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 corporate social responsibility 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 Musical Products Japan Co., Ltd. (currently Yamaha Music Manufacturing Japan Corporation*1) produces wind instruments, and detoxifies wastewater generated production processes before releasing it into waterways. In this investigation, we evaluated the effectiveness by using the WET Method*2, and confirmed that the impact on the ecosystem is minimal.

  • *1 Revised accompanied with the merger as of April 1, 2017
  • *2 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 have carried out Yamaha Forest activities in the form of planting in Indonesia, 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 1activities 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. Afterwards, Yamaha conducted maintenance, such as cutting grass and addressing moisture retention, and transferred control of the newly grown trees to Ciremai National Park in fiscal 2017. Two of the Yamaha Forests are steadily growing and will be preserved for future generations through the management of the local government and people involved.

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,
Local Consultant: National Kuningan University Forest Department (FY2011- FY2012)/Field Manager Mr. Ir NURHADI,Msi(FY2013-FY2017)
Location Purabuhanratu County, Sukabumi Regency, West Java, Indonesia (100km from Jakarta) Chiremei Mountain National Park, Chirimusu County, Kuningan Regency, West Java, Indonesia (200km east south east from Jakarta)
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, CO2 absorption and fixation Recovery of biodiversity, recharge water source, prevention of soil erosion, CO2 absorption 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.
Type of Activities
  • Planting and management by OISCA Indonesia Developing Group.
  • Employees from Yamaha and Yamaha Motor participated in planting ceremony once a year
  • Environmental education activities (farmers’ group or planting activity at schools, eco camps, etc.), Education support (support of desk, chair, sporting goods), Regional support (construction of community water area)
  • Participated in Rehabilitating Degraded Lands Project for protection of biodiversity in Indonesia Preservation Area (National Park).
  • Planting activities by local consultant under JICA management.
  • Employees from Yamaha Group participated in planting ceremony once a year
  • Conducted environmental education for elementary school students at the ceremony.
Planting ceremony
  • Once a year
  • Total participants of 9,180 in 5 years
    (local elementary school, junior high school and high school students, residents and government affiliates)
    People related to Yamaha and Yamaha Motor totaled 930
  • Once a year
  • Total participants of 1,300
    (local elementary school, junior high school and high school students, residents and government affiliates)
    People related to Yamaha totaled 120
[ image ] Tree planting event (December 2014)
Tree planting event (December 2014)
[ image ] Left : Start of planting (2011) , right : Steady growth (2017)
Left : Start of planting (2011) , right : Steady growth (2017)
  • *3 Six local Indonesian subsidiaries: Yamaha Indonesia, Yamaha Music Manufacturing Indonesia, Yamaha Music Indonesia (Distributor), Yamaha Music Manufacturing Asia, Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia, Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing Indonesia

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 2016, the 9th planting event was held jointly with Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., and approximately 140 people, including employees of Yamaha and Yamaha Motor and their families, members of the community and related parties participated.

Planting achievement
Timing Number of trees
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
Total 1,985
[ image ] Planting young trees
Planting young trees
[ image ] Participants gather for a group photo in front of coastal trees
Participants gather for a group photo in front of coastal trees

Preservation Activities for Protecting Scarce Species

In September 2016, 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 69 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 released the baby Carettinae, removed waste from the beach, and placed sandbags on the beach to prevent erosion. Vegetation not natural to the area was also removed from the beach to protect the scarce organisms living on the sandy beach.

[ image ] Released baby Carettinae
Released baby Carettinae
[ image ] Removal of alien vegetation
Removal of alien vegetation