MC is committed to environmental conservation efforts in order to pass on our irreplaceable Earth to future generations and to realize a prosperous society where people live in harmony with nature.
Global Coral Reef Conservation Project (Okinawa, Republic of Seychelles, Australia)
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.
Tropical Forest Regeneration Project (Malaysia, Brazil, Kenya and Indonesia)
Through the Project in Tropical 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.
Forest Conservation Project “Mitsubishi Corporation Thousand Year Forest”
MC carries out a forest conservation project in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture, the birthplace of Mitsubishi founder Yataro Iwasaki. MC entered into a forest conservation agreement with Kochi Prefecture, Aki City and the East Kochi Forest Association in an aim to protect Japanese environments, and collaborations have been ongoing since 2009. This project was MC's first forest conservation initiative in Japan. It has been named the “Mitsubishi Corporation Thousand Year Forest” (also known as Yataro’s Forest) and consists of a 263-hectare expanse of forest, 143 hectares of which are owned by MC. Aside from conducting forest conservation activities to improve functions that serve the public interest, such as headwater conservation, the area is also being used as a place for carrying out environmental education, volunteer activities, as well as opportunities for MC employees and Aki City residents to experience what it is like to periodically thin the forest.
In March 2020, MC concluded an agreement with the Shikoku Forest Bureau, Aki City and the East Kochi Forest Association to introduce management in the Becchaku area of Yataro’s Forest in line with the Shikoku Forest Bureau’s policy of establishing “green corridors,”* in an effort to conserve biodiversity.
* Shikoku’s national forests are being protected under the protective forest system. This project is expected to help conserve biodiversity by establishing “green corridors” that connect these protective forests, allowing plants and animals to widely come and go.