Sponsored KYOCERA Eco Award
The awards ceremony for the 2016 Kyocera Eco Award sponsored by Kyocera Document Solutions Germany was held in Munich on May 29, 2016. The award was established in 2008 to foster sustainability and environmental conservation awareness in the industry. Since then, two companies have been selected as awardees every two years. Starting this year, the Kyocera Eco Award became one of the GreenTec Awards categories, Europe's most significant awards system for the environment and economy.
The theme this year was "Green Office," and the winner was VAUDE. The head office for VAUDE, with more than 500 employees, was built with environmentally friendly building materials, designed to structurally maximize energy efficiency, and achieved a DGNB certification, a German green building certification system. In addition, carpets were manufactured from used fishing nets. Thus, environmental consideration is alive in every nook and cranny.
Separate from the Green Office category, a new category, Environmentally Friendly Transaction, was established this year. The winner of this new category was GREEN IT Das Systemhaus, one of the local dealers for Kyocera Document Solutions Germany. This award was the result of their project to reduce the number of prints used in their Dortmund Airport office by 30%, which was highly evaluated.
Participated in the "Toys for Tots" Program
"Toys for Tots" is a program, wherein toys are presented to the children of poor families as Christmas presents, instituted since 1991. This program is run by a foundation established by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
In 2016, the 11th year of its support for the program, more than 100 toys were donated from employees for Christmas.
Supports Youth Sports Teams in the UK
Kyocera Document Solutions UK has been donating uniforms to youth sports teams in the UK. This donation is intended to promote the growth of children and provide them with an opportunity to learn teamwork. In 2016, playing kits were donated to a girls football team and training equipment were donated to a community cricket club.
Participated in the Charity Event
92 employees of Kyocera Document Solutions Asia, Kyocera Document Solutions Hong Kong, and Kyocera Document Technology Hong Kong, participated in the charity event, “New Territories Walk,” held on 26 February, 2017. In this charity event, participants walk for a total length of 6km from Wu Kai Sha Youth Village, the outskirts of Hong Kong, to the University Station of the East Rail Line. When participants donate money at the goal, they are given a certificate of completion.
All participants completed approximately two-hour walks along a beautiful coastal trail. The participation fee, about HK$ 9,200 in total, was donated through the sponsoring organization to the Hong Kong Red Cross and other charitable organizations that support people suffering from disease.
Participated in Business Clean Up Day
Business Clean Up Day is a volunteer campaign held throughout Australia once a year. From 2003, Kyocera Document Solutions Australia has participated in this clean-up activity every year. This year, 8 employees participated in this activity and cleaned up Meadowbank Park in the suburbs of Sydney, about 8km from their office building. The clean-up activity lasted about 2 hours, and they picked up 8 bags of garbage, making the park a cleaner place.
Held Tree Planting Activity
On August 13, 2016, Kyocera Document Solutions Development Philippines held a tree planting activity at the mountainous area of Sirao District, Cebu city.
Its 40 employees took part in this activity, and they planted around 300 seedlings of mahogany.
This activity was held as part of social contribution activities contributing to environmental conservation and in cooperation with Metro Cebu Water District, which provided the seedlings. After the activity ended, Metro Cebu Water District bestowed the certificate of appreciation to Kyocera Document Solutions Development Philippines.
Held coastal cleanup activity
On December 3, 2016, 51 staffs of Kyocera Document Solutions Taiwan and their family held clean activities at White Sand Beach, about 20 kilometers north of Taipei city. The length of the beach is 1km, and in summer it is crowded with many people, but there is often lots of marine waste.
Therefore Kyocera Document Solutions Taiwan has held this activity since 2015 to protect marine ecosystem. This year 10 bags of marine waste, whose amount was totally 50kg, were collected.
Continuous Support for NGO Supporting the Employment of Black People
Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa continues to support the NGO Potters House Training Center. This facility provides vocational training to support the employment of the people who for a long time suffered disadvantages under apartheid and provides basic education and training, including how to maintain, inspect, or repair office equipment; its donations to this facility cover the management expenses. A job placement service is provided to trainees who have undergone one year of training and passed the year-end test, to help them find jobs in its South African head office or with dealers in surrounding countries.
Delivered special science lesson to elementary school students
Employee teachers from the Head Office of Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. and Hirakata Plant held a special science class for sixth graders at an elementary school. In the first hour, students learned the principle of copying, using static electricity, and in the second hour, they carried out "hand copying" experiments, in which students directly experienced the copying principle using handmade equipments. The children were amazed that they could copy the pictures they drew using their own hands and enjoyed making many copies of their pictures until they were satisfied with the images.
At the award winning ceremony of GERMAN CSR AWARD 2017 in Ludwigsburg, Deutschland, Kyocera Document Solutions Deutschland won the prize in the category: ”Exemplary cooperation of a company with an NGO”. Initiated in 2006, GERMAN CSR AWARD is a prestigious award given to the company which contributes to CSR activities in Deutschland.
This award was given to Kyocera Document Solutions Deutschland in recognition of building a long-standing partnership with German environment and consumer protection NGO, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (hereinafter “DUH”), with whom they celebrate 30 years of collaboration. Receiving the prestigious award in this anniversary year is very pleasing to, and meaningful for us, in the course of CSR activities.
DUH and Kyocera Document Solutions Deutschland have been committed to the project "Living Rivers" for decades, supporting renaturation measures of rivers throughout Deutschland. Additionally, DUH was an expert advisor to Kyocera Document Solutions Deutschland for hosting events, such as the Kyocera Environmental award and launching concepts of PRINT GREEN.
The head office of Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. received a letter of thanks from the Osaka Community Chest at the 2016 Osaka Social Welfare Assembly.
Its donation to the NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, which means Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Year-end Domestic Charity Campaign will be used to help local welfare facilities and people who need support through the Osaka Community Chest. It began cooperating with NHK Year-end Domestic Charity Campaign in 2003. Its contribution to develop social welfare in Osaka Prefecture has now been recognized and resulted in this letter of thanks.