Preparedness for Regional Disasters and Support for Reconstruction
Based on experience from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Kaneka Group routinely conducts drills and educational activities to ensure that our companies are robust and resilient in the event of a disaster.
We also provide support for reconstruction after earthquakes and other disasters, and will continue a variety of support activities in the future.
Enhancing Crisis Management Systems
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We at the Kaneka Group conduct drills for a possible earthquake affecting geographically wide areas, and prepare standards and manuals to mobilize initial responses and ensure business continuity.
In fiscal 2015, we held drills that assumed a disaster struck in the morning at the start of operations, at Kaneka’s six business sites and one sales office, and eight group companies in Japan, with a total of 6,143 employees participating. The drills used a system to confirm employee safety to check (1) the safety of all participants, (2) communication using hand-held satellite phones, and to verify (3) response measures in damage scenarios.
We also published a risk management handbook for employees to help them clearly understand the emergency procedures: proper incident notification, instructions, consultation, and response, as well as the smooth flow of information.
Building further upon the activities of fiscal 2015, we will continue with routine educational activities and drills to ensure business continuity.
At the Task Force in Osaka Head Office, staff confirm that employees are safe
Corporate Task Force checks reports from each business site
Risk management handbook
Support for Reconstruction after 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami
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Kaneka Group has been providing relief and recovery support during the five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. We will continue to provide a variety of reconstruction support activities in the future.
Participation in IPPO IPPO NIPPON Project
We donate 500,000 yen annually to the disaster reconstruction support activities of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai). We have installed learning equipment at vocational high schools in the coastal areas of the Tohoku region (from 2013 onward).
Reconstruction Assistance for Main Roads in Disaster-Affected Areas
For road reconstruction in disaster-affected areas, we provided Soil Blocks, a large polystyrene foams designed for civil engineering work (for details, please see “CSR Topics 2015”).
Reconstruction of Only Manufacturing Plant for Molded Polystyrene Foam Products in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture
Group company Kanae Co., Ltd. manufactured molded polystyrene foam products for storing and transporting fish, but operations were halted when the tsunami swept over the plant. We invested 600 million yen (including government subsidies) to rebuild the plant, which reopened in June 2013. It is contributing to local employment and the recovery of the fisheries industry.
Supplying KANEKA Surfactin, a Radioactive Decontamination Detergent
This highly biodegradable natural detergent made using the Bacillus subtilis bacteria cleans soil particles contaminated with radioactive cesium and other substances. Since 2012, it has been used in some of the areas designated for decontamination.
Tohoku Products Fair at Osaka Plant
On February 25, 2016, we organized the Tohoku products fair, dubbed the Tohoku Waku-Waku Market, at our Osaka Plant. The event was implemented as part of the support activities of the Kansai Economic Federation, of which Kaneka is a member.
The concept of the fair was to provide access for people to purchase special products only available in Tohoku. The goal was to help Tohoku businesses develop marketing channels and improve their employment situation, and thereby to provide assistance from the Kansai region to the disaster-affected areas. On market day, employees from our group company Kaneka Osaka Service Center Co., Ltd. worked with market staff to sell products from six prefectures in Tohoku (including sake, side dishes to go with rice, and sweets).
Many employees from the Group and partner companies came to the market, resulting in sales of 270,000 yen. On April 22, 2016, a market was also held at our Takasago Plant.
Tohoku Waku-Waku Market