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Soliciting Employees for Voluntary Reconstruction Assistance Tours

Supporting fishing in Karakuwa, Kesennuma Town, Miyagi Prefecture

Participating in organic cotton farming assistance throughout the year in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture

We have continually solicited employees to undertake voluntary tours planned by tourist agencies to assist in reconstruction of the disaster area. We have called for participants from all of our group companies and offices in Japan, with the company bearing all expenses for transportation and tour participation and providing support to the employees involved.
This activity began in October 2012, and in fiscal 2015, 34 employees participated in 6 tours. They performed repair work assistance and searched for lost articles in Rikuzen Takata City, Iwate Prefecture.; fishery assistance in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture.; and farming assistance in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.
We plan to continue such activities in the future.

Reconstruction Assistance Via Food

Employee cafeteria (Takaoka Plant)

We endorse the appeal to “Eat and root for restoration!” from the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries for aiding the recovery of industries in the disaster area, and we are implementing an activitiy to include foods produced in the disaster area on the menus of our facilities.
The 11th of every month is the “Eat and root for restoration!” campaign day at the Takaoka Plant, and foods from the north-east of Japan are used in side dishes.
There is also an abundance of local sakes and snack foods from the north-east region on offer at the employee refreshment facilities “Z Plaza” (in the Kawasaki Plant R&D Center.)

Maintenance of the Heisei-no-mori tree-planting party area in Otsuchi Town, Iwate Pref.

4th year Otsuchi Gakuen students planting trees

We are continuing to maintain the Heisei-no-mori tree-planting area, which was carried out from 2012 to 2015 and sponsored by Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., in Otsuchi Town, Kamihei-gun, Iwate Prefecture. We are also continuing to participate in the tree-planting group that is part of lessons at the local elementary and junior high schools.

Monetary Donations

In 2011, Zeon donated a total of 40 million yen—30 million from Zeon Group companies and 10 million from employees, including those at group companies outside Japan—through such organizations as the Central Community Chest of Japan to aid disaster victims and support reconstruction in the disaster area.

Efforts to Save Energy

Starting Work Earlier

From fiscal 2011 onwards, we have moved the working hours at the head office forward by 30 minutes, to 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., between May 1 and October 31, to make more effective use of summer air conditioning hours. This effort also gives each of our employees an opportunity to reconsider work efficiency and work-life balance.

No Neckties, No Jackets

From fiscal 2011 onwards, we have been implementing a Cool Biz dress policy from May 1 to October 31 in order to reduce electricity consumption.

Other Efforts to Reduce Electricity Consumption

The following measures have been continually enacted from fiscal 2011 onwards.

  • Turned off lights when leaving a space
  • Made a concerted effort to turn off lights during lunch break
  • Expanded the use of LED interior lighting
  • Reduced the time before computer monitors automatically turned off
  • Set thermostats at 28ºC

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