Nomura London’s Buzzing Project
Nomura promotes sustainability through various initiatives at its offices worldwide.
Our European headquarters in London is located in the City financial district overlooking the Thames. The 11 story building houses a rooftop garden where, for more than ten years, we have been growing a variety of flowers and plants as well as organic vegetables. These plants attract insects, or pollinators, and these in turn attract birds, including some rare species. Our once bio-solar roof has evolved into one of few biodiverse green roofs in London.
Since 2011, our green roof has also been home to beehives operated in collaboration with our charity partners. By hosting weekly visits to the beehives during the summer months, we provide employees the opportunity to learn about the importance of biodiversity and the natural environment, as well as appreciate the crucial role that bees have within our ecosystem and food chain. Employees can also participate in honey harvesting workshops, help with the harvesting, filtering and bottling of honey, and take part in our ‘Adopt a Bee’ program.
Most of the food that we eat, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and raw materials such as coffee beans and cacao beans, depend on plants being pollinated by insects, such as bees. However, pollinators have declined drastically due to global warming and the widespread use of pesticides. Urban development has also contributed to the destruction of nature and this threatens to destroy vital habitats. Studies suggest that if habitats continue to be destroyed, we could lose one third of the food that comes to our table. This is a serious problem that affects us all.
Climate change and environmental stressors pressure biodiversity and damage its natural resources. Industries and communities must come together to preserve the diversity of the planet through supporting sustainable development and species conservation projects.
In 2019, we began a series of biodiversity enhancements. Through this initiative, we encourage solitary bees and other invertebrates to breed on the Nomura rooftop by installing a variety of invertebrate nesting habitats including bee banks, mounds, nest boxes and log piles.
Nomura will continue to promote the importance of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. By providing opportunities for our employees to understand how the ecosystem works, we aim to contribute to the conservation of pollinators, as well as environmental preservation and sustainability.
To see a summary of our ecological monitor please click here (PDF 467KB).