The AGC Group's CSR
2. Social Contribution Activities
The AGC Group's Approach
Supporting Education and Helping Alleviate Poverty in Brazil
After deciding to expand its operations into Brazil in 2011, AGC Asahi Glass began producing architectural glass, automotive glass and mirrors in the country in 2013. Upon entering Brazil, AGC Asahi Glass intended to achieve mutual prosperity with the communities it operates in. Toward that end, it has been supporting initiatives for improving education and alleviating poverty, which are major challenges facing Brazilian society, through a local NGO and a charitable organization. Specifically, it is helping train educators through the Ayrton Senna Institute*1, a local NGO, and giving adolescents the skills they need to participate in society by providing lessons on languages, mathematics, information technology, accounting and other subjects through the charitable organization Casa Betânia*2.
- * 1The 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.
- * 2Casa 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
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 architectural glass and its technical applications to university students since 1990. Using actual glass, the lectures explain its various 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)
Environmental Workshops for Schoolchildren
AGC Chemicals Europe (AGCCE), which mainly produces fluoropolymers (PTFE/ETFE), has partnered with a charity organization in Lancashire where AGCCE is located. The organization provides workshops to four local elementary schools on themes including the environment and a sustainable society. Employees from AGCCE take part in the workshops as volunteers, where they illustrate the importance of protecting the environment and help the students work towards the Green Flag Award *1.
- *1 The highest award presented in the British national Eco-Schools program
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.