Protection of Biodiversity

  1. Responsibility as a Company Using Timber
  2. Initiatives for Environmental Preservation/Protection of Biodiversity

The Yamaha Group conducts business activities supported by natural resources and an ecosystem that produces these resources, such as using timber as a raw material to make a variety of products including acoustic musical instruments.
The Group promotes applicable business activities, appropriate timber use and environmental preservation activities based on its commitments for the preservation of forests and biodiversity, as stated in our sustainability and environmental policies.

Measures for Chemical Substances

In an effort to inhibit the impact of chemical substances on the environment and ecosystem, Yamaha is working to strengthen management and reduce usage, and implementing measures to prevent leakage.

Water Quality Preservation

We build treatment facilities, and monitor and audit them so that the wastewater from processes will not contaminate public water systems, land and groundwater.

Evaluation of the Impact of Factory Wastewater on the Ecosystem (Toyooka Factory)

In 2016, Yamaha Corporation’s Toyooka Factory conducted an evaluation to assess the impact of factory wastewater on the ecosystem. At the Toyooka Factory, Yamaha Music Manufacturing Japan Corporation produces wind instruments, and detoxifies wastewater generated in production processes before releasing it into waterways. In this investigation, we evaluated the effectiveness by using the WET Method*, and confirmed that the impact on the ecosystem is minimal.

  • * WET method: Whole Effluent Toxicity. This is the wastewater management method to evaluate whether the wastewater from factories/businesses is harmful to ecosystems by measuring the impact on the existence, growth and reproduction of aquatic organisms, such as algae, water fleas, and fish in diluted wastage.

Preservation of Forests/Natural Environments

Yamaha Forest Activities in Indonesia

[ image ] Yamaha Forest Logo Mark

Yamaha Corporation and six local Indonesian subsidiaries*3 carried out Yamaha Forest activities in the form of planting in Indonesia from fiscal 2006 to 2017, thus contributing to the regional society. Indonesia is a treasure trove of diverse world species. In recent years, however, the forests that produce the bounty of biodiversity have been in rapid decline. Phase 1 activities of the Yamaha Forest project begun in fiscal 2006 involved planting approximately 110,000 saplings over approximately 127 hectares of public land in Sukabumi, West Java in efforts to restore the functionality of the forest together with Yamaha Motor Group. This area is designated by the provincial government as “HUNTAN KOTA” (city forest preserve), and is managed appropriately. In Phase 2, which commenced in fiscal 2011, the project involved planting approximately 50,000 saplings over approximately 50 hectares of arid land in Ciremai National Park in Kuningan, West Java to regenerate the forest and recover the ecological system.
Yamaha worked with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, and the Forestry Department of the University of Kuningan. These initiatives involved planting tree types selected based on academic studies in order to restore natural forests and rehabilitate ecosystems in accordance with regional characteristics. A tree planting event was held annually and various local parties participated. The event consisted of commemorative tree planting and educating the children involved about the environment.
Yamaha transferred control of this area to Ciremai National Park in fiscal 2017 and it will be preserved for future generations through the management of the local government and people involved.
In fiscal 2018, the Company both confirmed the status of forest growth using satellite imagery, and estimated the CO2 emissions absorbed by the forests in both Yamaha Forest areas for both Phases 1 and 2. The Company estimated that approximately 42,000 tons of CO2 have been absorbed until now.

Achievements of Indonesia Yamaha Forest Activities
  Phase 1
(FY2006 — FY2010)
Phase II
(FY2011 — FY2015)
Sponsor Yamaha Corporation and six local Indonesian subsidiaries
Yamaha Motor Co, Ltd. and two local Indonesian subsidiaries
Yamaha Corporation and six local Indonesian subsidiaries
Cooperation OISCA Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)), Local National Park Management Office, National Kuningan University Forest Department
Location Sukabumi Regency, West Java, Indonesia Chiremei Mountain National Park, Kuningan Regency, West Java, Indonesia
Period From December 2005 to March 2010 From December 2010 to March 2015 (planting activities)
April 2015 to March 2017 (Maintenance)
Main cause of forest loss Destructive timber practices Forest fire
Purpose Recovery of biodiversity, recharge water source, prevention of soil erosion, CO2absorption and fixation Recovery of biodiversity, recharge water source, prevention of soil erosion, CO2absorption and fixation
Area 126.7ha 50ha
Number of trees 115,110 52,870
Type of tree Mahogany, teak, Paraserianthes falcataria, eucalyptus, Melina, Meranti etc. Total of 21. Based on domestic vegetation research (Bayur, Peutag、Salam, AcaciaMimosa、Teurap, etc.) Total of 46.
Content of Activities
  • Planting and management
  • Planting ceremony (total 9,180 participants)
  • Environmental education activities (farmers’ group or planting activity at schools, etc.), Education support (support of desk, chair, etc.), Regional support (construction of community water area)
  • Planting and management (participated in JICA’s Rehabilitating Degraded Lands Project for protection of biodiversity)
  • Planting ceremony (total 1,300 participants)
  • Environmental education for elementary school students
CO2 Absorption Volume Fiscal (FY2018 estimate) 30,929 tons (12 years) 11,542 tons (7 years)
People related to Yamaha totaled 120
[ image ] Tree planting event (December 2014)
[ image ] Left: Start of planting (2011) , right: Steady growth (2017)
Left: Start of planting (2011) , right: Steady growth (2017)
[ image ] Planting area satellite imagery (right: 2009, left: 2017/survey: Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.)
Planting area satellite imagery (right: 2009, left: 2017/survey: Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.)

Enshunada Coastal Forest Recovery Support

As one part of our environmental preservation activities, Yamaha Corporation signed on as a "Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter" with Shizuoka Prefecture and Hamamatsu City in March 2007.
Based on this agreement, Yamaha works to support reforestation of the Enshunada Coastal Forest in Hamamatsu City. This activity is to continuously plant young trees in the coastal forest that was seriously damaged by pine weevils. Trees planted have been growing steadily.
In October 2017, the 10th planting event was planned jointly, with Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. participants, including employees of Yamaha and Yamaha Motor and their families, members of the community, and related parties intended to join the event. However, it was cancelled due to an approaching typhoon. After the weather cleared, the in-house personnel in charge of the environment, the Hamamatsu City Park management staff, and parties related to garden maintenance planted trees.

Planting achievement
Timing Number of trees Tree type
1st year 2008 115  
2nd year 2009 180  
3rd year 2010 150  
4th year 2011 155  
5th year 2012 160  
6th year 2013 200  
7th year 2014 300  
8th year 2015 480  
9th year 2016 245  
10th year 2017 330 Resistant black pine
Total 2,315  
[ image ] After planting
After planting
[ image ] Staff who planted trees
Staff who planted trees

These activities were given the certification label (smile label) by the “Shizuoka Future Forests Supporter” office in the Forest Resources Division of the Environmental Protection Bureau of Shizuoka Prefecture’s Community and Environmental Affairs Department. This certifies that these activities serve as a physical contribution (smile 1), a financial contribution (smile 2), and a partnership with the region (smile 3).

[ image ] Smile 1: Physical contribution
Smile 1: Physical contribution
[ image ] Smile 2: Financial contribution
Smile 2: Financial contribution
[ image ] Smile 3: Partnership with the region
Smile 3: Partnership with the region

Preservation Activities for Protecting Scarce Species

In September 2017, the “Baby Sea Turtle Observation and Sustainable Beach Strategy” event planned by Yamaha Motor Co, Ltd. was held at Enshunada Beach in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. A total of 82 employees from the Yamaha Group participated. Since 1991, Yamaha Motor Co, Ltd. has continued these preservation activities to save the baby Carettinae turtles, which were categorized as an endangered species.
On the day of the event, members learned about the habitat and costal environment of the Carettinae, released baby Carettinae to the sea, and removed waste from the beach. Vegetation not natural to the area was also removed from the beach to protect the chaetodera laetescripta, scarce organisms that live on the sandy beach.

[ image ] Releasing baby Carettinae to the sea
Releasing baby Carettinae to the sea
[ image ] Removal of alien vegetation
Removal of alien vegetation