Social Contribution Activities
“Be With” local communities
AISIN Group establishes “Harmony with Society and Nature” under the Corporate Principles and vows to respect the culture and customs of each country and territory in which it operates, and actively contributes to activities closely connected to local communities under the AISIN Group Principles of Corporate Behavior.
It also aims to conduct effective social contribution activities leveraging the collective capabilities of the entire Group.
“Be With” goes hand in hand with its activities. Globally, the Group is working “together” with members of local communities to build a richer society.
Three pillars of social contribution activities
AISIN Group develops social contribution activities that are closely linked to local communities through the three pillars of Protection of Nature and the Environment, Fostering Youth and Community Support. Through these activities, the Group is working proactively to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of common goals for international society to work toward achieving by the year 2030.
Protection of Nature and the Environment
Conducting tree-planting activities in Japan and China
In Japan, the 14 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, the Group has been conducting tree-planting activities in the Xilinhot district of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. In July 2017, 51 employees from Japan and overseas AISIN Group companies and 32 local junior high school students participated in these activities, planting approximately 100,000 saplings and learning the importance of tree planting through environmental education.
“Aisin no Mori” forest-making to contribute to the conservation of the natural environment along the Yahagi River
AISIN Group has been conducting environmental conservation activities in the basin of the Yahagi River, which Group companies in Aichi Prefecture use to obtain water for industrial and domestic purposes. 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. The Group holds 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 2018, a total of 376 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.
Tree planting activities aiming to support the recovery of the Tohoku region
Since fiscal 2016, AISIN Group has supported coastal forest regeneration activities in cooperation with the Association for the Preservation of Takatamatsubara, with the aim of supporting recovery efforts in the city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate, which suffered major damage during the Great East Japan Earthquake. Through fundraising efforts by employees, the Group has nurtured saplings since 2015 and planted 250 Japanese black pines in June 2018. Through these activities, 56 AISIN Group employees have been able to appreciate first-hand the importance of abundant coastal forests and raise their awareness with regard to the environment.
AISIN Environmental Education Program
AISIN Group is 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 AISIN’s corporate head office is located. To date, a total of about 24,000 students at 282 elementary schools have learned about the environment in a structured manner through the program, which focuses on topics such as forests, waterside environments and living.
Outreach seminar on monozukuri (manufacturing)
AISIN Group conducts seminars on monozukuri that involve classroom lectures and hands-on lessons and enable 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 Kariya City; and weekend workshops held at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (Aichi Prefecture). Approximately 10,600 children have participated in 108 events on 32 themes held to date at 13 cities and towns around Aichi Prefecture.
Project for refining automobile manufacturing [Kurumazukuri Kiwameru Project]
AISIN Group dispatches instructors to participate in the refining automobile manufacturing project, run by the city of Toyota in Aichi Prefecture, in which children experience first-hand the basics of automobile manufacturing, while at the same time learning about vehicle structure, and developing a sense of achievement and of doing a worthwhile job. In fiscal 2018, 131 children enjoyed participating in fun monozukuri experiences through this project.
Project for supporting young people in obtaining high school diplomas to increase employment opportunities
Since November 2011, ADVICS Manufacturing Indiana (Indiana, USA) has worked in association with the local school board to provide support for young people wishing to work as permanent employees at the company to obtain high school diplomas. By having them take lessons while they work as workers at the company, ADVICS is providing backup for these young people in obtaining their high-school diplomas.
Donating uniforms to local junior high schools
In addition to making annual donations of second-hand clothes to social welfare facilities as part of its CSR activities, Aisin Automotive Haryana (Rohtak, Haryana State, India) began a new initiative by presenting winter jackets to all 350 students at local elementary schools in March 2018.
During the winter season, Rohtak experiences cold weather conditions with minimum temperatures of around 5°C. Because schools do not supply winter clothing and many children come from families with many children that cannot afford to purchase these clothes themselves, the company launched this initiative in the hope of contributing to improving the educational environment for these children. Moving forward as well, the company will aim to contribute to the local community by continuing to conduct activities in line with community needs.
Community Building and Development
Efforts toward social issues
Aiding the activities of organizations supporting the employment of persons with special needs
Aisin Seiki, Aisin Takaoka, Aisin Chemical, ADVICS and Hosei Brake Industry provide organizations with opportunities to sell bread and sweets in their cafeterias.
Taking part in TABLE FOR TWO
Aisin Seiki, Aisin Takaoka, Aisin Sin’ei, Hosei Brake Industry, Aisin AI, Aisin Chemical, ADVICS and Aisin Kiko 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 2018, the companies raised enough money to provide around 92,000 meals and achieved “Platinum Supporter” status, the highest level awarded by TFT for the fifth consecutive year.
Donating vaccines to children in developing countries
AISIN Group continues to participate in 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
AISIN Group conducts various activities that are closely linked to local communities. In fiscal 2018, the 14 main Group companies supported 20 NPO groups through the All-Aisin NPO Activities Support Fund (Aichi, Fukui, Toyama and Nagano prefectures).
Every year, during spring and fall, the Group holds “Friendship Farm” harvest festivals in collaboration with Toyota Industries Corporation. AISIN Group invites the users of local welfare facilities to these festivals, and organizes hands-on activities for them to experience harvesting vegetables.
In addition to these activities, personnel from AISIN Group locations worldwide (including those in Japan) also contribute to their local communities by engaging in traffic safety monitoring duty, with the aim of eradicating traffic accidents and violations.