As a company with diverse activities across the globe, MC and our overseas network conduct a wide variety of international philanthropy initiatives in careful consideration of the mid to long-term needs of the local communities in the regions where we operate.
The Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA), based in New York City, was established as the Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation in 1991 with funding from Mitsubishi Corporation, and its U.S.- based subsidiary, Mitsubishi International Corporation.
The mission of the MCFA is to promote environmental causes throughout the Americas in the broadest sense, which encompasses both the physical and social environments in which we live.
The Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA) is a UK registered charitable foundation established in 1992 by Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation (UK) Plc.
The aims of the MCFEA are to promote environmental conservation, education and research into the environment and poverty alleviation. In particular, the MCFEA aims to encourage the appreciation and conservation of fl ora and fauna with an emphasis on endangered species.
Donation of Solar-powered Lamps to Villages Without Power (India)
With the cooperation of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, MC has donated 200 solar-powered streetlights to villages without electricity in the Koraput region of Orissa in eastern India. The installation of environmentally friendly, solar-powered lamps will contribute to the development of local economies and improved safety and security for their residents. In other news, MC has newly established a human resource development center on the grounds of the Bijupatnaik Medical Plant Garden & Research Center, which is run by MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, also in Koraput. MC is helping to reduce poverty and encourage agricultural development as well as improve living standards by running short-term programs for agrarian ethnic minorities that promote economic independence.
New Early Childhood Care and Development Center in Earthquake Stricken Central Java (Indonesia)
MC teamed up with Plan Japan (a national branch of the Plan International organization) to build a new Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) center to help with restoration efforts in Central Java following a major earthquake in May 2006. The center was completed in May 2007 and local citizens were actively involved in planning the center. They also now help run it. ECCD has benefited roughly 140 children and parents.
Permanent Galleries for Japanese Culture at the British Museum (U.K.)
The British Museum and MC signed a 10-year sponsorship agreement in January 2008 under which MC will be the sole sponsor of the permanent galleries dedicated to Japanese culture in the Museum. Under the sponsorship agreement, MC will contribute £1 million (approximately ¥0.21 billion) to the Museum. The galleries tell a chronological story highlighting the continuities of Japanese culture over the centuries, up to the present day, and are a focal point for disseminating Japanese culture in Europe. MC regards support for the galleries as internationally significant and consonant with its policy of enhancing its international contribution activities. Through this financial support, MC aims to build a continuously strong relationship between Europe and Japan that will help to spread Japanese culture.
Vehicles Donated to Bardo Museum (Tunisia)
In fiscal 2007, MC donated a pickup truck to the Bardo Museum in Tunisia. The presentation ceremony included roughly 20 invited guests, including the Ambassador of Japan to Tunisia, His Excellency Ambassador Endo. The Bardo Museum was opened in 1882 and boasts a plethora of historically valuable pieces of work. These include North African mosaics from the Roman era in the Second Century B.C. to the Byzantine period. Such famous exhibits have earned the museum a comparison with the Louvre. The donated vehicle will be used in the museum's archeological surveying and excavation work as well as for transporting artworks and other uses.
Establishment of Maternity Hospitals in Dakar (Senegal)
Senegal has continued to be plagued by a chronic shortage of maternity hospitals. To help improve the condition of medical care in the country, the Dakar liaison office led an initiative to construct two maternity hospitals on the outskirts of Dakar, the capital of Senegal, which is located in the western part of Africa. The opening ceremony was held in April 2008 and was attended by the Japanese ambassador to Senegal, various dignitaries and interested parties as well as many local citizens, highlighting the high expectations held locally for the facilities.
Supporting Facilities for the Disabled (Taiwan)
MC continues to support Taipei Municipal Yang Ming Home for The Disabled, a facility for the intellectually disabled in Taipei. In 2007, pickup trucks were donated for transporting residents and glasshouses which are used for growing vegetables in order for residents to gain agricultural experience.
Donation of Classrooms for Elementary and Junior High Schools (The Philippines)
There are many elementary and junior high schools in the Philippines that struggle with a chronic shortage of classrooms. MC has been participating in a project that donates classrooms to elementary and junior high schools since 2006, in response to a call by the Philippine Government which places education as a priority issue. During the last three years, MC donated 20 classrooms.
Schools for the Future (Guatemala)
MC has lent a hand to the Guatemalan education ministry's Schools for the Future project to provide educational support to impoverished areas of the country. MC has donated two pickup trucks, which will be used to transport equipment and teachers to schools in locations that are difficult to reach.