Approach to Biodiversity

Shionogi benefits from the ecosystem in all of its business activities, including R&D, production, and sales of pharmaceuticals. On the back of an increase in the global population and economic development, Shionogi recognizes the effect on the natural environment, such as climate change and shortage of water resources caused by resource and energy consumption, as an urgent issue.

Shionogi will contribute to the sustainability of the earth, including biodiversity protection, by working with our suppliers on important environmental issues, such as AMR (antimicrobial resistance), climate change, resource conservation and circulation, and water. 

 

Shionogi is committed to protecting biodiversity. We endorse the “Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren and Action Policy,” publishing our ambitious action policies f or and specific activities on biodiversity as part of the “Initiative based on the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren”. 

 Keidanren:Initiative based on the Declaration of Biodiversity (keidanren-biodiversity.jp)  (External website)

 

Initiatives at the Aburahi Botanical Gardens

At the Botanical Gardens within the Aburahi Research Center, we preserve endangered species and rare plants. We also use the Botanical Gardens for the benefit of the local community mainly through events that we organize to support education for local children, future community leaders. 

As our general education support at Aburahi Elementary School, a public school in Koka City, we organize workshops in which pupils try their hand at dyeing goods with dyes taken from indigo plants and purple gromwell cultivated in the herb garden we have created on the school grounds, and we organize classes wherein pupils learn about plants by touching and observing plant roots, leaves, seeds, and fruits in the Botanical Gardens. 

We hold these events in partnership with Kusuri Gakushukan (Pharmacological Learning Center) in Koka City and other local corporations, with experts from the botanical gardens of Kobe and Kyoto Pharmaceutical Universities serving as guest lecturers. The events are highly appreciated as initiatives that support children’s learning for the future through collaboration among local government, academia and the business community.

Aburahi Elementary School was honored with the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award, the first prize that praises excellent nature experience activities, in the school division of the 19th Tom Sawyer School Idea Contest, following the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award at the 2019 National Schoolyard and Childcare Centre Yard Biotope Contest.

 

Elementary School, a public school in Koka City
Elementary School, a public school in Koka City

At the Aburahi Botanical Gardens, we have continued ex situ conservation of wild anemones (Anemone keiskeana), which are designated as a species exposed to increased risk of extinction in Shiga Prefecture and as a rare wild plant species by the prefecture, and of Dragonheads (Dracocephalum argunense), which are classified as Vulnerable on the Red List of the Ministry of the Environment.

We have also started an attempt to breed Nymphoides indica, which is a near-threatened species on the Red List of the Ministry of the Environment and is designated as endangered species by Shiga Prefecture, in the gardens and return it to its own habitat.

The Shionogi Group intends to carry out conservation activities as described above and contribute to education in the local community.

Nymphoides indica, a near-threatened species
Nymphoides indica, a near-threatened species

“Shiga Prefecture Certificate of Biodiversity Initiatives” for the Aburahi Botanical Gardens

The Aburahi Botanical Gardens has obtained a “Shiga Prefecture Certificate of Biodiversity Initiatives (One Star)” in recognition of community activities viewed as effective initiatives for the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Logo of  “Shiga Prefecture Certificate of Biodiversity Initiatives (One Star)”

Kelp forest regeneration project