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 Philippines, Inc. "Tree Planting" >

We carry out tree-planting activities on the premises of and around the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) where the IPI plant is located. In fiscal year 2012, we held tree-planting events twice, in July and October. The events were attended by volunteers among the employees and their families, who planted 100 trees each.

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

IBIDEN Electronics (Beijing) Co., Ltd. conducted tree-planting activities for three consecutive years. Some 200 employees and their families participated in the tree-planting activities, which raised awareness of global environmental protection.

[ Actions for a cleaner community ]

< IBIDEN domestic Group's voluntary cleanup activity in a community >
The IBIDEN Group regularly conducts community cleanup and beautification activities in the areas where it operates.
In 2012, more than 6,000 of our employees took part in the Group’s self-initiated actions. 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.

Clean-River Action

Clean-River Action

Group alumni’s environmental beautification action

Group alumni's environmental beautification action

< IBIDEN Philippines, Inc. Community cleanup activity >

Working in partnership with local residents, IPI carries out community cleanup activities. Moreover, since 2010, we have been continuing activities to convert the plant’s unused oil drums made of resin into garbage cans and donate them for the purpose of community cleanup.

In fiscal year 2012, we made donations to a local fisheries school as part of the school support program, as part of collaboration among companies at the industrial park.
< Participation in the CO2 reduction / Light-Down Japan 2012 >

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.
While learning about the history of the region’s development, both parents and children study the structure and functions of a water wheel, which generates electricity using the power of water, by actually making one. We offered the tour to local elementary school students and their parents in fiscal year 2012, and all of the 12 participating families consisting of 31 people evaluated the tour as "satisfactory."

[ IBIDEN Hungary Kft. Plant visits ]

IBIDEN Hungary Kft. gives plant tours to students at a local university and others. A tour includes a plant visit, briefing on DPF and exchanges of opinion. Student visitors enjoy rare opportunities to view production lines in operation and develop a better understanding of work performed by a variety of people through information exchanges.

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.

[ 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. IBIDEN’s scope of involvement expanded in fiscal 2009, when its employees initiated post-festival cleaning activities around the thoroughfare leading to the main train station. IBIDEN strongly advocates local revitalization efforts, which it tries to help by amplifying the festival spirit together with local residents.

[ IBIDEN Cup youth soccer tournament ]

We annually hold a youth soccer tournament in autumn for the development of young people and local revitalization through sports. In 2012, 45 teams of boys and girls from not only Gifu Prefecture but also Aichi, Mie, and Shiga prefectures participated in the tournament, where they played exciting games.

[ Support for the Ibigawa Marathon ]

We provide support for the Ibigawa Marathon, a sporting event that takes place in the town of Ibigawa-cho every November. The Company not only serves as an official sponsor but also makes parking spotsavailable at its plant in Ibigawa-cho to help with traffic control. Furthermore, the Company recruits volunteers from within for positions such as water station staff to help organize the event.

[ 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 30 teams took part in the seventh annual tournament in fiscal year 2012.
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.

[ In-house blood donation drives ]

The Group has registered itself as a Japan Red Cross Blood Donation Supporter, running blood donation drives. We are working to secure a stable supply of blood by focusing mainly on efforts in winter, when the number of blood donors decreases.
In fiscal year 2012, a total of 436 participants cooperated in blood donation drives at eight locations including Group companies. This event also takes place annually at IBIDEN Philippines, Inc. and IBIDEN Electronics Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. IBIDEN Hungary Kft. also hosts the event twice a year.

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.

< The Great East Japan Earthquake support >

Donations to organizations dedicated to disaster recovery were made by the domestic and overseas Group companies through fund-raising activities by the employees for the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

In-house fund-raising activities

In-house fund-raising activities

Encouraging volunteerism

We are promoting social contribution and volunteer activities to encourage our employees’s 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 action to start volunteering ]

As volunteer activities in which anyone can casually participate, we are facilitating" Chovola activities" within the Group, in which spoiled postcards, used stamps and plastic bottle caps are collected and donated. Using a simple activity as an opportunity for our employees to start volunteering, we deliver information on local volunteer programs internally and invite the employees to participate in a wide range of volunteer activities. In fiscal year 2012, we donated wheelchairs to local welfare organizations in cooperation with the activities of a local elementary school.

[ 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 2012, donations were made to an environmental protection group in the Philippines as well as a children’s protection group in Malaysia. IBIDEN Philippines, Inc. participated in activities hosted by the environmental protection group by providing instructors, while IBIDEN Electronics Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. 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, and spent time to meet and socialize with its members.

[ IBIDEN U.S.A. Corp. Participating in and in-house fund-raising for the AIDS Walk ]

IBIDEN U.S.A. Corp. recruited volunteer employees to participate in the AIDS Walk in San Francisco. Some volunteers also led fund-raising activity by collecting donations to help seek a cure for AIDS.

[ IBIDEN Philippines, Inc. support activities for the local youth ]

We donate stationery to support elementary school students and young children in the region.
A campaign is carried out each year to collect stationery from our employees for donation to elementary schoolchildren. In fiscal year 2012, the amount of donations exceeded that of the previous year and 180 individual sets (1,468 items) were given out. Employees also volunteered to help pack the stationery.