Environmental Policy

Environmental Businesswomen

The relationship between the environment and the economy should constitute a virtuous circle for environment and economy in which benefiting the environment leads to economic development, and stimulating the economy improves the environment.

To realistically pursue such a mechanism, Yuriko Koike, Minister for the Environment from Sept. 2003 to Sept. 2006, called on women in environment-related business management and other related fields to contribute their opinions as part of an ad-hoc consultation, the "Environmental Businesswomen's Meetings on a Virtuous Circle for Environment and Economy in Japan."

Environmental Businesswomen - Members

Environmental Businesswomen is a group of women who share knowledge about matters of the environment and the economy based on their active involvement in managing environment-related businesses, etc.

Minister's Ad Hoc Group Meeting Schedule

First Round of Meetings (FY2004)

  • - April 21, 2004 First Environmental Businesswomen's Meeting on a Virtuous Circle for Environment and Economy in Japan
  • - May 17, 2004 Second Environmental Businesswomen's Meeting on a Virtuous Circle for Environment and Economy in Japan
  • - June 9, 2004 Third Environmental Businesswomen's Meeting on a Virtuous Circle for Environment and Economy in Japan

Message - Environmental Businesses Created by Active Women - Report from the Environmental Businesswomen's Meetings on a Virtuous Circle for Environment and Economy in Japan

2nd Round of Meetings (FY2005)

  • - October 24, 2005 Minister of the Environment/Environmental Businesswomen Ad Hoc Consultation

3rd Round of Meetings (FY2007-FY2008)

  • - August 1, 2007 First Senior Vice-Minister of the Environment/Environmental Businesswomen Ad Hoc Consultation
  • - December 18, 2007 Second Minister of the Environment/Environmental Businesswomen Ad Hoc Consultation
  • - May 16, 2008 Third Minister of the Environment/Environmental Businesswomen Ad Hoc Consultation
  • - May 22, 2008 Message from Environmental Businesswomen (from the Third Round Meetings) [PDF 123KB]
    Environmental Businesses and Town Development Created by Women to Promote a Sustainable Society (Report from the Third Round of Environmental Businesswomen Meetings)

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Environmental Businesswomen members' activity

This seminar formed the basis for publication of the books "Environmental Businesswomen" (2005) and "Eco-Gokoro: Women Making the Environment their Work" (2006), while Environmental Businesswomen members have been central in following up with various activities such as the ones listed below.

- Promoting Networks
Exchanges are fostered among women managers who are interested in reducing stresses placed on the environment by their own businesses and are either already practically applying measures or attempting to do so.

- Supporting the Next Generation of Venture Businesses
Support is given to the next generation of environmental businesses with the aim of creating easier entry into the environmental business field.

- Providing Information
In pursuing financial policies such as socially responsible investment that will tend to support "a Virtuous Circle for Environment and Economy in Japan", information about "sustainable businesses" is being provided to the society at large through a variety of media.

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