Responsibility to Local communities
Initiatives to “Be With” local communities
“Harmony with Society and Nature” is a core corporate principle of AISIN Group, with AISIN Group Principles of Corporate Behavior pledging to actively engage with society and contribute to sustainable development based on an awareness that companies are members of society.
Our activities are guided by the motto “Be With”. We work with local communities to build a richer society.
AISIN Group develops a wide range of social contribution activities together with our stakeholders, through the three pillars of protection of nature and the environment, nurturing youth and community building and development. 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.
Children are the future, and helping them to grow up healthy is important to us. We carry out community activities, such as providing environmental education that teaches local children the importance of the environment and encourages them to protect it and live eco-friendly lives, and giving talks that will foster an interest in manufacturing. We also carry out sports initiatives to teach young people about health and get communities active.
AISIN Environmental Education Program
AISIN Group is working together with the NPO ASK-NET to roll out 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 cities and towns where Aisin’s sites are located. To date, a total of 29,412 students at 350 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.
Nurturing youth and getting communities active through sporting initiatives
We nurture youth and get communities active through sporting initiatives, led by Seahorses Mikawa, a professional basketball team in the B. LEAGUE, and AISIN Aisin AW Wings, a team belonging to WJBL. The teams share the excitement and joy of an intense match with members of local communities, inspiring the communities to get active. The athletes and coaches also hold coaching sessions and clinics at elementary and junior high schools to get them interested in basketball.
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
We recognize the importance of addressing our priority issues related to the SDGs and building connections with local communities. We are carrying out ongoing initiatives in a wide range of areas including traffic safety, health and welfare, support for regions affected by disasters and helping people with disabilities to live independently.
As a member of the automotive industry, we are actively carrying out activities at each our our sites around the world, including community activities to increase awareness of traffic safety, safety patrols, safety talks and donations.
Driving sessions on a local test course
We provided sessions with our driving technology at a local test course at Lake Yudo-numa, Hokkaido to promote traffic safety in the community. We taught members of the community how to drive on the frozen lake. The session taught members of the local community, including town hall employees and officers in police boxes, about technology for driving in winter.
We give employees the opportunity to help tackle global health issues and volunteer for causes such as support for regions affected by disasters.
Taking part in TABLE FOR TWO
We have been taking part in TABLE FOR TWO (TFT), an activity aiming to provide food to developing countries and eradicate obesity and lifestyle diseases in industrialized countries, with a focus on imbalances in world food consumption. In fiscal year 2020, we raised enough money to provide around 235,000 meals and achieved “Platinum Supporter” status, the highest level awarded by TFT, for the Seventh consecutive year. (We placed first in the cafeteria category.)
Support for regions affected by Typhoon Hagibis
On November 16, 2019, volunteers from AISIN helped with disaster recovery in Nagano City, an area of Nagano Prefecture that experienced particularly severe water damage. Our volunteers cleared away mud and debris along with other cleanup activities in areas such as apple orchards and residential properties. We also donated to the recovery effort through Japan Platform and Central Community Chest of Japan.
Gifting vaccines to children in developing countries
We are carrying out an ongoing initiative in which we collect the caps of plastic bottles and gift vaccines to children in developing countries through the Japan Committee of, Vaccines for the World’s Children. In fiscal year 2020, we collected 3.37 million caps, which equates to vaccines for 3,900 children.
Support for medical facilities
We are involved in the Kokorohakobu Project*, which supports medical facilities that are working around the clock on COVID-19 testing and treatment. We support these hardworking professionals by producing basic beds and partitions, and have donated surgical masks to local medical and welfare facilities.
*A project by the Toyota Group encompassing various initiatives to support patients, medical professionals, governments and local government bodies in the fight against COVID-19.
Spending on social contribution activities
Our spending on social contribution activities can be classified into the following three categories according to the LBG (London Benchmarking Group) guidelines.
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