Cooperation with Local Communities and Promotion of Contributions to Society
The NGK Group is concerned about social issues in all nations and regions. We engage in social contribution activities in response to needs in each region in an aim to become a corporate citizen trusted by local communities.
The NGK Group promotes social contribution activities based on the following concepts.
Social Contribution Activity Promotion System
At the NGK Group, social contribution activities are promoted under the leadership of the Social Contribution Subcommittee, which is chaired by the general manager of the General Affairs Department and reports to the CSR Committee.
NGK collects reports from Group companies in and outside of Japan on their activities. In fiscal 2017, a total of 70 reports were received.
Social Contribution Activity Promotion Status
|Social contribution expenditures||331 million yen||346 million yen||315 million yen||300 million yen|
|Number of social contribution programs||8||9||10||10|
|Number of collaborations with NPOs/NGOs||5||4||4||4|
Breakdown of Activities
Providing Scholarships and Assistance to International Students
NGK established the NGK Foundation for International Students in order to facilitate the cultivation of individuals who will contribute to the development of the international community. It is through the Foundation that NGK is helping to provide housing and scholarships to overseas students visiting Japan.
The impetus for the Foundation's establishment stems from gratitude for the warm community support and hospitality shown to NGK's first employees and families posted overseas at the time of its initial overseas expansion back in the 1930s. Our activities are conducted in the hope that the students will feel glad that they came to Japan and develop a fondness for the country.In fiscal 2017, we provided housing to 39 students from 11 countries, and scholarships (non-repayable) to 20 students from 13 countries.
Support for Volunteer Activities by Employees
The NGK Group proactively supports activities and provides information to create opportunities for employees to participate in volunteering outside the company.
Volunteering to Teach Children About the Wonders of Science
As a manufacturer, NGK engages in various activities to spark children's interest in science. In 1997, we started running the "NGK Science Site: Experiments at Home Series" as a regular feature in a science magazine. We also maintain a dedicated website which is updated monthly.
Children's interest is piqued through the use of featured experiments that are supervised by experts and which address interesting and relevant topics. These experiments utilize familiar, everyday materials like plastic bottles, dry cell batteries, vegetables, and condiments and are explained in detailed steps.
Since 1998, the experiments introduced on the NGK Science Site have been demonstrated at the Youngsters' Science Festival in Nagoya (hosted by the Japan Science Foundation) and other local science events. Every year, NGK employee volunteers set up a booth to present a science lab. To date, roughly 40 sessions have been presented, attracting a cumulative total of 20,000 children and their parents.
Christmas Lectures Convey the Wonders of Science
We took part in the 2017 Royal Institution Christmas Lecture (sponsored by the Yomiuri Shimbun news corporation and the Tokyo Institute of Technology), which is an annual event aimed at conveying the wonders of science to children. At the 2017 Christmas Lecture we showcased the amazing capabilities of our NAS batteries. This popular series of lectures began in the U.K. around 200 years ago and serves as a "Christmas present" from scientists to young people. This format has been replicated in Japan, with NGK taking part each year since 2011. The theme of the September 2017 lectures was energy. Our NAS batteries were heavily showcased as a model for the future of secondary batteries, with NGK employees serving as guest lecturers to provide an easy-to-understand explanation to children and students about what makes these batteries so special.
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