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Takuya Okada

AEON Environmental Foundation was established based on AEON Basic Principles of “Pursuing peace, respecting humanity, and contributing to local communities, always with the customer’s point of view as its core,” and has celebrated its 30th anniversary. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who supported and cooperated with us.

Since our establishment, to address ever-changing global environmental issues we have been engaged in various activities, such as participating in the Rio Summit, collaborating with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), supporting international frameworks such as SDGs education, and providing grants for environmental activities.

One of our flagship projects is AEON Forest Program. In cooperation with local volunteers around the world, we have planted a total of over 12.23 million trees in forests destroyed by logging and natural disasters to date. The tree-planting sites have been transformed into forests full of life, where greenery has regenerated and a variety of organisms thrive, and today, in addition to tree planting, the program has evolved into an activity to nurture and utilize trees.

Going forward, we will further evolve our activities and collaborate with various governments, schools, research institutes and other organizations to create AEON Satoyama with the aim of realizing a sustainable community. While keeping the satoyama as a treasure trove of biodiversity - a place for the local community to relax, for children to play, and for people to coexist with nature and foster local culture - we will also take on the challenge of creating a new satoyama based on the idea of a community circulation symbiosis zone that integrates multiple perspectives including environmental, economic and social perspectives.

Biodiversity issues, including global deforestation and global warming, are urgent environmental problems. We believe that thinking and acting together is the key to solving those problems. For those of us living today, it is our mission to pass on this one and only beautiful planet to the next generation. As a global citizen, our foundation will continue to actively promote environmental activities together with all our stakeholders.

AEON Environmental Foundation Chairman

Takuya Okada

Takuya Okada