Examples of Social Contribution Activities
Protection of Nature and the Environment
Conducting tree-planting activities in Japan and China
In Japan, the 13 main AISIN Group companies engage in tree planting and supplementary planting activities on Mount Fuji every May, using saplings we planted in nursery beds in the previous year. In China, together with the public interest incorporated foundation Aste, we have been conducting tree-planting activities in the desert area of the Xilinhot district of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and working on plans to plant saplings across 20 hectares of land over the course of 10 years. In the fourth tree-planting event in April 2016, 11 employees from domestic AISIN Group companies, 53 from local subsidiaries and 40 local elementary school students planted some 100,000 saplings on two hectares of land and learned the importance of tree planting through environmental education and exchange events.
“Aisin no Mori” forest-making to contribute to the conservation of the natural environment along the Yahagi River
The AISIN Group has been conducting environmental conservation activities along the Yahagi River, which we use to obtain water for industrial and domestic purposes. The AISIN Group has also concluded a “forestry foster parent agreement” with Neba, a municipality in Nagano Prefecture, and has been engaging in maintenance of the walking path and promoting “Aisin no Mori” forest-making by planting trees in the area. We hold environmental events to provide an opportunity for many children and their parents to realize the importance of water and the beauty of nature in an enjoyable manner in summer and to enhance environmental awareness by participating in forest management activities in fall.
In fiscal 2017, a total of 352 employees and their families from 11 Group companies joined the summer and fall events and learned the wonder of the environment in a fun way.
Environmental education program for elementary school students
Our seven Group companies are working together with the NPO ASK-NET to host the AISIN Environmental Education Program for elementary school students.
The program is part of an integrated study class of fourth and fifth graders at elementary schools in 14 cities and towns in Aichi Prefecture, which also encompasses the city of Kariya where our corporate head office is located. To date, a total of about 21,000 students at 247 elementary schools have learned about the environment in a structured manner through classroom lectures, hands-on learning, a sympathycultivating workshop, eco action and a talk session.
Outreach seminar on monozukuri (manufacturing)
The outreach seminar on monozukuri involves classroom lectures and hands-on lessons and enables children to develop a scientific perspective through manufacturing. The seminars mainly consist of the outreach seminar on monozukuri, which is held by visiting nearby local communities; AISIN Monozukuri Hiroba (Manufacturing Forum) events in the area around the Aisin Seiki head office in Kariya; and weekend workshops held at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (Aichi Prefecture). A total of 8,376 children have participated in 91 events held to date. In February 2017, we held the outreach seminar on monozukuri at Osu Public Junior High School in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture as part our efforts to support the recovery of the Tohoku region to provide an opportunity for students, who will lead the future recovery efforts, to experience monozukuri in an enjoyable way.
Community Building and Development
Efforts toward social issues
The AISIN Group is actively implementing activities targeting social issues.
At sites around the world, including Japan, we have been conducting a traffic safety program to protect the safety of the automobile society. Aisin Seiki, Aisin Takaoka, Aisin Chemical, Aisin Kiko and ADVICS are aiding the activities of organizations supporting the employment of persons with disabilities by providing them with opportunities to sell their products, such as bread and sweets. Aisin Seiki, Aisin Takaoka, Aisin Sin’ei, Hosei Brake Industry and Aisin AI have been taking part in TABLE FOR TWO (TFT), which is an organization aiming to provide food to developing countries and to eradicate obesity and lifestyle diseases in industrialized countries with a focus on imbalances in world food consumption. In fiscal 2017, we raised enough money to provide around 90,000 meals and achieved “Platinum Supporter” status, the highest level awarded by TFT for the fourth consecutive year. The AISIN Group has also signed up to an initiative to collect plastic bottle caps in order to donate vaccines to children in developing countries through the NPO Japan Committee Vaccines for the World’s Children.
Activities that are closely linked to local communities
The AISIN Group launched the All AISIN NPO Activities Support Fund (Aichi, Fukui and Toyama prefectures) through our 13 main Group companies as one part of activities that are closely linked to local communities. We supported 21 NPO groups in fiscal 2017.
In collaboration with Toyota Industries Corporation, we hold spring and fall “Friendship Farm” harvest festivals every year and invite people from local welfare facilities. These events let participants with little opportunity to feel the land and experience harvesting by directly seeing and touching agricultural crops.
Nurturing disaster relief volunteer leaders
The AISIN Group promotes disaster relief activities in Japan and around the world. Along with these activities, we are nurturing disaster relief volunteer leaders from among our employees by providing a training course to improve the skills of employee volunteers.