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 & Public Relations 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 2019, we increased participation in activities, and set a new record for the number of participants, through efforts such as an increased number of activities to promote harmony with nature, expanding the sale of bakery goods from welfare facilities across the Aichi Steel Group, and introducing a cafe menu at our lunch room and recreation hall with foods that support regional recovery.
Changes in the number of volunteers in social contribution activities (cumulative)
volunteers in FY2019 9,904
(729 person increase year-on-year)
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.
We also conduct 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.
Nearby roads clean-up campaign
Clean Aichi Day
Traffic safety awareness
Established in 1993, the Aichi Steel Volunteer Fund continued to donate to local social welfare organizations and volunteer groups near our company, and to provide support after the Kumamoto Earthquake. It also provided support to areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis in 2019. 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.
Using paid leave and welfare leave, employees also launched a new initiative in fiscal 2019, visiting child welfare facilities on weekdays.
Aichi Steel Volunteer Fund
Through the Volunteer Fund and Matching Gift Program, Aichi Steel has donated goods and money to disaster areas to the value of 2.0 million yen via local social welfare services.
Mashiki Town Social Welfare Council
“Kizahashi” welfare facility
“Ayumi-no-kai Dream House” welfare facility
Support for disaster-affected areas
As part of our efforts to support disaster-affected areas after the Great East Japan Earthquake, we held sales of local produce at plant open days and other events, and offered a special menu in support of regional recovery at the company cafeteria/Ai-terrace using ingredients from disaster affected areas. Furthermore, the collection of donations for relief toward Typhoon Hagibis in 2019 was carried out by Aichi Steel Volunteer Fund through plant open days and other events.
Local specialties from areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake on sale at plant open days and other events
Special menu in support of regional recovery
Typhoon Hagibis Relief Fund (Aichi Steel Volunteer Fund)
Volunteering and Welfare Hands-on Classroom
Since fiscal 2016, we have been running the “Volunteering and Welfare Hands-on Classroom” to enable employees to participate as volunteers in the local community, and to better understand social welfare. In fiscal 2019, we held five classes: a blind tennis experience, participation in disaster volunteer center establishment and operation training, a visit to child welfare facilities, a visit to an adult day care center, and sign language courses.
Disaster volunteer center establishment and operation training
Sign language course
Visiting and helping child welfare facilities
Lunchtime volunteer activities
We called for the donation of old ties and children’s books to help support welfare facilities for disabled persons and orphanages. We held lunchtime volunteering activities where employees cleaned up the collected books and separated the fabric from collected ties.
Donation ceremony to a welfare facility
Sale of bakery goods from welfare facilities for disabled persons
To help support welfare facilities for disabled persons, in 2019 we started selling bakery goods from these welfare facilities at our Group companies Aiko Corporation and Aichi Steel Logistics Co., Ltd. This is in addition to previous efforts selling chiffon cakes in each of our cafeterias and selling bakery goods at each of our plants.
Selling bakery goods at Seki Plant
Selling bakery goods at Aiko Corporation
Selling bakery goods at Aichi Steel Logistics Co., Ltd.
Recycled books, CDs and DVDs
We have started a collection drive as a support activity for welfare facilities for disabled persons. The used books we collect are fixed up for resale by persons with disabilities, with profits going to the workers involved.
Collection box for used books, CDs and DVDs