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 14 computers to six facilities, via the Regional Welfare Division of Hiroshima Prefecture. The company also started an activity to donate used stamps collected from employees, 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 developments.
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.
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, spoiled stamped 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' head office, branches.
To help elementary and 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 elementary and junior high school students, with approximately 260 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 promote children's education and community interaction
Kurashiki Kako Co., Ltd., which manufactures and sells automotive parts, has offered tours of its head office plant (Automotive Products Group) and its New Technology Development Center, for local elementary schoolchildren, since 2011.
Tour participants are first given explanations using a real vehicle to understand what kind of products are made in the plant, and then guided around the facilities to observe the manufacturing processes.
Plant tours were held with 12 elementary schoolchildren participating. Also, Kurashiki Kako employees collected plastic bottle caps, and cleaned 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 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 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 offering plant tours, the opening of training facilities for community events, cleanups of the areas around the company, and participation in local environmental beautification campaigns, among others.
- *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 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 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 that will restore normal heart rhythm to a victim whose heart has suddenly lost the function to pump blood.