Global Environment

We carry out social contribution activities in consideration of the global environment as an environmental leader.

Matsusaka Isedera Nature "AI" Land

The Mie Office of our Nagoya Branch signed a forest conservation agreement with Isedera-cho, Matsusaka City, Mie in fiscal 2008 and has been working with the local community on forest development. Every year, we work on forest revitalization by clearing, thinning, and planting one hectare of land in the aim of restoring the satoyama of old. We are also working on creating an environment where people can come in contact with nature, including opening walking trails.

Shimizu also works on activities with local residents to maintain local interaction. Among these activities are nature tours for local elementary school children and putting up nesting boxes built by pre-school children and their parents.

FY 2021 Results Cumulative
(from fiscal 2008)
Days held Apr 18 Nov 21 60 times
Number of participants 47 47 2,870

Both the number of activities and the number of participants decreased in fiscal 2021 due to COVID-19.


Shizuoka Future Forest Supporter

The Shizuoka Office of our Nagoya Branch signed an agreement with Shizuoka Prefecture on October 19, 2021 based on the Shizuoka Future Forest Support Program, which seeks to realize a system for society-wide support for rich forest development.
This program certifies companies that conduct forest development activities as a part of their CSR activities as Shizuoka Future Forest Supporters.
We continue to conduct forest maintenance within Yugi no Mori and forest and environmental education activities for children.

Group photo from the day of the activities
Group photo from the day of the activities

Building a Roost for the Hooded Crane

The Yashiro valley in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture is a migration destination of the Nabezuru (Hooded Crane). There are only two places in Japan that this crane migrates to. The other is in Izumi City, Kagoshima Prefecture. It is also the prefectural bird of Yamaguchi Prefecture and has been designated as a special natural treasure of Japan.

Capturing the crane has been prohibited since 1868 and a conservation group was established in 1985 and has taken steps to protect it. The number of Nabezuru migrating to the Yashiro valley has been declining annually after peaking at 355 cranes in 1940, despite that.

Shimizu was installing the ecological concrete it had developed in road construction that was underway near the roosting grounds at the time. Because of this work, we received an invitation to participate, and have been participating since 1997. The activity involves the participation of 10 to 20 volunteers from Shimizu twice a year, in the spring and fall. They work alongside local residents to cut the grass and prepare the feeding grounds.

Forest maintenance activity
Forest maintenance activity

Creating an Animal Pathway

Four private-sector companies, including Shimizu, participate in this, in addition to the KEEP, Inc. Yamane Museum, the Japanese Dormouse Conservation Research Group, and others.
We have now built a total of three animal pathways in two locations in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture and in one location in Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest in the town of Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture (installed by the Ministry of the Environment). Each of the pathways was monitored subsequently and use by small animals such as squirrels and dormice has been confirmed.
These types of initiatives have gradually come to be recognized by the community. Our research society received an environmental award from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers in 2008, and an award from the Minister of the Environment in the Contest for Activities on Biodiversity in 2010. We will continue to work to ensure that more animal pathways are built in the future and would like to take other steps to reduce traffic accidents involving animals.

Four private-sector companies, including Shimizu, participate in this, in addition to the KEEP, Inc. Yamane Museum, the Japanese Dormouse Conservation Research Group, and others.

Animal Pathway
Animal Pathway

Initiative for Utilizing Wood from Thinning

Making wood from thinning into familiar everyday products

We do not just engage in our main business of building construction. We also utilize that technology to produce familiar everyday items to use as novelty items for distributing at events, etc. and to give as gifts to shareholders and our many other stakeholders.

It is necessary to thin trees that have grown too thickly to preserve mountain forests. We engage in activities aimed at effective use of timber from forest thinning, and members of the Forest-thinning Committee are the main participants in this, as one of the small group activities that Tokyo Mokkoujou Arts & Crafts Furnishings undertakes.

「We have received comments from delighted recipients such as, "My image of Shimizu was of concrete and learning for the first time that Shimizu produces exquisitely crafted wooden products changed my impression," and "The warmth of the wood gave me a sense of tranquility amid this busy age."

Familiar everyday products
Familiar everyday products

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