We provide environmental education for the entire group under the Safety & Environmental Protection Headquarters. We are also engaged in activities to raise awareness of environmental protection in line with the United Nations World Environment Day as well as the Environment Month promoted by the Ministry of the Environment. In June 2019, focusing on global warming and the marine plastic waste problem, we conducted light-down campaigns and clean-up activities to raise environmental awareness among employees.
Tokuyama Complex participated in the community cleanup in Shunan City on December 14, 2019. This is a concerted effort by citizens, businesses, and government to create a clean and garbage-free town before “Shunan Winter Tree Festival Fantastic Night”. This time, 64 people from Tokuyama Complex participated. Sweeping the fallen leaves, picking up trash, cleaning the park and roadside, our volunteers sweat a lot, but they were glad to be able to contribute effort for the society.
On August 11, 2019, Idemitsu Lube Vietnam (ILV) conducted beach cleanup on the coast of Ha Long Bay, known as a famous World Heritage Site. This is the second beach cleanup activity in Ha Long Bay since 2014. On that day, 267 people, including 167 participants from the ILV and 100 volunteers from the Ha Long City Youth Union, picked up garbage while sweating under the scorching heat nearly 40°C.
On August 1, 2019, the government of Hiroshima City organized a community cleanup at the Peace Memorial Park. About 60 volunteers from our office in Hiroshima participated in the event. This cleanup activity is an annual event held before “Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony” on August 6, in which a large number of companies in Hiroshima participating. In memory of the victims 75 years ago, the participants sent their thoughts and prayers before cleaning the park.
On June 25, 2019, Aichi Refinery hosted a study group regarding environmental protection. This study group was held as an initiative to celebrate June, the “Environment Month”. The study group, attended by 27 participants, was firstly promoted through Aichi Refinery internal newsletter, Asahi Minami Community bulletin board, and Nagoya Coast Guard Office’s communication network.
On the day, participants were introduced to Idemitsu's environmental initiatives, followed by beach cleanup on Shin-Maiko coast near the refinery. Through this activity, participants became more aware of “prospering with the local community” and also learned about environmental conservation, compliance with agreed values, and appropriate waste management. Aichi Refinery will continue to organize beach cleanup regularly.
Solar Frontier Kunitomi Plant carried out volunteer activities aimed at contributing to the local community. On April 13, 2019, participants disbudded plants Rhododendron at Kunitomi Hokedake Park to encourage better flower growth, and on April 27, 2019, they performed beach cleanup at Aoshima in Miyazaki City. Both volunteer activities were major events participated by 100-200 employees and their families. After the activities, they deepened fellowship by having barbecue and shellfish hunting.
On December 5, 2020, we held a cleanup event at the Shin-Maiko coast. Idemitsu Plantech Aichi has been conducting volunteer community cleanup activities for the past 10 years to show gratitude to the cities of Chita and Tokoname that contribute so much to our daily operations. This year's event was attended by about 100 people, including employees and their families, as well as people from Aichi Refinery, Idemitsu Retail Marketing, and associated companies. This year, more children participated than usual. We will continue our community contribution activities, hoping that the smiles of the children who volunteer will provide a link to the future.