To help young people cultivate a view of a future career and work by accepting them for a workplace hands-on learning program
Mazda Ace Co., Ltd. is engaged in a variety of business fields, including information technology services, construction and real estate, insurance and merchandise sales. Since 2008, the company has accepted junior high school students in Hiroshima Prefecture for the workplace hands- on learning program.
The workplace hands-on learning program was designed for junior high school students to experience working at a store at Mazda's Head Office. The participating students were engaged in work such as transport of drinks and stocking displays with drinks, while receiving advice on attitudes toward working, greeting etiquette, and the importance of listening to others.
The company was also engaged in awarding scholarship to foreign students, collecting plastic bottle caps (for the Ecocap campaign), and carrying out cleanups.
To help junior high school students deepen their interest and understanding about maritime affairs by organizing a tour to observe port logistics facilities
Since 2010, Mazda Logistics 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 junior high school students, with approximately 65 participants. They observed the container terminal, where they saw efficient cargo loading/unloading with the use of large equipment, such as gantry cranes, and the automatic cargo handling operation of large-scale dedicated car carriers. While observing the port facilities in close proximity, participating students listened to the company staff's explanations, which helped them learn more about the interesting technologies used in port operations and the role of port logistics.
Among other social contributions made by Mazda Logistics 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 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 used 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 22 computers to 11 facilities, via the Regional Welfare Division of Hiroshima Prefecture (the donation has been carried out since 2012, with a cumulative total of 45 computers donated). The company has been also carrying out an activity to donate used stamps collected from employees (a total of approximately 1,100 used stamps), to support welfare facilities. Other social contribution efforts made by Mazda E&T included participation in cleanups led by the Mazda Group and donations for regional development.
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, plastic bottle caps, and pull-tabs. The collected recyclable items are delivered to local volunteer organizations and schools, etc.
Recyclable items were collected at Mazda Parts Sales' head office and branches. Other social contribution efforts made by Mazda Parts Sales included participation in cleanups of roads and sidewalks around the branches.
To support initiatives to help disabled persons to achieve social independence
Kurashiki Kako Co., Ltd., which manufactures and sells automotive parts, actively purchases parts for manufacturing from business establishments that are established under the principle of support for the social independence of disabled persons and that employs many severely disabled persons.
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 providing financial assistance to run the league, JCS organized the Higashihiroshima Mazda-kai Cup as an exchange event. Through the Higashihiroshima Mazda-kai, JCS also helped to have junior high school students accepted into workplace hands-on learning programs, and to 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*1)" with the town of Yoshika in Shimane Prefecture, where its plant is located. Through this partnership, the company supports community revitalization.
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 using 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 organized by Yoshiwa Kogyo included supporting the Yoshika-Yume-Hana Marathon event hosted by the Yoshika School Board, sharing training facilities for community events, carrying out cleanups of the areas around the company, and participating in local environmental beautification campaigns.
- *1The "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.
To enhance the emergency preparedness of the local community by installing automated external defibrillators (AEDs)*2 for public use
Mazda Processing Chugoku Co., Ltd., which carries out accessory installation and pre- delivery 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 communities in the case of emergency.
Mazda Processing Chugoku continuously maintained the AEDs. During the in-house disaster drill held in October, 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 the areas around the company and opened its parking lot for local residents as a venue for daily radio calisthenics during the summer vacation.
- *2An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a medical device that sends an electric shock to the heart, which will restore normal heart rhythm to a victim whose heart has suddenly lost the function to pump blood.