WAPRES Announced as National Winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnership

Dec. 25. 2003
Marubeni Corporation、Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.

WA Plantation Resources Pty. Ltd. ("WAPRES," Western Australia, President: Kyo Oshima), a joint venture of MARUBENI CORPORATION (President: Nobuo Katsumata) and Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Takahiko Miyoshi), was announced as the national winner of the "Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnership 2003" in the medium business category (with 20 to 199 employees) on December 17, 2003. At the award ceremony, Prime Minister John Howard presented a memorial stand to the woodchip and plantation business company.

Established in 1999 at the proposal of Mr. Howard, this award is designed to honor those enterprises recognized to engage in excellent social contribution activities in collaboration with local communities. It has three categories by business scale: namely small business, medium business and large business. In each category, three national finalists are nominated from the award winning programs at the state and territory level, from which one national winner is announced. The national winners each receive a memorial stand.
After being chosen as Western Australia winner in October, WAPRES was honored as national winner for its many years of activities in the Blackwood Waterwatch Program for the Blackwood River, which runs through the southwestern regions of Western Australia.

In 1991, WAPRES launched the Blackwood Waterwatch Program of volunteer activities aimed at promoting ties between the company and the local community, in response to requests from local residents concerned about the water quality of the Blackwood River. WAPRES dispatches full-time coordinators and from the community 17 groups and 35 schools participate in the scheme. Focusing on learning about the vital roles played by the river and protecting it from pollution and salt damage to maintain the health of the fauna and flora inhabiting the river and the river basin, the program specifically covers such activities as seminars in schools and in the local community and on-site water surveys. WAPRES has been offering a broad array of tangible and intangible support, ranging from the provision of equipment and reagents to advice on inspection methods and data compilation.

Among the basic principles of WAPRES are "protection of the environment" and "work with and support the communities." In 2003, it acquired ISO 14001 certification for its own planted forests. It is now working for the Australian Forestry Standard, which is Australia's unique forestry certification.
WAPRES' business activities are compliant with the basic principles of Marubeni Group's Environmental Policy, namely "responsibility as a good corporate citizen" and "preserving the earth and its resources for future generations," as well as with "corporate activities that are compatible with the environment" in the basic policy of Nippon Paper Industries' Environmental Charter. WAPRES will continue its efforts to improve local society as a member of the community.

[WA Plantation Resources Pty. Ltd.: Corporate Profile]

Founded  : August 2000
Location  : Level 5, BCG Centre, 28 The Esplanade, Perth 6000, WA, Australia
Capital     : 43,771,000 Australian dollars
Ownership structure  : Marubeni 60%, Nippon Paper Industries 40%
Representative  : Kyo Oshima
Number of employees   : 77
Businesses  :
Plantation services and manufacture and sale of woodchips for paper
*The company covers a wide range of operations ranging from seedling cultivation to plantation, woodchipping and export. Its own and managed eucalyptus plantation, with an approximate area of 30,000 hectares, is one of the largest of all forests operated by Australia-based Japanese plantation firms. It exports some 900,000 metric tons of eucalyptus woodchips to Japan per year.

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