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Updated on September 7, 2016

Feature: "Sony Forest" Hosts a Blossoming Ecosystem

Kohda Site conserves natural woodlands on the grounds to create "Sony Forest"

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 still used for outdoor educational purposes by many local elementary school students who have come to love the forest.

  • Owl chicks

  • Athletic equipment in the Sony Forest

Certified as top-level greening activities in Japan

The Sony Forest obtained a prestigious recognition when the Kohda Site received Superlative Stage certification under SEGES* in 2011, making it the first site in Japan to earn this honor. The certification was maintained in 2015. The Kohda Site is also conducting a nature conservation project using Sony Forest, in cooperation with other local companies. Seedlings of native species in the area are essential in conservation of the local ecosystem, and Sony Forest has preserved many trees unique to the area, including the konara oak and the Japanese clethra. The Kohda Site's nature conservation project entails collecting seeds of trees within Sony Forest, raising them until they become seedlings, and then donating them to local administrations and NPOs for forestation projects. This project was certified as an exemplary project in 2015 by the Japan Committee for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB-J).

The Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System (SEGES) is an accreditation system run by the Urban Green Space Development Foundation. SEGES evaluates the environmental conservation activities of businesses that aim to help improve society and the environment, and recognizes outstanding initiatives by businesses.

  • This local nature conservation project has been certified by the Japan Committee for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB-J).

  • Collecting seeds of native species during a nature observation program at Sony Forest.
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