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Social Contribution Activities

Developing People Needed by the Community

When we asked ourselves: “What sort of social contribution activities would meet the needs of regional communities and make the best use of Komatsu's strengths?” we arrive at the answer: “developing people.” We are working in cooperation with several entities, such as national and local governments, as well as schools, to carry out human resource development programs that are tailored to each region's needs and enable participants to acquire skills that will open up employment opportunities.

Various Areas and Forms of Support

Developing Human Resources Tailored to Regional Needs Worldwide

Using the know-how cultivated through our core business, Komatsu is supporting development of the kind of human resources that are needed, not only internally by our company, but for local communities.
Expectations for human resources can vary greatly from community to community. At Komatsu, as we do business on a global scale, we try to understand what each community needs and work on providing that support accordingly, in various areas and in different forms.
The pyramid graph below shows the different areas in which Komatsu is supporting human resource development. It also shows that the closer you get to the top of the pyramid, the more closely linked the program is with Komatsu businesses. The base of the pyramid shows our active support of activities such as science classes in elementary schools, mainly in different parts of Japan, the U.S.A. and Europe. The next level up is to provide basic education, which is support given to people who cannot or were not able to receive the level of education necessary to find employment, due to circumstances specific to the country or region. We currently run such programs in Chile and South Africa. At the next level, we support universities and vocational training schools in many regions by providing Komatsu's curriculum and equipment, as well as instructors. At the top of the pyramid, we are working with national and local governments and with our customers to develop human resources, particularly in regions where human resource development is a social challenge.
The actual content of the support given includes Komatsu providing instructors and trainers; providing teaching materials, equipment and facilities; accepting apprentices; and various other means through which the daily cultivated know-how can be put to best use.

Support for Developing Human Resources

  • Providing instructors
    Providing instructors
  • Providing teaching materials and equipment
    Providing teaching materials and equipment
  • Providing facilities and supporting operations
    Providing facilities and supporting operations
  • Accepting apprentices
    Accepting apprentices

Activities in FY2014
Support for Developing Construction Machinery Operators in Liberia

In line with higher expectations for economic growth, there is a pressing need to develop construction machinery operators for required infrastructure improvements in the West African nation of Liberia. Although the country was severely affected by the spread of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in FY2014, Komatsu has been supporting the training of construction machinery operators at a facility that was jointly constructed by the Japanese government and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and opened in June 2014, just before EVD began to spread.
Before it opened, four instructors from the facility visited Japan in May 2014 to learn about basic operations and maintenance of construction machinery at Komatsu. After returning to Liberia, they had to wait until the spread of EVD was contained before getting back to work. During that time, they supported the construction of a sanitary facility in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, applying the skills they had acquired in Japan. In the meantime, Komatsu continued to support them, including by responding to their technical questions by email.
The construction machinery donated by Komatsu arrived in Liberia in April 2015. The machinery, alongside the expertise of the young instructors, is contributing alongside the cooperation of local dealers to the quality of training at the school, where the class has restarted. Komatsu will continue to provide its support with the cooperation of local distributors, including the training program itself, until the facility can be operated on its own.

  • Japan Heavy Equipment Operator School (JHEOS), opened in Liberia in June 2014
    Japan Heavy Duty Equipment Operator School (SHDEOS), opened in Liberia in June 2014
  • Training for instructors carried out at the Komatsu Techno Center in Shizuoka Prefecture
    Training for instructors carried out at the Komatsu Techno Center in Shizuoka Prefecture
  • The construction machinery donated by Komatsu arrived in Liberia in April 2015.
    The construction machinery donated by Komatsu arrived in Liberia in April 2015.