Relationships with Local Communities

  • twitter
  • facebook
Listen to this page

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.

Fukaya Works and Five Fukaya-area Group Companies

Since 2001, the Fukaya Works and five Fukaya-area Group companies have participated in cleanup activities sponsored by Fukaya City in the spring and fall of every year. In fiscal 2019, 118 volunteers, including Group company employees cleaned areas along the Maenogawa River, which runs along the west side of the Fukaya Works.

* ACE21, UACJ Logistics Corporation, UACJ Fukaya Service Corporation, UACJ Metal Components Corporation, UACJ Green-net Corporation

Fukaya-City-sponsored cleanup activity along the Maenogawa RiverFukaya-City-sponsored cleanup activity along the Maenogawa River

Nikko Works

The Nikko Works cuts the grass and cleans locations around its plant and in the surrounding area. It also collects aluminum cans and works with local social welfare organizations.

UACJ Extrusion Shiga Corporation

UACJ Extrusion Shiga Corporation participates in the Lake Biwa Clean Hiking and Lake Biwa Clean Campaign events held in June and September of every year to collect garbage in and around Omihachiman City and Lake Biwa, and help remove invasive fish species.

Shiga Prefecture, in its Basic Environmental Regulation designates July 1 of every year as Lake Biwa Day, and around that time for the past 39 years, locales throughout the prefecture have held cleanup activities. The events mentioned above are a part of these activities.

Participants in the Lake Biwa Clean Hiking
Lake Biwa Clean Campaign events
Participants in the Lake Biwa Clean Hiking and Lake Biwa Clean Campaign events

Participants in the Lake Biwa Clean Hiking and Lake Biwa Clean Campaign events

Sansen Co., Ltd.

For more than ten years, Sansen has undertaken cleanup activities in areas around the UACJ Nagoya Works (at or near a local junior high school, special needs school, hospital, etc.) These activities are held monthly and attract participation from around 10 employees.

Sansen Co., Ltd. employees at a cleanup activity
Sansen Co., Ltd. employees at a cleanup activity

UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Narita Works

In May of every year, the Narita Works participates in a cleanup activity at the industrial park where the Works is located. In fiscal 2019, approximately 100 volunteers from companies at the industrial park participated in this cleanup, which is conducted together with Narita City.

UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Ena Works

The Ena Works holds beautification activities focusing on areas around its plant in May of every year.

UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Shiga Works

The Shiga Works participates in cleanup activities held by the industrial park where it is located. In this annual event held in October, employees help to clean areas along the Chagamagawa River, which flows along the side of the works.

Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd.

Every year, Nalco Koriyama joins in cleanup activities held by the industrial park where the company is located. In these activities, participants collect litter in areas around the plant, along roads within the industrial park, and in common areas.

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 other types of education and training initiatives, as well, inside and outside Japan.

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.

UACJ Color Aluminum Corporation

On the 10th of every month, UACJ Color Aluminum Corporation takes part in an overall cleanup of the Utsunomiya industrial park, where it is located. In these activities, which are held by the industrial park’s management association, employees clean areas along local roads, in parks, and other common spaces outside of the company’s facilities. In fiscal 2019, 110 employees helped to beautify the local area.

UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Shiga Works

The Shiga Works of UACJ Metal Components Corporation has for 20 years regularly accepted public school teachers participating in a program in which they work at a private company for a short period of time to gain experience they can apply in teaching.

UACJ Metal Components Corporation, Ena Works

UACJ Metal Components Corporation’s Ena Works accepts interns from Nakatsugawa Industrial High School (second-year students) and Ena City Kita Junior High School, both of which are located in Gifu Prefecture. It also holds plant tours for students from other local elementary, junior, and senior high schools.

Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd.

Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd. offers internships for students from Koriyama Kita Industrial High School. In fiscal 2019, the company welcomed three second-year students studying mechanical engineering. During their three days at the company, July 9-11, the students participated in safety training and gained experience in activities such as reading technical drawings and performing light-duty work.

ACE21 Corp., Nara Works

Every year, the Nara Works of ACE21 Corp. accepts interns from Shikige Junior High School in the local town of Kawanishi. In November 2019, the company welcomed two students for a three day-course in which they experienced the cutting of aluminum sheet, got a chance to observe adults in a work environment, and participated in safety training.

UACJ Marketing & Processing Corporation

UACJ Marketing & Processing Corporation has been offering practical training to help people with disabilities in their efforts to live independently. In fiscal 2019, the company accepted a student from the Anjo Special Needs Education School, as it has every year since fiscal 2012. Coordinating closely with the school, the company successfully conducted the training course with careful attention paid to safety along the way.

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. In entering this relationship, the works has agreed to cooperate with the city’s effort to have communities and businesses work together in disaster preparation. More specifically, the works has agreed to provide: jacks, crowbars, and other materials and equipment for rescue purposes; forklifts and forklift operators; and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and other life-saving equipment.

In addition, the works has signed a 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 and staff of a nearby special needs school. In preparation for such times, the works also engages in ongoing tsunami evacuation training together with the school.

Other Forms of Communication

Fukaya Works and Five Fukaya-area Group Companies*

Since 2007, the Fukaya Works and five Fukaya-area Group companies have been making donations to organizations assisting people with disabilities in Fukaya City.

These donations are managed by a foundation, the UACJ Shogai Fukushi Kikin, which provides Fukaya City with two million yen annually to support social welfare projects for assisting people with disabilities. These funds are contributed by the Fukaya Works and five Fukaya-area Group companies.

The Fukaya Works actively participates in the advancement of local-area sports and makes its sports fields and gymnasium available to local soccer and rugby teams, and badminton players. In fiscal 2019, the Fukaya Works provided support for the 14th Fukaya City Half Marathon and the 69th All Japan Business Corporation Championships, sponsored by the Saitama Badminton Association.

* ACE21 Corp., UACJ Logistics Corporation, UACJ Fukaya Service Corporation, UACJ Metal Components Corporation, and UACJ Green-net Corporation

Nagoya Works

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. The festival is attended by local residents and serves as an opportunity for deepening communication with local communities.

The Nagoya Works also actively co-sponsors and participates in festivals and sporting events held by local communities.

In addition, as a contribution to the local area, it works with a lifelong learning center operated by the City of Nagoya. The center offers a program in which it introduces manufacturers located in the city’s Minato-ku area, and the Nagoya Works cooperates with this effort, for example, by providing a general description of itself, showing an introductory DVD to interested parties, and conducting plant tours. The Nagoya Works also conducts plant tours for students in a company research class offered in the faculties of economics and contemporary social studies at Nagoya Gakuin University.

Inari Festival (UACJ Corporation, Nagoya Works)
Inari Festival (UACJ Corporation, Nagoya Works)

Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd.

Nalco Koriyama Co., Ltd., with support from Koriyama City, held the Noryo-sai, a summer festival sponsored by the Koriyama Seibu Dai-ni Industrial Park, on July 19, 2019.

With participation by approximately 820 local residents, the festival featured an opening address by the mayor Koriyama, and attractions including games, food carts, and a raffle.

ACE21 Corp., Fukaya Works

ACE21 Corp.’s Fukaya Works supports Fukaya City’s efforts to assist people with disabilities by making donations through the UACJ Shogai Fukushi Kikin. It has done this every year since 2007 and in July 2020 contributed 300,000 yen.