In practicing environmental management, it is extremely important to build relationships of trust with our stakeholders. The Group’s operating companies in and outside Japan highly value communication with local communities, and constantly try to share information about how we are meeting our environmental responsibilities.
Communication with the Community
Morioka Seiko Instruments Inc. held an Environmental Report Meeting (Starting with the Local Community) in October 2020. This marked the thirteenth year to hold this event, although due to the COVID pandemic, it was necessary to severely the number of participants. In fact, there were no participants from the local community, but rather, 9 participants from companies in Iwate Prefecture and 3 from the national government. This time, the main venue was changed to the Grand Seiko Studio Shizukuishi, which opened in July 2020, and some of the programs were revised. In addition to providing a tour of the factory and outdoor green space and an introduction to the company’s environmental activities, we explained about biodiversity and the SDGs as part of our ongoing environmental education.
In August 2014, the Makuhari Unit of Seiko Instruments Inc. entered into the Cooperative Forest Agreement with the Chiba prefectural government, and is currently planting black pine trees in the Seiko Instruments Forest located along Kujūkuri Beach in Chiba. In April 2018, the agreement was renewed, and we have continued to monitor the pine trees’ growth, but they were damaged by Typhoon Faxai in September 2019. In FY 2020, we had planned to have our employees plant additional trees, but the pandemic forced us to postpone that activity. The Chiba Prefecture Forestry Association planted additional trees in May 2021. The seedlings planted this time consisted of 192 black pine trees and 46 pittosporum tobira. We will continue to monitor their growth.
Environmental and community contributions
The Seiko Holdings Group’s operating companies both in and outside Japan regularly conduct cleanup activities around their premises, along roadsides, etc. In FY 2020, many operating companies reduced the scale of their activities due to the pandemic, but expect to renew those efforts in the future.
The Sendai Unit of Seiko Instruments Inc. continues to clean up the area around the nearby Hirosegawa River and its premises. In FY 2020, about 30 employees participated in the event.
The Ohno Unit of Seiko Instruments Inc. received an award from Ichikawa City as an organization that contributes to the beautification of the local environment. The award was given in recognition of the cleanup activities around the facility that were conducted regularly for years. We will continue to contribute to the community through cleanup activities in the area.
In March 2021, Guangzhou SII Watch Co., Ltd. in China also held a cleanup campaign around the company, staffed by employee volunteers. On the day of the event, 42 participants cleaned up the premises and the adjoining roadside for about 2 kilometers. Under clear skies, employees felt a sense of accomplishment as they cleaned up the area near their workplace and reaffirmed the importance of environmental activities.