To help promote local revitalization by such means as offering the use of broadcasting equipment and meeting rooms
Microtechno Corporation, which manufactures and sells automotive parts, helps the local children's associations and neighborhood self-governing bodies run community events, by offering the company's broadcasting equipment and meeting rooms when they are not in use.
- Broadcast equipment was offered for a summer festival held by a children's association.
- A meeting room of the company was offered to a local neighborhood self-governing body as a venue for its general meeting.
To support the independence of people with disabilities
Mazda E&T engages in the development and manufacture of specially equipped vehicles, including welfare vehicles. The company proactively supports the independence of people with disabilities, for the sake of social welfare. As part of such initiatives, Mazda E&T donates computers that are no longer used to welfare facilities, where these computers are utilized for training to help people with disabilities become more independent and for expanding opportunities for them to return to the workforce.
Mazda E&T donated seven computers to two facilities, via the Regional Welfare Division of Hiroshima Prefecture and the Hiroshima City Social Work Council. The company conducted other activities as well, including participation in cleanups led by the Mazda Group and donations to community organizations.
To contribute to society through active participation in volunteer activities
Mazda Ace, which deals with insurance and real estate, actively participates in a variety of volunteer activities, including Mazda Group-led cleanups around the company premises.
Approximately 250 employees participated in cleanups around the company premises, and approximately 100 employees took part in a range of volunteer activities.
Other volunteer activities in which Mazda Ace employees were involved were the collection of plastic bottle caps under the Ecocap campaign, and support for Hiroshima Light-up Project*1
- *1Under the Hiroshima Light-up Project, the central part of the city is illuminated to make tourist spots more attractive, enlivening the winter landscape of Hiroshima.
To contribute to society through collection of recyclable materials
Mazda Parts Sales Co., Ltd., which engages in the sale of automotive parts, has been collecting a wide variety of recyclable items, including used stamps and prepaid cards, mistakenly inscribed postcards, and plastic bottle caps. The collected recyclable items are delivered to local volunteer organizations and schools etc.
Recyclable items were collected at Mazda Parts Sales' Tohoku, Kanto, Kinki and Kyushu Branches.
To help elementary schoolchildren deepen their interest and understanding about maritime affairs by organizing a tour to observe port logistics facilities
Since 2010, Malox Co., Ltd., which ships automobiles and parts, has held a tour for elementary and junior high school students in Hiroshima Prefecture to observe port facilities, in order to deepen their understanding of port logistics.
A tour to port facilities was held for elementary schoolchildren in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, with approximately 90 participants. They observed the container terminal, where they saw efficient cargo loading/unloading with the use of large equipment (e.g., gantry cranes) and the automatic cargo handling operation of large-scale dedicated car carriers. Seeing such sights that they cannot observe ordinarily, the schoolchildren learned about interesting technologies and role of port logistics.
Among other social contributions made by Malox were support for the Hiroshima City's community woodlands program aimed at preserving local green spaces, activities to promote traffic safety awareness, and community cleanups.
To contribute to the local community through cleanups
Kurashiki Kako Co., Ltd., which manufactures and sells automotive parts, cleans the areas around the company premises, picking up litter and removing weeds.
Approximately 70 employees of Kurashiki Kako cleaned the river flowing near the plant and the areas around the company.
To promote friendship between the local community and non-Japanese living there
Japan Climate Systems Corporation (JCS), which manufactures and sells automotive parts, has supported the Higashihiroshima City International Friendship Futsal League, which has aimed to promote international friendship, since its foundation. JCS has formed a team of non-Japanese employees that play in the league. The company has also provided financial and other assistance to run the league through Higashihiroshima Mazda-kai, an organization composed of Higashihiroshima companies in which JCS serves as chair and secretariat.
In addition to financial assistance to run the league, JCS planned and held the HigashihiroshimaMazda-kai Cup and other exchange events. Through the Higashihiroshima Mazda-kai, JCS also helped organize events to promote interaction with people in welfare facilities and other community events.
To contribute to the mutual growth and benefit of the company and the community through partnership
Yoshiwa Kogyo Co., Ltd., which manufactures and sells automotive parts, concluded in June 2007 an agreement called "Community and Business Partnership (One Village, One Company: Shimane*2)" with the town of Yoshika in Shimane Prefecture, where its plant is located. Through this partnership, the company supports community revitalization.
- *2The "Community and Business Partnership (One Village, One Company:Shimane)," promoted by Shimane Prefecture, is a project to encourage municipalities in the prefecture to deepen interactions with specific companies and organizations under an equal partnership, thereby fostering regional development, including positive economic effects.
By continuously implementing the agreement, Yoshiwa Kogyo helped the town of Yoshika to boost its local industries in an economic ripple effect, expanding the market for local products, and increasing employment. Meanwhile, for Yoshiwa Kogyo, benefits included business development utilizing community resources, a safe and secure food supply for employees, welfare benefits for the families of employees, and employment stability. The agreement truly provided mutual benefits for both parties.
Other activities by Yoshiwa Kogyo included offering plant tours, the opening of training facilities for community events, cleanups of the company vicinity, and participation in local environmental beautification campaigns, among others.
To enhance the emergency preparedness of the local community by installing automated external defibrillators (AEDs)*3for public use
- *3An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a medical device that sends an electric shock to the heart that will restore normal heart rhythm to a victim whose heart has suddenly lost the function to pump blood.
Mazda Processing Chugoku Co., Ltd., which carries out accessory installation and predelivery inspection of vehicles, installed AEDs in 2008, and has registered these devices with the fire department so as to make them available for public use. Holding lectures on how to use AEDs on a regular basis, Mazda Processing Chugoku is ready to provide prompt support for the local community in the case of emergency.
Mazda Processing Chugoku continuously maintained the AEDs. During the in-house disaster drill held in November, all employees were lectured on the use of an AED, to ensure that they can properly use an AED in case of emergency.
In addition, the company conducted cleanups of its vicinity and opened its parking lot for local residents as a venue for daily radio calisthenics during the summer vacation.
To contribute to the revitalization of Hiroshima Prefecture as a manufacturing base by promoting the development of young human resources
Toyo Advanced Technologies Co., Ltd., which engages in the manufacture and sales of machine tools, accepts high school and university students in Hiroshima Prefecture as interns for a two-week period during the summer vacation every year. The program for high-school students has been conducted since 2009, involving practical training in the use of lathes and milling machines. That for university students has been operated since 2000, involving practical training in design, development, sales, etc. Also, the company hosts a plant tour for technical high school students, accepts high school teachers as trainees, and supports the campaign promoted by Hiroshima Prefecture and relevant organizations to encourage the handing down of skilled techniques.
- Eight university and four high school students participated as intern.
- Approximately 40 students in their first year of technical high school participated in the plant tour. University technical officers participated in a one-month training program.
- One employee certified as a Hiroshima Meister cooperated with the Hiroshima Prefecture-led Manufacturing Skill Digitization Project in preparing an operational procedures manual. The employee also demonstrated his skilled techniques at a technology fair.
In addition to the above, Toyo Advanced Technologies accepted overseas students, offered the use of its premises for local events and sporting activities, and collected plastic bottle caps for the Ecocap campaign.
To promote social contribution activities by dealerships across Japan, tailored to the needs of each community
Holding cleanups around dealership locations, installing flower beds, collecting plastic bottle caps under the Ecocap campaign, prepaid cards, mistakenly inscribed postcards and used stamps, and holding a Candle Night event at a Sustainable "Zoom-Zoom" exhibition.
Raising traffic safety awareness, participating in a traffic safety awareness-raising parade, holding private-car inspection workshops, providing instructions about safe eco-driving, and providing part of the company premises near the intersection to ensure pedestrian safety.
Accepting elementary/junior high school students and university students for company tours as well as workplace hands-on learning and internship programs, dispatching employees as lecturers, and providing photo news released by newspaper companies to elementary schools in the neighborhood.
Participating in, providing support for, giving donations to, opening dealerships' parking lots for, and offering lead cars for local events, supporting for local sports teams, holding soccer competitions, designating dealerships as "Kids 110 Houses" (displaying signs as shelters for children in case of crime or emergency), opening dealership facilities as "baby care stations," providing dealership facilities as evacuation areas in emergency situations, conducting fund-raising activities, and helping reconstruction of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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