Environmental Approach

As a member of the community, the Tsubaki Group not only creates employment and economic benefits, but is also engaged in steady efforts to build relationships of trust such as social and environmental contribution initiatives and other activities suited to the actual circumstances of the community.

Basic policy

Our ”Code of Ethics” is a collection of guidelines that all Tsubaki Group employees must follow in addition to complying with the laws and rules of each country in our business operations. These guidelines are designed to ensure each employee's actions reinforce and improve the Tsubaki brand. With these guidelines in mind, we strive to maintain and develop good partnerships with local communities by carrying out a wide range of initiatives including factory visits and work experience programs for children in Japan and a variety of charities and volunteer activities overseas.

Initiatives at plants in Japan

Initiatives in Japan

The Tsubaki Group does not limit itself simply to complying with laws and social rules. Rather, we go a step further, working to build strong partnerships with local communities. Tertiary industries account for more than 70% of Japan’s working population. In recognition of this fact, we are promoting understanding of the manufacturing industry by providing factory tours as well as work experience programs for elementary and junior high school students. In addition, we are forging bonds by acting as a member of local communities, opening factory grounds for local residents during seasonal events and otherwise reaching out to the community.

Summer holiday program of family factory visits

Since our Kyotanabe Plant in Japan moved to new quarters in 2001, we have tried to remain open to local society. We actively communicate with local government and area residents.In particular, summer holiday program of family factory visits held in August each year is a valuable social contribution and PR activity that gives the community an opportunity to discover what kind of company we are.
This program was started in 2008, with the cooperation of Kyotanabe City, from our desire to communicate the appeal and depth of manufacturing to the children who will inherit the future. Every year we receive a high volume of applications for the program, held for the eighth time in FYE 2016.This year saw 100 parents and elementary school students participating over the two-day program. Participants were treated to a variety of enjoyable experiences that challenged all of the physical faculties, from a chain assembly competition to a hands-on factory tour that included a first-hand factory lunchtime experience.

Summer holiday program of family factory visits
Summer holiday program of family factory visits

Showing Local Residents the Activities of the Saitama Plant

Since 2015, the Saitama Plant has been participating in the “Environment Festa” that the city of Hanno and Hanno Citizens’ Environmental Council hold jointly in June as part of the Strengthening Environmental Education Month. In 2016, we used panel displays and videos to show local residents the activities of the Saitama Plant and provided an overview of our business. We used exhibits to further understanding of the type of corporation that we are, the products that the Saitama Plant manufactures, and the environmental activities we conduct.
In collaboration with the local community, we intend to continue efforts to introduce our business activities to even more people.

Initiatives at plants overseas

Advancing Social Contribution Activities in India

School personnel and local residents receiving a purifier

In December 2015, Chennai, in India, experienced rain of a severity that might be expected to occur once a century. Large-scale flooding damaged the city, forcing its residents to live in evacuation centers. In the area, TIPL is working with a local nongovernmental organization(NGO), and the company’s employees are distributing hot meals and essential items for daily life.
Also, viewing working with local communities as a priority, MTC participates in environmental preservation, advances preventive measures for health, and supports disadvantaged people in the region around the plant. In addition, as part of efforts to promote improvement of health and hygiene in the local community, we gave children who come to school from distant regions where clean drinking water is unavailable access to safe, clean drinking water by installing purifiers at six local schools in January 2016.

Implementing Global Warming Prevention Activities in Thailand

Implementing Global Warming Prevention Activities in Thailand

Every year, volunteers from among the employees of TAT plant trees in forests to lower CO2, a cause of global warming. In conjunction with these activities, we add a mineral-based “salt soil” to strengthen or help the recovery of the ecosystems and the natural habitat and build weirs to slow the movement of flood water from hills to plains.
To aid in the prevention of global warming, the Tsubaki Group will continue to focus efforts on increasing greenery and helping the recovery of forest ecosystems.

Topics

Opening a Famous Cherry Blossom Viewing Site to the Public—the Kyotanabe Plant’s One Thousand Cherry Blossom Trees

Since April 2013, we have opened the grounds of the Kyotanabe Plant to the public so that the local community can enjoy viewing our cherry blossoms. At the fourth such event in 2016, for the first time we opened the plant entrance to the public and held presentations on the Tsubaki Group’s history and businesses and enabled participants to touch and experience many of our chain products. These presentations proved popular. Thanks to good weather and the cooperation of the city of Kyotanabe, roughly 660 visitors came to the plant and enjoyed viewing cherry blossoms in full bloom. We will continue opening our famous cherry blossom viewing site to the public and inviting local stores to set out stalls at the event.

Cherry blossom viewing event