Support for Persons with Intellectual Handicaps
“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.
DIC participates in IPPO IPPO NIPPON Project
DIC is participating in the IPPO IPPO NIPPON Project, a project launched by the Keizai Doyukai （Japan Association of Corporate Executives） to aid reconstruction in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Over the course of this five-year endeavor, the Keizai Doyukai will continue to appeal for corporate and individual donations, which will be used to provide support, including to schools, with the aim of fostering human resources and revitalizing local economies. DIC has resolved to donate ¥5 million annually to the project beginning in 2012.
As part of its commitment to assist people affected by the catastrophe and contribute to recovery, DIC has contributed ¥50 million to related initiatives through the Keidanren （Japan Business Federation）. The Company also donated a total of 5,000 helmets manufactured by DIC Plastics, Inc., to the Miyako, Omoe and Taro fisheries cooperatives and the city of Miyako, all of which are located in Iwate. Going forward, DIC will continue to take an active role in efforts aimed at rehabilitating quake-ravaged regions.
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
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
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.