The AGC Group's CSR
2. Social Contribution Activities
The AGC Group's Approach
Supporting Education and Helping Alleviate Poverty in Brazil
In 2011, AGC Inc. expanded its operations into Brazil and pledged to achieve mutual prosperity with the communities it operates within there. 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 2017, AGC Inc. expanded on their social corporate responsibility in Brazil through a number of new initiatives. First, through Finance Education Training, Brazilian employees and family members were shown how to efficiently manage their personal budgets. Second, internal support systems were established for employees and their families facing critical situations (social or financial issues).
Third, to educate youth on the power of chemistry and the wonders of glass, students from the local community were invited to visit the AGC plant. Lastly, AGC Inc. supported sports activities such as street running for the communities in which it operates.
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.
- *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.
AGC Glass Europe
AGC Solidarity Days Contribute to Charity, Boost Community Spirits
AGC Glass Europe (AGEU) organizes the annual AGC Solidarity Days charity event. During one week, AGC personnel from Belgian sites devote a day to assisting charitable associations with manual labor and other tasks.
In 2017, ten charitable associations were selected by AGC, including schools, youth homes, homes for mothers, facilities for the handicapped, nurseries and more. Teams of four to ten AGC volunteers gave their time to paint, garden, tidy up, cook and carry out minor repairs.
In 2018, two containers were set up in the parking lot of AGEU’s headquarters to collect clothing for a charity association. By transporting, sorting and selling the clothes, the local economy received a boost and the profit was used to provide hot meals to 300 people in need.
AGC Solidarity Days provide an opportunity to perform charitable deeds and offer human interaction for a large part of the Belgian community. AGEU is dedicated to helping those in need again next year, and beyond.
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.