We want to be a good corporate citizen by being keen to the problems of the communities we operate in and conducting activities that lead to solutions.
Employees at regional Daikin bases have planned ways to interact with local communities.
Employees will continue to be front and center by listening to the needs of the community: this will make Daikin a known and trusted member of local society.
Each company site has an office or representative assigned to promote communication with local communities. Assigned personnel hold regular meetings with local community representatives and take other measures to proactively promote company-community interactions and receive any community complaints. And with the aim of being a plant open to the community, each Daikin company site welcomes community associations and citizens for factory tours.
Designees at each company site look into complaints and suggestions from local community members and, if necessary, discuss them to the relevant departments of the Headquarters, and then make a sincere effort to respond.
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The Daikin Group does all it can to make its plants safe so that nearby residents can live in peace of mind. When there is noise or vibration from operations of a plant, we set up a number that residents can call so that we can quickly deal with any complaints.
Besides group meetings with community associations to discuss topics like safety and disaster prevention, Daikin plant employees take part in local disaster prevention drills as part of their efforts to work with the community in making Daikin facilities safe.
In fiscal 2019, the Sakai Plant hosted a class on the Kanaoka Factory's disaster preparedness initiatives as part of disaster preparedness education for local elementary school students.
The Daikin Group has measures in place at all sites should there ever be a natural disaster. Besides providing our factories as evacuation site in the event of a disaster, we have supplies of food, water, and emergency equipment.
In August 2012, Japan's Central Disaster Management Council announced the damage estimated in case of the possible future major earthquake along the Nankai Trough. In case of such an earthquake, all relevant Daikin bases are ready to use their experience from the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, and they have revised measures based on the predictions of the Central Disaster Management Council.
Daikin sites hold disaster prevention drills every year, which are analyzed afterwards to study ways to improve disaster prevention measures. Daikin bases in Japan have introduced an employee safety confirmation system for determining and whereabouts and safety of employees when disaster strikes.
Daikin realizes the importance of interacting with local residents as a member of the community. In 1973, Daikin Industries, Ltd. became one of the first companies to create a Local Community Section within its organization, through which it has been deepening interactions with local communities. Instead of this Local Community Section, today each company plant makes efforts to interact directly with local communities. Daikin's goal is to be a good corporate citizen that creates closeness among all people and works with communities in order to abundant lives and lifestyles. We will continue to value our relationship with nearby citizens and strive to be a company known and loved for its contributions to society.
Also as part of efforts to be a trusted and valuable member of society, we hold factory tours, summer festivals, and other events to promote communication and understanding between Daikin and communities.
The Daikin-sponsored traditional Bon dance festival is a major event attracting large crowds of locals every summer.
The Bon dance festival began in 1971 as a social gathering for young employees of our Yodogawa Plant, and later expanded into a program open to the community and eventually grew to encompass the entire area. The event has evolved into one of Japan's largest corporate-sponsored Bon dances events and has been reported in media around the world as a successful example of interactions between companies and the community. In fiscal 2018, the Bon dance festival welcomed approximately 22,000 visitors.
In fiscal 2019, regrettably the event was canceled due to inclement weather. The Yodogawa Plant had planned a number of new draws, including mobilizing 400 employees to increase the number of bon-odori circles to six in order to create a more exciting atmosphere, expanding the event area for children along the street to the venue, and displaying a block of drift ice from Shiretoko of around 20 tons. The executive committee remains committed to spearheading efforts to make the event just as exciting for all who attend next fiscal year and beyond.
At the Sakai Plant, we were able to create an exciting atmosphere together with the local community, including performances of yosakoi soran dance by young employees and elementary school students in the community and refreshment booths run by the local community association. In fiscal 2019, the event was cancelled before it ended due to torrential rainfall, but we were also widely praised by participants from the community for helping to facilitate the evacuation of people. Because of the cancellation, the total number of attendees was around 7,500.
At the Shiga Plant, a summer festival is held every August for employees, their families, partner companies, and people from the local community to gather and meet. The festival features food stalls serving reasonably priced, delicious dishes, events and performances planned by employees, and the plant's famous fireworks display for the grand finale. In fiscal 2019, a total of 8,000 people attended the festival.
The summer festival at the Kashima Plant, which attracted 485 participants, the largest ever, featured performances of the Japanese harp by local residents and even had a portable shrine carried by children.
In addition, Daikin production bases in China, the U.S., and other countries also hold Bon dance festivals.
Employees at the Daikin plants in Yodogawa, Shiga, Sakai, and Kashima regularly pick up litter and pull up weeds in the surrounding areas.
At the Yodogawa Plant, regular cleanups have been held for 16 years since fiscal 2003, with participation this fiscal year amounting to 1,200 employee volunteers (cumulative total).
Daikin employees also took part in a cleanup of the Ajifu canal bordering on the Yodogawa Plant. In response to concerns voiced by the local community, such as fears of damage from recent years' torrential rains and the lack of cleanup participants due to the aging of the local population, we have mobilized more than 120 employees every year since 2009 for cooperation. This fiscal year we received a letter of appreciation on the 10th anniversary of these cleanup activities.
Once a month at the Sakai Plant, employees take turns joining a Sakai City beautification program to pick up litter and create a pleasing local environment. At the Kanaoka Factory, employees plant vegetation and clean up around the plant; and at the Rinkai Factory, employees pick up litter around the factory and along the median of the road. About 50 employees take part in each activity.
At the Shiga Plant, a cumulative total of 1,500 employees took part in three cleanups of the surrounding area during the year aimed at totally eliminating litter.
At the Kashima Plant, a cumulative total of 516 employees have taken part in the monthly cleanups around the perimeter of the plant. Also, after Typhoon No. 15 passed by, 40 employees worked to remove tree branches and leaves from along sidewalks and roadside ditches to prevent roadway flooding.
In December 2015, the Tokyo Office signed an agreement for an adopt-a-forest program with the local government of Minato Ward in Tokyo and since January 2016 has been conducting monthly cleanup activities around the Konan entrance of JR Shinagawa Station. A cumulative total of 355 employees took part in cleanups between January and December 2019.
Daikin meets local needs by interacting with and contributing to each of the communities it is located in.
Daikin bases overseas also provide locals with factory tours whenever possible in order to gain citizens' understanding and be a company truly rooted in the community.
Employees at Daikin's worldwide bases take part in cleanups of surrounding areas and scenic spots.
We provided donations to the volunteer firefighter training program for youth between the ages of 11 to 18 run by the fire department of Pierre Benite City. We are also deepening interactions with local firefighters, including participating in the fire department's open house held in May 2019.
A total of 21 employees visited the local worker rehabilitation center to take part in activities such as recreation and dinner party.
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