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.


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

Founded in 1991 as part of social contribution activities during the 70th anniversary of the company founding, the Komatsu Women's Judo Club is celebrating its 23rd year. During this time, a total of 79 athletes have participated in competitions worldwide. The club has actively engaged in teaching judo at home and abroad, and in welcoming foreign judo competitors, with the goal to develop and popularize judo. In August 2012, the athlete Mika Sugimoto gave an outstanding performance at the London Olympics in the 78kg weight-class Womanís Judo Competition, and went on to win the silver medal in the finals. Komatsu employees from Japan and overseas employees from all across Europe went to support and cheer on Ms. Sugimoto. In Japan, employees and members of the Boys Dojo Club gathered at TV cheering events held at the headquarters and at the permanent dojo to support Ms. Sugimoto.

Group photo of the 20th anniversary celebration ceremony

Komatsu Team Supporters at a Stadium in London Olympic Games

 Aside from the Olympics, in 2012 employees and family members from KOMATSU plants and offices in the region went to cheer on the athletes competing in Japan at the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Kitakami, Ageo, Amagasaki, Chiba, as well as overseas in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Ulan Bator (Mongolia), Salvador (Brazil), Qingdao (China), Paris (France), Dusseldorf (Germany), and Tyumen (Russia). This worldwide support of judo has contributed to both the popularization of judo and in raising corporate awareness (global teamwork).
As a team, at the All-Japan Tournament held at the city of Kitakami in the Iwate Prefecture, which was an area stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake, we won our 9th victory, which moved the people of Tohoku who had been affected by the earthquake. By winning the 9th championship, the team became the most winning team in Japan.

 Since its establishment, the Komatsu Women's Dojo has been training athletes from over 10 countries around the world. Athletes that have trained in judo at Komatsu are active all over the world, including at the Olympics held in Athens, Beijing, and London, and have won medals in world championships. It is our dream that one day we will get to see an athlete that had been supported by KOMATSU competing against one of the Komatsu Women's Judo Club athletes in an Olympic competition.

 Along with coaching the Komatsu Boys Judo Team at the permanent dojo, the Komatsu Women's Judo Club is taking part in popularizing judo and with the development of children who will be leaders of the next generation. In 2012, both coaches Mika Sugimoto and Ikumi Tanimoto taught judo classes in Yaroslavl, Russia, coach Ikumi Tanimoto taught another judo class in Italy, and all members of the Women's Judo Club conducted judo demonstrations during the visit to Komatsu Indonesia. In Japan, both coaches Mika Sugimoto and Ikumi Tanimoto taught judo classes in Nakano-ku, Tokyo and in Ageo-shi, Saitama.

Judo classes held in Yaroslavi, Russia

Judo Class in Yaroslavl (Russia)

As a company that supports the foundation for strengthening Japanese athletes by providing various training environments facilities for athletes, and by actively assisting such activities in an effort to improve international competitive force, KOMATSU was awarded the JOC top athlete support award, the "Excellent Organization Award."

The Komatsu Womenís Judo Club

The Komatsu Women's Judo Club

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.

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.