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Together with Society

Cooperation with Suppliers

Held Community CSR Report Meeting

CSR report meeting
CSR report meeting

On November 1, 2017, we held a CSR report meeting at the Hirakata Plant. We invited 14 people from 10 organizations, including local governmental agencies and local residents' associations, as well as the Vice Mayor of Hirakata City and explained our environmental management, social contribution activities and our efforts for the environmental protection, occupational health and safety and disaster prevention. Also, after the meeting, a demonstration of our environmentally friendly and cost-efficient products was held, which allowed the participants to understand our efforts in making our products environmentally-friendly.

Installation of Surveillance Camera at "Storage Area for Specified Export Cargo" on the First Floor of the No.5 Plant

Since the September 2001 terrorist attack on the United States, the safety management of cargo has been reinforced. The World Customs Organization (WCO) established the AEO* program, in which customs recognize businesses that excel at cargo security management and compliance and award them privileges, such as a simplified customs clearance process.
We have received this AEO certification and have been required to ensure security management for products and parts and in April 2017, a 360-degree surveillance camera was installed at the storage area (first floor of the No.5 Plant) for specified export cargo.

*AEO:Authorized Economic Operator

Social Contribution Activities

Adopt a Road/River Program in which we have participated

Employees cleaning along the adopted road
Employees cleaning along the "adopted" road

Since April 2004, we have participated in the Adopt a Road and River program, sponsored by Osaka Prefecture, in which companies become "foster parents" of the roads/rivers and take care of them as their "adopted children" by cleaning them. In the Adopt a Road program, we conduct a monthly cleaning of the sidewalk leading from the nearest station to the front gate of the plant, and a tri-monthly cleaning of the promenade on the left bank of the Hotani River, flowing alongside of the plant. In FY2018, a total of 108 employees participated in these cleaning activities.

Held Science Experiment Class at Hirakata City Municipal Tsuda Elementary School

Explanation by staff volunteers of how to perform hand copying
Explanation by staff volunteers of how to perform hand copying

On January 23, 2018, a science experiment class was held for 104 students from three 6th grade classes at the Tsuda Elementary School in Hirakata, located near the Hirakata Plant. The lesson was composed of a lecture on the mechanism of copying, using static electricity and an experiment in which the children manually copied their handwritten manuscripts. We hope that the students learned the joy of experimenting and how electric energy is converted to other kinds of energy for effective use.
This class has been received favorably by the principal of the Tsuda Elementary School, who said, "I am looking forward to this lesson, which cannot be held at the school." We will continue to hold this lesson in the future so that children can learn from it.

Internship for Junior High School Students

On November 7 to 8 and November 14 to 15, 2017, we began a work experience program for Junior high school students, in which they experienced working at the plant. Every year, we accept junior high school student interns, as part of our social contribution activities and in FY2018, eight students from Tsuda Junior High School and Nagao Junior High School in Hirakata began their internship. This work experience program is intended to provide junior high school students with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the plant and deepen their understanding of the significance of working. This year, students experienced the quality inspection of parts used for our photoreceptor drums and our products. One of the students commented, "We could easily understand the content of the works which we did for the first time, because we could refer to the procedure manual with photos and illustrations and were given the explanation about them. We were busy, but we had a wonderful time to be able to work according to the order."

Explanation of an outline of the whole plant
Explanation of an outline of the whole plant
Experience of assembling the parts used for toner containers
Experience of assembling the parts used for toner containers

Held Lecture on Work Experience for Junior High School Students

Lecture at the Classroom
Lecture at the Classroom

Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture, wherein our plant is located, promotes the program entitled "Career Education" for junior high schools in the city. This program is held in order to create the opportunity for the students to start thinking of their career choices and includes lectures on work experience for first year students, a work experience program for second year students and career guidance for third year students. As part of the program and as one of the manufacturers in the city, we were requested to give a lecture on work experience at the Nagao Junior High School in Hirakata City, on January 24, 2018.
After the lecture, some of the students asked us questions, such as "When do you feel rewarded?" and "Have you had trouble in your work to date?" These questions made us realize the students' interest and awareness.

Support for Sales of Cookies Made at a Vocational Facility

Selling cookies in the plant
Selling cookies in the plant

Vocational facilities near the plant help people with disabilities to earn a wage by making and selling cookies. This gives them the chance to support and feel good about themselves as productive members of society. In support of this activity, we hold a monthly, in-house event in which it sells cookies. This event is received favorably by the buyers, who compliment on how delicious they are.

Cooperation for Fureai Sports Exchange Meet

Ten of our employees volunteered in the Fureai Sports Exchange Meet, hosted by the Social Welfare Council of Hirakata City, on July 8, 2017. This event is an athletic meet for people with disabilities living or working in Hirakata City. Participants were divided into four teams for the competition. Members volunteered for various jobs, including parking vehicles in the parking lot, placing or removing competition equipment, and assisting participants at each match.

Participating volunteer members
Participating volunteer members
Competitors at a venue
Competitors at a venue

Participation in "Let's Sprinkle Water Together Campaign"

On August 2, 2017, we participated in the "Let's Sprinkle Water Together Campaign," in which administrative agencies, companies and individuals in Hirakata City conducted water sprinkling in streets and gardens, as a part of the efforts against the hot weather during summer in response to a call for action from the Hirakata City Global Warming Action Council, to which the Plant belongs. Around 4 pm on that day, approximately 30 employees sprinkled water by buckets at various places in the plant, such as roads and pathways.

Let's Sprinkle Water Together Campaign
Let's Sprinkle Water Together Campaign
Let's Sprinkle Water Together Campaign

Promotion of Various Social Contribution Activities

We conduct voluntary blood drives twice a year. In June 2017, a total of 36 persons, including plant employees and employees of resident contractors, donated blood. A total of 14.4 liters of blood were donated. In November, 30 persons donated 12.0 liters of blood. The Japan Red Cross expressed their appreciation to us for our efforts in helping them acquire blood on a regular basis.
Also, every December, we conduct our Year-end Charity Campaign. This charity campaign is conducted with 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.

Blood donation in the plant
Blood donation in the plant
Donated money collected from a year-end charity campaign
Donated money collected from a year-end charity campaign

Held Summer Festival

More than 1,800 people, including local residents, guests, and families of employees, visited the summer festival held on August 5, 2017. The performance by the Osaka Prefectural Hirakata Tsuda High School brass band (which takes part in this festival every year) and prize drawings, as well as the singing performance of the Kansai Gaidai University Acappella Club, created a stage of excitement. Booths were also popular, with long lines of people in front of them.

Visitors gathered in front of the stage
Visitors gathered in front of the stage
Performance by the brass band of the municipal Hirakata Tsuda High School
Performance by the brass band of the municipal Hirakata Tsuda High School

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