at beaches in various locations in central and northern Vietnam since 2015. A total of 2,500 people have participated over the last four years.
Participants include YMVN officers, employees, and their family members who use some of their summer vacation to take part in these activities, which have become an annual event.
The activities begin early in the morning. Participants walk along beaches and collect garbage such as bottles and plastic items, including plastic bags.
Protecting Rare Plant Species at Development Facilities (Minimizing Impact)
Protecting Rare Plant Species at the Yamaha Motor Kikukawa Test Course
In 2008, the Company conducted a one-year environmental assessment before the start of construction of the Kikukawa Test Course in Shizuoka Prefecture. The Company considers wildlife diversity through such measures as protecting areas of existing vegetation and planting trees around the perimeter of the course.