Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity
Discovering & Sharing Green Values
JBIB had developed a toolkit with three practical tools for sustainable land use—the JBIB Guidelines for Sustainable Business Sites, JBIB Land Use Score Card, and JBIB Monitoring Sheet—which serves a major role in promoting activities to conserve biodiversity in the corporate greenery of Japan. With the establishment of the Association for Businesses in Harmony with Nature and Community (ABINC) and the ABINC Certification for Business Facilities Engaging in Conservation of Biodiversity in December 2013, the toolkit became the basis for certification evaluation, and its application is expanding throughout the industrial world to include not just factories, but office buildings, condominiums and shopping centers as well.
Along with this toolkit, JBIB also formulated the Guidelines for Forestation for Harmony with Nature to encourage companies to build forests that give due consideration to living things.
Now, to use the outcomes of such activities—the corporate greenery and forests that had been developed—as the stage for new endeavors, JBIB launched the Working Group for Discovering & Sharing Green Values in 2018 to go one step beyond and actively build dialogue with the community.
Events named JBIB Biodiversity Days have been held since 2017 as the first round of activities aiming to heighten interest in and knowledge of biodiversity among the general public with the ultimate goal of mainstreaming biodiversity.These events are held in the corporate greenery of JBIB member companies with the participation of the company employees, their families, and nearby residents. The activities they undertake include the monitoring of plants and animals in the area and conserving the forest.
This working group will continue to provide such opportunities for more and more people to discover and share the value of greenery, which is so essential for the conservation of biodiversity and the realization of a sustainable society.