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Environmental Education and Preservation Environmental Education and Preservation

Environmental Education and Preservation

MUFG believes that activities linked with environmental preservation and environmental education are important initiatives toward achieving a sustainable society. We help preserve World Heritage Sites, thereby protecting the natural environments that are the common inheritance of humankind and provide environmental learning opportunities that help raise awareness of sustainability.

Environmental Preservation Activities: World Heritage Sites

World heritage sites have been passed on to the people living in the world today from our ancestors, and represent a cultural heritage for all humanity that we must protect and pass on to future generations. The protection and preservation of these sites by the countries where they are located is upheld as an international responsibility.
MUFG is engaged in activities to conserve the world heritage in Japan and overseas.

Shirakami-Sanchi World Heritage Site

Tree planting activities around Shirakami-Sanchi represent one aspect of the “Save Our Common Treasures of the Earth” project to protect and pass the “Treasures” of humanity on to future generations. MUFG and The Mitsubishi UFJ Environment Foundation are promoting these activities in collaboration with the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan.
The tree planting and cultivation activities are implemented around the Shirakami-Sanchi area in an effort to regenerate the site's rich woodland, and we have been engaged in the activity since 2008. In the five years between 2008 and 2013, we planted approximately 100,000 Japanese beech and Mongolian oak saplings. Since 2013, we have, among other activities, been engaged in the removal of weeds, which can inhibit the growth of the saplings, and many MUFG employees are engaged in the activities as volunteers.
2017 marks the 10th year since we have commenced these tree planting and cultivation activities. This year, employees from Aomori Bank participated in these activities under a collaborative agreement with the Bank related to regional revitalization. Through such activities, we have been able to cooperate with and contribute to regional revitalization in Aomori Prefecture. The generation of rich woodland takes a long time. Going forward, we will continue to contribute to society through these activities so that we may pass on this rich woodland to the children of the future.

“Save Our Common Treasures of the Earth”(in Japanese)
Cutting through underbrush
Cutting through underbrush

“Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range” World Heritage Site

Every year since 2011, MUFG has participated in the “Environmental conservation activity of the world heritage, Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes by 100 thousands people” promoted by Wakayama Prefecture. We engage in a conservation activity “Michi Bushin” to maintain and repair the pilgrimage routes around the Kumano Kodo area. With heavy rains and wind throughout the year, the footpaths suffer damage by soil runoff. MUFG employee volunteers work to repair the paths by replenishing with new soil.
The Conservation Activity “Michi Bushin”
The Conservation Activity “Michi Bushin”

“Fujisan (Mount Fuji), a sacred place and source of artistic inspiration” World Heritage Site

The environmental burden of illegally abandoned litter at Mount Fuji, which was registered as a world heritage site in 2013, has become particularly severe. To preserve its beauty, MUFG has been engaged in environmental preservation activities in the area around Mount Fuji since 2015. A large quantity of illegally dumped garbage has been buried in holes, caused by lava subsidence, around the forest paths at the foot of the mountain, leading to environmental concerns.
Through these activities we are protecting the nature harbored by Mount Fuji and, going forward, will continue to contribute to the preservation of its beauty.
Picking up garbage from forest paths
Picking up garbage from forest paths

“Historic City of Ayutthaya” World Heritage Site

Krungsri plays an outstanding role in national art and cultural conservation especially in Ayutthaya, a historic city, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Krugsri's birthplace when the Bank opened its door on April 1, 1945.
For many years, Krungsri has best demonstrated its commitment through various ways. Since 2011, in collaboration with Fine Arts Department, we have conducted the project to preserve the art forms and archeological sites as well as to renovate the histological sites in Ayutthaya including archeological-site inscription and signage; and conservation and reproduction of mural drawings. Quarterly, Krungsri volunteers from different units join hands to help clean up and restore different historical sites with the correct methods of removing weeds, the culprits of damage and deterioration to the sites - mostly done by hands - as instructed by the experts from Department of Fine Arts. The volunteerism in preserving our hometown heritage has been very well-received by Krungsri staff.
Hence, in 2017, we increase frequency of the historical preservation from quarterly to bi-monthly basis in order to engage as many volunteers as possible.
It was in our high spirit to bring back to Ayutthaya its magnificence and beauty so that the next generations of Thais can continue to appreciate and be proud of our long-lived heritage and culture.
“Historic City of Ayutthaya” World Heritage Site

Environmental Education and Environmental Preservation Activities

Creating a sustainable society that has a reduced impact on the environment is vital to protecting a bounteous natural environment and ensuring it will be passed down to the children of the future. Learning about the environment and proactive involvement in environmental preservation initiatives are important for achieving these goals.

“Save Our Common Treasures of the Earth” Environmental Education Project

MUFG and the Mitsubishi UFJ Environment Foundation collaborate with the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in JAPAN to provide opportunities for learning about, becoming aware of and being involved in activities that teach them the wonders of the natural environment and biodiversity and heighten their awareness of sustainability.

“Save Our Common Treasures of the Earth”(in Japanese)

Supporting the Activities of UNESCO Associated Schools

MUFG Bank has been collaborating with a public interest incorporated association, the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ), to support the activities of UNESCO Associated Schools, which are centers of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) where students learn about the environment and international understanding. In FY 2015, 100 schools received grants from the UNESCO Associated Schools ESD Assistance Project.

Fostering Environmental Leaders

Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities (the Securities Business) is responsible for the Designing Environmental Business segment in International Program for Environmental Innovators offered at Keio University's Graduate School.
In this way, the Securities Business is working to create an environment that nurtures highly-skilled environmental specialists that will contribute to a low-carbon society.
We also provide lectures and speeches on environmental business and emissions reduction credit such as for CDM and JCM at various universities, including Sophia University, Waseda University, Yokohama National University and Kwansei Gakuin University.
Lecture at University
Lecture at University

“Peter Rabbit? Forest for the Future” Environmental Conservation Activities

In May 2009, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking (the Trust Bank) signed the Saitama Prefecture Afforestation Agreement with Nagatoro Town and Saitama Prefecture. Based on this agreement, forest conservation activities were initiated for a community forest (about one hectare in size) on Hodo Mountain in Nagatoro.
The Trust Bank adopted Peter Rabbit as its mascot in 1988. In a forest it has named the “Peter Rabbit Forest for the Future,” every year the company takes part in afforestation and weeding activities. In fiscal 2019, around 60 executives, employees and their family members participated in afforestation activities.
Approximately 60 officers and employees, as well as their family members, participating in forest preservation activities
Approximately 60 officers and employees, as well as their family members, participating in forest preservation activities
(As of July 2019)
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