Cleaning along the adopted road
Since April 2004, we have participated in the Adopt a Road and River program sponsored by Osaka Prefecture. The Hirakata Plant's actions towards adopting a road and adopting a river include monthly cleaning of the sidewalk leading from the nearest station to the front gate of the plant, and trimonthly cleaning of the promenade on the left bank of the Hotani River. In FY2017, a total of 108 employees participated in these cleaning activities.
We conducted a science experiment class for 97 students from three 6th grade classes at Tsuda Elementary School in Hirakata, located adjacent to the Hirakata Plant, January 24, 2017. The lesson was composed of a lecture on the mechanism of copying and an experiment in which the children manually copy their handwritten manuscripts. Some students repeated the experiment until they were able to copy their handwritten manuscript better. We hope that the students felt the joy of experimenting and learned how electric energy is converted to other kinds of energy for effective use.
The principal of the Tsuda Elementary School said, "I am looking forward to this lesson, which cannot be held at the school." We are also happy with this favorable evaluation. We enjoy preparing the lesson so that children can feel impressed and moved by what they learn.
Junior high school students visited our plant for an "internship," in which they experienced actual work conducted at the plant, from November 1 to 2, 2016, from November 9 to 10, 2016 and from January 26 to 27, 2017. We welcome these junior high school student interns as part of our social contribution activities. On these days, twelve students in total from Tsuda Junior High School, Sugi Junior High School, and Nagao Junior High School in Hirakata came to our plant for the internship. This career experience program is intended to provide junior high school students with an opportunity to experience working at the plant and deepen their understanding of the significance of working and the work itself. This year, the students experienced the quality inspection of parts that have arrived and product arrival and shipment work.
At a vocational facility near the plant, people with disabilities earn a wage by making and selling cookies, so they can support themselves while working as full-fledged members of society. This is an empowering activity that allows them to work cheerfully together. To support these activities, pies and cookies are sold at the plant once a month. They are very popular and the buyers say they are very delicious.
We conduct voluntary blood drives twice a year. In June 2016, a total of 39 persons, including plant employees and employees of resident contractors, donated blood. A total of 15.6 liter of blood was donated. In November, 32 persons donated 12.8 liter of blood. The Japan Red Cross expressed their appreciation to us for our efforts to help them acquire blood on a regular basis.
Also, every December, we conduct its Year-end Charity Campaign. This charity campaign is conducted out of the desire to help others and contribute to society. This year, money collected from employees, the labor union and the company was donated to the Hirakata City Social Welfare Council.
Nine of our employees participated as volunteers in the Fureai Sports Exchange Meet hosted by the Social Welfare Council of Hirakata City on July 2, 2016. This event is an athletic meet for people with disabilities living or working in Hirakata City. Competitors were divided into four teams by the welfare facility and competed as teams. Members volunteered for various jobs, including guiding or arranging vehicles in the parking lot, assembling or removing competition equipment, calling or guiding each match, and ushering for the venues.
On August 3, 2016, at the behest of the Hirakata City Global Warming Action Council, to which the Hirakata Plant belongs, we participated in the "Let's Sprinkle Water Together Campaign," which is open to administrations, businesses, and individual citizens in the city who come together as part of an action to alleviate summer heat. We participated in this event, which was held. On this day, approximately 30 employees of the plant gathered at 16:00 with buckets at a water use point in the plant and sprinkled water at various places in the plant, including roads and pathways.
Approximately 1,600 people, including local residents, guests, and families of plant employees, visited the summer festival held on July 30, 2016. We had a very pleasant event, thanks to the performance of the brass band of the municipal Hirakata Tsuda High School, a regular participant in our festival, lottery, and the flamenco show by Kansai Gaidai University Flamenco Club. Booths were also popular, with long lines of people in front of them.
We received a certificate of recognition by the Hirakata East Fire Department at the 2017 Firefighting Memorial Day. This commendation was given because of our daily efforts to maintain safe operation, including continued operation with no accidents, due to regular preventive management and continued good management, as checked with onsite inspections by the Fire Department. A total of four offices or facilities, located in the jurisdiction of the Hirakata East Fire Department, were commended. The head of the Fire Department praised the plant by saying "No industrial accidents for many years is the greatest contribution to fire defense.