Our business operations also take into account the impact on the ecosystem as a whole. Since 2013, we have conducted a materiality analysis on the environmental footprint of our operations and on environmental contributions to biodiversity conservation. This analysis is based on the interrelationship represented in the following diagram and has identified priority issues. We will further expand our activities by taking key actions on these issues in the future, while reviewing the priority issues to meet the changes in social needs.
Meanwhile, various quantiﬁcation methodologies for biodiversity have been developed by various organizations, including the Natural Capital Protocol. Paying attention to these international trends, we at the Bridgestone Group strive to deepen our understanding of the relationships between our business operations and biodiversity both qualitatively and quantitatively.