In pursuit of harmonious coexistence and co-prosperity, Aichi Steel promotes community-oriented activities focused around four key words: “clean,” “green,” “creative” and “volunteerism.”
The Volunteer Center, located in the General Affairs Division, provides information and promotes educational activities with the aim of supporting employee volunteer activities. It also plans smaller-scale volunteer activities which employees can participate in, and encourages them to experience volunteering for themselves. During fiscal 2016, we increased participation in activities such as collection drives (ink cartridges) and in-house sales events. We also set a record with a total of 6,629 people participating, which was 715 more people than last year.
Changes in the number of participants in volunteer activities
volunteers in FY2016: 6,629
(715 person increase year-on-year)
Clean (beautification, safety, security)
In addition to holding the “Nearby roads clean-up campaign” every two months to help clean our neighborhoods, we have been holding Clean Aichi Day every October since 2009, together with employees of domestic and overseas subsidiaries, as one of Aichi Steel’s CSR Enhancement Month activities.
Nearby roads clean-up campaign
5events, 138 volunteers
Clean Aichi Day
Green (planting and environmental conservation)
Twice every year, students of the Aichi Steel Technical Training Institute plant flowers in the roundabout in front of Meitetsu Shurakuen Station, the station nearest our offices, as one of our activities to clean the neighborhood.
Creative (education, culture)
Launched in 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary of our founding, every year we visit schools to present a “Lesson about Iron” to students. The project, which has been held 13 times, aims to teach elementary school fifth graders about the local industry of Tokai, the largest iron-producing region in central Japan. Through a lesson called “Making Magnets,” we offer a fun way for students to experience manufacturing.
12 schools, 33 classes
Traffic safety awareness
Aichi Steel conducts traffic safety awareness activities as a responsible manufacturer in the automobile industry. One of those activities is “Zero Day” safety patrols that each site continues to conduct.
Established in 1993, the Aichi Steel Volunteer Fund continues to donate to local social welfare organizations and others and to provide support to disaster-affected areas, including after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Kumamoto Earthquake. Another voluntary and ongoing program that employees can participate in is the “one-coin” donation program, where they donate 100 yen from their pays every month. Every employee at Aichi Steel is helping drive our volunteer activities. In fiscal 2016, we started a new initiative called the Volunteering and Welfare Hands-on Classroom” to enable employees to participate as volunteers in the local community, and to better understand social welfare.
Aichi Steel Volunteer Fund
Through the Aichi Steel Volunteer Fund, and company donations from our matching gift program, we have donated items to the equivalent value of 2.2 million yen to local social welfare organizations and others.
Donations to disaster affected areas
As part of our efforts to support disaster-affected areas, such as after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Kumamoto Earthquake, we have held in-house sports days, community events at plants and other events. At these events, activities included wanko soba challenges, an all-you-can-eat noodle challenge popular in Iwate Prefecture, and local produce sales. Every year since the Great East Japan Earthquake, we have also collected goods to help support restoration in these areas.
Volunteering and Welfare Hands-on Classroom
In fiscal 2016, we started a new initiative called the “Volunteering and Welfare Hands-on Classroom” to enable employees to participate as volunteers in the local community, and to better understand social welfare.