Our lives and well-being are supported by the blessings of nature. Today, the loss of biodiversity, which is the foundation of these blessings, is accelerating at unprecedented speed. Various movements have commenced around the world to halt this loss, and in December 2022, the “Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework,” a new international framework on biodiversity, was adopted in COP15, held in Montreal, Canada. This Framework includes a vision of realizing a society in harmony with nature by 2050 and a mission of achieving a “nature-positive” world through urgent actions to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. The Framework, which is composed of 23 action targets, calls on the international community to implement measures aimed at conserving biodiversity and ensuring its sustainable use. In order for us and future generations to continue to enjoy the blessings of nature, it is necessary to put nature on a path to recovery following such new global rules.
Toshiba Group has operational and manufacturing sites in various locations around the world. Some sites are in areas with high water risks, while others use large volumes of water and chemical substances for production. In addition, we use various chemical substances in many of the products and services we supply. With an eye on trends in Japan and abroad, Toshiba Group is endeavoring to conserve ecosystems by promoting activities for biodiversity conservation in and outside Toshiba sites as well as properly managing water resources and chemical substances.