Mitsubishi Corporation

CSR Activity Reports: FY2012 - FY2013

Jan, 2014

EducationDonation of Motor Vehicle Training Kit and Training of the Instructors at Government Industrial Training Institute in Andhra Pradesh State, India

Donation Ceremony (January 27, 2014)
Equipment Handover ceremony (January 28,2014)

On January 27, 2014, Mitsubishi Corporation donated a Motor Vehicle Training Kit to the Industrial training institute (vocational college for students graduating from High school) located at Tirupati city in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. And during March 4 ~ 7th 2014, trainers from Japan conducted a four day training program on the kit to the teachers of the institution. Starting April 2014 around 40 students of Motor vehicle and Diesel mechanic courses of the institute have already started receiving training using the equipment.

Vocation training institutes in India are facing a critical problem of qualified instructors and outdated training facilities which is resulting in a mismatch of skills of the students and requirements of industry.
Mitsubishi Corporation hopes that this donation will contribute to improvement in quality of training at the institute and also increase the availability of qualified skilled manpower for the automotive industry in southern India, specifically Andhra Pradesh state.

Dec, 2013

International Exchange & ContributionProviding Support for Environment Diary Program in Sri Lanka

Initiated by Green Cross Japan, the Environment Diary Program is a way of encouraging children - the leaders of our future - to think about the environment. In keeping such diaries, elementary school students are encouraged to not only write about environmental initiatives but to share their ideas and turn them into action.

MC supported the launch of this project in Sri Lanka Since 2012. Approximately 7,000 5th grade elementary school students took part over a three month period.4 winners were eventually selected and invited to an award ceremony in Tokyo. The winners also paid a visit to MC's head office, where they gave their impressive speeches.

Nov, 2013

EducationDonation of School Equipment for Trieu Do Secondary School ,Vietnam

Mitsubishi Corporation donated school equipment to Trieu Do Secondary School at Trieu Do Village, Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province to contribute to bottom up the education level in one of the poorest provinces in the central of Vietnam. Trieu Do Secondary School was established in 1992. The School has 448 pupils with 39 teachers. School is lack of teaching and studying equipment. Most equipment cannot meet the current demand of education. This area is frequently effected seriously by typhoon.

Looking forward to the near future, as ASEAN integration deepens more, the possibility of central region including Quang Tri Province is increasing due to the good access to neighboring ASEAN countries.

Mitsubishi Corporation is one of the largest Japanese general trading and investment company globally. We established office in Vietnam, both in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in 1991 and heavily involved in trading and investment contributing to the development of Vietnam. The relationship between the two countries will be further developed and we are eager to contribute both countries through not only business but also many philanthropic activities.

Oct, 2013

International Exchange & ContributionMitsubishi Corporation International Scholarship for Studies in Japan: Exchange Event & Welcome Reception

Since 1991, MC has been providing scholarships to foreign students who are studying in Japan. This year we provided scholarships to 100 students from 42 universities through this program.

Aug, 2013

Global EnvironmentMC's Global Coral Reef Conservation Project launches a research expedition in Okinawa, Japan

As part of the ongoing Global Coral Reef Conservation Project, MC launched a research expedition on Sesoko Island in Okinawa between 23rd and 26th August. Working in collaboration with Earthwatch Japan, Shizuoka University and Ryukyu University, the expedition included volunteers who are MC employees. Led by Professor Suzuki (Shizuoka University), research included fieldwork to observe and examine coral, and studies into the quality of seawater. The purpose of the research was to help shed some light on coral bleaching.

*Coral bleaching: the phenomenon in which coral's color fades until it appears white. Single-celled algae known as zooxanthellae live inside the coral and carry out photosynthesis. If these zooxanthellae die off, the organic substances they provide disappear with them, causing the coral itself to become white and die.

WelfareFriendship Camp for Mothers and Children Held

The Friendship Camp for Mothers and Children is a social contribution activity MC has been holding since 1974. The event was held twice this year in the mountain village of Yoshizato, Minamiuonuma-shi, Niigata Prefecture, from July 27 to July 29 and from August 3 to August 5. A total of 318 people participated, including 231 people from 97 households consisting of single mothers and their children residing in Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture; 52 MC employee volunteers; and other staff members. Participants spent some memorable summer days together, taking part in a variety of programs such as mountain walks, water activities and camping out.

This event gives children the chance to play freely in verdant, natural surroundings, while mothers can forget their everyday work and family duties, relax and enjoy the local cuisine of Yoshizato and exchange information with other mothers.

The Friendship Camp for Mothers and Children is one of MC's key social contribution activities under its motto of "continuation" and "employee participation."

May, 2013

WelfareJapan Association for the World Food Programme Charity Walk: 'Walk the World for Africa'

In the run-up to the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the Japan Association for the World Food Programme (an NPO supporting the United Nations World Food Programme's mission of fighting hunger worldwide) hosted a charity walk called 'Walk the World for Africa' on 19th May 2013.

Taking place on a bright Sunday morning, the event attracted 3,593 participants including Mitsubishi Corporation employees. The diverse crowd, ranging from adults to children, enjoyed a leisurely 5-10km walk along Yokohama's scenic Minato-Mirai Bay, and in doing so made a significant contribution towards the organisation's aim of raising funds for African children.

Global EnvironmentConducting coral reef research Okinawa, Japan

On 9th - 12th May 2013, MC launched a research expedition in Okinawa, Japan, as part of its ongoing Global Coral Reef Conservation Project.

The programme is a joint collaboration between Shizuoka University, Ryukyu University and Earthwatch Japan. Working under the leadership of Professor Suzuki (Shizuoka University), seven volunteers flew down to Okinawa to assist scientists with research into the global phenomenon known as coral bleaching. Specifically, tasks involved collecting coral samples from the sea and taking them to the laboratory to analyse the symbiotic relationship which they have with various types of bacteria. It is hoped that the research conducted during these expeditions will help unveil the exact causes of coral bleaching, and eventually lead to the development of recovery methods.

Mar, 2013

Global EnvironmentConducting coral reef research in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

As part of the ongoing Global Coral Reef Conservation Project, MC launched a research expedition in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, between 4th - 11th March 2013.

Working in collaboration with the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) and Earthwatch Australia, the expedition focused on Black Bank Disease (BBD), a virulent disease said to be threatening coral reefs worldwide. Working under the leadership of Dr David Smith (AIMS), MC volunteers supported the researchers with various tasks including collecting coral samples from the sea for microbial analysis, as well as monitoring the disease's progression inside quadrats established several months back. A total of 20 coral samples were analysed during this expedition; the results of which are expected to contribute towards identifying the root causes of BBD.

Dec, 2012

International Exchange & ContributionProviding Support for Environment Diary Program in Sri Lanka

Initiated by Green Cross Japan, the Environment Diary Program is a way of encouraging children - the leaders of our future - to think about the environment. In keeping such diaries, elementary school students are encouraged to not only write about environmental initiatives but to share their ideas and turn them into action.

MC supported the launch of this project in Sri Lanka this year. Approximately 7,000 5th grade elementary school students took part over a three month period. 100 were shortlisted to join a speech contest, and 3 winners were eventually selected and invited to an award ceremony in Tokyo. The winners also paid a visit to MC's head office, where they gave their impressive speeches.

International Exchange & ContributionMitsubishi Corporation International Scholarship for Studies in Japan: Exchange Event & Welcome Reception

Since 1991, MC has been providing scholarships to overseas students studying in Japan. This year scholarships are given to 101 students across 45 universities.

On 4th December, MC invited all scholarship students to an Exchange Event & Welcome Reception held at MC's head office. With up to 80 participants, the event provided an opportunity for students to learn about MC's business through employee presentations. Group discussions were also held, where students actively exchanged views and many innovative ideas were raised.

At the end of the reception, a speech was given by a Turkish exchange student who spoke enthusiastically about her studies and the progress he had made thanks to the scholarship.

Nov, 2012

International Exchange & ContributionContributing to an infrastructure improvement program at Wuhua County Second Elementary School in Meizhou City, China

Wuhua County in Meizhou City has been designated by Guangdong Youth Development Foundation as a region in need of support.

In November of this year, MC made a contribution to this county's Second Elementary School in order to foster child development with supplies that are lacking in the region. The donations included 6,000 textbooks, assorted writing materials, video equipment, a ping pong table and an electric keyboard.

Following this, MC invited 12 elementary school students and 4 of their teachers to visit Guangzhou City on a trip of 2 nights and 3 days. The group toured many tourist areas in the city as well as various places associated with Japan. They had the opportunity to experience cultural activities such as sushi making together with MC employees and their families.

Rather than simply a monetary donation, these interactions gave the students and teachers an opportunity to deepen their mutual understanding with people from another culture. Many participants also commented that they gained an appreciation for these kinds of grassroots exchange activities.

International Exchange & ContributionMitsubishi Study Tour, United Arab Emirates

On 9th - 22nd November, MC launched a Japan study tour for Abu Dhabi high school students. Participants included 10 students from the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), an institution established with the aim of cultivating the country's next generation of skilled leaders. During the first week of the tour participants attended a 'Super Science Fair' sponsored by Ritsumeikan High School, while in the second week they visited Mitsubishi Group Companies' factories and offices. Participants were highly impressed, commenting in particular on Japanese factories' "high level commitment towards safety and quality".

Oct, 2012

International Exchange & ContributionSupporting the "Taste of Japan 2012" festival, New Zealand

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and New Zealand, a festival introducing Japan's culture, art, music and cuisine was held at the Auckland Museum on 27th October. Drawing a crowd of over 20,000 people, a variety of cultural events were enjoyed by both children and adults. MC provided support for a haiku and calligraphy competition, which offered the winner a one week homestay visit to Japan.

International Exchange & ContributionSupport for Gardens by the Bay, a new botanical garden in Singapore

MC donated 100 sets of audio tour devices to Gardens of the Bay, a new botanical garden which opened in Singapore in June of this year.

These spacious gardens are a fine symbol of Singapore as a tropical Garden City. Together with showcasing plants from around the world, it is hoped that the Gardens will also play a key role in deepening the understanding of environmental conservation issues for both locals and tourists alike. Inside the huge glass domes, visitors can enjoy a variety of environments including a world of perpetual spring in the Flower Dome and a chilly mountain realm in the Cloud Forest.

A donation ceremony was held on 27 October 2012 and was attended by a group of close to 150 people comprised of staff from MC's Singapore branch and their family members.

International Exchange & ContributionSupport for the Quynh Lap National Leprosy and Dermatology Hospital, Vietnam

The Quynh Lap National Leprosy and Dermatology Hospital is active in prevention and treatment efforts for leprosy, skin diseases, and HIV within Vietnam.

Located in Nghe An Province on the Northern Central Coast of Vietnam, this hospital also functions as a primary care facility for the surrounding community. However, due to the unique geography of the region, there was often difficulty in providing medical services to the more remote areas of the community.

MC donated a four-wheel-drive vehicle to the hospital, and a delivery ceremony was held on 15 October. With this donation, it is now possible for doctors to provide remote services, improving the community's access to medical care.

International Exchange & ContributionRenovations to the Japanese Studies department facilities at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

The Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology at Sophia University St. Kliment Ohridski is a focal point of Japan-related research, offering Bulgaria's top Japanese language and cultural studies program.

MC sponsored a project to renovate the aging classrooms of the Japanese Studies department. The project also installed furnishings including computers and communication equipment to make use of multimedia technology in the Japanese classes.

To coincide with the start of the new academic year, a donation ceremony and equipment demonstration was held on 4 October. Many students cheerily commented that the renovations will increase their motivation to study. The university also expressed their gratitude saying that the project will further enhance the friendly relations between Japan and Bulgaria.

International Exchange & ContributionSupport for the National Gallery of Victoria's Japanese art collection, Australia

On 2 October, a reception was held to celebrate the opening of the Pauline Gandel Gallery of Japanese Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

The NGV was established in Melbourne in 1861 as Australia's first public art museum. Since then, the gallery has amassed numerous works of Asian art, including their current collection of over 1,200 pieces from Japan.

MC contributed a Narumi Oribe tea bowl as well as multi lingual display panels for the opening of the new gallery. The reception, which included Japanese taiko drum performances, was a grand event attended by approximately 600 people.

Sep, 2012

International Exchange & ContributionSolar Power Generation at the Petra Heritage Site, Jordan

MC installed a solar energy facility to supply electricity to Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Petra had previously generated power by burning diesel fuel, which raised environmental concerns such as rising greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution. Switching to solar power, a cleaner form of energy, will help preserve this cultural relic.

A completion ceremony and lighting ceremony for this project were held on September 6, 2012. The facility is scheduled to go into operation from early 2013.

Jul, 2012

International Exchange & ContributionScholarships for the University of Oriente Venezuela

MC has provided scholarships to 15 students from the University of Oriente Venezuela since fiscal year 2004.

On July 18, 2012, a scholarship award ceremony was held at the University of Oriente Venezuela. Each student was presented with a scholarship certificate.

Jun, 2012

International Exchange & ContributionConstructing an Outdoor Theater at Forest and Zoological Park of Hann, Senegal

Forest and Zoological Park of Hann located in Dakar City, was established in 1903. This roughly 60-hectare park located along the coast features botanical gardens and a zoo, and it is a popular recreation area for local residents. However, large quantities of plastic garbage, washing up from the ocean and accumulating in the streets, had been causing much pollution in the area.

MC supported a project proposed by a local NGO which involved collecting the plastic garbage and combining it with sand to produce bricks. These bricks were then used to construct an outdoor theater inside the park grounds.

On June 14, 2012, a ceremony was held to commemorate the completion of the outdoor theater, which was attended by about 150 people. The theater is now one of the park's biggest attractions.

International Exchange & ContributionSupport for the Renovation of the Maternity Wing of General Hospital of Yopougon Attié, Côte d'Ivoire

Youpougon, a neighborhood of Abidjan the capital city is a densely-populated and impoverished area. As the hospital offering the most affordable medical care, General Hospital of Yopougon Attié treats a large number of primarily low-income patients. Built in the 1970s, the delapidated maternity ward was suffering from a multitude of problems such as leaking ceilings and power outages, as well as damage to and shortages of hospital beds and medical equipment.

MC funded a project to renovate the maternity wing and replace its medical equipment, and a ceremony was held to commemorate the completion of the project on June 12, 2012. We expect that this will contribute to lower mortality rates of both mothers and babies during child-birth, as well as help to contain the spread of diseases.

Global EnvironmentMC's Global Coral Reef Conservation Project launches a research expedition in Okinawa, Japan

As part of the ongoing Global Coral Reef Conservation Project, MC launched a research expedition on Sesoko Island in Okinawa between 31st May and 4th June.

Working in collaboration with Earthwatch Japan, Shizuoka University and Ryukyu University, the expedition this time was supported by six volunteers including MC employees. Lead by Professor Suzuki (Shizuoka University), research focused on the causes of coral bleaching affected by factors such as sea temperatures and nutritional cycles of the coral, and examined various recovery methods.

May, 2012

Global EnvironmentMC's Global Coral Reef Conservation Project launches a research expedition in the Republic of the Seychelles

As part of the ongoing Global Coral Reef Conservation Project, MC launched a research expedition on Curiese Island in the Republic of the Seychelles between 2nd and 13th May.

Working in collaboration with Earthwatch Europe, the University of Essex and the Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology - Marine Parks Authority, the expedition this time was supported by seven volunteers including staff from our regional subsidiaries. Lead by Professor David Smith (University of Essex), research focused on examining the impacts of environmental stress on coral reefs in the region and identifying potential management solutions.

Apr, 2012

International Exchange & ContributionSponsorship of the Uzbekistan Eco Park

Since 2008, MC has been a sponsor of the Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan Foundation. In fiscal year 2009, MC supported the reconstruction of the Central Children's Cultural Center in Tashkent City which was heavily damaged by an earthquake in August, 2008.

From fiscal year 2010, MC began funding the construction of an Eco Park for children, and an opening ceremony was held to commemorate the completion of the park on April 7, 2012. This event, which included performances by Uzbek singers, received extensive TV and newspaper coverage.

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