In its corporate motto, OMRON pledges to work for a better world, while its core value emphasizes our drive to work for the benefit of society. At OMRON, these philosophies consistently remain central to its corporate activities.
OMRON recognizes the importance of implementing measures based on the concept of biodiversity, along with its ongoing corporate activities that conform to its corporate motto and core value. The underlying idea for the Convention on Biological Diversity and other related initiatives is the belief that biodiversity represents the foundation of human survival and is crucial in many ways to the well-being of the human race. OMRON considers conserving biodiversity to be an important management policy that supports our commitment to all aspects of corporate social responsibility, including business, environmental and social factors.
As part of the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, OMRON joins worldwide efforts to halt the accelerated loss of global biodiversity that occurred after the mid-20th century. Toward this end, OMRON seeks to preserve biodiversity from the dual perspectives of business operations and community contributions. To ensure the validity and effectiveness of its efforts, OMRON will focus its attention on the following three points: 1) Collaboration with concerned stakeholders; 2) Emphasis on objective assessment of effects and continued improvements; and 3) Reduction of risks and maximization of benefits shared across society.
Course of Action
- Business operation perspective
①Innovation driven by social needs
②Promotion of environmental protection and activities based on the environmental management system
③Implementation of biodiversity preservation efforts across the value chain
- Social contribution perspective
①Activities intended to earn greater trust from society
②Activities intended to motivate employees to take part in biodiversity preservation efforts
OMRON will work to help protect biodiversity by emphasizing the course of action mentioned above.
OMRON Group’s Biodiversity Policy Formulation Process
In November 2009, OMRON set up a project for formulating a biodiversity policy draft in collaboration with Conservation International* (CI), an international NGO. Since launching this process to draw up the policy, project team members have been engaged in a series of dialogues under CI’s guidance that emphasized the importance of maintaining perspectives of validity, efficacy and efficiency (degree of contribution) when planning a policy or activities. This is in addition to the more fundamental discussion of why the OMRON Group needs to address biodiversity issues. After these discussions, OMRON reached a conclusion: “A company exists in a human society, which in turn exists in a natural society. Therefore, OMRON, as a company living up to its core value of ‘working for the benefit of society,’ should consider conserving biodiversity as an important plank in its commitment to CSR as it works to realize a better society.” OMRON Group biodiversity policy was resolved in August 2010 after deliberation at a meeting of its Board of Directors.
- * Conservation International (CI)
- Conservation International (CI) is an international NGO founded for the purpose of solving environmental issues by emphasizing relationships between ecosystems and people. CI’s mission is to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature and global biodiversity by building on the foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration. By so doing, CI aims to pass on the rich natural environment to generations to come and contribute to the well-being of humanity.