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 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.


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 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.

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. To date, we have transported around 164,000 books, donated in various countries around the world, via our global network.

*The South African government adopted its Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) policy to help restore the economic and social status of people who suffered disadvantage under apartheid. Under the policy, companies operating in South Africa are given a BEE Score according to their corporate ownership form business control, skills development, business/supplier development systems and the degree to which they contribute to various aspects of socioeconomic development. “K” LINE SHIPPING (SOUTH AFRICA) PTY LTD, our subsidiary in that nation, supports this policy and received a Level 2 evaluation for its contribution degree, the second-highest ranking.

For information on BEE Score, please click here.

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.


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.

LNG cargo operation simulator tour
LNG cargo operation simulator tour

Volunteer activities

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.