Workplaces Surrounded by Greenery and an Abundance of Nature

Basic Stance

Biodiversity, which is closely connected to our lifestyles, is garnering increasing attention around the world. We are all supported by the blessings of nature stemming from the connection between the abundance of personalities and graceful lives of the world’s living creatures or, in other words, the natural cycle brought about by biodiversity.

By educating itself on biodiversity and working together with local communities, DENSO is engaged in the maintenance and preservation of ecosystems. Moreover, we will continue to promote the creation of workplaces surrounded by greenery and an abundance of nature through tree planting and acquiring natural planting techniques centered on saplings.

Specific Initiatives

(1) Protecting Locally Endemic Biodiversity and Rare Animal and Plant Life at Work Sites

Our factories worldwide implement activities befitting regional characteristics to protect locally endemic biodiversity and rare animal and plant life that include monitoring, surveying and establishing bird sanctuaries.

    • Eco Garden (DMUK: UK)

    Eco Garden (DMUK: UK)

    Since the Eco Garden opened in September 2011, it has provided a space for local people to engage in environmental activities, such as planting trees and setting up student-made bird nests. It is also a place where employees can come to relax and view a variety of wild animals.

    • Wild Flower Garden (DMMI: United States)

    Wild Flower Garden (DMMI: United States)

    DMMI established a Wildlife Conservation Committee in 1998. The company continues to carry out activities with regard to conserving rare plant species at the on-site Wild Flower Garden (approximately 400m2 ) and building nest boxes to support the breeding of bluebirds in the Muscicapidae family.

    • Biotope (DENSO CORPORATION: Japan)

    Biotope (DENSO CORPORATION: Japan)

    When Pseudorasbora pumila subsp., an endangered species of freshwater fish, was discovered in 1998, the Zenmyo Plant took the opportunity to build a biotope (approximately 3,000m2) and is now creating a mountain lowland ecosystem for spot-billed ducks. In addition, efforts are being made to breed killifish and bring back the local takanata butterfly at the Takatana Plant’s biotope (1,500m2 area), which was built with the cooperation of local elementary school students in 2004.

    • Biotope (DNIN: India)

    Biotope (DNIN: India)

    Since the Eco Park opened in 2004, every year senior management conducts environmental events and family days where families take pictures and plant fruit trees and other medicinal plants. The garden also produces mulch, among other eco-friendly activities.

Main Rare Animal and Plant Life in the Vicinity of Work Sites [DENSO CORPORATION and domestic Group companies]
Work Site Animals/Plants Category
Zenmyo Plant
(Nishio City, Aichi Prefecture)

Pseudorasbora pumila subsp.
(freshwater fish)

[CR: Critically Endangered]
(assigned by the Ministry of the Environment)

Daian Plant
(Inabe City, Mie Prefecture)

Tanakia limbata
(freshwater fish)

[NT: Near Threatened]
(assigned by the Ministry of the Environment)

Abashiri Test Center
(Abashiri City, Hokkaido Prefecture)

Hynobius retardatus
(amphibian)

[DD: Data Deficient Type 1]
(assigned by the Ministry of the Environment)

Paeonia obovata
(seed plant)

[VU: Vulnerable II]
(assigned by the Ministry of the Environment)

(2) The DENSO Green Project

  • Tree-planting activities based on cooperation with the local community

Tree-planting activities based on cooperation with the local community

The DENSO Group has been working with local communities to promote the DENSO Green Project since 2006 with the goal of restoring and preserving ecosystems inhabited by a variety of plant and animal life and creating greenery that is familiar to the people of local communities. The initiative has two components: tree-planting activities in the vicinity of the sites where products are manufactured; and tree-planting activities along the expressways where products are used. Employees, their families, and members of NPOs and local residents are working together to thin, prune and plant trees.

Up to June 2019, these activities had been carried out a total of 52 times. Approximately 8,000 volunteers, including local residents as well as employees of DENSO CORPORATION and Group companies and their families, have participated and around 22,812 saplings have been planted.

    • <Green Project in Zenmyo> ◇Field where products are manufactured
    • < Green Highway in Kariya> ◇Field where products are used

(3) Creating Factories and Offices Surrounded by Greenery

DENSO is engaged in employee-driven greening activities.

    • Green Garden Contest (DENSO CORPORATION and Group Companies in Japan)

    Green Garden Contest (DENSO CORPORATION and Group Companies in Japan)

    We hold the DENSO Green Curtain Contest, which pits workplace against workplace, with the aim of enhancing environmental awareness among employees by growing greenery. DENSO Corporation invited children from the local kindergarten to help harvest vegetables, and some of the bitter gourds were given to customers and employees.

    • Green Garden and Tree-Planting Activities (DNTH: Thailand)

    Green Garden and Tree-Planting Activities (DNTH: Thailand)

    DENSO launched green curtain activities at factories in cooperation with Group companies and is engaged in tree-planting activities to increase greenbelt areas.

    We also promote the adoption of eco-life products mainly among greening activity participants.

  • 【TOPICS】DENSO Receives Chairperson’s Award of the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center

Green Garden and Tree-Planting Activities (DNTH: Thailand)

The Zenmyo Plant equaled the feat set by the Anjo Plant in fiscal 2018 with receipt of the Chairperson’s Award of the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center in the FY2019 Factory Greening Award Program. This award is presented with the aim of further advancing greenery at factories in line with the intentions of the Factory Location Act. It recognizes factories, organizations, and individuals that have achieved remarkable results with enhancements to their internal and external environments. We have formulated DENSO Eco Vision 2025 and established GREEN x 2 toward the goals we must achieve by 2025. As part of these efforts, we will plant 500 trees each year at our factories and actively undertake greening initiatives such as providing access to grasslands, orchards, and other biotopes for local communities.

(Site area of factories, etc.: Approx. 32.0ha; ratio of existing green space, etc.: 25%)