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NYK Welcomes Back Sponsored Students and Employees Participating in Various Biodiversity Initiatives

December 22, 2011


Second from left: Toshisuke Kobayashi,
a board member of Earthwatch Institute - Japan,
third: NYK Chairman Koji Miyahara,
fourth: NYK president Yasumi Kudo,
fifth: Yoko Takahashi, the president of the Japan Philanthropic Association

A ceremony for completion of the 6th NYK Nature Fellowship1 was held on December 13 at the NYK head office in Tokyo. The NYK Nature Fellowship is administered jointly with Earthwatch Institute - Japan2 and is one of the biodiversity initiatives NYK established as winner of The Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award3 in 2005. Under this program, 52 people — 27 NYK Group employees and 25 university students — have participated in maritime environmental researches around the world.

At the ceremony, the NYK Group staff members and university students who participated in the program this year were joined by Toshisuke Kobayashi, a board member of Earthwatch Institute - Japan, and Yoko Takahashi, the president of the Japan Philanthropic Association,4 one of selectors of this year’s Nature Fellowship recipients.
 
NYK president Yasumi Kudo expressed his gratitude to everyone who supported the program, and encouraged the research participants to share their experiences with others to make the global community better. He also stated NYK corporate posture to stay conscious of environment, stressing the importance of CSR for the company’s sustainability, and his commitment to promote corporate activities which would contribute to environmental conservation and the company’s coexistence with society. 
 
One of the fellowship recipients said, “I came to realize it is essential for people on the earth to recognize differences one another and have a global and broad view to sustain coexistence of human beings and the environment.” Other participants also reported their experiences and what they learned through the program, and received a completion certificate from the NYK president.
 
At the end of the ceremony, NYK chairman Koji Miyahara said, “I’m happy to hear that you all experienced a lot through your participation in this program. Down the road I especially hope to see further evolution in maritime coexistence researches with Asian countries.”
 
The NYK Group would continue to be proactively engaged in activities that contribute to our society, as a good corporate citizen who will sustainably coexist with the global community.
 
1NYK Nature Fellowship
The NYK Nature Fellowship is one of the programs that were launched upon NYK’s receipt of the Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award in May 2005.
 
2Earthwatch Institute - Japan
Earthwatch, established in 1971 in Boston, is the world's largest international nongovernmental organization and provides researchers with both human and financial support for overseas field research and surveys. Volunteers dispatched all over the world by Earthwatch have taken active roles at cutting-edge scientific sites, receiving instruction from world-class scientists. Earthwatch Institute - Japan was established in 1993 for the purpose of promoting Earthwatch activities in Asia. In 2003, it was certified as a nonprofit organization. Website: http://www.earthwatch.org
 
3Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award
This award was established by Dr. Thor Heyerdahl5 and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association in June 1999 to improve the global environment, announce to all segments of society the environmental benefits of shipping as a mode of transport, and encourage the implementation of new, specific environmental measures.
An award recipient is generally selected every two years. NYK won the third award in 2005.
Website: http://www.heyerdahlaward.com
 
4 Japan Philanthropic Association
An association that has been active since 1991 promoting corporate social contribution/CSR as well as individuals’ engagement in social activities.
Website: http://www.philanthropy.or.jp/english/index.html
 
5 Dr. Thor Heyerdahl (1914–2002)
A Norwegian cultural anthropologist and explorer, Dr. Heyerdahl successfully completed a voyage in 1947 on the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia on a kon tiki, a light balsa raft made without nails and wires.
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