CSR – Thailand
Mangrove Tree Planting by Mitsubishi Electric Group Companies
Every year, Mitsubishi Electric Group companies in Thailand jointly engage in volunteer activities with the support of, and coordination by the Mitsubishi Electric Thai Foundation. More than 400 employee volunteers participate in activities such as repairing equipment and cleaning at elementary schools, and planting trees.
In November 2016, a total of 490 volunteers from 11 Mitsubishi Electric Group companies in Thailand and Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore joined together with the local community planted 3,350 mangrove trees in the coastal area of Rayong Prefecture. Even though many participants were knee-deep and stuck in the marsh from time to time, everybody planted mangroves with great enthusiasm; everyone envisioning the huge marsh turning into an area with lots of greenery in the future.
Slow-Life Cycling Project
Mitsubishi Electric Kang Yong Watana Co., Ltd. introduced the Slow-Life Cycling Project in 2016 in collaboration with a television station in Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. This project was created as a way to help people rediscover the fascination of the countryside and communicate it to the public by visiting local cities on bicycles. Simultaneously, the program supports industrial vitalization, the conservation of culture and nature, and environmental efforts in the countryside.
In 2016, employees from Mitsubishi Electric Kang Yong Watana Co., Ltd. and other participants visited little-known cities and carried out activities such as donating computers to local elementary schools, removing the overgrowth of waterweed from rivers, which is harmful to creatures living in the water, and distributing equipment that is used to process waterweed into fertilizer. The project brings multiple benefits to local communities from the perspective of regional contribution, social well-being, educational support and environmental conservation.
In 2017, Mitsubishi Electric Kang Yong Watana Co., Ltd. will continue this project as a part of commemorating its 45th anniversary. The number of cities that the project visits will increase from 5 in 2016 to 12 in 2017.
Temple of Happiness using 5S Activities
In Thailand, temples have a function similar to that of a community hall in the western world, with people gathering and interacting, and accordingly their attitudes and behaviors are influenced. Mitsubishi Electric Thai Auto-Parts Co., Ltd. found this to be a unique part of the culture and started Temple of Happiness using 5S Activities in 2015. This project intends to contribute to the well-being of people in Thailand by spreading the Japanese idea of the "5Ss," which stands for the five "S" steps to maintain a comfortable and efficient living environment. Each of the steps start with the letter "S" in Japanese: Seiri (sort), Seiton (set in order), Seisou (cleaning), Seiketsu (cleanliness), and Shitsuke (discipline to sustain).
The employees of Mitsubishi Electric Thai Auto-Parts Co., Ltd. participate in activities such as cleaning the floors and windows at temples together with the local people, repair the chairs and tables that are used for community meetings, and set them in order for better usability. The project has been welcomed by the monks, who help disseminate the idea behind the 5Ss to people through their sermons. People can literally see and understand the benefits of 5Ss by witnessing the shiny floors and windows, and using well organized equipment without injuries. Moreover, tree planting in temple gardens conducted as part of the project helped open people's eyes to the importance of the environment.
This is not the only project Mitsubishi Electric Thai Auto-Parts Co., Ltd. has been involved in. In September 2016, it collaborated with other Mitsubishi Electric Group companies in Thailand to further expanded related activities.
2016 Scholarship Ceremony for Students of Engineering
Since 1993, Mitsubishi Electric Thai Foundation has been providing obligation-free scholarships for students of Faculties of Engineering in Thailand who are not able to dedicate much time to their studies due to financial difficulties. In order for the Foundation to be certain that the scholarship scheme is successfully implemented, the Foundation cooperates closely with the Faculties of Engineering of the universities that have joined the scheme.Learn more about activities by Mitsubishi Electric Thai Foundation.
Big Cleaning Day in Samutprakarn
Employee volunteers of Kang Yong Electric Public Co., Ltd. and all other factories in Bangchalong, a subdistrict of Samutprakran City, volunteered in a Big Cleaning Day event. Participants cleaned Klong, a canal in the subdistrict, with the cooperation of local residents.
Mangrove Planting to Celebrate Company's 50th Anniversary
To celebrate the company's 50th anniversary, Kang Yong Electric Public Co., Ltd. with its employee volunteers planted 5,000 mangroves in Klongkon, a lake in Samutsongkhram Province. They hope that all the mangroves they planted will become a forest in the future for all the fish, crabs, and other aquatic animals living there.
Bus Stop Cleaning
In early 2014, Kang Yong Electric Public Co., Ltd. donated stations for bus stops in a total of seven places along Bangna-Trad Rd, in the Bangna District of Bangkok. Since then, the company and all the employee volunteers have been making efforts to keep all seven stations clean. They believe that it is essential to maintain a safe and attractive environment for all the passengers who live around the stations.
Philanthropic Activities on National Children's Day
On the second Saturday of January, many people in Thailand celebrate Children's Day by taking their children out to places where they can enjoy themselves. Many local authorities organize special events, and some businesses and facilities admit children for half of the usual price—or even for free—on this day. Every year since 2003, Kang Yong Electric Public Co., Ltd. (KYE) and its employees have arranged activities to coincide with Children's Day, focusing on different remote areas of Thailand every year.
Mitsubishi Electric Thai Auto-Parts Co., Ltd. (META) and its employees held recreational events for local school children on National Children's Day in 2014. In particular, the President of META led an opening ceremony at Ban-Klong Kram, a local school. In a speech, he stressed that today's children are tomorrow's adults, and that the future trends of a country's development are influenced by the way children grow up and what kind of lifestyles they adopt. Emphasizing that children should be considered the most valuable resource of the country, and based on the traditional Thai proverb “Children are the future of the nation—if the children are intelligent, the country will be prosperous”, META encouraged children to be aware of their significant role in the country.
Celebrating National Holy Days
Wan Ok Phansa is the last day of the three-month Buddhist Lent, and on this day many people gather at temples to offer donations. It also marks the end of the rainy season in some Asian countries like Thailand, where Theravada Buddhism is practiced. Every year since 2003, Kang Yong Electric Public Co., Ltd. (KYE) and its employees have arranged activities to coincide with Wan Ok Phansa, focusing on different remote areas of Thailand every year.
Mitsubishi Electric Thai Auto-Parts Co., Ltd. (META) celebrates Asarnha Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent Day, which are also holy days in Thailand. Recognizing the importance of traditional Thai culture and arts, META provides opportunities for its employees to participate in events and make donations to temples. In 2013, it funded the construction of a square structure with a spire and other decorations at Map Luk Chan temple in Rayong.
Support for Flood Victims
In October 2013, heavy rain caused devastating flooding in Prachinburi Province in Thailand. Mitsubishi Electric Thai Auto-Parts Co., Ltd. (META) set up a donation box in its cafeteria, and in this way employees donated money, food, and water for the victims who were staying temporarily at Pluakdaeng Rescue Foundation.