MC conducts a wide variety of initiatives aimed at preserving our global environment in recognition of the key role that natural resources and biodiversity play for the sustainability of our business and society as a whole.
Forest Conservation Project "Mitsubishi Corporation Thousand Year Forest"
MC began a forest development business in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture, the birthplace of Mitsubishi founder Yataro Iwasaki. This was MC’s first forest conservation initiative in Japan. MC will take forest land in Aki City into its care, as a company-owned forest, with the aim of contribution to the protection of the regional environment. In addition, a 212-hectare expanse of forest, which includes some land owned by Aki City, has been named the "Mitsubishi Corporation Thousand Year Forest (also known as Yataro's Forest)." MC intends to conduct forest management and conservation initiatives.
Global Coral Reef Conservation Project (Okinawa, Australia, Republic of Seychelles)
Since fiscal 2005, MC has engaged in the Global Coral Reef Conservation Project, a project that is actively researching the causes and effects of the coral reef crisis. This project aims to help conserve coral reefs around the world through a research-based approach. Research is being conducted in cooperation with universities, NGOs and other organizations. As part of the project, MC also recruits volunteers from inside and outside the Company, in a program designed to deepen people's understanding of environmental issues.
Experimental Project in Forest Regeneration (Kenya, Malaysia, China, Brazil and Indonesia)
Through the Experimental Project in Forest Regeneration, launched in 1990, MC is engaged in the intensive, mixed planting of tree species native to each region. The aim of this project is to regenerate near-natural forest ecosystems in a short space of time, about 40 to 50 years.
Tokyo Greenship Action (Japan)
MC volunteers have participated in Tokyo Greenship Action preservation activities in a Tokyo Metropolitan Government-designated conservation zone since fiscal 2005. Around 50 MC employees and family members participate in this program twice a year. The program is coordinated by a local NPO.
Ecology Education Afforestation Project (China)
MC has engaged in the Ecology Education Afforestation Project since 2003. Every year, this project brings together employees, secondees and family members of a local subsidiary in Beijing, who plant fruit trees in an effort to beautify an approximate 20 hectare area in China's Hebei province. Management of this land is entrusted to local farmers via the State Forestry Administration. Not only does this project help ensure work for local farmers, but the sales from the picked fruit are used to purchase educational materials and equipment for area elementary schools. It is thus a multifaceted social contribution program that supports impoverished regions.