The Nabtesco Group proactively promotes contributions to local economic development through the establishment of a production system for "locally produced and locally consumed," solutions for social challenges through the provision of our products and services, and community investment activities.
In FY2012, the Group established the "Nabtesco Way," which consists of Nabtesco's Corporate Philosophy, Our Promises, the Action Guidelines, and Action Declaration. In the Action Guidelines, which targets all the employees, we set a rule to proactively engage in exchange, cooperate with local communities and promote harmony with them and their culture though participation in social activities and others in order to grow with society.
In addition, in the "Nabtesco Group's CSR Basic Policy," which was established in FY2016, we identified 12 items including development of the local community as materiality (Material CSR issues) to indicate our policy of proactively implementing activities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Furthermore, in FY2018, we established the "Nabtesco Group Community Investment Policy," which clearly defines the policies, targets, and priority areas of activities regarding the development of the local community, which is one of the materiality, and organized our concept of the group-wide community investment activities.
The policy clearly states that through our community investment activities, we will proactively engage in exchanges and cooperate with local communities in fields closely related to its business in each region where the Group conducts business as good practice of the "Nabtesco Way." The policy states the targets of the activities as the values created for stakeholders to contribute to solving global social challenges and social challenges faced by local communities in each region where the Group conducts business. It also states that we will pursue the targets as the Group values, which are to encourage employees’ challenging spirit and innovative ways of thinking by contributing to solving social issues in fields related to the Group’s business and to increase the Group’s brand value. Moreover, based on the values created for both parties, we aim to foster the growth of both the Nabtesco Group and local communities and to build long-term relationships of mutual trust.
We have set environment, education, and welfare as priority areas of our activities. Those three areas are highly related to the sustainable business activities of the Group and correspond to the materiality, and are also associated with the 12 items of SDGs. Through the proactive promotion of community investment activities, the Group will work to establish a trust relationship with local communities while contributing to their development.
|Number of mangroves planted
(FY2013 to FY2018)
Accumulated total: 3,570
|Number of persons who planted mangroves
(FY2013 to FY2018)
Accumulated total: 852
|Number of persons who joined various programs|
|Number of welfare devices donated
(FY2008 to FY2018)
Accumulated total: 323
The Nabtesco Group believes that employees’ participation in local community contribution activities helps nurture diversified values and establish trust with the communities in which we operate, thus we are actively providing relevant support and information to employees. In addition, to promote employees’ community contribution activities, our working regulations provides for the use of accumulated leave for participating in volunteer activities organized by international NGOs.
Nabtesco Automotive Products (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Nabtesco Power Control (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Nabtesco Service Southeast Asia Co., Ltd. have been conducting a mangrove planting activity on tideland located within the premises of the Bang Pu Nature Education Center in the province of Samut Prakan, aiming to contribute to interaction with the local community and solutions to regional environmental issues. The activity was carried out three times in the past. In August 2018, the three companies conducted the sixth event jointly. A total of 245 employees and their families planted 720 mangrove seedlings, taking the cumulative total number of seedlings planted in this activity to 3,570 so far.
Mangroves grow in intertidal zones where seawater mingles with fresh water, and there are hopes that mangroves will help purify marine water, maintain and recover ecosystems, mitigate the damage caused by natural disasters, and prevent global warming. The Nabtesco Group will continue to regularly conduct social contribution activities into the future.
We developed the Assist Wheel® (AW) to help ease the physical burden of caretakers of wheelchair-bound people in moving their chargers from place to place. The AW is an electric wheelchair equipped with a sensor that automatically switches on the motor and brake and delivers superior performance, especially on both ascending and descending slopes, irregular ground and other places where moving ordinary wheelchairs is difficult.
Since FY2008 we have been donating AW wheelchairs to local governments in areas in which the Nabtesco Group has bases or where many of its employees reside, aiming to contribute to interaction with the local community and encourage employee’s challenging spirit for solving social issues. We also began donating the AW wheelchairs to areas afflicted by the Great East Japan Earthquake in FY2011 and the Kumamoto Earthquake in FY2017, where the superior performance of the wheelchairs on irregular ground is particularly useful.
In addition to the AW wheelchairs, we have also donated the CONPAL. The CONPAL is a caster walker that automatically decelerates only at times of rapid acceleration, to prevent falls. This new and reliable walker is available for those who walk with instability, or who have difficulty walking down slopes or applying a hand brake.
So far, We have donated 323 AW wheelchairs and CONPAL in total. We aim to be able to contribute to improving the lives of even more people through the provision of the AW wheelchairs and COMPAL.
The grip sensor detects the force being used to operate the wheelchair, and the electric motor assists the caregiver on slopes and pebbled paths. The electric wheelchair thus reduces the burden imposed on caregivers.
The acceleration control brake is built into the rear wheel. The brake of the walker does not operate at usual walking speed but only at quick acceleration to prevent turnover.
|Site/Region||Local government/ Public Institution||2018||Total Number|
|Nabtesco Headquarters in Tokyo||Tokyo, Kanagawa Pref., Chiba Pref.||2||21|
|Nabtesco Tarui and Gifu Plants||Gifu Pref.||2||21|
|Nabtesco Tsu Plant||Mie Pref.||2||22|
|Nabtesco Kobe, Konan, Seishin Plant||Hyogo Pref.||3||38|
|NAM Yamagata Plant||Yamagata Pref.||2||22|
|TSP and Toyo Jidoki||Yamaguchi Pref.||2||20|
|TSP Matsuyama Plant and
Shikoku Marine Customer Service
|The other Prefecture||0||16|
|Total Number of AW donated||15||323|
In order to contribute to the development of next-generation human resources as a member of the local community, the Nabtesco Group invites students, teachers and general citizens to its plants and other facilities for tours and internship programs. In FY2017, the Group hosted 2,477 people in such events held to foster exchange with local people.
Nabtesco has been supporting Environmental Education Program hosted by Asahi Shimbun Company, the newspaper company, since FY2014. The Program is held to help children learn about the Earth in a pleasant manner, and encourage them to voluntarily take actions for the planet.
Under the Program, free-of-charge educational materials, which Asahi Shimbun created with four supporting companies including Nabtesco, will be distributed to 245,000 children in about 2,900 elementary schools located across Japan (as of FY2017). Moreover, an environmental event will be held in September, special classes will be provided at elementary schools in November and December, and participatory events will be held for the children, who will be asked to write articles and essays for some of the events.
The Nikkei Education Challenge is an education program in which career professionals provide classes for high school students based on the concept of conveying the pleasure of working and their enthusiasm for their jobs. Since FY2015, we have sponsored this program, which is hosted by Nikkei Inc., the newspaper company.
On the day, approximately 300 high school students from all over the nation took part in the program. The lecturer conveyed his pleasure of working, the sense of achievement he gets from his job, and examples of challenges he overcame, providing a "lively class" that conveyed a real working site. We will continue to provide opportunities for high school students to imagine their future careers.
The Nabtesco Group has been supporting schools which have participated in the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) as a Japanese national team since FY2016. In this event, national teams consisting of junior high and high school students from the US, the UK, France and Japan participate as teams to design, build and launch a model rocket, competing for higher altitude, longer flying duration and others. Events have been held during the Farnborough International Airshow (in even-numbered years) and the International Paris Airshow (in odd-numbered years) at the respective sites. The Nabtesco Group provides some of the travel expenses for the Team Japan students to participate in the competition. The Group will continue to support national team schools as an initiative to develop next-generation human capital in the field of aerospace engineering, with which Nabtesco is involved in its business.
The Nabtesco Group has held workshops on robot programming at the Konan Plant, where automatic doors are manufactured since 2017. Employees in the Accessibility Innovations Company teach classes during the workshop, with support provided by Gakken Educational Co., Ltd. A total of 40 children from Kobe City took part in the second workshop, which was held in August 2018. They took a tour of the plant and the showroom, where they learned about the mechanism of automatic doors. They were also given an opportunity to operate computer programs for moving automatic doors that they created with blocks. Nabtesco will continue these activities, seeking to provide children with learning opportunities using the strength of its resources and insights.
Since FY2017, the Nabtesco Group, in partnership with DyDo DRINCO, INC., the beverage manufacturer, has hosted a soccer championship in Mie Prefecture Japan, where both companies have operational bases. Given the decrease in the number of children joining soccer teams and the widening gaps in performance levels between teams, this championship aims to provide children with an opportunity to participate on an equal footing, thereby offering more opportunities for exchange between teams and developing the next generation through sports. With approximately 960 children participating, the third championship, held in February 2019, was great success.
The Nabtesco Group has been supporting the younger generation through our sports sponsorship since 2018.
Through the sponsorship, the Group aims to have a harmonious relationship with the region and its culture by supporting education and school and youth sports in regions where Nabtesco companies are located.
In 2018, Nabtesco provided assistance to four youth athletes in fencing and sailing. In 2019, we have started assisting a total of six athletes in speed skating and shooting in addition to the four athletes supported in 2018, helping school children and young people to make their dreams come true through sports.
The Nabtesco Group proactively promotes contributions to local economic dev...
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