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Social Contributions

Basic Stance on Social Contributions

Komatsu holds the firm conviction that contributing to society leads to raising its corporate value over the long term and the Group as a whole proactively engages in social contribution activities on a continuing basis to fulfill one part of its corporate social responsibilities.

Komatsu's basic stance on social contributions (the purpose and the five basic principles concerning social contributions) is as follows.


Purpose

The Komatsu Group and its employees will contribute to society as members of the local community.

Basic Principles

Contributions shall be:

◆ Consistent

◆ In the public interest

◆ Voluntary

◆ Acceptable by employees

◆ Not aimed at advertisement

Major Areas of Activity

Komatsu's main activities for social contributions are in the following areas.

● Supporting the Flower Association of Japan (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)

● Promoting culture and education and local community development

● Promoting sports

● Providing humanitarian assistance and recovery from disasters


Contributing to Local Communities

Making Business Units Open to the Public

In addition to opening up its gymnasium, field, tennis courts, and various other recreational facilities, Komatsu hosts various events so as to foster harmony and a spirit of coexistence with local communities.


Holding "Open House" Day

Komatsu convenes "open house" days at its business units on a regular basis, taking advantage of various events to enhance the local community's understanding of its business operations.


Running Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles at the Komatsu Techno Center

Twice a year, the Komatsu Techno Center in the city of Izu in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan runs a Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles, which allows the children to come into direct contact with large construction equipment.

Through this tour Komatsu hopes to foster children's dreams and furnish an opportunity for parents and children to play together, thereby encouraging deeper understanding towards construction equipment and Komatsu's corporate ideal.

Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles at the Komatsu Techno Center

Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles at the Komatsu Techno Center

Promoting Sports

The Komatsu Women's Judo Club was founded in April 1991 to commemorate the company's 70th anniversary. The club has won four consecutive championships of the All Japan Company Judo Club Competition eight times to date. Members of the club have also demonstrated a record of excellence in individual competitions, both in and outside of Japan. The club gladly offers non-Japanese teams opportunities to practice with its members, thereby contributing to the spread and development of judo around the world.

From the Komatsu Women's Judo club, Mika Sugimoto (over 78 kg class, open-weight class), Ruika Sato (open-weight class), Tomomi Okamura (78 kg class), Mina Watanabe (70 kg class), Nae Udaka (57 kg class) and Kelita Zupancic (70 kg class, from the Canadian national team) participated in the World Judo Championships held in Tokyo in September 2010. Among these athletes, Mika Sugimoto won the championship in two weight classes, which is a first for a Japanese woman judoka. In October, the club held a Japanese judo class at the Shanghai Expo.

In addition to regular training, we hold children's judo classes every Wednesday and Friday, to help raise the next generation of Judo champions.

Club held a Japanese judo class at the Shanghai Expo

Club held a Japanese judo class at the Shanghai Expo

Supporting the Flower Association of Japan

As one of its contributions to society, Komatsu has been supporting the Flower Association of Japan* since it was established in 1962, an organization that develops venues for viewing cherry blossoms and cultivates local environments rich in flowers, to thereby foster areas of beauty and abundant greenery. The activities of the Flower Association of Japan center on supporting both its members throughout Japan, as well as local residents associations, to create spaces filled with flowers and greenery.

*Designated as an organization serving the public good by approval of the Prime Minister as of December 2009.


Creating Venues Renowned for Cherry Blossoms and Revitalizing Famous Sites

The Association supports those entrusted with developing venues for viewing cherry blossoms and including them in urban planning, and supplies them with free cherry saplings. It provides advice on how to plant and raise the saplings and offers follow-up care after the saplings are delivered. The Association is also active in preserving and revitalizing existing cherry blossom viewing venues. When trees at old noted sites become diseased or weakened due to environmental changes, the organization uses its accumulated expertise to provide advice on how to restore the trees to vigor.

Cherry trees blooming around Kameyama Castle in the City of Ono in Fukui Prefecture. The Fukui chapter of the Flower Association of Japan succeeded in revitalizing diseased cherry trees at this site.

Cherry trees blooming around Kameyama Castle in the City of Ono in Fukui Prefecture. The Fukui chapter of the Flower Association of Japan succeeded in revitalizing diseased cherry trees at this site.

The Yuki Farm, a Major Venue for Cherry Blossom Viewing

The Yuki Farm in the city of Yuki in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan is a base for tree doctors and experts in tissue culturing who support the activities of members and local residents of various regions. This is a major location for fostering the creation of venues for cherry blossom viewing. The farm produces some 30,000 cherry saplings annually and boasts one of the largest cherry tree collections in the world, with 1,000 trees of 350 varieties under cultivation in its onsite exhibition garden. Research is also underway to produce cherry saplings from tissue cultures.


Cities in Bloom

The National Competition of Japan in Bloom was initially proposed by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as a way to establish a nationwide civic movement to develop local environments in bloom. It was inaugurated in 1991. The competition will be held for the 20th time in 2010, providing ample proof that it has spread nationwide. The Flower Association of Japan, in its capacity as secretariat for the competition, is fostering familiar flowers and greenery, and is encouraging the creation of spaces that are rich in flowers and greenery, while supporting residents associations and local authorities in these activities.