In line with the Basic Policy on social contribution initiatives, activities tailored to the needs of communities are implemented in each domestic region.
To contribute to the community through medical care
Mazda Hospital is an acute care hospital with 270 beds for general patients. Founded on the principle of "providing the best and most up-to-date medical care, and contributing to society with warmth and kindness of heart," Mazda Hospital is committed to contributing to community healthcare as a core community hospital in eastern Hiroshima City. Though established by a private company, Mazda Hospital is well used by local residents, who now account for about 80% of outpatients and more than 90% of inpatients. Since 2000, Mazda Hospital staff have held lectures on medical issues, open and free of charge to the public, at a nearby community center. To date, the number of lectures has reached 268.
- Total outpatients: approximately 177,500; total inpatients: approximately 89,400; number of patients taken by ambulance to the Hospital: approximately 2,900; number of visitors for health checkups: approximately 3,410 (cumulative).
- The Hospital held eight open lectures, with approximately 230 people attending.
- The Hospital has held diabete courses consisting of eight lectures (from the second Monday to the third Thursday of each month) since 2009, with around 120 people attending in FY March 2014.
- The Hospital has held osteoporosis course (on the fourth Thursday of each month) since January 2013, with around 280 people attending in FY March 2014.
- The Hospital has been regularly releasing the Himawari ("Sunflower") newsletter since 2003, which includes information on the latest health care and the application of lectures and courses.
- The Hospital concluded an agreement with the neighborhood towns of Fuchu-cho and Aosakiminami voluntary disaster prevention associations on the use of the hospital as a shelter at times of inundation. The hospital facilities will be shared as shelters for residents at times of inundation caused by flooding or tsunami.
- The Hospital held emergency case review meetings for improving community health care (with approximately 150 people participating in four meetings). Discussions were held with community rescue workers on the establishment of rescue teams and the prognoses of transferred patients in emergency situations.
- Serving as the secretariat for the infection control network in Aki district, the hospital cooperates with neighboring facilities to hold workshops and provide information on infectious diseases in order to improve the infection control level in the district.
Mazda continues its efforts to contribute to the recovery of the regions affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
- Mazda donated 50 yen for every reply to the customer satisfaction questionnaires through dealerships in Japan; 131,593 customers cooperated in answering the questionnaires. The donation was given to the Japan NPO Center for the Japan Earthquake Local NPO Support Fund.
- Support was provided for quake-affected regions by purchasing their carbon offset credits at environmental events.
- Mazda assisted the Support Our Kids Project in sending ten junior and senior high school students in aflected areas to France for the Homestay Program and 24 Hours of Le Mans race visitation.
- "Kiseki no Ippon-Matsu," the miracle pine tree,*1 was endured the tsunami of the earthquake disaster. Its one-tenth size replica, "Kibou no Ippon-Matsu," the pine tree with hope, was produced through the best of the sheet metal technology*2 of 14 domestic vehicle manufactures including Mazda. It was donated to Rikuzentakata-shi*3, with a wish for the revival from Great East Japan Earthquake. During the donation ceremony, a sheet metal lesson for the children in elementary and middle high school was also carried out.
- Mazda donated a portion of the proceeds from Mazda Roadster Charity Flee Market.
- Grants were provided by way of the Mazda Foundation's programs for supporting citizen activism. A total of 1.2 million yen was provided to four programs to assist the recovery of the regions affected by the earthquake.
- Other support activities included a donation through the cafeteria plan of Mazda employees.
- *1Among approximately 70,000 Takada Matsubara pines which protected the town of Rikuzentakata-shi from the tsunami, one pine left miraculously died down by damage of the seawater afterwards. The pine more than 150 years old stands as a replica now.
- *2It is a technology to mold sheet metals through bending and beating. Branches, leaves and barks of the replica tree were mad by iron plates of vehicles.
- *3Origin of donation: Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.
Mazda provides funds for various activities to contribute to the regional communities and to support academic and educational, cultural and artistic, international exchanges and sports areas. In FY March 2014, Mazda provided funds to the Mazda Foundation, which was established to promote science and technology and the sound development of youth, as well as to public organization, etc. (Funds included relief aid for the natural disasters).
Mazda has cooperated for blood donations by its employees during working hours (through the Japan Red Cross Society) since 1964, marking the program's 50th anniversary in 2013. In FY March 2014, approximately 2,370 employees (a cumulative total of approximately 89,760 employees) donated blood. Mazda also coopertted for disaster prevention in local communities, and for provision of funds and dispatch of human resources to local economic organizations, etc.