FY2019 Olympus CSR Environment Month

UN World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year. June also marks the annual Olympus Environmental Awareness Month event, through which Olympus has conducted activities intended to raise environmental awareness for over 40 years. In FY2018, we expanded the scope of our activities to cover not only environmental issues, but also CSR matters, carrying out various initiatives as part of the Olympus CSR Environment Month. Here we will introduce the main events and activities implemented by the Olympus Group throughout the world in FY2018 during the 43rd Olympus CSR Environment Month in FY2019.

Global Event

Global Environmental Photo Contest

Olympus held the Global Environment Photo Contest for Olympus Group employees around the world with the theme "Blessings of nature that should be passed on to the future".

(First-prize winners)

Chipmunk eating flower

Spider on outcast flower island
(Europe & Middle East)

Cattles and sheep can be seen when grasses bend down by blowing wind

Mantis Silhouette
(Asia Pacific)

Hataria parvulas flying in bamboo grove

Ink washed forest
(Japan) Little Photographers category

Please refer to "Global Environment Photo Contest for Olympus Group employees 2018" for more details


Environmental Conservation Activities

Activities aimed at the conservation of local nature reserves and ecosystems were carried out in Aomori and Nagano, home to Olympus manufacturing facilities.

Beech tree planting festival 2018 (Aomori)

Foster parents for forests (Nagano)

Local Cleaning Activities as Members of the Community

Employee volunteers organized and ran cleanup efforts around their workplaces.

Kuroishi-shi, Aomori

Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima

Shirakawa-shi, Fukushima

The Tenryu River, Nagano

Ishikawa-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo

Takakura-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo

Utsugi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo

Hinode-cho, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo

Sasazuka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Coral Reef Protection Efforts

As an official supporter of the International Year of the Reef 2018*, Olympus has been involved in a variety of coral conservation initiatives, including baby coral planting in the sea near Okinawa, co-sponsorship of ex situ coral observation sessions for children at aquariums, and coral conservation seminars for Olympus employees.

* A global campaign aimed at educating people about the importance of coral ecosystems and the dangers they face, which encourages everyone to take action. Olympus has been appointed by Japan's Ministry of the Environment as an official supporter of this cause.

Seventh Save-the-Ocean Project for Future Generations in Okinawa

* The photo above shows baby coral being planted

Visiting Sunshine Aquarium to learn about coral reefs

Helping to Educate Future Generations

Today's children will be responsible for shaping the world of tomorrow. Olympus conducted workshops to teach children about the many ways that Olympus, through its products, attempts to solve the challenges faced by society. These workshops also helped children to better understand the importance of health and stimulated their interest in science.

* The photos below were taken during the endoscope, microscope and camera workshops for children.

Endoscope workshop for kids

Microscope workshop for kids

Camera workshop for kids

Third Book Donation Drive in OLYMPUS

Olympus donated to the Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE) through the Book Donation Drive, which is an initiative in which Book Off, a chain of used bookstores in Japan, purchases books, CDs, DVDs, and games that are no longer needed at home and in the workplace. The purchase price of each item is then donated to the Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE), which is operated by the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency of Japan. The JFGE will in turn fund environmental conservation projects in Japan and abroad. As a result, a total of 3,802 books and CDs were donated by Olympus employees all across Japan.

The Book Donation Drive logo

Activities in the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific

Olympus employees conducted various corporate citizenship activities centered around the worldwide office locations of the Olympus group, including recycling efforts and initiatives designed to raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution.


California, United States
Panel and video exhibit educating people about plastic pollution

Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, United States
Collecting employees' unneeded items for recycling and donations

Washington, United States
Cleaning up trails as part of initiatives by the Washington Trails Association

Tennessee, United States
Visiting green power suppliers

Minnesota, United States
Exposing employees and partner company employees to environment-related activities


Hamburg, Germany
Exhibit to raise awareness about plastic pollution

Hamburg, Germany
Beaver safari tour, an Olympus Nature Walk environmental learning activity

Hamburg, Germany
Participating in a charity run organized by the city of Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany
Free checkup for employees' bikes

United Kingdom
Activities to reduce plastic and paper waste and raise awareness about this issue (the dolphin in the picture is an artwork made from plastic waste)

Asia Pacific

Donating medical devices and instruments to developing nations in cooperation with AusHEAL, a not-for-profit organization.

Participating in a tree-planting event organized by Planet Ark, a not-for-profit organization

Working with Precious Plastic, an NPO advocating environmental conservation, to educate university students about plastic pollution

Charity bazaar to raise awareness of and promote recycling and sharing

Donating sporting goods, electric fans and other items to schools

Activities so far