Coexistence with Nature
The SG Holdings Group positions "coexistence of society and nature" as an important environmental initiative, and is engaged in a wide range of environmental communication activities primarily targeting children who will be responsible for the next generation in accordance with its Environmental Policy.
Environmental Awareness for the Next Generation
Takao 100-Year Forest Project
Sagawa Express is continually holding nature experience training at the Takao 100-Year Forest (in Tokyo) for children who will represent the next generation to learn about connections between nature and people through experiences in undeveloped woodlands.
Furthermore, in collaboration with many parties including citizens, universities and other educational institutions, experts and NPOs, the company is proceeding with the regeneration of "undeveloped woodlands where people and nature coexist" along a long timeline based on a long-term vision symbolized by the term "100 years."
Rice Cultivation Experience Activities
The Group also provides rice cultivation experience activities in Moriyama City in Shiga Prefecture to help children learn about the blessings of nature and the rich ecosystem growing in rice paddies. Employees and their families, along with local residents, experience traditional rice farming, from planting to harvesting to drying.
On-demand Classes on the Environment
Sagawa Express provides on-demand classes on the environment to elementary schools and kindergartens, and introduces environmental activities and forest preservation activities through the logistics of Sagawa Express using quizzes and delivery demonstrations. Furthermore, children become more familiar with nature through experiences such as making nameplates from thinned wood sourced from Sagawa Forests.
National Eco Art Contest
SG Holdings and Sagawa Express hold a National Eco Art Contest for elementary school students throughout Japan. The most outstanding work that received the Minister of the Environment Award was used to wrap Sagawa Express trucks, which have driven mainly in major metropolitan areas throughout Japan.
Special site "National Eco Art Contest"
Environmental Awareness for Employees
Sagawa Express is implementing "Sagawa Express Environmental Action," in which all employees engage in eco-activities focused on monthly themes, to raise environmental awareness among employees.
Sagawa Forestry, which owns approximately 700 hectares of Sagawa Forests in Kochi and Tokushima prefectures, conducts a forestry business while cooperating with local forest associations to achieve its greatest mission of "protecting the forest cycle."
Despite the abundance of forest resources in Japan, the fact that they have not been adequately utilized is an issue. Forest preservation has been gaining attention in recent years as a means to address climate change by capturing CO2 while trees are growing. However, the continuation of forestry business has become difficult due to the aging of workers, and this has led to the problem of forests becoming run down due to failure to perform the necessary maintenance.
Considering such social issues, Sagawa Forestry is continuing to implement forestry conservation programs such as planting, brushing, pruning, and tree thinning, while acquiring new forests with the aim of realizing sustainable forestry management. The timber produced has been used in the next-generation large-scale logistics center X FRONTIER as well as Atami Park recreational facility used by Group employees and their families. In these ways, the company is contributing to the forest cycle through the promotion of the utilization of timber.
Promoting Environmentally Friendly Business Activities