Since its inception in 1972, the Kohda Site of Sony Global Manufacturing & Operations Corporation in Japan has had the goal of creating a park-like factory with lush greenery, and has conserved the natural forest on the site, naming it "Sony Forest." Since 2008, Sony has been building an owl-friendly environment at the forest. Bird feeders and bird houses, for example, have been set out continually since that time. As a result, a family of owls built a nest at Sony Forest in 2016 and three chicks have hatched there. While the owls are the most notable residents, the vibrant ecosystem at Sony Forest is also home to bush warblers, Japanese white-eyes, Japanese pygmy woodpeckers, and many other small birds, as well as raccoon dogs, mice, and other small animals.
The Kohda Site has also contributed to the local community by building a walking path and installing athletic equipment in the forest for locals to use. It is used for outdoor educational purposes by many local elementary school students. In 2015, Sony participated in the Kagayake Aichi Sustainability Research Institute,* an Aichi prefectural government project. The researchers, who are local university students, planned and executed PR measures to publicize the Sony Forest throughout the area. The activities associated with this project have raised environmental awareness among employees and raised public awareness of the rest of the environmental activities taking place at the Kohda site.