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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 FY2015
Continued Support of Construction Equipment Operators Training in Liberia

Since FY2014 we have been supporting the construction equipment operators training center established in Liberia as a cooperative project with the Japanese government and the United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The second Term has started in 2016, as our continued support for the project.

<Outline of the Project>

  • - Name of the Vocational School: Japan Heavy Equipment Operator School (JHEOS)
  • - Objective: To promote employment of youth in the mining, construction and agricultural sectors in Liberia by providing skills training and the development of human resources.
  • - Investor: The Japanese government (providing gratis fund aid)
  • - Manager: UNIDO

<Footprints of the First Term (April 2013 - March 2016) of the Project and Contents of Komatsu's Support>

May 2014: Komatsu trained four instructors for three weeks in Japan.
June 2014: Opening ceremony of the vocational school.
August 2014: Temporary closure of the school due to the Ebola outbreak (Komatsu continued to support the instructors via emails, etc. while the school was closed).
December 2014: Komatsu provided a used PC200 hydraulic excavator free of charge.
April 2015: The vocational school started some programs.
August 2015: First graduation ceremony held (for 149 students).

<Komatsu's Plan of Support for the Second Term (April 2016 -- March 2018) of the Project>

  • - To provide know-how related to training materials and equipment to improve programs.
  • - To train instructors at Komatsu facilities.
  • - To dispatch Komatsu instructor from Japan to train local instructors, etc.
  • August 2015 First Graduation Ceremony (for 149 students)
    August 2015 First Graduation Ceremony (for 149 students)
  • March 2016, The Second Term of Project Starts (the signing ceremony)
    March 2016, The Second Term of Project Starts (the signing ceremony)

Liberia is not only rich in iron ore and other resources, but also the government is planning infrastructure development under the background of economic growth. As a result, we are looking forward to an increase in mid to long-term demand for construction and mining equipment. To unfailingly capture future market demand, we believe it is our important task to develop human resources in Liberia. As part of its efforts for social contributions around the world, we have been promoting human resource development which directly results in employment. In Liberia, under collaboration with our local distributor, we are committed to supporting the Project, one of the areas of focus for its CSR activities.