We are aware that the protection of the global environment and the corporate social responsibilities are essential part of our corporate activities. We establish effective environmental management systems and promote environmental management activities. We have made our best endeavor to be an indispensable company for the community into the future. On that account, we strive to minimize the impacts of our corporate activities, products and service to the environment.
In February 2013, we started the Mega Solar Power Generation Project on the premises of Minamata Plant. The goal of the project is not only to protect the environment by generating renewable energy but also to develop new products by conducting experiments and tests of the relevant products in the facility. On the other hand, we opened a community-based showroom in the plant with a section of devoted to detailed descriptions of solar power generation systems. When the students of the local elementary and junior high schools take factory tours, the hand-on exhibits offer a fun of learning experience.
Although it has been a couple of years already since the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, people in many regions are still suffering from lack of sufficient electricity supply. In particular, we realized that the ship dock which serves as a gateway to Oshima Island and Oya Beach in Kesennuma urgently needed outdoor lighting. Therefore, we donated the solar-powered LED lightings to the Kesennuma Oshima Tourism Association. The donation ceremony took place on 11 May, 2012 at Uranohama, Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture. Simultaneously, we signed a Pact of Comprehensive Cooperation and Support in the Event of Disaster with the association.
Every year from early July to early August, we had sponsored Fellowship Program in which we hosted some students from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in US. (Ceased in 2012.) The students not only attended seminars in our company but also visited the top Japanese companies such as Toyota and Panasonic, and toured the cultural sites. They stayed at our employees' homes, and every year, we had a large number of employees offering accommodation.