"Corporations and Life Part 4: Target Aichi, the Role of Corporations"
On February 24, 2011, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance sponsored the "Story of biology told by a corporation Part 4: Target Aichi, the Role of Corporations" symposium. Held in the Chuo University Surugadai Memorial Hall. The seminar was host to 214 corporate leaders and others.
The objective of the symposium was to urge corporations to be more active in preserving biodiversity. This marked the fourth such symposium since 2007.
Continuing in the tradition of the prior year, this year's symposium was held with the full cooperation of the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB; a network of companies active in the preservation of biodiversity) and the generous support of the Ministry of the Environment. The main theme of the symposium was "Focus on Aichi", which was the theme selected at COP10 (10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity) held in Nagoya last year. The symposium ran from 10:00am through 5:30pm.
Session 1 was a keynote presentation related to the results of COP10, other issues, and expectations for corporations moving forward. Session 2 consisted of three breakout sessions to discuss specific initiatives. Session 3 was a panel discussion related to the roles that corporations should play in achieving the objectives of Focus on Aichi.
After the conference, an overwhelming majority of attendees expressed their appreciation for the high caliber of the event and the knowledge they were able to take back to their organizations.
Business + Biodiversity "Leadership Declaration"
On the COP9(9th UN Convention on Biological Diversity Conference) held in Germany May 2008, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance signed Leadership Declaration and joined "Business+Biodiversity", a initiative of the German government and leading companies.
"Business+Biodiversity" has been launched reflecting the COP8 Decision which emphasises that the business sector has to be increasingly integrated into the implementation process of the Convention.
34 companies have joined from all over the world (9 companies from Japan including Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance).
Leadership Declaration's signatory companies furthermore commit themselves to the following objectives.Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance will start the activities for these objectives by determining our own steps.
Business + Biodiversity "Leadership Declaration"
- Analyze corporate activities with regard to their impacts on biological diversity.
- Include the protection of biological diversity within their environmental management system, and develop biodiversity indicators.
- Appoint a responsible individual within the company to steer all activities in the biodiversity sector and report to the Management Board.
- Define realistic, measurable objectives that are monitored and adjusted every 2 to 3 years.
- Publish activities and achievements in the biodiversity sector in the company's annual, environmental, and/or corporate social responsibility report.
- Inform suppliers about the company's biodiversity objectives and integrate them accordingly.
- Explore the potential for cooperation with scientific institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and/or governmental institutions with the aim of deepening dialogue and continuously improve the corporate management system vis-a-vis the biodiversity domain.
Japan Business Initiative for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance addressed participant companies of the symposium "Story of biology told by a corporation Part 1", to make joint effort to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. With many companies' approval, Japan Business Initiative for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (JBIB) has launched on 1st April 2008.
JBIB will be engaged in joint research on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity from a global view point, and to share its knowledge by a dialogue with the stakeholders. With following 5 objectives, JBIB conducts the activities toward CBD/COP10 in 2010.
Five Objectives of JBIB
- To develop effective knowledge of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
- To promote communication with stakeholders for sharing information for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
- To provide stakeholders with good practices of the conservation of biodiversity with motivating all relevant sectors
- To enhance research and development for methods, indicators, and guidelines to monitor and evaluate the conservation of biodiversity
- To advocate biodiversity policies to governments and local authorities
On May 12, 2008, JBIB's first general meeting was held, which elected Mr. Shin, our Chairman as president.
Mr.Kamezawa, head of Global Biodiversity Strategy Office, Ministry of the Environment gave a speech, followed by the decision of action plan. At the press conference, Mr.Shin commented his expectation as a president of JBIB "As business sector is benefited by biodiversity, we must take part in the conservation of it. JBIB will engage in its objective effectively to encourage the private sector to engage in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity".