Social Contribution

Basic Policy

We aim to contribute to local communities by taking advantage of our unique corporate characteristics, including our capacity to improve living environments and to offer opportunities for personal development. We take part in and support groups involved in activities of this nature. We also undertake our own community projects across the globe, tailoring them to local cultures and customs, and earning the trust of the international community.
Focusing on our priority areas, which are "Protecting the global environment," "Fostering the next generation," "Contributing to social welfare and local communities," and "Disaster relief activities," we promote the social contribution activities of the IBIDEN Group, and at the same time, we encourage our employees to voluntarily participate in non-profit social contribution activities.

Promotional Structure of Social Contribution Activities

We set up social contribution contacts in the General Affairs Division as a specialized organization in fiscal year 2008 and have been drafting policies and plans and organizing and operating activities. In fiscal year 2011, we established "social contribution rules." They stipulate which activities are of priority and are to be conducted by the domestic IBIDEN Group, the formation of the Social Contribution Committee to facilitate smooth social contribution efforts, and the establishment of the Social Contribution Fund to support the Company’s social contribution activities and social contribution activity groups in which our employees participate.

The Social Contribution Committee, which consists of representatives of group companies in Japan, approves annual activities for social contribution and operates and manages the Social Contribution Fund. The Committee also examines the details related to the recognition and rewarding of collaborative activities with other groups promoting social contribution, such as NPOs and NGOs, and employees’ volunteer activities.

Protecting the global environment

Grounded in the values of harmony with nature, we are conducting activities that lead to environmental protection globally.

[ Forest building activities: "IBIDEN’s Forest" ]

In August 2008, an Agreement on Lively Forest Creation was signed with the Gifu Prefectural Government, the Ibigawa Town Government, and the Ibi Shizen Kankyo Rangers (a nonprofit organization) to embark on a reforestation initiative. We aim for sustainable forest rehabilitation, which is carried out as part of its global environmental protection initiatives.
This includes tree planting, forest thinning, and improvement cutting. As an effort to protect the global environment, it aims to reconstruct a forest that is sustainable for the long term.

[ Planting activities worldwide ]

< IBIDEN Electronics (Beijing) Co., Ltd. l "Tree Planting" >

In fiscal year 2013, we conducted tree-planting activities at the eastern site of the first plant for the fourth consecutive year, including in the Beijing suburbs. Some 100 employees planted 40 willow stakes. We will continue to implement these activities in the years ahead.

Tree Planting

< IBIDEN Hungary Kft.: Tree-planting and Environmental Protection Learning >

In cooperation with employees and students at the local elementary school that have enjoyed deepened exchanges for many years, we planted three maple trees. Subsequently, we held environmental protection workshops on the importance of trees and their role in the ecological cycle.

[ Actions for a cleaner community ]

Since 1992, the IBIDEN Group's domestic companies have actively conducted community cleanup and beautification activities in the areas where they operate. In fiscal year 2013, more than 7,000 of our employees took part in the Group's actions.

Clean-River Action

Clean-River Action

Group alumni’s environmental beautification action

Group alumni’s environmental
beautification action

In addition, a number of the Group's alumni and employees serve as volunteer crew for cleanup activities organized by municipal governments (such as the city of Ogaki) and local NPOs.

< Participation in the CO2 reduction / Light-Down Japan 2013 >

We take part in the CO2 Reduction / Light-Down (i.e. lights-off) Campaign being run by the Ministry of the Environment as a means to stop global warming. During the campaign period, the lights for the rooftop signboard at our Aoyanagi Plant were switched off at certain times.

Fostering the next generation

We are promoting activities for the development of young people to foster the next generation for the future.

<IBIDEN Tour-Learning from "Water" >

Since 2010, we have been conducting two-day and one-night tours to support education about the power of nature and electricity through a visit to the Higashi-Yokoyama Power Plant, which has been operating since our establishment, and product-making experience.
In fiscal year 2013, 10 participating school students and their parents, comprising 24 people, enjoyed experiences to create newspaper while asking our employees what they were interested in to better understand the power of nature (water) and hydroelectric power.

IBIDEN Tour

IBIDEN Tour

< IBIDEN Electronics (Beijing) Co., Ltd. l “School Support Activities” >

Since fiscal year 2013, we have donated educational equipment to improve the educational environment of the local school. In fiscal year 2013, we donated writing materials, basketball baskets, as well as desks and chairs for the cafeteria.

[ IBIDEN Hungary Kft.: Plant Visits ]

IBIDEN Hungary Kft. has given plant tours to students including at a local high school and university as part of ongoing activities, and these were held three times in fiscal year 2013. Student visitors enjoyed opportunities to view production lines in operation and to develop a better understanding of our production and products.

Plant visits in IBIDEN Hungary Kft.

Plant visits in IBIDEN Hungary Kft.

Contributing to social welfare and local communities

We are contributing to social welfare and local communities to cooperate with local communities as well as to facilitate local development.

[ Company Blood Donation Drives in Japan and Overseas ]

The domestic Group has registered as a Japan Red Cross Blood Donation Supporter, running blood donation drives to provide a steady supply of donated blood. For fiscal year 2013, we set up eight sites within the Group in Japan in addition to the four sites organized by our overseas group companies (for a total of 12), and ran a total of 17 events with 847 participants overall.

IBIDEN Electronics Malaysia

IBIDEN Electronics Malaysia

IBIDEN DPF France

IBIDEN DPF France

[ Participation in the Mikoshi parade in the Jumangoku Festival in Ogaki ]

The IBIDEN Group is a regular participant in the Kigyo Mikoshi (portable shire) parade section of the Jumangoku Festival hosted by the city of Ogaki every October.

The Jumangoku Festival

The Jumangoku Festival

Clean up Campaign

Clean up Campaign

More than 100 employees have participated in the festival each year. We strongly advocate local revitalization efforts, and support the "festival spirit" together with local residents. Moreover, IBIDEN's scope of involvement expanded in fiscal year 2009, when its employees initiated cleanup activities after the festival around the thoroughfare leading to the main train station.

[ IBIDEN Cup youth soccer tournament ]

A-class tournament

A-class tournament

We hold a youth soccer tournament four times a year to support local revitalization and development of young people through sports. In the fiscal year 2013, the oldest boys' A-class tournament was held for the 22nd time, with participants comprising 24 teams from Gifu Prefecture as well as Aichi, Mie, and Shiga prefectures. Participants exceeded more than 2,000 at all tournaments.

[ Support for the Ibigawa Marathon ]

The IBIDEN Group serves as an official sponsor of the Ibigawa Marathon, a sporting event that takes place in the town of Ibigawa-cho each November. To support the event, we make parking spots available at our plant in Ibigawa cho, and recruit volunteers from within for positions including staff for traffic control or water station.

[ Supporting the IBIDEN Cup Moms’ Volleyball Tournament ]

The Group’s Social Contribution Committee works with Seinou Regional Moms’ Volleyball Association to host annual the IBIDEN Cup Moms’ Volleyball Tournament. Approximately 400 members from 28 teams took part in the eighth annual tournament in fiscal year 2013.
The Company's women's volleyball team also hosts social events and skills workshops with mothers as well as children from local elementary, middle, and high schools to promote regional community revitalization through volleyball.

Moms’ Volleyball Tournament

Moms’ Volleyball Tournament

[ IBIDEN Hungary Kft.: Donating personal computers to local elementary school and support organization to physically challenged people ]

Employees rebuilt four personal computers using outmoded ones from the office and donated two of each to local elementary school and support organizations to physically challenged people. This effort helped to computerize paper documents for the elementary school and support the independence of physically challenged people.

IBIDEN Hungary Kft.
Donating personal computers

Disaster Relief Activities

We implement disaster relief activities to contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of people’s lives and social infrastructure in the communities.

[ IBIDEN Philippines Inc. Supported Victims of the Central Bohol Island Earthquake ]

To support victims of the large-scale earthquake that occurred on Bohol Island in the Philippines and to assist with the recovery effort, our employees volunteered to collect donations and goods for delivery to local support organizations.

Aid supplies donated by IBIDEN Philippines Inc.

Aid supplies donated
by IBIDEN Philippines Inc.

[ IBIDEN Philippines Inc. Supported the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda ]

The path of Typhoon Yolanda cut directly through the central Philippines, causing a level of devastation never seen before. To support victims and assist with the recovery effort, all of our employees were encouraged to make a donation in kind such as clothing, non-perishable food, and medicine or host fund-raising events. All proceeds were delivered to local support organizations. The IBIDEN Group also contributed financially to the cause.

Aid supplies donated by IBIDEN Philippines Inc.

Aid supplies donated by IBIDEN Philippines Inc.

[ IBIDEN Electronics (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Supported Earthquake Victims in Ya’an City, Sichuan, China ]

Employees collected donations and goods for delivery to local organizations to support the victims of the Ya'an Earthquake, which occurred in China's Sichuan Province, and to help with the recovery effort.

Encouraging Volunteerism

We are promoting social contribution and volunteer activities to encourage our employees' voluntary, self-motivated participation in volunteer activities.

[ Volunteer Encouragement Program ]

IBIDEN and its domestic group companies provide special leave for volunteers (a special paid leave of up to 7 days a year) as a volunteering encouragement program. In addition, the Social Contribution Committee grants awards to employees according to our internal rules.

[ “Chovola Activities”: Simple Actions to Start Volunteering ]

We began hosting small, casual volunteer activities ( “Chovola” activities) as part of our effort to foster an atmosphere where employees can volunteer without making a very large commitment of time. The Company as well as its domestic group companies organized collection events for used stamps and postcards in fiscal year 2008 as well as bottle cap drives in fiscal year 2009, and the proceeds were given to local charity organizations and nonprofit organizations. Thus far, we have collected more than 20 kg of used stamps and 800 used postcards/unused stamps. The total for the bottle cap drive exceeded 2,100 kg.

[ Synchronized actions between oversea bases and Japan ]

Furthermore, in fiscal year 2009, the Company began hosting fund-raising activities during the year-end/New Year period, targeting former and current employees in Japan, collecting unwanted books and CDs for donation of the proceeds. In fiscal year 2013, IBIDEN worked with both IBIDEN Electronics Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and IBIDEN Philippines, Inc. to donate to local children's help organizations as well as environmental protection agencies. IBIDEN Electronics Malaysia sent its employees to present the Group with the donations collected from within the company and in Japan, together with essential goods that children need. Eleven employee volunteers then spent time to meet and socialize with the children while working on arts and crafts projects.

IBIDEN Electronics Malaysia, Donation event

IBIDEN Electronics Malaysia,
Donation event