Keidanren is engaged in numerous activities to tackle global environmental problems for future human prosperity. These activities are based on ideas in the "Global Environment Charter" (announced in 1991), or the "Environment-led growth" in the "Envisioning A Vibrant and Attractive Nation in the Twenty-First Century" (announced in 2003).
The Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) and its accompanying committee were established in 1992 to link between economic activities and the natural environment in order to bring them closer together in a harmonious way. In the same year, KNCF started supporting for NGO projects for nature conservation mainly in the Asia and Pacific regions. The number of supported projects has now reached about 800. In 2003, Keidanren announced the "Declaration of Keidanren on Nature Conservation" (hereafter Nature Conservation Declaration) and has been promoting awareness raising and activities related to the Declaration since then.
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was adopted together with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED: Earth Summit) held in Rio De Janeiro in 1992. However the recognition of the importance of biodiversity has been insufficient, partly because biodiversity is difficult to measure and the concept is difficult to understand.
Biodiversity provides the gifts of nature to human beings; the loss of biodiversity is thus leading to serious problems for human life and livelihoods by affecting water resources, food security and poverty, among other things. It is necessary to recognize that biodiversity is essential to social and economic activities and that all people and organizations need to draw upon their wisdom and collaborate to face the biodiversity crisis.
Based on the Nature Conservation Declaration, we have been promoting nature conservation activities with a focus on biodiversity. It is time to recognize that biodiversity is an important foundation for a future sustainable society and we are determined to act to contribute to biodiversity in collaboration and cooperation by sharing roles and responsibilities with all people as a member of the international community.
We aim for the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits derived from genetic resources. Herewith we adopt the Declaration of Biodiversity which further develops the actions for biodiversity outlined in the "Nature Conservation Declaration".
We will continue to improve this Declaration and Action Policy as we identify the need based on progress attained.
Appreciate that we depend upon nature's gifts (ecosystem services) which are derived from biodiversity. Aim for corporate activities which are in harmony with the natural environment, and which have been evolving since the birth of the earth.
Act for biodiversity conservation from a global perspective and in consideration of local contexts by recognizing that we are benefiting from ecosystem services beyond national boarders and by sharing the recognition with all people that biodiversity is being diminished.
In utilizing genetic resources, respect the ideas contained in the Convention on Biological Diversity and make efforts to maintain genetic resources for future generations.
Be aware of one's own social responsibility. Act voluntarily and steadily to reduce impacts on biodiversity, and to promote socially responsible activities that will substantially benefit biodiversity. In implementing actions, individual companies endeavor to use their own managerial resources and apply their creativity according to their management contexts and ideas.
Promote corporate management that will lead to solutions for biodiversity and climate change issues by creating a culture of sustainable resources use and energy saving by utilizing the "3R" approach (reduce, reuse and recycle).
Learn from nature, society's wisdom and traditions regarding nature, and pursue management innovations by promoting the development of environmental technology and operational activities with a low impact on biodiversity, thus leading to sustainable industry, lifestyle and culture.
Collaborate, both in international and national contexts, with stakeholders to develop a better awareness and recognition of the importance of biodiversity and actively promote collaboration and cooperation in order to make the engagement and activities for biodiversity effective.
Based on a deep understanding of biodiversity, contribute to a sustainable global society by spearheading activities which address social responsibility for biodiversity.
We herewith declare that we will respect the seven principles detailed above and will act with firm commitments for biodiversity.
This text is translated from Japanese. The Japanese text is the definitive version.