AGC Group Social Contribution Basic Policy (Established on February 10, 2010)
In the AGC Group Charter of Corporate Behavior, the AGC Group declares that it will “strive to be a trusted corporate citizen, fulfilling its responsibilities to the communities in which it does business.” To achieve this ideal and goal, we have established the AGC Group Social Contribution Basic Policy and conduct social contribution activities in three priority areas.
Support for the next generation
We, as a creator of future value, support the development of children, who will carry the future, helping them to live out their dreams.
Harmony with local communities
We, as a member of the communities in which we operate, contribute to their sustainable development.
Natural environment conservation
We, as a global enterprise, contribute to the solution of global environmental problems.
Based on the AGC Group Social Contribution Basic Policy, in 2020 we implemented the following initiatives in respective regions.
AGC Aichi Plant: On-Site Classes (Japan: Harmony with local communities)
As part of its community contribution activities, the Aichi Plant, which manufactures automotive glass, annually conducts plant tours for third graders (about 450 students) from of all four elementary schools in Taketoyo, Aichi Prefecture.
In 2020, we cancelled the plant tours to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a substitute, we prepared a new program for on-site classes and conducted 10 of them.
Designed to be interesting for children, the program’s video includes fun quizzes and features a story in which our mascot character, AGC-chan, guides viewers through the plant. Also, we gave the students a real sense of the plant’s actual operations by coordinating with the manufacturing department to use images from cameras set up near manufacturing equipment. In the hands-on segment of the class, we put in place safety measures and infection countermeasures so that the children could take part in an experiment using tempered glass.
AGC Fine Techno Korea Co., Ltd.: Donation of Books (South Korea: Support for the next generation)
In 2020, AGC Fine Techno Korea Co., Ltd., which manufactures cover glass for displays, donated 4,000 books (equivalent to ₩50 million, or about ¥4.9 million) to a municipal library as part of the subsidiary’s social contribution activities.
Previously, in cooperation with Gumi and the Gumi Office of Education, we have donated books to and held book report contests for all 50 elementary schools in Gumi. In 2020, however, due to national guidelines designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we were unable to visit elementary schools or hold mass participation events as we had formerly done.
While we were considering alternative activities, we heard that a large municipal library, which had opened in July 2020 near our subsidiary, lacked funds to operate due to the spread of COVID-19 and was unable to stock the library with enough books. Therefore, we decided to help by donating some books.
Vinythai Public Company Limited: Coral Cultivation Project (Thailand: Natural environment conservation)
In 2003, Vinythai began a coral cultivation project. Phases 1 and 2 of the project planted 90,000 coral plants in five locations in the Gulf of Thailand. As well as contributing to biodiversity in the Gulf, the project has also been well received by the local community for encouraging ecotourism and thereby supplementing the incomes of those living on the coasts. Since 2019, we have been working on Phase 3, which entails extending coastal areas covered by the project.
As part of the project, on October 27, 2020, about 200 people, including government officials, navy personnel, academics, local residents, representatives of a foundation engaged in marine science and conservation activities, and Vinythai employees, gathered on the island of Ko Mak in Thailand’s Trat Province to launch a coral reef cultivation project for the island. In normal years, about 10,000 people would participate in a coral cultivation project, but in 2020 we held the event on a smaller scale due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a gathering for the event, Hiroaki Sano, Managing Director of Vinythai, pledged that the company would protect marine and coastal resources.
President, Vinythai Public Company Limited
“As a member of the AGC Group, we believe that the Vinythai coral cultivation project will play an indispensable role in realizing the vision that Ko Mak has set out.”
In addition to hearing from local residents about how happy they were that Ko Mak had been included in the project, I was informed by other participants that the event had provided them with a good opportunity to learn about the roles that a range of organizations had played in ensuring the sustainability of the coral cultivation project.
Moreover, the project uses as coral nursery beds pipes made of PVC, which is Vinythai’s main product. Thus, the project is also helping to raise awareness of PVC’s safety.
AGC Pharma Chemicals Europe, S.L.U.: International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Spain: Support for the next generation)
To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in 2021 AGC Pharma Chemicals Europe, S.L.U. (APCE) conducted two activities to encourage female students to choose careers in science.
In the first activity, the APCE Equality Commission (a committee tasked with ensuring gender equality in workplaces) informed all of the subsidiary’s employees about the #NoMoreMatildas campaign being conducted by (AWIS).
Currently, the percentage of female students choosing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields is lower than that of male students. Launched by AWIS, the campaign is an awareness-raising initiative based on the belief that the limited inclusion of female scientists in school textbooks is affecting the attitudes of female students toward their careers.
In the second activity, female engineers from APCE visited local elementary schools to conduct classes that teach students about the important roles women play in the world of science. With the aim of encouraging female students to learn about science-related careers, our instructors gave talks to sixth-grade classes themed on the instructors’ research, careers, and development of specialized skills as female engineers in the chemical industry. Following these classes, students participated in a simulation exercise that informed them about gender inequality. Through these activities, we made students aware that women also have the option to study and work as science professionals.
AGC Biologics Inc.: The BioPath Internship Program (United States: Support for the next generation)
In collaboration with the State of Washington, AGC Biologics Inc. conducts the BioPath Internship Program, in which the subsidiary accepts as interns local high school students who have studied biotechnology.
Combining theory and practice, the program was offered online in 2020. The program’s theory component sheds light on the basic concepts of good manufacturing practice, the basics of cell proliferation, protein chemistry, and mass transfer. Meanwhile, the practical component involves experiments on culture media and solution preparation, cell proliferation, bioreactor operation, filtering, ultrafiltration, chromatography, and liquid treatment.
As well as receiving an hourly wage, participating students can earn high school and college credits from schools that are part of the program.