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Contribution to Local Communities
Environmental Preservation Activities
Activities to restore the greenery at the site of the Ashio Copper Mine
Since 2009, we have supported NPO Grow Green in Ashio in their initiative to plant one million trees in the mountains of Ashio. As a member of the NPO, we have assisted afforestation through nurturing saplings, planting, weeding, thinning, and so on. Restoration work of the Ashio forest has been ongoing for approximately 100 years; however, only a small area has yet been rejuvenated. Continuous efforts by many people are needed in order to restore this forest. Dexerials is providing support for these activities from various angles, including not only tree-planting activities but also the provision of fallen leaves to create good soil as well as event support. Dexerials employees visited Ashio copper mine in order to see and understand the serious damage caused by pollution. We believe this was an important opportunity for us to learn about the social responsibility in the company’s activities. We will continue to proactively work on environmental conservation activities alongside employees.
Environmental conservation activities at the Watarase Retarding Basin
In July 2017, Dexerials registered as a corporate member of “Watarase Nights Club” which is conducted by Tochigi City with the objective of natural environment conservation. Watarase-yusuichi Retarding Basin was registered as a Ramsar Convention wetland* in 2012 as this huge reed field is the habitat for countless precious plants, birds, insects, and fish. From now on, we will continue to proactively cooperate with activities to protect biodiversity and natural environments while maintaining bountiful ecosystems.
*Ramsar Convention wetlands: An international treaty to protect wetlands that are of international importance as habitats for waterbirds, in particular.
Our employees plant colorful floral displays in and around our plants so as to encourage environmental awareness not only among employees, but also with local residents. At Nakada Plant, we plant new flowers in June and November. The flower seedlings are provided by local facilities which employ people with disabilities, and in purchasing them, we also contribute to their activities.
Tochigi Citizens Environmental Improvement Movement
At the Tochigi Technology Center, we participated in the Tochigi City-organized “Tochigi Citizens Environmental Improvement Movement” where volunteers including Dexerials officers collected garbage from roads around the plant and along paths running alongside National Route 4.
Miyagi Smile Road Program
The Nakada Plant participates in the Miyagi Smile Road Program to perform environmental improvement activities such as weeding and cleaning, and it conducts cleaning activities every year for the prefectural road in front of the Plant, which is part of the course of the Junior High School Road Relay Race held by Tome City where the Plant is located.
Local cleaning activities at overseas sites
Dexerials Group engages in activities as a corporate citizen that takes an interest in and makes contributions to the regions where we work, even overseas. Dexerials (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. has continuously engaged in community cleanup activities.
Participation in the Local Community
Tome City Industry Festival
Every year, we exhibit at the Tome City Industry Festival held in Tome City. We display product samples and hold panels introducing our proprietary technology. In the interactive section, visitors can experience the manufacturing process, which is very popular with children and adults alike.
Youth Development / Crime Prevention Activities
Dexerials Kanuma Plant is conducting initiatives such as health development activities for youth, and education for the elderly to prevent harm due to fraud, in conjunction with the Kanuma Workplace Police Liaison Committee. Our activities have been well-received and we received a Superior Worksite award at the Tochigi Police Liaison Conference held on 8 November, 2019, by Tochigi Police Headquarters, which is responsible for the Kanuma area.
Supporting Utsunomiya Blitzen
Since 2015, we have been sponsoring Utsunomiya Blitzen, a community-based professional cycling road race team from Tochigi, home to the Kanuma Plant and Tochigi Technology Center. This sponsorship aims to vitalize the local community and promote cycling sports. In addition to participating in managing the event held in Tochigi, we also hold the “Dexerials presents Utsunomiya Blitzen Cycling School” event for children of elementary school age and younger in collaboration with Utsunomiya Blitzen. The morning session is for children aiming to be able to ride bicycles without training wheels, and in the afternoon session, the focus is on how to safely enjoy riding bicycles, and in this way, we support creating a safe and fun environment in which children in the local community can enjoy bike-riding.
We also conduct Clean-up Cycling, which seeks to raise awareness of local environmental improvement through cycle sports. This activity attracts many participants, including cycling enthusiasts.
Supporting Utsunomiya Brex
Since 2017, we have been sponsoring UTSUNOMIYA BREX, a professional basketball team. Through this sponsorship, we aim to invigorate the local community.
Dexerials Cup Miyagi Prefecture Champions Cup U-12 Tournament
Since 2013, we have conducted support activities in Sendai, where the Tagajo Plant is located, in the hope of contributing to the advancement of amateur support, the energization of the local community, and the healthy development of young people. Each year, we co-sponsor the "Dexerials Cup Miyagi Prefecture Champions Cup U-12 Tournament" held by the Miyagi Football Association.
Dexerials looks forward to continuing this in the future to bring smiles to as many children's faces as possible.
Donations and Contributions
Donating medical face shields
We donated infection-preventing medical face shields, which were in high demand on the medical frontlines, to local governments (Miyagi Prefecture, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Kanuma City, Tochigi Prefecture) and Jichi Medical University Hospital (Shimotsuke City,Tochigi Prefecture).
Dexerials Hong Kong Limited also donated 100 face shields made by its employees as a volunteer initiative to Hong Kong Christian Service, a non-governmental organization that conducts a wide range of activities from aesthetic sensitivity education for youth to elderly care.
At Dexerials Korea Corporation, our affiliate company in South Korea, we collect unwanted items such as clothing, shoes, and home appliances from employees, sell them to volunteer groups, and donate the profits. People with disabilities in the volunteer groups then process these goods for re-use. We participate in these activities with the objectives of recycling goods, contributing to job creation for those with disabilities, and donating funds. We will continue to proactively engage with interest in activities that contribute to local communities.
The TABLE FOR TWO program (referred to hereafter as TFT) is a program which crosses time and space to share a meal between participants in developed countries and children in developing countries. When employees choose healthy TFT menus in the company cafeterias, 20 Japanese yen, which is equivalent to the cost of one school meal in a developing country, is donated for every meal purchased to support school meals for children in need. The TFT program allows employees to pay attention to their own health and engage in social contribution easily, while also providing opportunities for children in developing countries to go to school for lunch where they will also receive an education.
Dexerials Hong Kong Limited participates in “Skip Lunch Day,” an initiative to donate the cost of a lunch to support communities with poor living conditions.
Dexerials Hong Kong also participates in “Love Teeth Day,” an initiative organized by the Community Chest Hong Kong, in order to raise employees’ health awareness while collecting donations to support dental care for those in poverty.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, Dexerials Korea Corporation donated to the Korea Disaster Relief Association through the Seoul Japan Club in order to support medical institutions and infected persons in South Korea.
Each plant conducts blood donation activities twice a year, and many employees assist by giving blood. In fiscal 2014, at the 50th National Assembly for Promoting Blood Donations, the Kanuma Plant was presented with a certificate of merit by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. We will continue to promote this volunteer activity in local areas.