Contributing to Society
Disaster recovery and volunteerism
Provision of “Spring of Relief” Water Resources as Disaster Preparedness
In fiscal 2014, Konica Minolta, Inc. signed a Disaster Cooperation Agreement with the city of Hino in Tokyo and the Hino Municipal Hospital. Under the agreement, the company installed a private electric generator at the well it owns at Tokyo Site Hino so that the well can be operated even during a power outage. The well can supply the large amounts of water needed during a disaster for dialysis and treatment at medical facilities as well as drinking and everyday water for community residents. Thus, the well was improved as the “Spring of Relief” disaster preparedness water resource. Going forward, the company will continue contributing to the safety and security of the community through cooperation with medical institutions, waterworks departments, and fire departments.
Participation in Efforts to Support Disaster-Affected Areas
The Great East Japan Earthquake that struck in March 2011 caused massive damage to the coastal region as a result of the major tsunami that accompanied the earthquake. In September 2011, the Group sent approximately 100 new employees to the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture, which was one of the disaster-struck areas. Together with other volunteers, they took part in recovery activities such as clearing away debris and cleaning. Since fiscal 2013, the Group has been organizing and dispatching employee volunteers to take part in the Watari Green Belt Project in Miyagi Prefecture. It is a program that promotes the restoration of farmland and the regrowth of the coastal forest, which provides protection against high tides.
Support for a Children’s Sports Class
The Konica Minolta Group is an annual sponsor of sports events for children in the Tohoku Region of Japan organized by the United Sports Foundation, which conducts social contribution activities through sports. In fiscal 2018, it held the “Konica Minolta presents USF Sports Festival” in Sendai.
Establishment of a Corporate Foundation to Assist People with Disabilities
Fondation d' entreprise
Konica Minolta’s MFPs incorporate the principles of universal design to make them easy to use for people of all ability levels. In an effort to promote the idea of universal design even further, Konica Minolta Business Solutions France S.A.S., a sales company for office equipment and solutions, established the Konica Minolta Enterprise Foundation. In order to facilitate the access of people with disabilities to sports, entertainment, culture, education, and work, the foundation is promoting barrier free access in public places. This initiative, which began as the idea of just five employees, has now gone company-wide. Many employees are making donations and participating in various ways.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions France S.A.S., a sales company for office equipment and solutions, established the Konica Minolta Enterprise Foundation in 2011 in order to facilitate the access of people with disabilities to sports, entertainment, culture, education, and work. The Foundation also allows employees to participate by proposing projects. Foundation funds are applied to a wide variety of projects, from local to national in scale, working in cooperation with a number of non-profit organizations, cultural venues, and institutions. One example of a funded project took place with the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, where the Foundation supported the creation of 3D models to assist people with visual impairments to understand the floor plans of the museum. The fund is also being used to support projects by the French National Forestry Office to build a wheelchair path in the Chamonix Valley, and a facility that allows people in wheelchairs to go swimming along Atlantic Coast beaches.
The Foundation also conducts diverse activities that include maintaining and improving leisure facilities, donating goods for disabled sports, improving entranceways for leisure boats, and purchasing and training service dogs, and donating learning equipment for children with autism.