Relationships with Local Communities

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The UACJ Group engages in various types of activities to not only contribute to society through business activities as a good corporate citizen but also coexist with and contribute to local communities as a corporate group trusted by society.

Basic Approach

The UACJ Group places great value on coexisting with the communities where we pursue business activities. We, therefore, support activities promoting environmental conservation, the development of children, the well-being of people with disabilities, local festivals, and other locally oriented activities.

Promoting Employee Participation

At UACJ, we encourage employees to participate in volunteer activities by not only inviting them to join in company activities supporting social welfare, disaster recovery, environmental conservation, and other such causes but have also implemented a volunteer leave system* that supports social participation by individual employees.

* Under the volunteer leave system, employees are allowed to take paid time off, separate from their regular paid leave, to participate in volunteer activities.

Environmental Protection and Neighborhood Cleanups

The UACJ Group, in its pursuit of CSR activities rooted in local communities, actively participates in the beautification activities of local governments and cleans areas adjacent to its plants.

Nagoya Works

The Nagoya Works contributes to community beautification efforts by conducting cleanups of the area surrounding its site. Roughly 60 employees, consisting mainly of supervisors, participate in each of these semiannual (April and September) events.

Fukui Works

The Fukui Works participates in environmental beautification activities promoted by Fukui Prefecture, and performs cleanup activities in areas next to its facility. In fiscal 2015, these cleanup activities were held on four occasions – in June, September, December, and March – with a total of 500 participants. Held every year, they have now become regular events for the community surrounding the works.

The Fukaya Works and Six Group Companies in the Fukaya Area

Since 2001, the Fukaya Works and six Group companies in the Fukaya area have participated in Fukaya City’s semiannual (May and November) “zero garbage” activities and conducted their own local cleanup activities. In fiscal 2015, a total of 98 people, including Group company employees joined in a cleanup of areas along the Maenogawa River as it passes along the western side of the Fukaya Works.

※ACE21, UACJ Logistics, UACJ Fukaya Service, NIKKEI KAKOH, UACJ System, UACJ Green-net

Picture of Cleaning up along the Maenogawa River in connection with Fukaya City’s “zero garbage” cleanup campaign
Picture of Cleaning up along the Maenogawa River in connection with Fukaya City’s “zero garbage” cleanup campaign

Cleaning up along the Maenogawa River in connection with Fukaya City’s “zero garbage” cleanup campaign

Nikko Works

The Nikko Works performs cleanup activities in the area around its facility and in neighboring areas. Thirty employees from indirect departments and cooperating companies participated in the activity held in June – Environment Month - of fiscal 2015.

Picture of Cleaning up near the Nikko works
Cleaning up near the Nikko works

UACJ Copper Tube Corporation

UACJ Copper Tube holds cleanup activities in the areas around its facilities, as part of Toyokawa City’s Cleanup Day, an event held twice each year in accordance with the city’s ordinance on littering and cleaning up after pets.

In fiscal 2015, the city held its Cleanup Days in May and September, and UACJ Copper Tube Corporation and UACJ Copper Tube Packaging Corporation employees, numbering 30 in total, joined in the collection of non-burnable and burnable waste.

Picture of UACJ Copper Tube employees cleaning up areas around the company’s facilities as part of Toyokawa City’s Cleanup Day
UACJ Copper Tube employees cleaning up areas around the company’s facilities as part of Toyokawa City’s Cleanup Day

UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation and UACJ Foundry & Forging Corporation

Every four months, around 30 employees of UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation and UACJ Foundry & Forging come together to clean the approximate 2.5km footpath that surrounds the plant. They have also continuously participated in cleanup activities sponsored by Oyama City. In fiscal 2015, a total of 42 employees participated in the cleanup of the Watarase Yusuichi recreation area, the cleanup following the Oyama fireworks event, and the Furusato cleanup event in Omoigawa. These annual events take place in April, July, and October, respectively.

UACJ Extrusion Gunma Corporation

UACJ Extrusion Gunma Corporation conducts cleanup activities around its plant. In the fiscal 2015 activities, conducted in April and September, employees collected waste discarded along the public roads and water channels in areas near the plant.

Picture of Cleaning up the public roads and water channels around the facilities of UACJ Extrusion Gunma Corporation
Cleaning up the public roads and water channels around the facilities of UACJ Extrusion Gunma Corporation

UACJ Extrusion Nagoya Corporation, Anjo Works

Working together with neighborhood associations, the Anjo Works of UACJ Extrusion Nagoya Corporation conducts cleanup activities mainly in areas adjacent to or near its plant at the end of every month. As an additional contribution to local beautification, the works also sweeps up litter and fallen leaves after stormy weather and on other occasions as necessary.

UACJ Extrusion Shiga Corporation

UACJ Extrusion Shiga Corporation participated in the Lake Biwa Clean Campaign held in September 2015 to remove litter and empty cans from around Lake Biwa.

In fiscal 2015, 9 employees participated in this annual event.

Another event, a fishing tournament held in May 2015 to remove invasive species from the lake and raise awareness of the need to maintain the lake’s ecosystem, was joined in by 6 employees.

Picture of Fishing Tournament to Remove Invasive Species from Lake Biwa
Fishing Tournament to Remove Invasive Species from Lake Biwa
Picture of UACJ Extrusion Shiga Corporation employees participating in the Lake Biwa Clean Campaign
UACJ Extrusion Shiga Corporation employees participating in the Lake Biwa Clean Campaign

UACJ Foil Corporation, Nogi Works

In June of every year, the Nogi Works of UACJ Foil Corporation cleans the roughly 2km walking path between the works and Nogi Station, helping to beautify the area in the process. In June 2015, 13 volunteers including employees of the Nogi Works and business partners with staff on site joined in this event.

Picture of Cleaning up near the UACJ Foil Corporation, Nogi Works
Picture of Cleaning up near the UACJ Foil Corporation, Nogi Works

UACJ Foil Corporation, Isezaki Works

Between 10 and 20 employees of UACJ Foil Corporation’s Isezaki Works, mainly fiscal 2015 new hires, joined in a cleanup of a water channel on the south side of the works. Beautification activities are used by the works to enhance employee awareness of its coexistence with the local community.

Picture of Cleaning up near the UACJ Foil Corporation, Isezaki Works

UACJ Foil Corporation, Shiga Works

The Shiga Works of UACJ Foil Corporation conducts cleanup activities at the Yamadera Industrial Park, where it is located, as a contribution to local beautification. At the event held on December 1, 2015, 31 volunteers collected 14.5 kg of trash.

Picture of Cleaning up near the UACJ Foil Corporation, Shiga Works
Picture of Cleaning up near the UACJ Foil Corporation, Shiga Works

Nikkin Co., Ltd., Saitama Plant

Every year, the Saitama Plant of Nikkin Co., Ltd. helps to install lanterns for the cherry blossom festival sponsored by the Kiyoku Industrial Park in March, joins in cleanup activities in May and November, and helps to set up and manage the Noryo Fireworks Festival in July.

Sansen Co., Ltd.

For over 10 years, Sansen Co., Ltd. has been conducting its “Sawayaka Undo” cleanup activities in areas (junior high school, school for disabled children, hospital, and other places) surrounding the Nagoya Works of UACJ Corporation.

These activities are held on a monthly basis and draw participation by about 10 employees on each occasion.

Picture of Sansen Co., Ltd.’s “Sawayaka Undo”
Sansen Co., Ltd.’s “Sawayaka Undo”

Support for Education and Research

The UACJ Group provides support for university and other research institutions, and for community-based cultural and arts activities. We also participate in the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s commissioned research, are moving forward with the development of a joint industrial-government-academia development program for young engineers and university students, act as a corporate practical training venue for the Super Science High School, support training activities sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and support education and training inside and outside Japan in other ways as well.

Internship System

The UACJ offers internships to 10-15 university (including graduate school) and technical college students every year. Participants are given a chance to experience actual operations in R&D and production technology departments, and in so doing gain a better understanding of the value of study and research in an academic environment and what it means to work at a company and in society.

Fukui Works

To help local residents deepen their understanding of the UACJ Group’s business activities, the Fukui Works conducts plant tours. In fiscal 2015, 200 residents, in 11 separate groups, observed manufacturing processes, environmental protection measures, and other aspects of the plant. The Fukui Works also offers internships, giving students a place to learn something about building careers and lives, and begin thinking about their futures and work they may want to pursue.

Fukaya Works

Since fiscal 2013, the Fukaya Works has been holding plant tours in cooperation with the Super Science High School (SSH) project Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is conducting to develop people who will be capable of participating at an international level in science and technology in the future. In the August 2015 plant tour, 13 students from Kumagaya High School viewed the casting furnace, rolling mill, and other gigantic pieces of equipment inside the works, and experienced the operation of cutting-edge testing equipment in the R&D facility.

Picture of Fukaya Works plant tour held in cooperation with the SSH project
Fukaya Works plant tour held in cooperation with the SSH project

UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation

UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation welcomes local junior and senior high school students for workplace tours every year. Comments reflecting surprise at the quantity and size of equipment in the plant and recognition of the importance of workers simply greeting each other show that observing plant operations has impressed students in various ways.

UACJ Copper Tube Corporation

Every year, UACJ Copper Tube Corporation accepts interns from a local high school.

In fiscal 2015, two students from Toyokawa Technical High School were welcomed for three days, October 20-22. During the program, the students were allowed to engage in primary and secondary tasks in the production and technology departments to experience the process of working to achieve particular objectives. It is hoped that this experience will help the students to develop a deeper appreciation for the meaning of studying at school and working at a company and in society.

Nalco Iwai, Shiga Works

The Shiga Works of Nalco Iwai participates in a program in which public school teachers undergo training at private sector companies. Over the past 16 years, it has regularly welcomed teachers into its facilities, and conducted training for 16 teachers in total. From May through July of fiscal 2015, a teacher from a local elementary school participated in assembly, packaging, and other types of work together with employees in the craft and manufacturing area of the Shiga Works.

Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd.

Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd. offers internships to students from Koriyama Kita Kogyo High School. In fiscal 2015, 3 second-year students from the school’s machinery program participated in the three-day internship, which included classes on safety and how to read technical diagrams, and hands-on experience in performing light-duty work. Separately, the company welcomed 40 first-year students from the same high school’s machinery program for a plant tour.

ACE21 Nara Center

ACE21 Nara Center participates in the experiential learning education program of the nearby Shikige Junior High School. In fiscal 2015, the center took great pride in guiding 2 students through the basics of processing sheets of aluminum.

UACJ Marketing & Processing

Since fiscal 2012, UACJ Marketing & Processing Corporation has been conducting a practical learning program for people with disabilities. Its intent is to support their efforts to live independently. In fiscal 2015, the company accepted two special education students for the program. With the help of detailed discussions with the school, and proper attention paid to safety during the program, the students accepted for the program completed it with flying colors.

Disaster Response Support for Communities

Nagoya Works

Supporting the City of Nagoya’s aims under its program for making the city more resilient against natural disasters, the Nagoya Works has signed a memorandum of understanding with a local committee working to prepare the Nakagawa school district for natural disasters. The agreement is for the provision of materials and equipment for responses to large-scale disasters. By entering into this relationship, the works is cooperating with the City of Nagoya’s efforts to have communities and companies work together to improve their area’s ability to deal with major disasters.

The Nagoya Works also signed an October 2012 memorandum of understanding in which it has agreed to make its unmarried employees’ dormitory available free of charge as a tsunami evacuation site for students of a nearby school for disabled children, and it continues to conduct tsunami evacuation drills with the school. The fourth drill was held in September 2015 with participation by roughly 400 people, including 50 from the Nagoya Works and 350 from the school.

UACJ Copper Tube Corporation

In an effort to support local disaster preparedness, UACJ Copper Tube Corporation entered into an agreement for firefighting and disaster response support with Toyokawa City in March 2013.

Other Forms of Communication

Fukui Works

Cooperating with Sakai City’s efforts to make itself more livable for people with disabilities, the Fukui Works began in fiscal 2008 to make donations of 9 million yen in five-year cycles, providing equipment for schools for special needs children and other social welfare facilities, as well.

The works’ donation for the fiscal 2012-2016 period has been used for purposes such as the purchase of a bus for the Reihoku School for Children with Special Needs and installation of audio guidance systems for the visually impaired in five of the city’s multipurpose toilets.

Fukaya Works

Since 2007, the Fukaya Works has been making contributions to programs that assist disabled people.

These contributions are overseen by the UACJ Shogai Fukushi Kikin. Together with funds donated by six Group companies (ACE21 Corporation, UACJ Logistics Corporation, NIKKEI KAKOH CO., LTD., UACJ Fukaya Service Corporation, UACJ System Corporation, and UACJ Green-net Corporation) in the Fukaya region, a total of two million yen is contributed to the fund every year to promote projects for the benefit of disabled people in Fukaya City.

Nagoya Works, UACJ Copper Tube Corporation

The Nagoya Works holds the Inari Festival, which begins with a dedication ceremony at Inari Shrine, located on the grounds of the works, in April of every year, and UACJ Copper Tube Corporation holds its Summer Festival in August. Both of these festivals are attended by large numbers of local residents and are, therefore, good opportunities for deepening communication with local communities. The Nagoya Works and UACJ Copper Tube Corporation also actively co-sponsor and participate in festivals, sports, and other events held by local school districts.

Picture of Inari Festival (UACJ Copper Tube Corporation)
Inari Festival (UACJ Copper Tube Corporation)

UACJ Copper Tube Corporation

As part of its efforts to support people with learning disabilities, UACJ Copper Tube Corporation began in April 2013 to allow Smile, an organization supporting people with learning difficulties, to sell its baked goods within the company every Wednesday, excluding holidays. The popularity of these items means it takes only about 15 minutes for the organization to sell all 150 items it brings.

The company also outsources the sorting of waste items to Smile and Kusei no Hana, another organization supporting disabled people.

UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation, UACJ Foundry & Forging Corporation

At UACJ Extrusion Oyama Corporation, employees, mostly younger ones, participate in the Mikoshi Neriaruki parade that is the highlight of every July’s Oyama Summer Festival Opening Carnival.

Donations and other forms of support are provided on an ongoing basis to Tochigiken Bohan Kyokai (crime-prevention organization), Oyamashi Shakai Fukushi Kyokai (social welfare organization), and other charitable organizations. In fiscal 2015, nearby Sano City presented the company with an award recognizing its contributions to local industrial development.

Picture of Sano City award for contributions to local industrial development
Sano City award for contributions to local industrial development

Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd.

With help from the city of Koriyama, Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd. organized a summer festival sponsored by the association of companies with operations in the Koriyama Nishibu Dai-ni Industrial Park. The festival, which was held on July 17, 2015, attracted roughly 500 visitors, including local residents. Following an opening address by the mayor of Koriyama, the festival commenced with games, live taiko drum and balloon art performances, and other attractions visitors thoroughly enjoyed.

Picture of Staff dressed in happi serving visitors to the summer festival at Nishibu Dai-ni Industrial Park (Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd.)
Staff dressed in happi serving visitors to the summer festival at Nishibu Dai-ni Industrial Park (Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd.)