The AGC Group's CSR
2. Social Contribution Activities
The AGC Group's Approach
Conveying the Fascinating World of Chemistry to Students Worldwide
All over the world, the AGC Group sends employees to schools to teach students from elementary school to the university level about the characteristics of glass and the fascination of chemistry-based technologies.
Activities in Japan
●Chiba Plant (Ichihara, Chiba prefecture)
Visiting Schools to Show Students the Fun of Chemistry Experiments
Since 2010, the Chiba Plant, which manufactures chemicals, has been sending instructors to science classes of local elementary schools to teach students about the fun and wonder of chemistry experiments. Using originally designed teaching materials, "Chemistry Magic Survey Corps," the instructors explain how chemicals are found throughout daily life in an easy-to-understand manner.
●AGC Electronics (Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture)
Holding Lessons to Demonstrate the Interesting and Wondrous Qualities of Glass
Since 2011, AGC Electronics, which manufactures electronic-related materials, has been sending employees to local elementary and middle schools to teach students about the fascinating qualities of glass. Through the lessons, students learn about the interesting and wondrous aspects of the material we know as glass, which are not covered by their school curriculum.
●Research Center (Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture)
Stimulating Interest in Academic Study through Glass Engineering Lessons
Since 2010, the AGC Group has been offering lessons on glass engineering to local middle and high school students at its Research Center, which carries out basic research and product development. Covering the history of glass, its physical properties, production methods and more, the lessons are aimed at stimulating students’ interest in engineering and inspiring them to continue studying.
Activities in Asia
●AGC Flat Glass (Thailand) Public
Teaching Students about Architectural Glass and its Technical Applications
AGC Flat Glass (Thailand) (AFT), which manufactures architectural glass, has been offering lectures on production process, architectural glass and its technical applications to university students since 1990. Using actual cases, the lectures explain its various processes, uses and potential for practical applications. The students also gain an understanding of important issues, such as how glass can contribute to alleviating global warming.
●P.T. Asahimas Chemical (Indonesia)
Lessons for High School Students on the Chemical Industry and Safe Living
Since 2009, PT Asahimas Chemical (ASC), which produces caustic soda and other chemical products, has invited local high school students to its plants to promote an understanding of environmental measures and employment policy in the chemical industry. ASC instructs the students on proper handling of electricity and gas through hands-on equipment that illustrates the associated dangers. Additionally, ASC gives training on safe evacuation during emergency situations and mitigation measures, such as identifying hazardous gases, gauging wind direction and utilizing simple PPE (personal protective equipment) available at home. ASC anticipates the students boosting their knowledge and skills related to the livelihood of all people, especially surrounding the ASC factory.
●AGC Asia Pacific (Singapore) (AAP)
Educating High School Students through Dialogue and Seminars on Sustainability
Since 2014, AGC Asia Pacific (AAP), which is the regional headquarters of AGC in SE Asia, is engaged in the Green School Initiative under the Singapore Green Building Council, with local high school students. AAP also supports students’ education by conducting a “Sustainability Learning Journey” during school vacation. The students learn about the glass manufacturing process, energy conservation technology and energy creating products through different modules.
Activities in Europe
●AGC Chemicals Europe (UK)
AGC Chemicals Europe and Newground CIC Provide Valuable Environmental Workshops for Children
AGC Chemicals Europe has partnered with Newground CIC, a social enterprise delivering environmental and community projects, to host the sixth annual Schools Programme for primary and secondary school students in Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire.
In 2018, students at all four schools involved will experience outdoor learning on their school grounds. Pupils will work towards a John Muir Award, a nationally accredited, inclusive environmental award that awards an individual’s dedication to the natural world.
Pupils have been learning new skills and studying hard. In 2018, they will try outdoor cooking, cordage making, shelter building, water purification and more.
Newground CIC’s 2018 Schools Programme also sponsors Lancashire’s Green Hero Education Awards, part of the Lancashire Science Fair.
●AGC Glass Europe
AGC Technovation Centre University Visits in Gosselies, Belgium
On a biannual basis, AGC Glass Europe (AGEU) is proud to host university students from around the world to discover AGC’s incredible world of glass. The program is held at the AGC Technovation Centre (ATC) Gosselies, Belgium, a magnificent facility completed in 2013 that conducts research and development for future applications of AGC technology.
To strengthen AGC’s network in Belgium and worldwide, ATC welcomes students to the program from Belgium and elsewhere working towards their master’s or PhD degrees in scientific and technical fields. Through their visit, the students learn about the potential of glass in architecture, automotive and smart technology applications.
AGEU has already made a bold imprint on many industries through an array of advanced glass products and forward-thinking technologies. With the ATC University Visit program, future generations are educated on the importance of glass and its connection to our planet’s future.
Activities in the Americas
●AGC Chemicals Americas
(Pennsylvania, United States) (Chemicals)
Giving Local High School Students Real-world Chemistry Lessons
Every year since 2011, ACA has invited the local high school students onto its premises. Using AGC Group products, ACA conducts various demonstrations and hands-on classes, helping students to understand how education is crucial in forging a career and contributing to society.
The AGC Group's Approach
Supporting Education and Helping Alleviate Poverty in Brazil
In 2011, AGC Inc. established AGC Glass Brazil, pledging to achieve mutual prosperity with local communities in the country. Specifically, it is helping train educators through the Ayrton Senna Institute*1, a local NGO, and giving adolescents the skills needed to participate in society through lessons at Casa Betânia*2.
In 2018, AGC Inc. expanded on their social corporate responsibility in Brazil through a number of new initiatives. In addition to establishing a support system for employees and families facing social or economic hardship, AGC Inc. also provides support by hosting marathons and sporting events in local communities.
Through a combination of community-centric social initiatives with education and prosperity at their core, AGC Inc. continues to better the lives of everyone it touches.
1）The Ayrton Senna Institute
After seven years of partnership with the Ayrton Senna Institute,1 AGC Inc. has completed a cycle that benefitted up to 57,000 students and saw an average of 130 professionals graduated per year. Today, the Guaratinguetá Board of Education is prepared to replicate the techniques learned through IAS, focusing on empowering even more students through educational management initiatives. To conclude the partnership, a ceremony was held to dedicate books donated to school libraries.
Since 2012, over 1,000 children, teenagers and young people have been attending courses and extracurricular activities at Casa Betânia.2 Here, social and psychological support has been given to more than 4,000 people, including students, their families and others in the community. Approximately 300 students acquired jobs at corporations after acquiring the necessary skills at technical schools. AGC’s partnership with Casa Betânia continued to develop in 2019.
- *1 The Ayrton Senna Institute was established in 1994 in accordance with the wishes of the late Mr. Ayrton Senna. The institute implements programs for improving public school education throughout Brazil, and has been highly acclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an excellent NGO in the field of education.
- *2 Casa Betânia is a charitable organization that provides support for schoolchildren. Since 1976, it has been providing extracurricular classes and meals for children living in poor districts of the municipality of Guaratinguetá.
The AGC Group's Approach
Promoting Activities for Supporting the Development of Local Children and Students
Since its establishment in 2000, AGC Display Glass Taiwan Co., Ltd. (ADT) has been engaged in activities rooted in the local community. For example, since its 10th anniversary in 2010, ADT has been organizing employee volunteer activities and providing funding for an orphanage in Yunlin County, where the company is based.
ADT has also been holding the AGC Japanese Presentation Contest for Taiwanese university students since 2014, with the goal of developing the skills they need for succeeding at companies doing business in both Japan and Taiwan. Every year, students participate in the contest by giving a presentation in Japanese on a set topic, honing practical Japanese skills that apply to society.
In addition, in 2015 ADT held a picture-painting contest for elementary school students in Yunlin County, in commemoration of its 15th anniversary. Owing to the popularity of the event, it has been hosted by ADT annually ever since. As ADT celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020, it will continue to deepen exchange with local communities through these activities.
The AGC Group's Approach
Expanding Contribution Activities in Local Communities
Since 2010, AGC Group companies in Korea have been donating books to nearby elementary schools and hosting a book report contest every year to support the development of local children. In 2018, these initiatives expanded to all 50 elementary schools in Gumi city through cooperation with the city government and the Ministry of Education. The book reports are screened by children’s books authors, and scholarships are awarded to children who receive top awards or certificates of excellence.
In addition to these activities, since 2010 Group company employees have been distributing handmade winter kimchi (spicy fermented vegetables) to economically disadvantaged children and senior citizens living alone, through a program called Heartfelt Kimchi.
The AGC Group's Approach
Supporting Local Children and Residents through
For the past five years, AGC Flat Glass Klin has supported events in which Santa Claus pays visits to hospitals and schools in the city of Klin, Russia, where the company is based. Over 20, 000 people from Klin and the surrounding area take part in the events every year, which also feature a New Year masquerade.
Before the event last year, the company donated insulated glazing glass to three kindergartens and one school in the Klin district on the eve of September 1, known as Knowledge Day in Russia. A soccer team comprising employees from both AGC Bor Glassworks and AGC Flat Glass Klin also plays matches to raise money as part of the event.
The AGC Group's Approach
AGC Initiatives Benefitting Communities in Brazil
In 2018, AGC Brazil launched its first volunteer program including approximately 70 employees and family members. The João Mendes Municipal School hosts over 300 children daily, and is located adjacent to AGC Brazil facilities. In a joint volunteer effort between AGC Brazil and its employees, the school was fully renovated and painted, and AGC products, including mirrors and Lacobel glass, were also installed, giving the school a fresh makeover for both students and teachers. The activities were carried out in 48 hours over a weekend, turning the school into a brand new educational space for future generations.
AGC Brazil, in partnership with the Guaratinguetá City Board of Education, conducted a 240-hour personnel training course in the glass production sector, specializing in both automotive and B&I aspects. A total of 220 professionals from Guaratinguetá City were trained, of which 120 were previously selected by AGC. The remaining 100 individuals were included as AGC collaborators. During the course, 12 AGC professionals acted as volunteer teachers and administered classes. The course also aimed for quick integration of new professionals selected to join the company.