Message from Chairman & CEO
By 2007 Seicho-No-Ie achieved ISO14001 certification of its 66 missionary centers, spiritual training centers and other sites.※1 The Head Office in Tokyo and the Main Temple in Nagasaki acquired certification in July 2001 as the first religious organization in the world to do so. Their local missionary centers and other affiliated facilities in Japan made continuous efforts for 7 years. In 2007, we have started our “Carbon Zero” movement as a new measure. This is to minimize the amount of CO2 emissions that come from Seicho-No-Ie activities, and offset the CO2 emissions through introducing natural energy, contributing to forestation, etc. As a part of this project, in January 2008, we acquired a 5,000 ton CO2 Certified Emission Reductions to offset approximately four years of CO2 emission by the Seicho-No-Ie Headquarters business office in Tokyo; the Seicho-No-Ie Main Temple in Nagasaki; and the Seicho-No-Ie Uji Temple in Kyoto. These measures are based on Seicho-No-Ie teachings. As stated in our Environmental Policy, since its foundation in 1930, we have been practicing the Seicho-No-Ie way of life of worshiping all creations such as plants, animals and minerals, as manifestations of Life of God or Buddha based on our teaching of “being grateful to everything in the universe.”
Today, in the face of the global environmental issues, we believe that practicing our Seicho-No-Ie teachings has significant meaning for our times. Based on this conviction, Seicho-No-Ie will continue actively promoting concrete measures for global environmental conservation through widely disseminating the teachings of “all is one.”
April 1, 2008
※1 The fact is at that time. There are some cases that a partial facility of the religious organization obtained the status. It was introduced in the ISO Management Systems January-February 2002 and recently introduced again in the July-August 2008 issues of the ISO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.