Production of palm oil keeps expanding due to increases in food demand worldwide. A wide range of environmental and social problems including logging of tropical rain forests for plantation expansion keeps happening daily. SARAYA was the first Japanese company that joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2005. It now contributes its experiences as a board member of the Japan Sustainable Palm Oil Network (JaSPON).
Positive Impact Finance involves comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the environmental, social, and economic impacts (positive and negative) of corporate activities, and the provision of loans to support these activities on an ongoing basis. It is implemented based on the Principles and procedures in accordance with the Principles for Positive Impact Finance established by the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).
On 7 March a workshop on practices and perspectives for sustainable mineral extraction oranized by the The German Building Materials Association (bbs) took place.
Some of the first and successful entrepreneurial pioneers in biodiversity-friendly production and marketing are already active – in the production of spices in India, for example, and in the cultivation, harvesting and processing of agaves in Mexico.
Since 2011, HeidelbergCement has been in Partnership with BirdLife International, one of the largest nature conservation organisations worldwide. Both partners strive to promote and raise awareness about the essential role that quarries can play to support biodiversity via the temporary or permanent nature of the different habitats they comprise. Through the Partnership, HeidelbergCement has offered to sponsor the 2019 campaign of the Spring Alive programme.
This spring, UPM will begin a transplantation project of rare and threatened wood-inhabiting fungi in co-operation with Natural Resources Institute Finland and the University of Helsinki.
After its revision last year, GIZ’s Environment Programme 2016–2020 now focuses on climate neutrality and sustainable procurement.
The award promotes environmental responsibility in private corporations and the diffusion of its results.
SuMi Trust supports the Principles for Responsible Banking as advocated in the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).
On occasion of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD-COP 14) held in December 2018 in Egypt, Yusuke Saraya, president of Saraya, met Amr Nassar, Minister of Trade and Industry, to discuss Sarayas current investment in Egypt.