The Toyota Boshoku group will implement social contribution activities in response to local issues based on our shared corporate philosophy in which we endeavour to promote corporate growth while fulfilling our responsibilities as a good corporate citizen in the three core fields of activities with local citizens, environmental activities and foster youth through education.
Toyota Boshoku group areas of focus
Activities with Local Citizens
Participated in charity marathon
TBEU members participated in the 20km Brussels Half Marathon. The marathon helps support people in need with a portion of entrants’ fees going to the Red Cross.
Donated to disaster victims
Toyota Boshoku Kentucky conducted fundraising activities to support victims of the floods that hit the U.S. state of West Virginia in June 2016. Members donated numerous articles of clothing and school supplies through a local church.
Mid-Autumn Festival activities
Toyota Boshoku companies in China provided support to a home for the elderly and a children’s home in conjunction with a cooperative association during the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday. At Tianjin Feng’ai Automotive Seat Parts, the Chief Executive Officer and seven members from the cooperative gave mooncakes to the elderly and children, which put a smile on their faces. At Tianjin Toyota Boshoku Automotive Parts, seven members, including the Chief Executive Officer, visited a home for the elderly and donated milk, cooking oil and other daily necessities.
Reforestation activities in Kashimo
Toyota Boshoku has been conducting reforestation activities in Kashimo, Gifu Prefecture, since 2008. In addition to cutting the grass and shrubs and providing forest maintenance, we made local cuisine and used tree trimmings for a craft-building event. Many of the members took part with their families, which served to deepen interaction with local people while undertaking the reforestation activities.
Enhancing environmental awareness through no-car days
The company started implementing no-car days for the first time to get members who commute by car every day to start using public transport. About half of these members went to the office using public transport or the company bus on no-car days. Such days will be introduced on a regular basis to improve environmental protection awareness.
Sea turtle pond cleanup activity
A total of 60 members participated in a cleanup activity of a sea turtle pond at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center hosted by the Royal Thai Navy. Participating members cleaned a large pond that sea turtles around eight months old use. The shells of the sea turtles were also cleaned and two hatchlings were let loose into the sea.
Foster Youth Through Education
Donated books to local children
Toyota Boshoku Poland members collected over 100 books during the month of April 2016 along with the company providing shoes, bags and reflective stickers for road safety that were given to children in a local kindergarten. Members also read some of the books to the delighted children.
Support of children
Toyota Boshoku America conducted internal fundraising activities and collected US$2,241 in support of a volunteer group for children. In June 2016, the company and other participating companies got together for a bowling competition. The aim is to come up with other inventive ways to get more and more people involved in support activities going forward.
Made a “flower frame” for children
Toyota Boshoku Haiphong made a “flower frame” resembling a tunnel that uses vines and is 25m wide, 10.5m long and 3m high since the children at a local elementary school had hardly anywhere to play in the shade. Flowers on the vines are expected to bloom in around a year. Efforts will continue to be made to ensure the children have a fun and safe school life.
Awards From Society
Award for helping to create a low-carbon society in Shiga
An award ceremony was held to bestow honours for efforts to create a low-carbon society in Shiga Prefecture for fiscal 2016 and Toyota Boshoku Shiga and TB Kawashima received awards in the corporate action plan category. This category awards those businesses making concerted efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in particular, with these two companies recognised for their efforts. Toyota Boshoku Shiga measured the heat-up time for equipment over a year and endeavoured to reduce power consumption through optimum heat-up time. TB Kawashima created a heat storage system in a fabric cleaning process, thus saving energy and reducing costs.
Won innovation award from the Turkish government
TBT won the Innovation Leader Award for the first time in a ceremony celebrating innovation leader companies run by the Turkish government in December 2016. Around 761 companies took part in Turkey and TBT was rated highly and came in third place for the “Innovation Organization & Culture Award.” Since establishing an R&D centre in 2014, TBT has consistently raised the level of engineers in conjunction with educational and research institutes such as universities while at the same time introducing an incentive system, for which the company was recognised.
Selected in the best 100 automobile parts makers in China
Toyota Boshoku (China) (TBCH) made it into the top 10 foreign-affiliated companies for the first time as part of a list celebrating the best 100 automobile parts makers in China issued by China Automotive News, the largest weekly magazine in the Chinese automotive world, in December 2016. The honour is bestowed on automobile parts makers in China that drive corporate growth through exceptional management and make a significant contribution to the Chinese economy and automotive industry. TBCH was recognised for its proactive social contribution activities, which include human resources development, industry contribution and environmental conservation, as well cooperation in discussions concerning laws and regulations for interior components and the environment.