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Together with local communities

Social background

The importance of participating in and contributing to the local community is one of the seven core themes of IS026000. And the GRI Standards touches on local community development.
Amongst these, there is a requirement to grasp both the impact on local community as well as the needs of the community, and establish the strong engagement with local residents.

The way of thinking by JTEKT

“Social contribution activities” as one of the Corporate Activities Standard

One of JTEKT's Corporate Activities Standards is “As a good corporate citizen, aggressively pursue activities that contribute to society.” The Social Contribution Working Group under the Council for Enhancement of Corporate Value leads to expand social contribution activities companywide in the five major areas of “local communities,” “nurturing of young community members,” “environment conservation,” “support for disaster-stricken areas” and “employee support of activities.”

What we want to achieve

By forging good relationships with local communities through social contribution activities, JTEKT aims to be the company trusted and appreciated by communities and achieve mutual development.

JTEKT’s definition of a good corporate citizen

Aim for the five priority fields

Local communities JTEKT grasps the needs and evaluation of local communities and engages in ongoing contribution activities befitting to JTEKT.
Fostering young community members
Target: High school students and younger
JTEKT leverages its experience and knowledge related to culture, sports and company business to continuously provide opportunities for the healthy development with young generation, who will be leaders of the future.
Environmental conservation
* Safety & Environment Promotion Dept.
Each and every employee must understand the aim of JTEKT’s social contribution activities and as many employees as possible must participate in one activity per year.
Support for disaster-stricken areas Increasing the participatory consciousness of employees not to forget the natural disaster of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Employee support of activities JTEKT continuously participates in activities to create environments where all living creatures can continue to coexist.

Main activities FY2018

[ Local communities ]

Holding community discussions at the all plants

We periodically invite local government officials and community members to participate in community discussions at each plant and business office. At these sessions, we report achievements of the environmental conservation activities and exchange opinions, and conduct plant tours, etc., to build a good relationship with the local community. During FY2018, sessions were held at all13 domestic plants.

Community discussions

Deepening friendships through plant festivals

Each of JTEKT's plants and business offices hold festivals every year, featuring stage shows, games, employee-run stalls and more. The aim is to promote friendship between employees, families and the local community.
Festivals were held at 11 plants and at the Higashikariya Office in FY2018, approximately 8,000 people visited the events.

Visitors enjoyed the Event and lotteries at Hanazono Plant Festival.

[ Regional beautification activities ]

JTEKT employees aggressively participated in the beautification activities to foster harmony with local communities. In FY2018 as well, this activity was carried out at all domestic sites, including plants, headquarters and branch offices.
Beautification activities are also carried out by domestic and overseas group companies.
In addition to clean-up activities in the area around business sites by the workers independently, the companies also take the proactive initiatives to participate in locally-run campaigns, etc.

Feedback from participants
  • I felt good when I finished cleaning up. And I'm happy to be clean around Plant.
  • It was good to be able to join Social contribution activities with family.
  • Local people said to us Thank you. I was Encouraged by that voice.
    And I wish to be loved by the community more.

[ Traffic safety initiatives ]

JTEKT actively promotes a number of road safety activities, including “risho” (*), which is carried out at each of our domestic bases. *Risho: A practice unique to Japan where, on the morning of a specific day every month, employees of automotive-related companies promote road safety awareness amongst drivers. The activity aims to reduce the number of road accidents.

Traffic safety

[ Various forms of communication with the community ]

In addition to community discussions and plant festivals, JTEKT is promoting communication with local communities in various ways.

Participation in local events

Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement between Kashihara City, Nara with JTEKT STINGS
Kashihara City, Nara and JTEKT concluded a Cooperation Agreement related to JTEKT STINGS, one of the V-league team, activities in Kashihara City at August 1, 2018.
Since JTEKT began production in Nara plant in 1969, JTEKT has been operating there for 40 years. In order to further cooperation and contribution to the local society, this Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement was concluded based on the good relationship between Kashihara City and JTEKT so far.
At the ceremony, JTEKT presented a signed volleyball to Kashihara City as a memory. Also, JTEKT STINGS player hosted a volleyball lesson for the children of local elementary schools and junior high schools.

(Contents of the Agreement)
1) JTEKT STINGS PR to the people at Kashihara City
2) Hold volleyball lessons for the children of local elementary schools and junior high schools
3) Cooperation for smooth operation at the home game
4) City sales and vitalization of local people

Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement between Tokushima pref. with JTEKT STINGS
Tokushima Pref. and JTEKT concluded a Cooperation Agreement related to JTEKT STINGS activities in Tokushima Pref. at October 1, 2018.
Since JTEKT began bearing production in Tokushima plant in 1963, JTEKT has been operating there for over 50 years. In order to further cooperation and contribution to the local society, this Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement was concluded based on the good relationship between Tokushima Pref. and JTEKT so far. At the ceremony, JTEKT presented a signed volleyball to Tokushima Pref. as a memory.

Kameyama plants employees held food stall in communities festival.
Kameyama Plant
Kameyama plants employees held food stall in communities festival.
Many local people look forward that.

Participant group photo we participated charity-walk event which held by WFP.
Tokyo plant
Participant group photo we participated charity-walk event which held by WFP.
That Event held to Eliminate hunger.

Photos during the koma taisen and Participant group photo
Houko Co.,Ltd.
Photos during the "koma taisen" and Participant group photo
We perticipated "Koma taisen"with neighboring high school students

Photos distributing Vegetarian food
JATJ
Photos distributing Vegetarian food
We participated Volunteer which distribute Vegetarian foods for free.
President and participants felt the importance of food.

[ Welfare support ]

JTEKT supports the socially vulnerable people, such as those with disabilities and senior citizens, in many ways.

Toyohashi plant – Social welfare support

Toyohashi plant – Social welfare support
We accept Person with a disability employment support facility's cookie shop in pant canteen.
Many employees bought some cookies and became happy.

JTEKT India Ltd. – Social welfare support

JTEKT India Ltd. – Social welfare support
JJtekt India Ltd donated Medical equipment and amvulance to serve low cost medical care.
Clinics and community people who participated celemony were happy.

[ Environment conservation ]

The social contribution activities in the environmental field is one important theme for JTEKT and, in collaboration with Safety & Environment Promotion Dept., and we engages in activities for harmony with nature together with community members at each plant and business site. These activities are introduced in the Environment > TOPICS section.

[ Nurturing of young community members ]

Through activities such as monozukuri classes and sporting events, JTEKT contributes to fostering young community members.

Monozukuri class (hands-on)

Kariya Plant Monozukuri with parents
Kariya Plant Monozukuri with parents
We held Monodukuri classes to make participants have an interest.
Participants said "It was a good memory because I participated with a child"

Sayama Plant – Monozukuri class
Sayama Plant – Monozukuri class
THirty companies in the neighboring region exhibited at the Monozukuri Festival in Sayama Senior High School of Economics.
Over 400 junior and senior high school students visited the festival and took part in JTEKT’s monozukuri class. Through this experiences to touch the products by their own hands, the students became to be interested in monozukuri.

Tokushima Plant hands-on casting class
Tokushima Plant hands-on casting class
We held hands-on corner at the Tokushima-Business festival.
Many family and many students visited our corner and interested JTEKT.

Higashinihon Branch Office - Monozukuri class
Higashinihon Branch Office - Monozukuri class
JTEKT’s Higashinihon Branch Office held the monozukuri class at JTEKT ROOM Ginza for 21 elementary school students and their parents.

Education Program at Kids Engineer 2018

As a supporting company JTEKT exhibited an educational program "How a vehicle move inside?" at "Kids Engineer 2018"(Organizer: Public Interest Incorporated association "The Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan") in Pacifico Yokohama.
This program was especially designed for elementary school children. And they enjoyed to learn how the vehicle parts work inside the car and to challenge building up TORSEN differential gear plastic models.
Also, they experienced JTEKT Iga Proving Ground virtually through JGOGGLE for KIDS which had been modified especially for kids sensibility.

Volleyball classes

As an activity contributing to local community, JTEKT STINGS volleyball classes were held in four locations. A total of 335 students from elementary to senior high schools participated in the event and had a fun-filled, active experience.

Volleyball classes

Support for junior high school student education in Thailand

As a New Year’s collection campaign, JTEKT makes a companywide effort to collect New Year’s cards which were not used due to writing errors, and various coupons (book store vouchers, QUO cards, etc.). The collected items are donated to EDF-JAPAN and used in the Darunee Scholarship Program which supports schooling in emerging nations.
In FY2018, a cash-equivalent value of 59,164 yen was donated by JTEKT, which will support scholarships for four Thai junior high school students for a whole year (14,400 per person).

Support for junior high school student education in Thailand

[ Disaster area support ]

Charity caravan supporting disaster-stricken areas

JTEKT runs charity caravans supporting disaster areas at all of its domestic bases as a companywide support activity by setting up donation boxes and utilizing vending machines.
FY2018 was the 6th year of this initiative and the total of 2,478,384 yen was raised in donations.
The money raised was donated to nine volleyball teams in five schools in Kesennuma/Minamisanriku as well as the Kesennuma Asobiba Community Organization as support for their activities.

Donation amount

Cumulative amount since 2013

16,484,606 yen

Held a presentation ceremony at Kesennuma Koyo High School as the representative of the high schools receiving donations. JTEKT received a message of gratitude.
charity caravans supporting disaster areas

Volleyball class supporting recovery in disaster-stricken areas

JTEKT’s men’s volleyball team, the JTEKT STINGS (V League affiliated) held a volleyball class in Kesennnuma city, Miyagi prefecture which was participated in by 100 boys and girls from high schools in Kesennuma/Minamisanriku.
JTEKT STINGS has been continuing this volleyball class since the very first in 2011 immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake in the hope of restoring positive energy in the area. At first the high school students that attended were hesitant and quite, however gradually became enthused with the kind, and passionate guidance from the STINGS coach and team members, making the class full of vitality.
Moreover, witnessing the strength of the students to overcome the disaster they endured, and feeling their extremely high motivation toward the volleyball classes, many STINGS members commented that they were inspired by the students instead.

Volleyball class supporting recovery in disaster-stricken areas