The Group owns forests in approximately 650 locations throughout Japan extending from Hokkaido
to Kyushu. The area of those forests is 190,000 ha, equal to the size of Osaka Prefecture.
Protecting the forest leads to protecting the rich nature and land of Japan.
Company-Owned Forests in Japan
The Oji Group owns and manages 190,000 hectares of forests in Japan. This total area is among the largest of all forests owned
by private corporate entities. The Group initially owned forests for producing raw materials for paper, but policy was subsequently
changed to production of raw wood for lumber and environmental contribution through forest management.
At present, the area of company-owned planted forest (forest plantations) in Japan is approximately 80,000 hectares, constituting
41% of all company-owned forests. The Group plants Sakhalin fir, larch, and other varieties in Hokkaido, and cedar, Japanese cypress,
and other trees on Honshu and southward. The average age of these trees is about 60 years and are approaching the time for
harvesting. The Oji Group manages its forests sustainably by utilizing forest resources (harvesting mature trees and replanting trees to
rejuvenate forests) while also continuing tending operation such as thinning (enhancing resources for future generations).
|Planted forest(Engaru mountain forest, Hokkaido)
||Natural forests(Rubeshibe mountain forest, Hokkaido)
Planted forests(Engaru mountain forest, Hokkaido)
Natural forests(Rubeshibe mountain forest, Hokkaido)
Acquisition of SGEC Forest Certification
SGEC(※1) forest certification is a forest certification program(※2)
unique to Japan that is operated by the Sustainable Green
Ecosystem Council (SGEC). The Oji Group began acquiring
SGEC forest certification in December 2003 with the Kami-Inako
mountain forest in Shizuoka. To date, we have acquired SGEC
forest certification for 330 company-owned forests in Japan,
excluding profit-sharing forests, with a total area of 173,000
hectares. It is the largest area of certified forests among those
of private companies in Japan. In fiscal 2016, SGEC signed
a mutual recognition agreement with the Programme for the
Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)(※3),an international
organization. This has made SGEC forest certification an
internationally viable certification program.
※1 SGEC Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council
※2 Forest certification
Forest certification is aimed at sustainable forest management. An independent,
third-party organization certifies a forest by examining it to see whether it is managed
well in accordance with specific standards.
※3 PEFC Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
Sustainable Forest Management and Social
and Environmental Contributions
Forests are closely related to our lives. It is important to maintain
extensive forests in Japan while making effective use of them.
The Oji Group considers it necessary to encourage
cooperation among people engaged in mountain forest
management and users of lumber. Accordingly, the Group
provides raw material including lumber, plywood, paper,
biomass fuels, and other products to companies both inside
and outside the Group as a part of efforts to revitalize Japan’s
forestry industry and ensure a stable supply of domestic lumber.
The Group also manages forests by giving full consideration
to environmental contribution as the social responsibility of a
company that owns forests. The Group takes initiative to ensure
that Group forests meet a range of functions, including support
for activities to protect Japanese huchen, fairy pitta, and other
endangered species and hosting the Oji Forest Nature School.
Education (Environment and Health)
Collaborations with External Organizations（Biodiversity Conservation）
|Inspection for SGEC certification of
Mimasaka mountain forest (Okayama)
|Kami-Inako mountain forest (Shizuoka)
Inspection for SGEC certification of
Mimasaka mountain forest (Okayama)
Kami-Inako mountain forest (Shizuoka)