Social Contribution Activities(Special topics before 2015)

Publication of the Guidebook for the Universal Color Design–Recommended Color Set

Guidebook for the Color Universal Design–Recommended Color Set

Guidebook for the Color Universal Design–Recommended Color Set

AIC 2015 TOKYO
AIC 2015 TOKYO

The DIC Group is actively involved in R&D in the area of color universal design (CUD), as well as in expanding public awareness and understanding of CUD’s importance. In November 2013, the Group—in cooperation with the Japan Paint Manufacturers Association, the Industrial Research Institute of Ishikawa and the Color Universal Design Organization and under the supervision of the University of Tokyo—published the Guidebook for the Color Universal Design–Recommended Color Set. In developing this color set, participating organizations capitalized on their particular expertise in color vision characteristics to verify and adjust proposed colors, a process that facilitated the creation of a set of colors that are relatively easy to distinguish regardless of ability to see colors and can be reproduced using printing inks, coatings and digital imaging devices.
At AIC 2015 TOKYO, the midterm meeting of the International Colour Association (ACI), held in May 2015, the DIC Group gave a presentation on collaborative research on CUD and printing inks involving Chiba University, the Central Research Laboratories and DIC Color Design, Inc., and introduced the Color Universal Design–Recommended Color Set.
Research with Chiba University focused on the color appearance of red printing inks, frequently used to print warnings and other important information on packaging for, among others, food products and pharmaceuticals. Researchers created a number of red spot color inks consisting of several base inks and prepared printing samples on various substrates, which they asked colorblind individuals to evaluate for redness and discriminability on a black background under differing illuminance levels. The results of evaluations were announced at AIC 2015 TOKYO. This initiative earned high marks from the color professionals in attendance for its unique approach, which maximizes the DIC Group’s position as a printing inks manufacturer. AIC 2015 TOKYO also marked the frst time that the Color Universal Design–Recommended Color Set has been introduced at an academic conference. The presentation of examples of the set being used to fne-tune colors drew a positive response, with visitors from abroad commenting that they had never seen a resource that proposed practical color standards overseas.
The DIC Group will continue to promote research initiatives that contribute to society and add color to lifestyles.

COMMENT

Our goal was to make CUD a design system that everyone can use.

We've had many people say to us that they want to apply CUD to their design work, but that they don't know what colors are easy to distinguish and need some sort of guide. These are the people we had in mind when we produced the Color Universal Design–Recommended Color Set. We developed the set by taking colors that are commonly found in everyday life and for each chose the tones that were easiest to discern. This color set has been adopted for a wide range of applications, including publications and choosing colors for information on signs. We've received a great deal of positive feedback from people who have found the set useful in design work. DIC's new Guidebook for the Color Universal Design–Recommended Color Set provides information on where and how the color set should be used, as well as advice on things designers need to be mindful of, all presented in an easy-to-understand format. Looking ahead, we will continue to modify and improve the Color Universal Design–Recommended Color Set in response to feedback on actual examples of use, as well as to advances in coating and printing technologies.

Associate Professor,Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences,University of Tokyo Kei Ito

Associate Professor,
Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences,
University of Tokyo
Kei Ito

Capitalizing on Business Opportunities Yielded byRecycling Initiatives

Products made from recycled plastic bottle caps
Products made from recycled plastic bottle caps

In addition to manufacturing and selling a broad range of molded plastic products in line with its ultimate objective, which is to protect lives, Group company DIC Plastics, Inc., in Japan, is an active proponent of environment-friendly business practices, particularly material recycling*1. Among the company’s noteworthy achievements is its development of a system for sorting waste plastic generated during the manufacture of original products by type and color, which greatly assists with recovery. This has enabled the company to diversify its lineup of products made with recycled plastics, increasing the volume of such materials it uses and adding value to the products in which they are used.
DIC Plastics also promotes recycling by purchasing recycled plastics from reclaimers, which it uses in the manufacture of its mainstay plastic helmets and other products.
One of the most recent additions to DIC Plastics’ product portfolio is the IZANO professional helmet for disaster situations. In addition to offering superb safety, the IZANO helmet can be folded to approximately 60% of its full size. These features, plus the extensive range of colors available, earned IZANO an award in the 2014 Good Design Awards*2, sponsored by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.

  • *1Material recycling involves the recycling of material from an original application but in a different form.
  • *2Operated by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, the Good Design Awards is a commendation program that annually recognizes products that represent superb achievements in design.

Visiting Science Lab Program

Visiting science lab at Tokyo University of the Arts
Visiting science lab at Tokyo University of the Arts

DIC's 2015 Education Support Grand Prix cerfificate
DIC's 2015 Education Support Grand Prix cerfificate

In line with the Japanese government’s efforts to promote career education initiatives, as well as to help curb a decline in the popularity of science among children, DIC and DIC Graphics conduct visiting science labs at public elementary schools. Through this program, which focuses on, among others, experiments in pigment synthesis and offset printing, the Group seeks to spark children’s interest in science and encourage them to realize the close relationship between science and their everyday lives.
In fiscal year 2015, the DIC Group’s visiting science lab program was nominated and won silver in the category of initiatives chosen by elementary school students in the 2015 Education Support Grand Prix (formerly the CSR Initiative Award in Education), sponsored by Tokyo-based Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. At the request of Tokyo University of the Arts and Aichi University of the Arts, the Group also held labs for undergraduate and graduate students at both universities.

COMMENT

Collaboration between industry and academia is crucial to fostering human resources and advancing technology.

When I heard that DIC conducted visiting science labs at elementary schools on themes related to pigments, I asked the Company whether they would consider modifying lab content to make it suitable for students studying fne arts and conducting visiting labs at Tokyo University of the Arts and Aichi University of the Arts. A knowledge of materials is important to the future of these students, so the purpose of the lab was to promote understanding of the fact that most of the pigments used in modern-day paints are created using the power of science. For students, a visiting science lab conducted by people from a major corporation is a valuable opportunity to obtain a variety of information from a different perspective than that of their usual classes. I am a frm believer that collaboration between industry and academia is crucial to fostering human resources and advancing technology.

Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts  Takayuki Akimoto

Associate Professor,
Tokyo University of the Arts
Takayuki Akimoto

COMMENT

The visiting science labs at our school emphasize the role of science in children’s lives.

Our school has enjoyed hosting visiting science labs conducted by DIC and DIC Graphics since 2011. When we evaluate offers by corporations to organize educational programs for us, we have thee criteria: Is the proposed program safe? Does it align with the relevant curriculum unit? Is the school’s burden for preparation minimal? The DIC and DIC Graphics program ticks all three boxes for us. The focus is on showing children that studying science is useful in everyday life and the children are always delighted by the departure from their ordinary classwork. Each employee instructor works directly with three or four students, which I particularly appreciate as it gives children a chance to speak to the instructor directly and ask questions about the career of a scientist. I am a frm believer that initiatives such as this, which involve companies with deep local roots partnering with schools, play a vital role in community development.

Vice-Principal, Itabashi Municipal No. 2 Elementary Schoo Kaoruko Tanaka

Vice-Principal, Itabashi Municipal No. 2 Elementary Schoo
Kaoruko Tanaka

DIC Lifetec organizes food culture event

Food culture event
Food culture event

Event participants
Event participants

Hands-on experiment
Hands-on experiment

Spirulina viewed through a microscope
Spirulina viewed through a microscope

In July 2014, subsidiary DIC Lifetec Co., Ltd., in collaboration with Tokyo’s Itabashi Education + Science Museum, staged a food culture event on the theme of Spirulina, a health supplement and the source of a natural food coloring used in confectionery, titled “Exploring the mystery of how food gets its color.” Children tend to find study themes related to food highly appealing. By choosing the color of food as the theme of this event, organizers sought to increase interest in food-related research and to encourage children to discover the story of Spirulina and its use in food on their own. A hardy, edible blue-green algae that appears as a mass of spirals, Spirulina is said to have originated around three million years ago. As well, Spirulina is rich with more than 50 vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, properties that have earned it a reputation as a superfood. DIC is a leading global supplier of this algae and the first in the world to succeed in the managed cultivation of uniformly high-grade Spirulina using safe, hygienic facilities.

The event in Itabashi featured a presentation by a senior certified nutritionist, who spoke about the significant role color plays in our perception of food’s taste and demonstrated differences in the reaction of taste buds to natural and to synthetic food colorings. The nutritionist also oversaw a hands-on experiment involving the extraction of natural colorants from peppers and purple sweet potatoes, as well as from Spirulina, and gave a talk on Spirulina’s history.

Participants appeared fascinated by Spirulina’s structure and were surprised to learn that Linablue®, DIC’s Spirulina-derived natural blue food coloring, was used in many familiar sweets and candies. Comments received from participants were varied and generally positive. A number of children said that having learned about Spirulina’s nutritional benefits, they would make a point of choosing food products containing Spirulina. Others remarked that they had found the experiment portion of the event fun and learned a lot about Spirulina and that they planned to further study food colors, including that of Spirulina, at home.

Initiatives Led by the Central Research Laboratories

Lab lesson for Chiba Prefectural Sakura High School students at the Central Research Laboratories
Lab lesson for Chiba Prefectural Sakura High School students at the Central Research Laboratories

Lab lesson for Seishin Gakuen High School students at the Central Research Laboratories
Lab lesson for Seishin Gakuen High School students at the Central Research Laboratories

The Central Research Laboratories offers a variety of programs in such uniquely DIC topics as synthesis and chromatics to the students of local schools. In September and December 2015, respectively, students from Chiba Prefectural Sakura High School and Seishin Gakuen High School in Ibaraki Prefecture, both of which have earned the designation Super Science High School*, were invited to the Central Research Laboratories to participate in a lab lesson on the theme of “synthesis and craftsmanship.” Led by researchers from the facility, the event—which took place in a research laboratory—included an introduction to research conducted using state-of-the-art analytical equipment, a hands-on lesson on the use of said analytical equipment, a lab in which students experimented with synthesizing organic pigments and a lecture on DIC products, and was designed to help students better understand the concept of craftsmanship as it pertains to science. Lecturers also incorporated a career education component into the event, taking time to talk to interested students about the challenges and rewards of being a researcher.

  • *Super Science High School is a designation awarded by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to senior high schools that implement curricula focused on the sciences and mathematics that goes beyond the Ministry’s official guidelines with the aim of fostering the next generation of talented engineers and scientists.

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

Nature trail traversing the museum site
Nature trail traversing the museum site

The Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, located adjacent to the Central Research Laboratories in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, was established in 1990 to publicly exhibit works of art collected by DIC Corporation and its affiliates. In 2016, the museum celebrated its 27th anniversary. The museum exhibits works from a collection that spans numerous genres, with a focus on 20th century American art, and encompasses works by Rembrandt; Impressionists such as Monet and Renoir; modern European artists such as Picasso and Chagall; and early modern, modern and postwar Japanese artists. Two exhibitions are scheduled for 2016: photographs taken by Cy Twombly, one of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century, and works by celebrated painter and printmaker Léonard Foujita.
In addition to its standing exhibit from its permanent collection of more than 1,000 major works, the museum stages special exhibitions several times a year that focus on pertinent literary works and other artifacts that evoke the cultural atmosphere at the time works were created to help visitors better understand the collection. Another appealing aspect of the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art is its location on a lushly forested 10-hectare site alive with seasonal fowers and foliage that has been open to the public since the museum’s establishment. In cooperation with the Chiba Biodiversity Center, the museum has also established a biodiversity satellite, a special display area featuring display panels explaining the importance of biodiversity, in one of the site’s rest cabins.
In a move aimed at promoting relations with the local community and fostering local cultural activities, the museum has established an annex gallery on the museum site. This facility, which serves as an exhibition space for local amateur artists, is also made available once a year to elementary and junior and senior high schools in the Sakura area for an exhibition of local students’ works. The Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art also accepts local junior high school students for work experience programs and welcomes elementary and junior high school art classes, led by teachers, for museum tours, with the goal of further supporting art education.

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

Siam Chemical Industry Receives CWR-DIW Award

In 2015, Group company Siam Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., was presented with a CSR-DIW Award for 2015 by the Thai Ministry of Industry, the fourth consecutive year it has been so honored. The CSR-DIW Award program was established in 2008 with the goal of raising the global competitiveness of Thai companies. Awards are given annually to companies in recognition of CSR initiatives judged as exceptional from the perspective of the seven core subjects defined in ISO 26000, the International Organization for Standardization’s standard for social responsibility.
Siam Chemical’s 2015 award was in recognition of its energy-saving initiatives, as well as volunteer activities such as mangrove planting and community support activities, including sponsorship for blood drives. Particularly high marks were given to the progress of efforts to minimize emissions of greenhouse gases by reducing its consumption of energy, which include tracking consumption and providing pertinent information to employees. Siam Chemical pledges to continue contributing to Thai society through effective sustainability initiatives designed to benefi residents of local communities as well as protect the environment.

VOICE

We will redouble our efforts to promote sustainability.

We are very proud to have earned our third consecutive CSR-DIW Award in 2014. We see this award as recognition of ongoing commitment to ensuring that our operations are in harmony with the local community. This is an honor that I share with the employees of Siam Chemical. I look forward to continuing to work with everyone on staff to promote meaningful initiatives and redoubling our efforts to contribute to the sustainability of our community.

スタッフとともに記念撮影

President, Siam Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
Takahisa Yamatoya (center)

Matching Gift Program

DIC employees visit child welfare facility Ryuyouen in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, to present a donation
DIC employees visit child welfare facility Ryuyouen in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, to present a donation

DIC has a matching gift program whereby it matches the total amount collected through an annual year-end fundraising drive spearheaded by its employees’ union. Funds raised through the 2015 drive and matching gift program were donated to 20 children’s homes and facilities providing support for disabled individuals.

Highlights of Social Contribution Activities

Color Universal Design in interiors and signs in a sports club

Exterior of Renaissance, Makuhari
Exterior of Renaissance, Makuhar

Passage within the facility
Passage within the facility

Based on the management vision: “Color & Comfort by Chemistry,” the DIC Group takes initiatives in Color Universal Design (UD). DIC Color Design Inc. provided color supervision upon the redesigning of the “Sports Club Renaissance, Makuhari,” which is the original branch of RENAISSANCE INC. that runs sports clubs throughout Japan. DIC Color Design Inc. utilized the color investigation that was conducted in existing branches prior to the redesigning from the perspective of UD. You can see innovations in colors in the interior and signs, etc. that enable the Renaissance facility users to enjoy sports with a sense of security. Considerations for colors are given in a number of places, including steps in stairs and rails using colors that are

COMMENT

Facility development with the aim of achieving security and safety of users

The Makuhari branch is the first branch of Renaissance and is a facility that we have special feeling toward this branch. Upon the redesigning, we strived for a facility that can be a model case in all perspectives, such as contributions to society and environmental considerations, etc., in addition to enhancing equipment and items. Especially, the Makuhari branch is rooted in the community, and many elderly people also utilize our facility. Through this effort, we have learned that there were actually people who would have difficulties with the colors that we would otherwise have not paid attention to. In addition, we have truly learned the importance of not only producing a unified image in color design but also using color schemes that correctly communicate necessary information by considering the functionality of the facility and safety of users. We hope to widely spread this experience in the company and utilize it in the future facility development.

RENAISSANCE INC. Facility Development Department Ms. Itsuwa Hosaka

RENAISSANCE INC.
Facility Development Department
Ms. Itsuwa Hosaka

Spirulina: Promoting Harmony With Society

Children in Zambia having lunch
Children in Zambia having lunch

The DIC Group is the world’s largest supplier of Spirulina, a cyanobacteria rich in more than 50 nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. In line with a support agreement concluded in 2009 with the Alliance Forum Foundation (AFF), a Japan-based NPO, the Group provides assistance to the Spirulina Project, an AFF initiative that seeks to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition in the Republic of Zambia.
In June 2012, with the purpose of contributing to the well-being of the people of Zambia, we implemented a project to assess the impact of Spirulina on human health. This project verifed a reduced incidence of malnutrition among children who regularly consumed Spirulina. Encouraged by these findings, the DIC Group and the AFF conducted production and technological feasibility studies in Zambia with the aim of facilitating local cultivation of Spirulina for local consumption, and in 2014 commenced pilot production. In fscal year 2015, the DIC Group and the AFF will again conduct tests to measure the effectiveness of Spirulina, expanding the scope of testing to several hundred individuals. DIC support it by the donation of bulk powdered Spirulina. Currently, the Group also provides production and technological support through assistance with selecting locations for cultivation and providing information on raw materials.
The DIC Group is also engaged in a variety of other initiatives designed to promote the nutritional value of Spirulina. In fscal year 2014, these included a nutritional education program for private elementary schools in Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward.

Highlights of Social Contribution Activities

Initiatives Toward Color Coordination that is Harmonious with Landscape

Braille Guide Blocks
Braille Guide Blocks

Development and Evaluation of New Tactile Paving Aimed at Low-vision People The DIC Group promotes the development of colors and color combinations that can be recognized equally by as many people as possible.

Tactile pavement that indicate safe walking paths are considered ideal to have a clear contrast with the road by using highly visible yellow color. However, urban landscape designers often feel the color too vivid that does not harmonize with the surrounding environment. Therefore, it is required to develop guide blocks that simultaneously fulfill safety and aesthetical requirements.

Associate Professor Kei Ito of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the University of Tokyo has been attempting to use two different colors for guide blocks as a countermeasure to this issue. By using low intensity color for the base part and pale yellow for the protrusions, the new blocks would not violate the landscape while securing both visibility and sign property For the project, DIC Color Design proposed color schemes that simultaneously achieve functionality and harmony with surrounding environments and cooperated in color selections for the prototype samples. We have been repeating evaluation experiments by trial subjects and promoting the project for practical usage.

Career Education Activities

In recent years, the educational field is strongly required to participate in corporate career education activities. DIC focuses on career education in a wide scope, including accepting interns from colleges of technology in plants throughout Japan, accepting workplace experience, practical training, and tours from nearby schools in the Chiba Plant, Hokuriku Plant, Kashima Plant, Komaki Plant, and Saitama Plant, etc. providing lab lessons in municipal elementary schools in the Itabashi Ward and Matsudo by Tokyo plant and headquarters, providing educational support classes to Chiba Prefectural Sakura High School and Sakurahigashi High School close to the DIC Central Research Laboratory, and visits by Chairman Sugie throughout Japan to give classes as part of Japan Association of Corporate Executives activities, etc. Children learn the significance of working and the fact that their studies lead to social lives by learning various ways of living and a sense of values by communicating with many different adults. DIC will continue to provide career education opportunities to children who will lead the future.

COMMENT

Promoting career education that arouses intellectual curiosity and inquisitive minds

The DIC Central Research Laboratory has raised educational support in the CSR policy and has also been supporting “Sakura Academia,” which is a cultural class that started in 2011 in our school. In this class, students visit laboratories to hear lectures by leading researchers with the aim of not only arousing students’ intellectual curiosity and inquisitive minds but also encouraging them to strive to realize themselves and have career awareness. In 2013, our school was specified as a super science school (SSH) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology with the aim of developing human resources in the scientific technology field. Upon this, DIC dispatched an operational mentor as a representative of a local company. We are always deeply appreciative of DIC’s stance to proactively contribute to the local educational industry through the scientific technology field.

Chiba Prefectural Sakura High School Vice-Principal Mr. Kazuomi Koshiba

Chiba Prefectural Sakura High School
Vice-Principal
Mr. Kazuomi Koshiba

Proactively Supporting the Next Generation Development from Working Experience for Junior High School Students to Training Cooperation for Teachers

Local Junior High School Students Experiencing Work
Local Junior High School Students Experiencing Work

Each plant in the DIC Group holds opportunities that enable young people who will lead the next generation to experience working in order to acquire career or working views and proactively hosts internship students, etc. “Saitama Plant”(Ina City, Saitama) that manufactures UV paint, LC materials, and adhesive films, etc. cooperates with the “Social Experience Challenge”, which is planned by the board of education, and continually holds working experience opportunities for 7th and 8th grade students. In 2011, the plant held 4 opportunities and 12 junior high school students participated from the community. They commuted to the Saitama Plant for 3 days at a time and experienced light work, such as inspections of products, packaging, etc. They presented what they learned through work and exchanges with employees at school.

These efforts are also promoted in Chiba Plant and Komaki Plant (Aichi) and are highly regarded by the local communities.

VOICE from the DIC Group

Backup is Provided through Cooperation of Each Department with the Focus on Safety

Saitama Plant has been hosting working experience opportunities since approximately 10 years ago. First, we communicate safety cautions to children, and each department decides the work contents in cooperation with each other. Seeing papers with honest opinions, such as “I’ve learned the difficulty of the society” and “I’ve experienced the importance of people’s considerations as well as organization”, etc. after the experience and hearing voices of different departments, such as “Thanks to them, we’ve made a good progress in work”, etc., make us happy. In 2011, teachers also cooperated with the training to learn local industries and accepted plant tours. I think it is very beneficial for others to learn the technologies and manufacturing of DIC through such opportunities.

Saitama Plant General Affairs Group Chiharu Nakanishi

Saitama Plant
General Affairs Group
Chiharu Nakanishi

Support for Persons with Intellectual Handicaps

Charity Jogging Held in Guangzhou
Charity Jogging Held in Guangzhou

“Huiling” is an NGO that was established in 1990 by a Chinese national and supports persons with intellectual handicaps. It promotes its activities in 8 locations in China. DIC Co., Ltd. (Guangzhou) observed various activities of Huiling Guangzhou, deepened the understanding, and supported the philosophy. The company has appealed for donations from both employees and the company.

In addition, 86 employees/family members participated in the charity jogging, which was held in the “Oriental Resort Guangzhou” in Báiyún area, Guangzhou, and held social exchanges with persons with intellectual handicaps in May,2011.

Support for Reconstruction Following the Great East Japan Earthquake

IPPO IPPO NIPPON project logo
IPPO IPPO NIPPON project logo

Since 2011, DIC has provided support for reconstruction in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake as a participant in the IPPO IPPO NIPPON project, an initiative organized by the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) with the aim of assisting local residents in rebuilding their lives. This initiative, which is scheduled to continue for fve years, seeks to support efforts to rebuild communities and stimulate local economies by delivering funds collected from corporate and individual donors directly to schools and other facilities in need of support.
DIC has also donated funds via the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.

Keizai Doyukai:IPPO IPPO NIPPON Project

Mangrove Plantation Project

Mangrove Plantation Project

DIC (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. approved of the mangrove plantation project in the Telok Gong, Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor, Malaysia held by the Red Crescent Selangor on May 8, 2011, and donated money to fund the activity and joined the project.

The purpose of the project is to reduce environmental destruction by showing the way how to solve environmental problems to the local community as well as the participants through the activity of mangrove plantation. Ten employees of DIC took part as volunteers on the day and planted mangrove seedlings under the instruction of experts.

Initiatives Aimed at Areas around Our Plants

Initiatives Aimed at Areas around Our Plants

As part of its Responsible Care activities, the Japan Chemical Industry Association's RC Committee has organized town hall meetings across the country to strengthen communication with people locally.

In February 2011, The DIC Komaki plant organized the 5th Responsible Care Aichi Regional Town Hall Meeting at the Komaki Kinro Center, where it presented its Responsible Care initiatives to local citizens. Its presentations covered mainly safety (passing on techniques through K-SHOW)*2 and eco-friendly products, also providing reports on matters such as energy conservation, industrial waste reduction, and local support activities (Oyamagawa cleanup). The DIC Komaki plant focused especially on discussion of its production and development of environmentally conscious products such as lightweight PPS for cars, low-VOC-emission printing ink, and decorative sheets for de-plating products*1. The plant also talked about the various problems it has related to the environment. After the meeting, the plant made time to answer questions from local citizens and strengthen mutual understanding.

  • *1Passing on technique through K-SHOW: passing on techniques through training, using video to explain.

Regional Clean-Up Activities and Others

Employees of the Shiga Plant engaged in a clean-up Employees of the Shiga Plant engaged in a clean-up

Employees of the Komaki Plant serving as clean-up volunteers Employees of the Komaki Plant serving as clean-up volunteers

To help preserve and beautify the regional environment, the DIC Group has been conducting clean-up activities in places such as neighboring roads in various regions. At the plant in Konan City, Shiga Prefecture, employees take part in clean-up day activities such as "Lake Biwa Day" and "Environment Beautification Day" organized by Shiga Prefecture every year. The Komaki Plant in Aichi Prefecture positively engages in volunteer activities such as "Oyama River Clean-up Activities." Moreover, part of the sports facilities in our plants are open to local citizens, and festivals are held by inviting local citizens for realizing a better relationship with local communities.

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