Sustainability | EnvironmentApproach to Biodiversity

Protecting Nature and Biodiversity

In order to make its products, TDK uses various metals and oxides as raw materials. These come from mineral ore and other sources mined all over the world. Mining for ore involves the risk of damage to the environment, including landscape damage,
clearing of forests, changes in water sources, and possible effects on the ecosystems. As a manufacturer of components, we cannot simply stop using raw materials, but we can try to mitigate adverse effects. We actively promote not only raw material resource savings by improving production efficiency, we also engage in activities aimed at protecting forest resources, water resources, and more.
All TDK employees are aware of the impact on the environment from production activities. We consider the relationship between business operations and the environment and strive to protect a diverse global environment. The TDK Environmental Charter, revised in April 2018, expressly provides that employees are to consider contributions to ecosystems and take proactive action at all times.

About the Guidelines for Action by the Electrical and Electronics Industries concerning Biodiversity Conservation

In March 2015, the "Environmental Strategy Liaison Committee Biodiversity Working Group" formed by four industry associations in Japan* published the "Guidelines for Action by the Electrical and Electronics Industries concerning Biodiversity Conservation (2nd issue published August, 2018)." TDK is fully supporting this initiative and is implementing the guidelines through our activities aimed at protecting biodiversity.

  • *JEMA: The Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association
  • *JEITA: Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association
  • *CIAJ: Communications and Information Network Association of Japan
  • *JBMIA: Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association

Concrete Activities

Raising of Japanese Rice Fish, an Endangered Species, at TDK Akita’s Kitakami Plant

As part of activities to protect biodiversity, TDK Akita’s Kitakami Plant has been raising Japanese rice fish (Oryzias latipes), an endangered species listed in Category II of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Red List. This activity began when the Kitakami Plant accepted about 30 Japanese rice fish from Chemi-con Iwate Corporation, which is located in the same area and had begun raising the fish as an initiative to protect biodiversity through a biotope. At first the Kitakami Plant raised the fish in an indoor tank. But in order to raise as many Japanese rice fish as possible, it moved them to an outdoor pond in 2017. There are now about 600 Japanese rice fish in the pond. In October 2019 some fish were returned to Chemi-con Iwate’s pond. In this way, this activity has also widened the circle of exchange with other companies and residents in the local community.

Raising of Japanese Rice Fish, an Endangered Species, at TDK Akita’s Kitakami Plant
Raising of Japanese Rice Fish, an Endangered Species, at TDK Akita’s Kitakami Plant

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