Contributing to building a society with reduced environmental burden
We have carried out the “Creation of a Hometown Forest” projects at our steelworks and factories in Japan under the guidance of Dr. Akira Miyawaki, director of the Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (professor emeritus at Yokohama National University), with the aim of harmonious coexistence between nature and humans. This project seeks to research the natural vegetation inherent to a certain area, carefully select suitable trees, grow their saplings in pots, and have them planted in developed grounds by both local residents and our employees. This was the first project by a private company in Japan to create a forest that harmonizes with the local scene and is based on an ecological approach. This is one way we try to raise the awareness of our employees regarding the environment.
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Retention of existing trees and tree plantings at steel work sites help conserve biodiversity.
Wild birds such as bulbuls and eagles gather and animals such as Ezo red fox and deer visit the forests we make and maintain.
The Kansai Works Wakayama Area is participating in the “Company Forest” program for preservation of forest environments in Wakayama Prefecture. This program involves tree-planting and other volunteer work with the aim of preserving Wakayama's natural environment by maintaining local forests.
At a 2.52 hectare privately-owned forest we have rented in Nakahechi-cho, Tanabe City, for a project named “Nippon Steel Forest” calls for planting and cultivating approximately 5,000 broad-leaf trees. Daily maintenance is entrusted to the Nakahechi-cho Forest Cooperative, while our employees participate in works such as underbrush cutting.