Glory is engaged in a variety of activities for preserving biodiversity in collaboration with stakeholders such as local communities and incorporated NPOs.
Society receives immense benefits from nature, and therefore efforts to maintain and preserve biodiversity are necessary to enjoy these benefits continuously and far into the future.
Glory clearly recognizes the impact of its business activities on biodiversity and pursues a variety of initiatives to maintain and preserve biodiversity in collaboration with stakeholders, including local communities and NPOs.
Glory has been participating in forest conservation activities in the Glory Yumesaki Forest located in Himeji, Hyogo in collaboration with the forestry cooperative.
We thin out one hectare of undergrowth per year among the hinoki cypress and broadleaf groves and plant 20 trees per year, mainly broadleaf trees including mountain cherry and konara oak, from the beginning of spring to early summer every year. We strive to reproduce and maintain the rich natural environment by forming favorable environments for village forests.
In fiscal 2022, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of everyone involved, we decided to cancel the employee involved activities. Instead, we collaborated with the forestry cooperative to thin the forest and plant new trees.
We conduct joint botanical and biological surveys with specialists to look into the types and growth status of plant life and scientifically examine the effectiveness of the Glory Yumesaki Forest for preserving biodiversity. During surveys, it was also confirmed that a rare species of woodpecker and frog, listed in the Hyogo Prefectural version of the Local Red Data Book were living in the area. We will continue to conduct this survey periodically in order to confirm the effectiveness of forest conservation as well as to determine what policies are required for future activities.
In fiscal 2021, we held a botanical survey in the area where we conducted tree-planting between fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2021. The survey found that the carbon fixation of this area has risen by 315 tons.
Each year in autumn we hold the Kids’ Nature Workshop. Various programs are designed for parents and children to stroll through the forest while observing insects and plants and to have fun in nature with the goal of passing on an appreciation of it to the next generation.
In fiscal 2022, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of everyone involved, we decided to cancel the workshop. Instead of this, we provide the Beetle raising kit for employee’s children as a biodiversity learning program.
In 2013, Glory expanded its activities into the Kanto region in collaboration with NPOs. Since 2017, we have participated in the Satoyama Restoration Project for the Utsugi Forest in Hachioji City (Tokyo), a designated greenery conservation area.
We also conduct cleaning activities along the banks of the Arakawa River (Tokyo) to promote environmental preservation. This offers our employees and family members the opportunities to learn about biodiversity. The cleaning activities were stopped during fiscal 2019-2021 due to the Covid pandemic, and started again in fiscal 2022, gathering 21 participants.