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Efforts by Kosai Plant

Elementary school children’s plant tour

We invited a total of 10,200 fifth-grade students from 134 elementary schools in Shizuoka Prefecture to the Kosai Plant tour as an out-of-classroom social lesson in FY2016.
In this plant tour, we introduced the conveyor systems and environment-friendly production of cars by showing the video about "how Suzuki automobiles are manufactured" and allowing children to see the assembly plant and wind-driven power generating facility.

Plant autumn festival

We had an autumn festival on 1 October 2016 for promoting friendship among employees, their families, and local residents. It became a great success with about 3,400 people visiting the plant.
Local residents also showed performance such as “Te-Odori (posture dancing)” by the local community association and a concert by a music club of a junior high school.
In addition, various snack stands, character show, Mochinage (an event of scattering rice cakes for people who come to a festival) from the stage, etc. made the festival exciting.

Exchange meeting with local community association

Believing that we could enhance mutual understanding with local residents by exchanging information, we hold the exchange meeting with the local community association (Kosai Plant tour) once a year. At this exchange meeting, we introduce the overview of the Kosai Plant. Also, in addition to the automobile assembly lines, incineration site is shown to visitors.

5S activities on roads around the Kosai Plant

As part of environmental conservation, we performed cleanup activities on roads around the plant three times in FY2016 together with affiliated companies located in the plant site (total of 150 persons). Also, employees and suppliers are strictly prohibited from littering and encouraged to raise environmental awareness.

Requesting transportation carriers for cooperation

Carriers transporting cargoes to and from Kosai Plant are requested to understand its environmental policy and preservation activities, and cooperate in "prohibition of littering" and "preferential utilisation of central highway".

Traffic safety guidance around the Kosai Plant

We conduct traffic safety guidance at crossings on employees’ commuter roads and around the plant, aiming to buckle-up seatbelts and improve traffic manners and prevent traffic accidents mainly at intersections.
In FY2016, 600 employees in total participated in this activity on streets and cooperated to building of safe and comfortable town.

Participation in Lake Hamana Cleanup Campaign

We participated in Lake Hamana Cleanup Campaign led by Kosai City and cleaned the Shirasuka coast.
Approximately 60 employees participated in this cleaning through the Kosai branch of labour union in FY2016.

Efforts by Iwata Plant

Voluntary cleanup around the plant

For the purpose of maintaining the clean environment in surrounding areas of the plant, we perform cleanup called "Cleaning Campaign" by picking up trash around the plant with staff from cooperative companies in the plant once a month.
In addition, it is further promoting environmental preservation around the plant by providing environmental education to employees and requesting vendors and suppliers for cooperation to our environmental preservation activities.

Plant tour

We accept students from the local schools, as part of the outdoor studies program, and provide them with a plant tour. In FY2016, 391 students from 16 schools joined the plant tours. Through touring manufacturing sites of welding and assembly processes, as well as presentation of plant overview, it is utilised as practical place to study the job site, improvements in safety and manufacturing point of view, flow of manufacturing, etc.

Deepening exchanges with local residents

Aiming to "develop with the community", every year, the plant is holding exchanges of opinions for having mutual communication with the local community concerning Suzuki’s environmental initiatives, etc.
The plant invites board members of local residents' association and other interested persons for the plant tour, provide them with information on our environmental initiatives and freely exchanging opinions.
Also, we explain the implementation progress of the environmental measures at Iwata Plant to the local residents' association once per three months to further deepen mutual understanding.

Traffic manner check & guidance

Traffic safety guidance activities are carried out periodically around the plant by the plant's traffic safety group members to enhance awareness on traffic safety and compliance to traffic rules, and improve traffic manners of employees.

Plant autumn festival

We had an autumn festival on 15 October 2016 for promoting friendship among employees, their families, and local residents. We had about 2,100 visitors, and they greatly enjoyed operation of festival float, performance of zeni (coin) drums and kid’s kagura (Shinto music and dance) by the local community association. Also, Iwata City’s image character Shippei’s visit to the festival, snack stands, Mochinage (an event of scattering rice cakes for people who come to a festival), etc. enhanced the excitement.

Participation in groundwater cultivation business

We participate in the annually-held groundwater cultivation business cosponsored by the Council for Groundwater Usage in Chuen Area and the Iwata City Environment Preservations Section, and work for forest conservation activities together with other companies by planting and thinning out trees.

Efforts by Sagara Plant

Voluntary cleanup around the plant

We perform clean-up around the plant together with staff from cooperative companies three times a year for the purpose of maintaining local environment. 104 employees participated in this activity in FY2016.
In addition, we further promote environmental preservation by providing environmental education to employees and requesting vendors and suppliers for cooperation to our environmental activities.

Deepening exchange with local residents

An annual information exchange meeting is held in February every year to provide information on Suzuki's business activities and environmental efforts to local residents and listen to their opinions.
In FY2016, the meeting was held in February 2017 with 12 representatives of local residents and person in charge of Makinohara area attending.

Plant autumn festival

We had an autumn festival on 29 October 2016 for promoting friendship among employees, their families and local residents. We had about 3,400 visitors and they enjoyed the concert by local junior high school students, minitruck market by the local society of commerce and industry, plant tour, snack stands, character show, bingo games for children, etc.

Efforts by Takatsuka Plant

Deepening exchange with local residents

On 6 July 2016 we invited board members of the local residents' association to our social gathering and plant tour for exchange of opinions and explanation of Suzuki's business activities and efforts for environmental preservation, as well as promotion of mutual communication.

Voluntary cleanup around the plant

Plant employees voluntarily conducted cleanup around the plant ("Manner Improvement Activities at Takatsuka Plant") twice in FY2016.
This activity was a good opportunity to deepen exchanges and increase communication with local residents.

Noise monitoring activity on the west of the plant

We conducted monitoring activities (patrol early in the morning and at night) on the west side of the plant to check noises from the plant four times in FY2016.
In a time zone from 6:00 to 7:00: actual measured value was 49.0-53.7dB as to the noise regulation value of 65dB or lower
In a time zone from 22:00 to 23:00: actual measured value was 39.1-55.6dB as to the noise regulation value of 60dB or lower
In addition to measurement of noise with the instrument, audible check is also conducted. Both have confirmed that there is no problem. Through that activity, we ensure protection of local residents' living environment against noise.

Traffic safety guidance on streets

The managerial staff performs traffic safety guidance on public streets around the plant once a month. They alert employees during commuting and leaving work time to improve their driving manners and prevent traffic accidents.

Efforts by Toyokawa Plant

Cooperation to environmental activities on “Cleanup Days in Toyokawa City”

On cleanup days in Toyokawa City in May and September, the plant employees cooperated for environmental cleanup activities.
In FY2016, approximately 30 employees participated in each of the cleanup events by picking up trash around the plant.

Community information exchange meeting

In June 2016, we invited representatives of two neighbourhood associations to our plant for frank exchange of views with them.
We explained the outline of the plant and our efforts for environmental improvement, showed them our assembly lines, and wastewater disposal facilities, and asked their views and opinions about our activities.

Traffic safety guidance activities

Traffic safety guidance activities are performed on surrounding crossings by managerial staff regularly. Employee's driving was carefully checked, and any suggestions were pointed out on the spot.
We cooperate with Japan Traffic Safety Association by participating in the prefectural traffic safety campaign through street activities.

Job experience and plant tour for local schools

We accept outdoor study of local schools as requested and provide them with job experience and plant tours.
In FY2016, we had a job experience for one high school.

Plant autumn festival

We had an autumn festival in September 2016 in the plant for promoting friendship among employees, their families, and local residents, and had about 1,300 visitors.
They enjoyed the festival, having the performance by the dance club of a local high school and the local Japanese drum club, and the show by characters popular with children. They also enjoyed snack stands, lottery event and Mochinage (an event of scattering rice cakes for people who come to a festival) by our employees.

Efforts by Osuka Plant

Voluntary cleanup outside the plant

We conduct cleaning of roads, rivers, etc. outside the plant twice a year.
Together with the residents of local community, we will continuously make efforts in preservation of the environment for FY2017.

Cleanup activities after local shrine festival

Every year in April, after the Mikumano Shrine Grand Festival, we perform cleanup activity around the shrine.
Our volunteering employees composed mainly of newly-joined employees performed cleanup activity again in FY2016 around the shrine.
We will continue to perform cleanup activities as well-established annual events.

Deepening exchange with local residents (gathering with local residents’ association)

We hold a plant tour and social gathering by inviting members of local community association once a year.
In FY2016, we had the gathering on 3 November and members of six neighbourhood community associations participated.
At the gathering, we exchanged information including our efforts on the environment and the report on the voluntary cleanup activity, and deepened our communication.

Plant autumn festival

We had an autumn festival on 24 September for deepening friendship with local residents.
Approximately 1,800 persons visited the festival.
Thanks to the cooperation of local residents such as music performance by local elementary school and junior high school students (Ikiwaku Junior Brass Band Club and Ikiwaku Wind Instrument Music Band), as well as traditional festival music performance by the Folk Entertainment Club of Yokosuka High School, we were able to make the festival exciting.

Efforts for traffic safety

We conduct traffic safety guidance activities at the front gate of the plant on 10th, 20th, and 30th of every month in order to prevent traffic accidents and improve driving manners.
In addition, we participate in the traffic safety guidance on streets with local residents during the traffic safety campaign held in every season.

Efforts by Motorcycle Technical Center (Ryuyo Proving Grounds)

Opening Ryuyo Proving Grounds to the public for sports competitions

In FY2016, we opened the Ryuyo Proving Grounds to public sports competitions, in reply to a request by local sports groups, as follows.

  • ①Sunrise Iwata in Ryuyo (triathlon competition)
  • ②Shizuoka Prefecture Fujinokuni Cup (bicycle competition)
  • ③Iwata City Marathon Relay Race

In this way we support local sports organisations and contribute to nurturing healthy young people by opening the Ryuyo Proving Grounds to all, from adults to elementary and junior high school students.

① Sunrise Iwata in Ryuyo (triathlon competition) held in September 2016

② Shizuoka Prefecture Fujinokuni Cup (bicycle competition) held in March 2017

Efforts by Marine Technical Center

Traffic safety guidance around the Marine Technical Center

The Marine Technical Center conducts traffic safety guidance activities at the entrance of the center and intersections near the center in the morning of working days during the period of the spring/fall nation-wide traffic safety campaigns and the summer/year-end prefectural traffic safety campaign. 2016 was the eighth year to hold these events. We hope that both our employees and neighbours of the center become more aware of traffic safety through these activities.

Traffic safety guidance

Marine Technical Center Manner Improvement Activities

For the purpose of contributing to the local as well as volunteering and conducting environmental beautification, "Marine Technical Center Manner Improvement Activities" are carried out by picking up trash around the Marine Technical Center.

Manner improvement activity