Consideration for Biodiversity

Approach and Policies

Group Policy (Environment)

The social issues and loss of biodiversity recognized in the Group Policy pose risks of harming the living and business environments of stakeholders including customers (residents, tenant companies, and facility users). The Group works with design and construction companies and other suppliers to minimize impacts on biodiversity through real estate development and material procurement that achieves harmony with nature.

Targets and Results

Targets

In order to promote sustainable initiatives with due consideration of biodiversity, the Group specifies areas that require special attentions and seeks to acquire biodiversity certifications.

Results

Number of Biodiversity Certifications Acquired (ABINC, JHEP, SEGES)

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Number of Certifications Acquired for Newly Developed Properties202

Initiatives

Initiatives and the Certification Status for Biodiversity

Agreed to the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)

In fiscal 2019, The group agreed to the Declaration with the Keidanren Biodiversity Declaration Initiatives. We are aware that initiatives for biodiversity are important management issues for the Group which is engaged in real estate and urban development. Therefore, we will promote these initiatives, taking into consideration the natural environment and ecosystems.

Acquisition of Biodiversity Certification

The Group actively seeks to acquire biodiversity certification for new construction and owned buildings, such as ABINC certification (certification registered by the Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community)*1, JHEP (Japan Habitat Evaluation and Certification Program)*2 and SEGES (Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System series) *3, which are systems to assess and certify apartment buildings, office buildings, and other structures regarding efforts to create biodiversity friendly green areas.

ABINC (Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community) certification: A program that assesses and certifies apartment buildings, office buildings, and other structures regarding efforts to create biodiversity friendly green areas in accordance with the Guidelines for Sustainable Business Sites prepared by the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB).

JHEP (Japan Habitat Evaluation and Certification Program): A program that quantitatively assesses and certifies efforts to contribute to the preservation and restoration of biodiversity operated by the Ecosystem Conservation Society Japan.

SEGES (Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System series): A green certification program operated by the Organization for Landscape and Urban Green Infrastructure to comprehensively and objectively assess social and environmental functions created from the preservation of corporate green spaces and environmental communication.

Consideration for Biodiversity in Design, Construction, and Raw Materials Procurement

The Group established the Nomura Real Estate Group Procurement Guidelines and informed approximately 4,600 suppliers about the guidelines and asked them to give due consideration to biodiversity. Based on the likelihood of human rights and procurement risks occurring and the level of relationship with the Group, we selected ten suppliers and conducted risk assessments and analyses on the status of their recognition and operation of the guidelines through monitoring interviews. Drawing upon the results, we plan to establish policies for full-scale operation of the guidelines, expand the scope to about 300 companies, accounting for 50% of total transaction value, in fiscal 2021, and conduct a web-based survey in accordance with the guidelines. Going forward, we will continue to encourage suppliers to consider biodiversity.

Nomura Real Estate Group CSR Procurement Guidelines (excerpts of related provisions)
Endeavor to implement development and greening, taking into consideration the surrounding environment and biodiversity. When procuring raw materials, take into consideration the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of resources. In particular, when procuring wood and wood products, take due care not to use illegal logged timber, and endeavor to use wood that has been produced by sustainable methods, such as recycled wood and certified wood.

The full text is available here.

Green Areas and Tree Planting in Consideration of the Surrounding Environment

The Group implements building site plans and tree planting plans in its real estate development and urban development activities giving consideration not only to the comfort of customers and local residents, but also to the surrounding environment and ecosystems. In all development projects, the Group requires project managers to submit Environmental and Product Planning Sheets for residential development projects and Sustainability Assessment Sheets for commercial real estate development projects, which include consideration for biodiversity.

Examples of key assessment points on the Environmental and Product Planning Sheet
Acquisition of biodiversity certification Ingenuity and consideration in tree selection (e.g., use of existing trees) Ingenuity and consideration in the landscape of the roadside and surrounding areas (e.g., continuity with roadside trees) Creating green roofs and walls

Promoting Acquisition of Biodiversity Certification

To promote sustainable initiatives that take biodiversity into consideration, the Group is actively working to acquire ABINC certification, a biodiversity certification system. For PROUD Kokubunji, which was the Group’s first ABINC certification acquired in the condominium version, we surveyed the green areas on the site and worked to preserve and restore them as the Musashino Forest in accordance with the ABINC certification standards.
We have also created a site plan for PROUD Tower Meguro MARC that takes into consideration the local vegetation, securing an open space ratio of about 82% of its vast lot of approximately 2.0 hectares.
We will continue to develop real estate projects in harmony with nature.

ABINC Certifications Acquired
Year of certification Certified facilities/condominiums
FY2014 Yokohama Business Park (urban/SC version)
FY2015 PROUD Kokubunji (condominium version)
Roka Koen The Residence*1 (condominium version)
PROUD City Musashino Mitaka (condominium version)
FY2017 PROUD City Kichijoji*1 (condominium version)
PROUD Tower Musashi Koganei Cross*1 (condominium version)
PROUD Season Inagi Minamiyama (detached housing complex version)
Project for Noritake Shinmachi 3-chome, Nishi-ku, Nagoya-city (condominium version)
FY2018 HARUMI FLAG*1
(acquired ABINC ADVANCE certification*2)
The Gardens Ota Tamagawa*1 (condominium version)
FY2020 PROUD Tower Meguro MARC (urban/SC version)
Minamiyama Club House (detached housing complex version)

Application by multiple vendors

ABINC ADVANCE certification: Certification for long-term projects covering a wide area

Site plan of the entire premise of PROUD Tower Meguro MARC

プラウドタワー目黒MARC全体敷地図
Site plan of the entire premise of PROUD Tower Meguro MARC

Project to Create Firefly Habitats in the Yokohama Business Park

地域の子供たちとの自然観察会 A nature observation program for local children The Group has been conducting an exhibit of Urban Design for Firefly Habitats, aimed at conservation of biodiversity, every year since 2008 at the Yokohama Business Park (YBP) (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture), an office building and commercial facility that it owns, in cooperation with Yokohama National University and tenant companies. (In fiscal 2020 only, no exhibit was conducted to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Firefly observation events for local residents and hands-on rice planting programs for local elementary school students are offered, and the business park has become a site for considering and learning about biodiversity and environmental problems together with local residents.
Yokohama Business Park acquired certification for consideration of conserving biodiversity under ABINC certification program (urban/SC version) of the Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community (ABINC).

地域の子供たちとの自然観察会
A nature observation program for local children

Sustainability