Business management and human life in our society is founded on the ecosystem services - a multitude of blessings from nature provided by our natural capital, including soil, air, water, and animals and plants. In achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and realizing societies where people and nature live harmoniously, which is the long-term goal of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, measures to address climate change, resources recycling, and biodiversity have been recognized as being closely linked each other.
The year 2020 is the final year for the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and IPBES*1 has already published a report stating that blessings from nature, i.e. ecosystem services, are deteriorating on a global scale and that the targets relevant to the protection of nature and sustainable use of nature cannot be achieved if no drastic measures are taken. However, transformative changes across the economy, society and other areas reportedly hold potentials of achieving the targets by 2030 or later.
To date, Panasonic have properly understood the impact of our business activities on biodiversity and made efforts to achieve our target of contributing to its conservation. We formulated our "Green Plan 2021" to work towards realizing "a better life" and "a sustainable global environment" compatibly as stated in the "Panasonic Environmental Vision 2050". The conservation of biodiversity in the "Green Plan 2021" is in line with the "Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)" under the Convention on Biological Diversity. We formulated the plan with targets set for 2030 and later, based on the reviewed results of our past activities, and the status of the achievement, considering global trends.
We consider that in conducting our business activities, taking actions by the companies involved in the entire supply chain is important for the conservation of biodiversity. Therefore, focusing on ‘sustainable procurement of raw materials', we have decided to continue 'to use land' considering conservation of biodiversity at all our sites and ‘to provide products and services' that contribute to biodiversity which we have worked so far. We will continue to work on conserving biodiversity through efforts focusing on business activities in the three targets and at the same time through social contributions.
*1 IPBES : Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services