The Asahi Kasei Group works to honor and respect the local culture of each community where our operations are based, and to maintain effective dialog and communication with community members. Through networking events, plant tours, and fellowship activities, we enhance understanding of our company among the communities where we are located and receive valuable opinions regarding the management of our operations.
Administrative departments at manufacturing sites lead public outreach activities in each location, holding periodic networking events, plant tours, and fellowship activities.
We offer plant tours to provide better understanding of our operations and the measures we implement for the environment and safety. (Tours are not available at all plants.)
Dialog and interaction
Measures for community dialog and interaction include regularly held forums and meetings with representatives of local governments and members of local residents associations. We also open our gymnasiums, sports fields, parking lots, and other facilities for public use and enjoyment, and host a variety of events.
Neighborhood clean-up and greenery planting
Employees at our main production sites periodically clear the plant vicinities and nearby areas of litter, rubbish, and weeds as part of our interaction with the surrounding communities. We also actively participate in a variety of projects for planting trees and greenery both within plant grounds and in the surrounding area. Volunteer employees working at the Tokyo head office located in Chiyoda ward joined the ward-wide cleaning activities.
Local emergency response initiatives
Construction of evacuation towers
In fiscal 2013 we constructed two evacuation towers within our plant grounds in Nobeoka and Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, to enable people to quickly reach a safe height in the event of a tsunami. The evacuation towers are available for use not only by our personnel, but also by nearby community members.
Installation of independent drinking water supply systems
We have installed independent drinking water supply systems at Asahi Kasei Group plant sites in Moriyama, Suzuka, and Nobeoka. The systems utilize our microfiltration membranes to purify deep well water. While serving to supply drinking water to personnel working at these sites on a daily basis, these systems also provide a vital independent backup as a secure source of safe drinking water for local communities in the event of a disaster.
Disaster volunteer organization
In Nobeoka, we have a disaster volunteer organization consisting of our personnel and retirees to perform disaster drills and emergency response support for the local community.