Social Contribution Activities
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.
The NGK Group’s social contribution activities are promoted by the General Affairs Department under the leadership of the ESG Committee.
NGK collects reports from Group companies in and outside Japan on their activities. In fiscal 2020, a total of 50 reports were received.
Social Contribution Activity Promotion Status
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Social Contribution Activities by NGK
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 2020, we provided housing to 39 students from five countries, and scholarships (non-repayable) to 20 students from 10 countries.
Exchange between Supported Students, Communities, and Employees
NGK organizes a variety of events and programs to provide opportunities for grassroots international relations between supported students, regional communities, and employees. Language classes taught by international students have been held ansnually since 2000, and cross-cultural exchange meetings where international students introduce their native countries have been held annually since 2006. As of fiscal 2019, around 1,000 people have participated and, although these events were canceled in fiscal 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are discussing restarting them in the future based on the pandemic situation.
Communication after Support Ends
To maintain relationships with international students after support ends, each year, we send out a New Year’s greeting card that includes a company status report to former and current students.
We also distribute NGK International Friendship Club Members Cards that include our contact information to international students after support ends.
In fiscal 2020, we sent New Year’s cards with updates on the Foundation and NGK to around 300 students who have received support in the past.
Support for Wheelchair Tennis
Since 2020, as part of our support for persons with disabilities and local sports, NGK has been an active supporter of wheelchair tennis.
We assist talented wheelchair tennis athletes based in Aichi Prefecture in various ways, such as helping to fund their travel inside Japan and overseas. We have also established a new hard court as well as barrier-free outdoor restrooms at the NGK Group company-operated Moronoki Tennis Club (located in Midori-ku in Nagoya City), which is open to wheelchair tennis athletes and aficionados alike.
NGK has also signed an official partnership agreement with the Japan Wheelchair Tennis Association (JWTA), with whom we work to sponsor annual events, competitions, and other opportunities for expanding and developing the sport of wheelchair tennis.
NGK Science Site Offers Special Content for Kids to Try at Home
The “NGK Science Site: Experiments at Home Series” featured on the NGK website piques children’s interest in science by presenting them with simple experiments, which they can perform using everyday items. This approach has attracted many to the site since its launch in 1997.
In 2020, a special page was added to the NGK Science Site, which features simple experiments and craft projects that children can create using items from around their house. While at home during efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, these experiments and crafts help children to enjoyably pass the time, as there is no need to go shopping for any of these projects.
Using experiments from the NGK Science Site, a series of videos titled “120 Seconds of Science” was created. This video series won two awards: an award of excellence in the education category of the 62nd Science and Technology Film/Video Festival; and the Director’s Award from the Tsukuba Expo ‘85 Memorial Foundation.
Using the Employee Cafeteria for the Table for Two Program
NGK has participated in the Table for Two program since September 2010, using it as a casual, daily volunteer activity, which employees can easily be a part of. Under this program, whenever an employee eats something off of the cafeteria’s healthy menu, an amount equivalent to one school lunch (20 yen) goes to children in Africa. All employee cafeterias at our Nagoya, Chita, and Komaki sites, as well as at our Ishikawa Plant, participate.
In fiscal 2020, we provided 51,000 school lunches (1.02 million yen from employee lunches and matching funds from NGK) and received the Platinum Supporter Award from the Table for Two organizers. Our total contributions up to this point are 440,000 school lunches (approximately 8.8 million yen), which is roughly equivalent to one year’s worth of school lunches for around 2,200 African children.
Volunteer Group Participation in the “Marathon Festival Nagoya, Aichi 2021”
A group of volunteers from the NGK Group took part in the “Marathon Festival Nagoya, Aichi 2021”. This is an ongoing volunteer activity of the NGK Group, and fiscal 2020 marked the sixth time that we have participated.
Similar to fiscal 2019, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scale of the event in fiscal 2020 was reduced, limiting the number of volunteers who could take part. A total of 25 employees from Nagoya, the Chita and Komaki Sites, the Ishikawa Plant, as well as NGK Ceramic Device, NGK Yu-Service, and other Group companies, took part handing out water to runners and helping with event operations.
Participation in Coastal Forest Restoration Project
NGK employees took part in OISCA International’s 10-year Coastal Forest Restoration Project being carried out along the coast of Natori in Miyagi Prefecture as part of the rebuilding efforts following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
A combined total of 50 volunteers performed weeding, which will protect the growth of the coastal Japanese black pines. They spent four hours pruning away wild soybean vines from around roughly 1,500 black pines, as well as checking on the condition of around 35,000 black pines in total.
Social Contribution Activities by Group Companies
NGK Electronics Devices Holds Blood Drive
NGK Electronics Devices held a blood drive at its head office in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Ten employees participated in this blood drive, which is held annually in response to, and in conjunction with, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Mine City Government. Because of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, additional hygienic control measures were carefully implemented, including checking people’s temperature at the entrance, requiring hand disinfection and mask-wearing, and constant air ventilation inside the mobile blood bank van.
NGK Electronics Devices Promotes Traffic Safety
In advance of the Yamaguchi Traffic Safety Association’s summer traffic safety campaign run between July 11 and 21, NGK Electronics Devices conducted its own safety awareness promotion at its head office.
Ten members of the Traffic Safety Committee stood outside during normal morning commuting hours and handed out traffic accident prevention fliers and called on employees to be mindful of traffic safety.
NGK Electronics Devices Promotes Communication Accessibility
Members of the NGK Electronics Devices (NGKED) Qup (Quality-up) Steering Committee stood out front at the company’s head office and Amagasaki Site to greet and talk with employees. This is a regular activity carried out by NGKED, which uses active engagement in order to facilitate better communication among employees.
As part of this activity, nine Qup Steering Committee members stood in front of the head office, while three stood in front of the Amagasaki Site, during normal morning commuting hours to personally greet and talk with employees.
NGK Electronics Devices Helps with Mine Lantern Night Week
Employees from NGK Electronics Devices (NGKED) participated as volunteers in “Mine Lantern Night Week” put on in the city of Mine.
For three years running, NGKED employees have participated as volunteers in the festival's lantern display event held throughout the city, which showcases more than 1,000 lanterns from the city of Taipei in Taiwan, with which Mine City has an exchange relationship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival stalls and events were canceled in fiscal 2020, but the lantern display was held as usual. For one month before the festival, NGKED employees worked after hours, on weekends, and during their other free time to create lanterns, such as an “amabie” lantern constructed by city employees and volunteers as a prayer for an end to the pandemic, which they displayed in front of city hall and inside Mine Station.
NGK Ceramic Device Holds Blood Drive
NGK Ceramic Device held a blood drive at its Tsuru Plant.
When contacted by the Yamanashi Prefecture Red Cross Blood Center about donating blood to help alleviate shortages due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 31 employees responded, which was the largest number in the past 10 years. In order to avoid any of the ‘3 Cs (closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings),’ the blood drive was extended for roughly an hour longer than usual.
NGK Ceramic Device Receives Letter of Appreciation from Tajimi City
The NGK Ceramic Device (NCDK) Tajimi Plant was recognized by Tajimi City for its contributions to civic vitality. The NCDK Tajimi Plant donated 1 million yen to Tajimi City as part of the plant’s operations launch ceremony in 2019. In recognition of its contribution, the city presented the plant with its commendation.
The NCDK Tajimi Plant manager attended a ceremony held in the city to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Tajimi City’s establishment. A commendation ceremony was held as part of this, during which Tajimi Mayor Masanori Furukawa presented letters of appreciation to those being recognized for distinguished service.
NGK and the NGK Ceramic Device Ishikawa Plant Hold a Blood Drive
NGK and the NGK Ceramic Device (NCDK) Ishikawa Plant held a blood drive.
This blood drive is held annually at the request of the Ishikawa Prefecture Red Cross Blood Center. A combined total of around 50 employees from both plants stepped up to donate blood in response to a shortage at the Blood Center as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NGK Ceramics Europe Receives Letter of Appreciation from Local Medical Institutions
NGK Ceramics Europe (ACE) received a letter of appreciation from local medical institutions in response to its donation of 8,000 masks.
During the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium, ACE received a request for help from the local government of Baudour, to which it responded in March by donating a supply of 8,000 masks. This donation, which came at a time when the city’s mask supply was virtually empty, helped to prevent a collapse in primary health care, and was honored by the city with a letter of appreciation.
NGK Metals Employees Donate Food
Food donations were offered by 32 employees from NGK Metals in order to help those struggling due to the economic slump caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The donated food items were delivered to local aid groups and facilities via a food bank in Sweetwater, Tennessee, where NGK Metals is located.
NGK Electronics Devices Malaysia Implements EHS Activity Month
NGK Electronics Devices Malaysia (NGKMY; located in Penang) implemented “EHS Activity Month” all throughout September.
EHS activities are regular awareness-raising activities designed to increase environmental, health, and safety awareness amongst employees.
The activities commenced on September 3 with all employees being provided with a spoon and fork set, bread for breakfast, and other items intended to help combat COVID-19 pandemic. During the activity period, free eyesight tests, cervix cancer screenings, filariasis blood tests, and other medical examinations were offered to employees in order to encourage them to take more of an interest in their health. Other activities held during the month included awareness-raising posters set up in special areas, an EHS activity logo contest, and an environment, health, and safety-themed treasure hunt. Collectively, these activities served as a fun and effective means of raising awareness among all employees about the importance of EHS.
NGKMY has regularly held blood drives, clean-up events, tree plantings, and other activities, as well as hosted health seminars.