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Community Involvement and Development

Basic Principle

The “K” Line Group as a good corporate citizen will make ongoing efforts to contribute to social development and improvement and support employees’ voluntary participation in such activities.

  • “K” Line will identify priority issues in light of its management philosophy and promote community involvement activities by making use of its resources.
  • “K” Line will further and proactively contribute to society through cooperation and collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, including NPO/NGO, local communities, government agencies and international organizations.
  • “K” Line will support its employees’ voluntary participation in social activities such as volunteer work.
  • “K” Line will prepare for possible relief and aid for disasters or marine accidents and extend social contributions by taking advantage of its know-how and technology including transport of necessary resources when needed.

Collaboration with Stakeholders

NPO “South African Education Support Initiative (SAPESI)”

The “K” Line Group supports the activities of an NPO “South African Education Support Initiative (SAPESI)”, aimed at raising the level of primary education in South Africa, and has been cooperating in providing free transportation of children’s books and educational materials to the country since 2011.

※Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) is a form of economic empowerment initiated by South African government to improve and recover social and economic status of individuals disadvantaged by Apartheid. Companies conducting business activities in South Africa are evaluated and degrees of their contribution are measured as BEE scores in such pillars as equity ownership, management, skills developments, preferential procurement, enterprise development and socio-economic development, etc.. “K” LINE SHIPPING (SOUTH AFRICA) PTY LTD, “K” Line’s affiliated company in South Africa, supports this policy and is verified as level 2 (the second highest score).
http://www.kline.co.za/Forms.html

NPO “VOS Nippon”

The “K” Line Group supports the activities an NPO “VOS Nippon”, who collects, measures, and makes available on its website data of salinity and temperature of seawater for free access by the public. We accept installing the NPO’s measuring equipment on our thermal coal carrier “CHUBU MARU”.  Data collected with the equipment is utilized by various organizations around the world to analyze the influence of global warming to the oceans.

Social Contribution Activities

Free Ocean Transportations

The “K” Line Group initiates social contribution activities by providing free ocean transportation of vehicles and commodities donated to various countries, utilizing its own fleet and service routes.

Supporting Transport of Educational Materials to South Africa

The “K” Line Group supports the activities of NPO “South African Education Support Initiative (SAPESI)”, aimed at raising the level of primary education in South Africa, and has been supporting it by providing free transportation of children’s books and educational materials to the country since 2011.

In July 2015, SAPESI organized ceremonies to donate books for children to each state government in South Africa. Out of them, the ceremony in Kwa Zulu Natal State was organized at the office of “K” Line Shipping South Africa, “K” Line’s local subsidiary, attended by over 70 peoples including executives of KZN Education Bureau.

The ceremony of the donation in South Africa
Children in South Africa and a mobile library
Free Ocean Transportation of Fire engines and Ambulances for Latin American countries

The “K” Line Group has established close relationship with Latin American Countries for a long time, assuming Honorary Consul of El Salvador since 1969, Chairmanship of Japan-Chile Association (est. 1940) and Japan-Peru Association (est. 1954), as well as Directorship of Latin-America Association in Japan (est. 1958). It has therefore been  providing free ocean transportation of supporting goods destined for those countries.
In FY2015, “K” Line has transported 5 fire engines and 2 ambulances to El Salvador, and a fire engine to Peru, in cooperation with Daito Corporation, its affiliate company.

Initiatives for Local Communities

We have taken place a visit tour to our vessel or terminal for children in local communities where our vessels call.

The volunteer activities

The Lunchtime Volunteer

In cooperation with other companies in the same building where the head office is located, the “K” Line Group conducts periodical litter cleanup activities called “the lunchtime volunteer”. Casually participating in the activities during lunchtime, members can think about environmental preservation as well as contribution to the local community.

Lunch time volunteer

Fiscal year

2014

2015

2016

Frequency

1

3

3

Total participants

36

76

80

The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Support Volunteer

The “K” Line Group has been sending employees for volunteering activities  to disaster-affected area in Tohoku since 2012, and organizing volunteer tours to encourage employees to proactively participate in such activities.
Please refer to The Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Efforts.

Umi-no-Mori [Sea forest] tree-planting activity

Employees of the “K” Line Group and their families have been participating in the Umi-no-Mori [Sea forest] tree-planting activity since 2010. The activity  has been held aiming to help prevent global warming by having planted trees absorb carbon dioxide, in which 86 people have participated from the “K” Line Group since the beginning.

Relief Donations

Date Disaster/Poverty area Support activities
April,2016 Kumamoto earthquake JPY 10 million in donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRC)
May,2015 Nepal earthquake JPY 2 million in donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRC)
November,2013 Typhoon Haiyan (No, 30)/Philippines JPY 5 million in donation to Rayomar Outreach Foundation, Inc and
free ransportation of relief supplies
December,2012 Typhoon Bopha (No, 24) / Philippines JPY 2 million in donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society
December,2011 Tropical Storm Washi (No, 21) / Philippine island of Mindanao JPY 2 million in donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society
October, 2011 Thailand floods JPY 5 million in donation (in conjunction with K Line (Thailand) Ltd)
to Thailand Red Cross Society and free transportation of relief supplies
March,2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami / Japan JPY 50 million in donation to JRC in cooperation with “K”LINE
Group companies, and free transportation of relief supplies
September,2011 China floods JPY 2 million donation to JRC
September,2011 Sindh floods / Pakistan JPY 1 million in donation to JRC
April,2010 Yushu earthquake /China JPY 3 million in donation to the Red Cross Society of China in
conjunction with “K”Line (China) Ltd. and “K”Line (HongKong) Ltd.
Feburuary,2010 Chile earthquake JPY 1 million in donation to JRC
January,2010 Haiti earthquake JPY 1 million in donation to JRC
September,2009 Typhoon Ketsana (No,16) / Philippines JPY 1 million in donation to JRC
August,2009 Typhoon Morakot (No,3) / Taiwan JPY 1 million in donation to JRC
April,2009 L'Aquila earthquake / Italy EURO 10,0000 in donation to the Brithish Red Cross in conjunction
with “K”Line (Europe) Limited
June,2008 Typhoon Fengshen (No,6) Philippines JPY 4 million in total in donation to the group's crew-manning
companies in Philippines for the relief of crew's families suffered.
May,2008 Great Sichuan earthquake / China JPY 5 million in donation from the company, as well as donation from
sraffs/management, both to JRC
May,2008 Cyclone Nargis / Myanmar JPY 3 million in donation from the company, as well as donation from
staffs/management, both to JRC
November,2007 Cyclone Sidr / Bangladesh JPY 3 million in donation to JRC
August,2007 Peru earthquake JPY 500,000 in donation toJapan-Peru Association, and free
transportation of relief supplies (in 5 units of 20' containers)
July,2007 Chuetsu offshore earthquake / Japan JPY 1.5 miliion in donation to JRC

Systems for Supporting Employees’ Participation in Volunteering Activities

Volunteer Leave System

“K” Line has a volunteer leave system under which employees can take a leave for 10 days a year at maximum to participate in volunteering activities in large scale natural disaster affected areas. The leave also applies to those who join volunteering tours to the area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake hosted by the Company since 2012. By the end of FY2015, 53 employees in aggregate have utilized the system and participated in volunteering activities.

Raising Social Contribution Awareness through Intranet Portal

In order to raise social contribution awareness among employees and the management, “K” Line sets in its intranet portal site a special page featuring social contribution activities, which contains  volunteer invitation circular reports on volunteering activities, an opinion box, etc.

In FY 2015, 7 volunteer invitations have been circulated through the portal. e Opinions from participants after each activity have also been collected which will be reflected in the improvement of future activities.

The Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Efforts

The “K” Line Group strives to continue its efforts in various ways to support the reconstruction of disaster-affected areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Participation in volunteering activities also brings benefits to the Company, since it provides employees with opportunities to acquire problem solving ability through thinking about what kind of problems remains and how they should be addressed.

Volunteer Activities in Tohoku area

 “K” Line has a volunteer leave system to encourage its employees’ participation in volunteering activities, and organizes volunteer tours.

Volunteer activities in Tohoku area

Fiscal year

Frequency

Area

Activities

Total
participants

2012

3

Miyagi

Debris removal

38

2013

2

Miyagi

Fishery support

15

2014

1

Miyagi

Fishery support

7

2015

2

Miyagi

Coast search

18

Fukushima

Cotton crop

2016

1

Fukushima

Cotton crop

21

 

Volunteering Activities by New Employees

 “K” Line has been organizing volunteer activities by new employees as part of training program for them in the disaster-affected Tohoku area since2012, and 56 new employees in aggregate have been sent there so far.

Sales Events featuring Local Products from Disaster-Affected Area

“K” Line regularly holds sales events featuring local products of Tohoku so as to support the area’s reconstruction.

Various supports

Help for Those Affected by the 3-11 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami off the Pacific Coast
“K” Line Donates Reefer Containers to Quake-stricken Area in Tohoku, Japan
“K” Line Donates Reefer Containers to Quake-stricken Areas in Tohoku, Japan

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