CSR History Passing on a flourishing natural environment to the future Thirty-five years of regionally grounded tree planting History of tree planting at Honda

Honda has conducted tree-planting activities since 1976 in an effort to cultivate true forests modeled on the tutelary forests of ancient Japan. This effort began with the company's discovery of the community forest concept and associated tree-planting activities and broadened to include environmental preservation activities conducted in connection with the company's watershed preservation program and Hello Woods facility.

History of tree planting at Honda

1976 Honda launches the Community Forest Executive Committee as part of a companywide afforestation project under the guidance of scientist Dr. Akira Miyawaki. Surveys are begun at all worksites.
1977 The Community Forest initiatives begin in earnest using more than 250,000 seedlings at the Kumamoto, Suzuka, Hamamatsu, and Saitama Factories as well as at the Tochigi Proving Center.
1978 Honda produces Community Forest, a film recording the process of developing the initiatives, from the planning stage to their implementation.
1980 Honda provides expertise obtained during the afforestation effort at its Hamamatsu Factory in order to cooperate with “Making Schools Green,” an educational program at Sanarudai Elementary School in the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Community Forest, a film recording Honda's afforestation process, is certified by the Ministry of Education for use by schools in social studies classes.
1984 Honda assists in a tree-planting event to commemorate the graduating class at Seibu Gakuen Bunri Senior High School in Saitama Prefecture.
1986 Honda's Community Forest initiatives receive the Minister of International Trade and Industry Award at the National Conference for the Promotion of Green Factories.
1988 Honda's Community Forest initiatives receive the Prime Minister's Award for the Promotion of Afforestation.
1999 Honda conducts a Community Forest event to commemorate the graduating class at Saitama Prefectural Hanno High School.
Kazuo Sasaki, manager of the Facilities Management Section at Honda General Building Co., Ltd., is selected as a Person of Merit in Consumer-oriented Corporate Activities, an award presented by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry to outstanding, consumer-oriented companies, in recognition of his achievements in tree-planting at the Sayama Plant and his significant contribution to local afforestation.
Honda launches a series of conservation activities in the town of Minakami in Gunma Prefecture.
2000 Honda opens Hello Woods in the town of Motegi in Tochigi Prefecture in an effort to establish fulfilling relationships among people, nature, and mobility.
2002 Kazuo Sasaki gives a special lecture on Honda's Community Forest initiatives at the LE Symposium held by the Matsushita Electric Industrial Group. Among the topics are projects at the Sayama Plant, future issues, and activities in the local community.
2003 Honda holds a tree-planting workshop at Hello Woods in the town of Motegi in Tochigi Prefecture.
2004 Honda launches a series of conservation activities in the town of Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture and the city of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture.
2005 Honda launches a series of conservation activities in the village of Kosuge in Yamanashi Prefecture.
2006 In October, Honda launches a plant tour incorporating an environmental learning component at the Suzuka Factory.
Honda launches a series of conservation activities in the city of Kameyama in Mie Prefecture, the town of Ozu in Kumamoto Prefecture, and the town of Ashio in Tochigi Prefecture.
2007 Honda launches a series of conservation activities at Mt. Akagi in Gunma Prefecture and in the town of Yorii in Saitama Prefecture.
2010 Honda holds a symposium at Hello Woods commemorating the facility's 10th anniversary.
2012 Honda holds the 2nd Hello Woods Symposium entitled “Thinking about the Coexistence of People and Nature: Preparing for the Next Generation” at the Aoyama Building.

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