In line with the Basic Policy on Social Contribution Initiatives, activities tailored to the needs of communities are implemented in each domestic region.
To deepen interactions with the region and society through the learning activities of elementary and junior high school students
Mazda continually offers the following events in local communities to help primary school and junior high school students do their homework during their summer holidays, and to help students and teachers learn more for their social studies classes: the Mazda Car Carrier Loading Field Trip for elementary and junior high school students, which helps them to understand the Japanese auto manufacturing industry in their social study classes (since 1996); the Social Studies Support and Training Seminar for elementary school teachers in response to requests from teachers (since 1999); and the study program for primary school children, which offers them quizzes and experiments through interactions with Mazda's young employees from the development and manufacturing divisions.
- In July, the Mazda Car Carrier Loading Field Trip was held using a large-scale car carrier moored at the dedicated docks located on the Hiroshima Plant premises. A total of around 70 people, of children ranging from fifth grade to junior high and their parents and guardians, participated in the event. In the carrier, participants observed the way vehicles were loaded onto the ship with a high degree of precision, and parked and secured in place with only about 10 centimeters separating them on each side. They also enjoyed the experience of steering the ship as well as friendly conversation with the ship's crew.
- In July, in response to requests from teachers seeking a deeper understanding of the automotive industry, Mazda presented a Social Studies Support and Training Seminar, to help teachers of fifth-grade classes to acquire deeper knowledge of the Japanese auto manufacturing industry. Approximately 20 elementary school teachers from Hiroshima Prefecture took part in the seminar. Participants observed the press, body and assembly plants, and Karakuri Kaizen Museum.
- In July, Mazda offered an educational program, "Secrets of Vehicle Shape and the Air" at the Fuchu Community Center as part of a Summer Lecture hosting by the center in Hiroshima Prefecture, and at the Fukiage Hall of the Nagoya Trace & Industry Center, Aichi Prefecture in the Kids Engineer 2013 organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan. Approximately 200 primary school children participated in this program, in which Mazda's activities to improve vehicle fuel efficiency were introduced through quizzes and experiments.
To contribute to the development of human resources in communities, making use of the diverse range of employees and the know-how of Mazda as a corporate educational facility
In response to requests from local governments and educational institutions, Mazda dispatches employees to hold lectures and seminars on the Company's technologies of the environment, safety, manufacturing, etc. Mazda also assists Hiroshima Prefecture and various organizations in promoting activities to support the handing down of skilled techniques to the next generation, and accepts university students for internship programs as part of the government-industry-academia collaboration project. Moreover, the Mazda Technical College conducts an open college program, offering opportunities for teachers of technical high schools to observe or attend practical training classes.
- Mazda employees delivered approximately 20 lectures and seminars, primarily at junior high schools, high schools and universities in Hiroshima Prefecture.
- Mazda accepted 10 graduate students for internship programs as part of the government-industry-academia collaboration project.
- Mazda accepted four junior high school, senior high school, technical school and university students for internship programs.
- The Mazda Technical College accepted approximately 10 people to its open college program (from July to January of the following year).
- At the Hiroshima Technique Fair held in November, Mazda hosted an exhibition booth. At the booth, the training program for key technicians at the Mazda Technical College was introduced, and contestants in the WorldSkills Competition*1 demonstrated automotive metalworking and sheet metal bending. Also, the 2013 Karakuri Kaizen®*2 Mechanism Exhibition's award-winning works were displayed, and a hands-on event was held to provide participants with opportunities to experience hand-finished processing for key rings (approximately 40 primary school children participated).
- *1The WorldSkills Competition is a competition for young people up to 22 years old (with a few exceptions) to demonstrate their excellence in skilled professions. Its objectives are to promote vocational training and to improve the standard of technical skills of the participating countries.
- *2Karakuri Kaizen® is a registered trademark of the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance.
Teacher of the Electrical Department of Hiroshima Municipal Technical High School
I specialize in electrical science, and needed to acquire skills to give practical guidance on machines. Therefore I participated in the open college program. I was able to learn a lot from the program including basic machine control methods, practical techniques, the consideration of learning environments, and the importance of safety training. When I introduced a guidance method for segmenting operational procedures in my class, my students gained a better understanding. This helped narrow differences in levels of understanding among the students. I hope that open college programs will continue to offer various practical curriculums.
Mechanical Processing Trainer,
Mazda Technical College
I am in charge of die-making training at the company-owned Mazda Technical College. In addition to the conventional short-term open college program, we also provide technical-high-school teachers with open college classes for three months to one year. These classes are aimed at teaching basic skills and instruction know-how. We always review our activities to offer systematic curriculums to meet participants' needs. I will continue to promote the development of next-generation human resources in cooperation with local communities.
To contribute to the promotion of various sporting activities, and improving athletic ability
Mazda supports in-house sporting activities, including a track-and-field team (founded 1933), a rugby squad (1963), and a women's volleyball team (1980), which are collectively nicknamed the Blue Zoomers. In response to requests from local governments and athletics organizations, active Blue Zoomer athletes have been offering mobile sports-coaching lessons.
- In September, a track and field lesson was held in Kenbuchi-cho, Hokkaido for 20 people.
- Rugby lessons were held in Hiroshima City and other towns.
- volleyball lessons were held in Miyoshi City and other cities.
To build regional solidarity and harmony
From June to July each year, present and former Mazda Group employees and their family members visit social-service facilities to work as volunteers. The volunteers work with people at the facilities to maintain farm fields and cut grass, and assist them in visiting the memorial cenotaph for A-bomb victims. Through these volunteer activities, Mazda has deepened interaction with people at the facilities since 1986 (employee-management cooperation program).
A total of more than 60 volunteers visited work facilities for people with special needs and nursing facilities for the elderly.
To find and resolve familiar community and social issues from a resident perspective
The Mazda Technical College provides classes with the theme of enabling students to understand the meaning of corporate community contributions to help find and resolve familiar social and community issues from a resident perspective. Students strive to implement solutions in cooperation with local residents and others concerned.
The Mazda Technical College students worked on eight issues including "How to develop points of appeal of Mt. Ogon" and "How to solve the littering issue around Tenjingawa Station."
To contribute to community revitalization through active participation in community events
Each year, Mazda has taken part in the Hiroshima Flower Festival since its inception in 1977. The Festival, held on the consecutive holidays in May, is one of the largest events held in Hiroshima Prefecture. The Company hosts the Mazda Zoom-Zoom Plaza, where vehicles are exhibited and events that are fun for both children and their parents are organized.
- ATENZA and CX-5, equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, were on display. In addition, an exhibition booth was set up to commemorate the J1 League championship of Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
- Handcraft Section and kids quiz rally for traffic safety were arranged.
- The Handcraft Section and the Traffic Safety Quiz Rally for children were held.
- Songs and dances by residents, a talk show by respective baseball and football players of Hiroshima Toyo Carp and Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and performances by street entertainers were shown on stage.
- Charity bingo sessions were held to donate welfare equipment.
To promote interaction with the community by opening plant grounds for public events.
Since 1966, Mazda has continued to hold the Ekiden Road Relay Race. Although it was commenced as an event only for employees, since 1981 when a Community Category was set up to promote communication with local communities, Mazda has invited participants from outside the Company as well. Participants, including both children and adults, run on the 16.3-km route in a circuit around the plant grounds, which is broken down into seven separate legs. Participants not only compete for the best times, but also enjoy coming up with original ways to make their teams stand out.
In addition to 134 teams in the In-house Category, in which Mazda employees competed by division, 138 teams in the Community Category for local residents and suppliers from as far away as the Kyushu and Kanto regions participated (a total of approximately 2,000 runners from 272 teams).
To cooperate in promoting community sports through support for the local professional football team
As a shareholder in Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the Mazda Group works together as one to support this soccer team. In addition to serving as a uniform sponsor, Mazda supports a match played by the team at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium once a year, as a Mazda-sponsored game (management-employee cooperation program).
At the Mazda-sponsored game held in October, the first 7,000 arrivals were given original towels/scarves bearing the logos of Sanfrecce Hiroshima and ATENZA. A Traffic Safety Quiz Section for children was set up. Participants were presented with reflector straps.