All organisms share the Earth with many other life forms as their home and maintain an ecosystem. Biodiversity is a word that shows the long history of the Earth and the mutual connection between living creatures on the planet. Man is living his life by obtaining the blessings of biodiversity as “resources” from various living creatures.
However, due to the destruction and pollution of the natural environment, excessive use of resources, and global warming caused by humankind, the balance of the ecosystem is being subtly disrupted, and there are apprehensions regarding the sustainability of the Earth.
As part of the manufacturing industry, SMIC manufactures products using ore produced from mines all over the world as raw material. Harvesting ore not only destroys the landscape, but may also have a negative impact on the ecosystem due to the destruction of forest resources and the alteration of water resources. As part of the manufacturing industry, we cannot abandon the use of raw materials, but we do promote energy conservation and management of chemical substances through effective use of resources and improvement of production efficiency. We look into how we can contribute to solve the never-ending problem of protecting the natural environment and biodiversity, including the protection of forests, water resources and scarce wildlife.
Measures for Environmental Conservation
Pine Forest Conservation at Tochigi Segment
In November 1966, we obtained a site with an area of about 10,000 tsubo in the first industrial park in Moka City, Tochigi Prefecture, where set up the Tochigi Segment, and started by moving the slide bearing department there. From the onset of the construction of the Tochigi Segment, we left as much of the surrounding pine forest as possible based on our policy of making a factory surrounded by trees, which is what we have today.
Also, the existing pine forest is located in the path of the former Oshu Highway, and has become a place of temporarily tranquility for the employees.
Iwate Segment - Conservation of Natural Forest
Out of the approximately 30,000 tsubo site area of the Iwate Segment where associated companies Senju Sprinkler Co., Ltd. and Senju Electronic Corp. are located, we have conserved 20,000 tsubo of natural forest.
Collaboration for Nature Conservation and Undeveloped Woodland Cultivation in Moka City
At the Tochigi Segment, we have joined a volunteer group called “Moka Environmental Partnership Council” sponsored by the Moka City Environment Department, and are collaborating year-round for nature conservation and undeveloped woodland cultivation in Moka City. Currently, maintenance is being conducted in the area around Okubo River that flows through Moka City, and is being used as a nature park and has become a place of relaxation for the citizens of Moka City with its abundant natural beauty.
Making a Spawning Bed for Mountain Stream Fish
As part of our in-house club activities, we cooperate with local fishery cooperatives through our volunteers to create spawning beds for mountain stream fish. In mountainous basins where the water quality environment changes each year, we help the natural spawning of mountain stream fish and engage in conservation activities for native species.
Contributions to Preservation and Management of Coral Reefs (Philippines)
We support the activities of the Philippines branch of the International Coral Reef Initiative and have made donations to the conservation and management of coral reefs with two insurance companies. In order to establish coral reefs, they are revising and installing blocks where coral can grow easily, and transplanting and relocating coral off the coast of Cavite Rosario.
Revival Activities for Dried Up Forests (Philippines)
With drying up of conservation forests, Senju Solder (Phils.) Inc. employees collaborated with local authorities and residents to plant 100 oak saplings. They also volunteer to remove and clean undergrowth every other month so that the planted trees can grow without withering up. The effect is fruitful, and the forest is growing well.
Participation in Mangrove Tree Planting (Malaysia)
Under the guidance of the local NGO "Malaysia Nature Society", 20 employees from Senju (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. planted more than 100 mangrove saplings in the local Kuala Selangor Nature Park. The park, with its coastal forests, mangrove forests and wetlands, is an important ecosystem that is home to many creatures and is also a wintering spot for many migratory birds. The participating employees were able experience the beauty of nature and enjoyed their activities with smiles on their faces.