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.
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).
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.
The “K” Line group has organized volunteer activities as part of its training programs for new employees in the disaster-affected areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake in cooperation with NPO “Fellow’s Will” since 2012.
(Reconstruction support of the Great East Japan Earthquake)
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.
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 “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.
To celebrate 20th anniversary of the establishment of “Marine Day”, one of Japan’s national holidays, the “K” Line Group has hosted various events, inviting local residents, in cooperation with The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA). For example, “K” Line has held tours to ships, including a pure car carrier “HAWAIIAN HIGHWAY” in Kobe, and a container ship “BROOKLYN BRIDGE” in Tokyo and Yokohama (the latter is combined with site tours to container terminals). In the meantime, Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line Kinkai) has held a tour to its ferryboat “SILVER QUEEN”.
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.
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.
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.
|Date||Disaster/Poverty area||Support activities|
|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|
“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 FY2014, 46 employees in aggregate have utilized the system and participated in volunteering activities.
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 “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.
“K” Line has a volunteer leave system to encourage its employees’ participation in volunteering activities, and organizes volunteer tours. Since 2012, it has organized 8 tours, and the number of participants from the “K” Line Group so far is 78 in aggregate.
“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.
“K” Line regularly holds sales events featuring local products of Tohoku so as to support the area’s reconstruction.
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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