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Efforts by Kosai Plant

Elementary school children’s plant tour

We invited a total of 8,000 fifth-grade students from 97 elementary schools in Shizuoka Prefecture to the Kosai Plant tour as an out-of-classroom social lesson in FY2018.
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 29 September 2018 for promoting friendship among employees, their families, and local residents. It became a great success with about 1,800 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 FY2018 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.

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 FY2018, 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 and cleaned the Shirasuka coast.
Approximately 32 employees participated in this cleaning through the Kosai branch of labour union in FY2018.

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 once a month.
Also, on the Environment Beautification Day of the city, we are making efforts in preserving environments around the plant by participating in beautification activities for the local society along with the local residents’ association.

Plant tour

We accept students from the local schools, as part of the outdoor studies program, and provide them with a plant tour. In FY2018, 296 students from 16 schools joined the plant tours.
Through touring manufacturing sites of welding and assembly processes, as well as presentation of plant history and 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 exchange 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 29 September 2018 for promoting friendship among employees, their families, and local residents. We had about 2,100 visitors, and they greatly enjoyed, performance of kid’s kagura (Shinto music and dance), character and dance shows, events planned by employees (Tug-of-war, Goldfish scooping), snack stands, Mochinage (an event of scattering rice cakes for people who come to a festival), etc.

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. 112 employees participated in this activity in FY2018.
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 FY2018, the meeting was held in February 2019 with 19 representatives of local residents and person in charge of Makinohara area attending.

Plant autumn festival

We had an autumn festival on 28 September 2018, for promoting friendship among employees, their families and local residents. Despite the rain, we had about 3,100 visitors and they enjoyed the concert by local junior high school students, minitruck market by the local society of commerce and industry, snack stands, character show, bingo games for children, etc.

Saving industrial water

Water source of industrial water used at Sagara Plant is Oi River.
We are working on saving industrial water, so not to consume excess water from precious water source of Oi River. Through water-saving activities from April 2018 to March 2019, we were able to save 51,241m3/year of industrial water.

Plant tour

We accept students mainly from the local elementary schools, as part of the outdoor studies program, and provide them with a plant tour.
In FY2018, 5,868 students from 97 schools joined the plant tours. Through presentation of plant overview and touring manufacturing sites of pressing, welding and assembly processes, it is utilised as place to study, ideas for safety, quality and manufacturing point of view, as well as flow of manufacturing cars.

Traffic safety

Through traffic safety education at driving schools and traffic safety guidance on street, we are instructing traffic laws and manners as employees of automobile manufacturer that should become role models for the local residents.

Efforts by Hamamatsu Plant

Picking up trash and cutting grass on pedestrian roads around the plant

In October, we picked up trash and cut grass on pedestrian roads around the plant. Approximately 20 employees participated in this environmental activity.

Traffic safety guidance activities

In line with the local safety driving management association, we are conducting traffic guidance around the plant on 10th, 20th, and 30th of every month to enhance employees’ driving manners and prevent accidents.

Efforts by former Toyokawa Plant

Cleanup activity around the plant

On cleanup days in Toyokawa in May, the plant employees cooperated for environmental cleanup activities by picking up trash around the plant. Approximately 25 employees participated in this environmental activity.

Community information exchange meeting

In June, we invited representatives of neighbourhood associations to our plant for frank exchange of views with them.
We deepened their understanding of the plant through explaining our efforts for environmental improvement and showing our facilities, etc.

Traffic safety guidance activities

Traffic safety guidance activities were performed on surrounding crossings once a moth to improve employees’ driving manners and prevent accidents.

Plant autumn festival

With the plant scheduled to close in August 2018, we held the Final Festa in June to express our appreciation for the exchanges we made with the local citizens and for the production activities we made over the years, as well as to deepen exchanges between employees and their families.
Although the number of visitors slightly decreased to 2,125 persons due to the rain, they enjoyed the performance by the marching band of a local high school, VR experience system, 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, which will be remembered as memories of the Final Festa.

Efforts by former Takatsuka Plant

Voluntary cleanup around the plant

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

Deepening exchange with local residents

On 3 July 2018 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.

Traffic safety guidance on streets

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

Noise monitoring activity on the west of the plant

We conducted monitoring activities (patrol early in the morning) on the west side of the plant to check noises from the plant.
In addition to measurement of noise with the instrument, audible check was also conducted. Through these activities, we ensured protection of local residents' living environment against noise.

Efforts by Osuka Plant

Voluntary cleanup outside the plant

We conducted cleaning of roads outside the plant twice a year.
We will conduct enviromental education to employees every year and make efforts in preservation of the environment.

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 FY2019 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 FY2018, we had the gathering on 25 October and members of seven 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 29 September 2018 for deepening friendship with local residents.
Approximately 1,370 persons visited the festival.

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 improve driving manners, obey traffic laws, and conduct correct driving.
In addition, we participate in the traffic safety guidance on streets with local residents during the traffic safety campaign held in every season.

Plant tour by local junior high school

As per request from the local Osuka Junior High School, we held a plant tour on 5 September 2018 for approximately 100 7th grade students.
In addition to tour of manufacturing process and exhibit of completed vehicles, we explained our activities for exchange with local residents and environmental initiatives.

Efforts by Motorcycle Technical Center (Ryuyo Proving Grounds)

Opening Ryuyo Proving Grounds to the public for sports competitions

In FY2018, we opened the Ryuyo Proving Grounds to public sports competitions, in reply to a request by local sports groups, as follows.

  • ①Shizuoka Triathlon Association (training program) (May 2018)
  • ②Sunrise Iwata in Ryuyo triathlon competition (September 2018, Cancelled due to weather)
  • ③Iwata City Marathon Relay Race (December 2018)
  • ④Shizuoka Prefecture Fujinokuni bicycle event (March 2019)
    • Practice experience
    • Free solo run
    • Free team run

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.

Sunrise Iwata in Ryuyo
(triathlon competition)

Shizuoka Prefecture Fujinokuni bicycle competition

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 four times a year in the morning of working days during the period of the spring/summer/fall/year-end traffic safety campaign. 2018 was the tenth 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 (spring)

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.
The activity has held in FY2018 on 19 June.