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 social issues through dialogue with stakeholders and contribute to local community by making use of its resource.
- “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.
- ”K"LINE will provide financial assistance, such as donations, as needed, to help recovery of disaster-stricken areas in the event of a disaster in a countries or regions that have close relationship with our business, and to support education and activities that contribute to the development of the shipping industry.
The “K” LINE Group believes that contributing to the medium- and long-term development of local communities and international society through educational support and job creation is also an important corporate social responsibility. With this in mind, we contribute to the development of excellent seafarers around the world through our support of maritime technical personnel education. We also foster job creation and skills development in the areas where we operate businesses.
Social Contribution Activities through Our Businesses
Free Ocean Transportations
Free Ocean Transportation of Fire engines and Ambulances for Latin American countries
The “K” LINE Group has established a close relationship with Latin American Countries for a long time, assuming Honorary Consul of El Salvador since 1969, as well as past Chairmanship of Japan-Chile Association (est. 1940) and Japan-Peru Association (est. 1954). It has therefore been providing free ocean transportation of fire engines and ambulances donated by Japanese authorities to countries such as Peru and El Salvador. In the Republic of El Salvador, there were 19 fire engines nationwide as of 2014 when we started free ocean transportation, but by 2020 we transported 22 fire engines and ambulances in total so as to enhance the country’s fire control service.
As a result, we have received a letter of appreciation from the country’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan.
Supporting Transport of Educational Materials to South Africa
The “K” LINE Group had been supporting the activities of NPO “South African Education Support Initiative (SAPESI)”, aimed at raising the level of primary education in South Africa, by providing free transportation of children’s books and educational materials to the country, mainly by our containerships, from 2011 to 2018 when our container business is succeeded by Ocean Network Express (ONE). Till then, the “K” Line Group transported around 164,000 books, donated in various countries around the world, via its global network. This cooperation has now been taken over to ONE and is still ongoing.
＊Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) is a form of economic empowerment initiated by the South African government to improve and recover the 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 level) with a score of 93.74 points and a 125% procurement recognition.
Children in South Africa and
a mobile library
Various Study Tours
We take place visit tours to our vessels and terminals for children in local communities where our vessels call. We also host study tours of our Machida Training Center for children who live nearby.
Employment Support for The Challenged People with a New Recycling Scheme for Used Lashing Materials
Since April 2021, “K” LINE is supporting to create working opportunity for the challenged people by outsourcing a part of the recycling process of used lashing materials used in Pure Car Carriers (PCCs) to the workplace of Continuous Employment Support Type B (*).
Lashing materials are used to tightly secure vehicles on decks of PCCs to keep stability during transportation at sea. Those materials need to be replaced with new ones due to deterioration over time. In the past, those materials had been treated as industrial waste, but since 2016, we have been recycling them with cooperation from Global Technos, Ltd in Yokohama and Daito Corporation, one of our group companies in order to reduce the environmental burden. All the recycling process is completed in Kanagawa Prefecture to minimize running distance by truck that can contribute to reducing CO2 emissions. Furthermore, by outsourcing the disassembling process of lashing materials to "SEITEN", a workplace of Continuous Employment Support Type B operated by " DEKKAISORA”, an NPO" in Yokohama, we are supporting to create employment opportunities for the challenged people.
*Continuous Employment Support Type B is a welfare service to offer workplaces with certain support that allows people under the age of 65 who have difficulty in finding employment at general workplaces. There is neither employment agreement nor limit for working period.
Supporting the Development of the Next Generation
Internship Programs to Develop Human Resources who will Lead the Next Generation of the Shipping Industry
The “K” LINE Group organizes internship programs for students of nautical colleges every year. The program consisted of an introduction to our business operations and lectures related to ship operation/management, as well as visits to our vessels and workshops to discuss issues surrounding the shipping industry.
Sending Lecturers for Securing Maritime Technical Personnel
The “K” LINE Group has been participating in a task force established in 2008 by the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) to secure maritime technical personnel in the future. While the number of Japanese seafarers tend to decrease, it is necessary for the shipping industry to secure professional maritime technical personnel who can lead the world of shipping. We have been sending lecturers to “Open Campuses” at maritime academies, and exchanging information with educational institutions.
Volunteer Leave System
“K” LINE has a volunteer leave system which employees can take a leave for maximum 10 days a year to participate in volunteering activities in large scale natural disaster affected areas.
Community Contribution Activities
In cooperation with other companies in the same building where the head office is located, the “K” LINE Group has been conducting litter cleanup activities called “the lunchtime volunteer” since fiscal 2014. Casually participating in the activities during lunchtime, members can think about environmental preservation as well as contribution to the local community.
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 addition, we have a questionnaire after volunteering activities and make use of it for next activities.
Support for Restoration of Disaster-Affected Areas
Sales Events featuring Local Products from Disaster-Affected Area
“K” LINE regularly holds internal sales events featuring local products of Tohoku so as to support the area’s reconstruction.
The "K"LINE Group provides donations as needed to support the recovery of disaster-stricken areas in the event of a disaster in countries or regions that have close relationship with our business.
The main results of donations made in fiscal 2019 are as follows: