The symposium "The Story of Biology Told by Companies"

The symposium organized by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI) ' "The Story of Biology Told by Companies" has been held once a year since 2007. The purpose is to convey the most recent knowledge and showcase good practices in the field of business and biodiversity. Many corporate participants are repeaters who come back every year.

This symposium has been held with the full cooperation of Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB; a network of companies active in the preservation of biodiversity) and InterRisk Research Institute & Consulting, and the generous support of the Ministory of the Envoironment, KeidanrenCommittee on Nature Conservation, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Chiyoda-ku.

This symposium inspired the start of JBIB, so MSI has been supporting the JBIB's activities as the chair company since its establishment.

Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance addressed participant companies of the symposium "Story of biology told by companies Part 1", to make joint effort to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. With many companies' approval, Japan Business Initiative for 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, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance has been supporting the JBIB's activities as the chair company since its establishment.

Five Objectives of JBIB

  1. To explore links between business and biodiversity and to use that knowledge in our business practices
  2. To promote dialogues and collaborations with stakeholders
  3. To share good practices within japan and abroad
  4. To advocate and undertake educational efforts for the promotion of biodiversity conservation
  5. To conduct projects to fulfill the aforementioned objectives

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".

  • Logo of JBIB
  • 16 member companies attended general meeting
  • Mr.Shin giving a speech as president of JBIB
  • Press Conferance after the meeting