CSR

Basic Policy on Initiatives

Basic Principles

As a company engaged in global business, Mazda is fulfilling its responsibilities as a good corporate citizen through ongoing involvement in socially beneficial activities tailored to the needs of local communities, in order to ensure that its business activities contribute to the building of a sustainable society.

Plans for Future Activities
  • ■ Proactive, ongoing responses to social needs through the core business activities of the Mazda Group in Japan and overseas
  • ■ In collaboration with local communities, contribute to the development of a sustainable society through activities tailored to the needs of communities
  • ■ Emphasize and provide support for self-motivated volunteer activities by employees, and incorporate diverse values to foster a flexible and vibrant corporate climate
  • ■ Proactively disclose the details of activities and engage in a dialogue with society
Three Pillars

Mazda promotes activities that are strongly rooted in local communities. Its social contribution activities are underpinned by the three pillars of environmental and safety performance, human resources development, and community contributions.

Three Pillars in Basic Policy on Social Contribution Initiatives

Three Pillars in Basic Policy on Social Contribution Initiatives

Promotion Framework

In May 2010, Mazda established the Social Contribution Committee. The role of this committee, which meets regularly (twice a year), is to discuss issues facing the entire Mazda Group and share information, in line with the social contribution policy and the CSR targets decided by the CSR Management Strategy Committee. The details of the actual activities are considered by a Working Group comprised of related divisions. Through the activities of the committee undertaken since 2010, Mazda continues to enhance information collection and utilization from a global and Group standpoint. Individual activities are carried out based on the budget plan in each region or department.*1

Promotion Framework

Promotion Framework

FY March 2015 Major Results:
  • ■ Set the CSR targets and the Mazda Green Plan 2020 (social contribution) and took actions
  • ■ Carried out over 400 activities*2 in Japan and overseas. Around 100 activities are summarized in Mazda Sustainability Report 2015 [Social Contribution Version].
  • ■ Established the Mazda Social Contribution Prize, selected based on evaluation indexes for social contribution programs, and started creating PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle process.

*1 In Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, the Mazda Foundation in each country separately undertakes various activities.
*2 Social contribution activities: Monetary donation, goods donation, facility sharing, employee participation and dispatch, voluntary programs, and support for disaster-stricken areas

Evaluation Indexes for Social Contribution Programs

In FY 2015, Mazda established the evaluation indexes for social contribution programs. These indexes are used to evaluate and promote programs which resolve social issues and improve corporate values and created the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) process. They are designed to evaluate these social contribution programs from the three perspectives: effect on the society; effect on the Company; and Mazda uniqueness. (To be more specific, the indexes comprised of 8 categories such as “the number of beneficiaries,” “the number of participation employees,” “conformity with the Three Pillars in Basic Policy on Social Contribution Initiatives,” etc.)

Initiatives Based on the Three Pillars

Mazda promotes activities that are strongly rooted in local communities. Its social contribution activities are underpinned by the three pillars of environmental and safety performance, human resources development, and community contributions.

Environmental and Safety Performance

Mazda’s business activities have a relationship with, and impact social issues, such as global warming, energy and resource shortages, and traffic accidents. To resolve these issues, the Company attaches importance to the environmental and safety perspectives, not only in conducting its main business, but also when making social contributions.

  • ■ Hosting environmental awareness-raising programs at various events, dispatching lecturers to environmental education programs, and carrying out volunteer activities for biodiversity conservation and various other environmental protection initiatives
  • ■ Offering lectures on traffic accident issues at various events, and holding safe-driving seminars

[Environment] Carbon offset initiative at night games for forest development

[Environment] Carbon offset initiative at night games for forest developmen

Mazda has offset the CO2 emitted when generating electricity for illuminating night games at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima for three consecutive years, using carbon offset credits created by Hiroshima Prefecture through its prefectural forest improvement program.

[Safety] Project Yellow Light

[Safety] Project Yellow Light

A safe driving education project implemented in the United States. Mazda supports the project in calling for public service announcement videos to encourage young people to avoid distracted driving. Also, young racing drivers related to Mazda Motorsports conduct activities to raise young people’s safety awareness.

Human Resource Development

Mazda emphasizes the perspective of human resources development, based on the idea that fostering people who will be future leaders in the foundation of society and in business is important.

  • ■ Holding seminars and lectures by employees with specialized knowledge and skilled techniques such as manufacturing.
  • ■ Accepting students for internship programs, supporting to learn about vehicles using facilities in the Company, etc.

[Human Resources Development] Promote “Safety at School project”

[Human Resources Development] Promote “Safety at School project”

A project held in Thailand for young people to engage in educational activities on safety and health. AAT is providing school education program aiming at an improvement in the sense of safety, health, environment, and team building.

Community Contributions

Mazda promotes community contribution activities to cope with specific issues of each local community, in the countries/regions where the Company conducts its business operations.

  • ■ Making monetary/vehicle donations to charities and participating in various charitable activities
  • ■ Promoting sports and culture

[Community Contributions] Participate in “Santa Project*3.”

[Community Contributions] Participate in “Santa Project.”

An activities of which Mazda employee volunteers, jointly with Mazda vehicle owners dress in a Santa Clause costume and communicate to children in orphanages. Mazda members are split into “driving Santa” and “visiting Santa” teams, The driving Santa team drive around with passengers while the visiting Santa team visit to orphanages.
*3 Organized jointly by 18 companies and organizations primarily in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Volunteering by Employees

Mazda offers support to help employees become actively involved in volunteer activities.

  • ■ Providing volunteer opportunities (Specialist Bank, Volunteer Center, etc.)
  • ■ Providing volunteer training opportunities (training programs organized by the Hiroshima City Council of Social Welfare, etc.)
  • ■ Subsidizing part of the cost of activities (Mazda Flex Benefits, etc.)
  • ■ Enabling employees to take leave for activities (volunteer leave such as the Special Warm Heart leave system, etc.)

Support for Disaster-Affected Areas

The Mazda Group provides various support for the early recovery and restoration of areas affected by natural disasters. Mazda Head Office coordinates with its production/business sites in the affected area to provide appropriate support in case of natural disasters such as an earthquake and abnormal weather.
Support cases: Great East Japan Earthquake (Japan) / Hiroshima Torrential Rain Disaster (Japan) / Yunnan Earthquake (China)


Support by Mazda Foundations

Mazda and its Group companies have established Mazda Foundations in four countries, to promote support activities tailored to each region.

Country Name Support activities/objectives Year of establishment Amount of grants (donations) in FY March 2015
Japan Mazda Foundation Support activities to promote science and technology and the sound development of youth 1984 ¥54.94 million
United States Mazda Foundation USA (MFUS) Provide funds to various initiatives for education, environmental conservation, social welfare, cross-cultural understanding, etc. 1990 Around US$1.32million
Australia Mazda Foundation Australia (MFA) Provide funds to various initiatives, including education, environmental conservation, technology promotion, and welfare. 1990 Around
A$700 thousand
New Zealand Mazda Foundation New Zealand (MFNZ) Provide funds to various initiatives, including education, environmental conservation, and culture. 2005 Around
NZ$ 214 thousand

Establishment of the Mazda Social Contribution Prize

In January 2015, Mazda established the Mazda Social Contribution Prize as a commendation system to recognize outstanding social contribution activities. The objective of the prize is to raise in/external recognition of the outstanding social contribution activities and support for increasing excellent social contribution activities.
Based on the evaluation indexes for social contribution programs, members of the Social Contribution Committee Working Group and the Mazda Workers’ Union collaborate to evaluate candidate activities. Then the Mazda Social Contribution Committee selects prizewinning activities, each of which will be presented with a testimonial under the name of the Company President on the anniversary of Mazda’s foundation in January every year.

■ Mazda Social Contribution Prize 2014
The 2014 prizewinning activities were selected from the social contribution activities introduced in the in-depth version of Mazda Sustainability Report 2014 (which covered the period April 2013 through March 2014).

  Activity name  
Grand Prize
(Japan)
Interaction with Children through Automobiles (Let’s Feel the Joy of a Convertible! 2013 / Santa’s Come to Town! 2013) (Tokyo Office and Mazda R&D Center Yokohama)
(see p. 96 of Mazda Sustainability Report 2014 [In-Depth Version])
Grand Prize
(Overseas)
Working with SOS Children’s Villages (Pan-European) (Europe)
(see pp. 112-113 of Mazda Sustainability Report 2014 [In-Depth Version])
Special Prize Project Yellow Light (United States of America)
(see p. 104 of Mazda Sustainability Report 2014 [In-Depth Version])
Special Prize Support for the Recovery of Regions Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (”Donation related to customer satisfaction questionnaires” and the “Support Our Kids” project for supporting the independence of disaster-affected children) (Mazda Head Office)
(see p. 89 of Mazda Sustainability Report 2014 [In-Depth Version])

Prize for Encouragement Establishment of the Mazda Wheat Seedlings Class (China)
(see p. 116 of Mazda Sustainability Report 2014 [In-Depth Version])