Tokio Marine & Nichido commenced the Mangrove Planting Project in Southeast Asia in 1999. This project was created as an event commemorating the company's 120th anniversary based on opinions of employees expressing their enthusiasm to "engage in an environment-related activity that can be continued over the long term."
Mangroves are referred to as "cradles of life." Mangroves and surrounding areas attract numerous types of life and help nourish rich ecosystems. Moreover, mangroves absorb and store large amounts of CO2 through photosynthesis, which contributes to curbing global warming, while helping people sustain their lives by providing foods such as fish and crabs. Mangroves in seaside areas can serve as "green" coastal breakwaters that protect people from high waves and tsunamis.
Our specially website "mangrove-world(Japanese only)" helps familiarize viewers with the world of mangroves from a variety of perspectives and includes content for learning about mangroves through the use of beautiful photos and visuals along with content that enables simulated experiences in mangrove planting activities.
Mangroves produce a host of economic benefits that include enabling "self-sufficiency in food and gathering of timber and biomass fuels by local residents," "increase in commercial fish catches," "mitigation of damages caused by storms," "corrosion control along coastlines" and "absorption of greenhouse gases."
Tokio Marine & Nichido is implementing the "Green Gift" Project. Under this project, when customers conclude a contract for auto or fire insurance they can choose to view their insurance contracts (clauses) via the company's website (Web contracts) rather than receiving these in a paper-based format. Two mangrove saplings willb be planted for each web-based contracts.
In 2010, Tokio Marine & Nichido began providing support for girls'education and the establishment of reading rooms in India and Bangladesh in cooperation with the international NGO Room to Read. In areas of Asia where we have carried out mangrove planting, we are thus undertaking the dual global social contribution activities of "nurturing both trees and people."
Tokio Marine Group employees and agents participate in the mangrove planting volunteer tour held once a year and "Green Lessons: The Mangrove Story," an environmental education program based on the subject of mangrove planting. Through these activities, the Group thus promotes environmental education and interaction with the local communities where tree planting is undertaken.