On February 3, a group of 18 employees at the Sagamihara Machinery Works in Kanagawa Prefecture who joined MHI this fiscal year undertook "Corporate Forestry Program" activities at a forest located in Nagatake in Sagamihara's Midori-ku. The program is regularly conducted as part of the Company's CSR activities.
First, the employees were given an explanation by Kanagawa Prefecture officials concerning the local forestry program carried out with corporate participation. The employees then performed tree thinning work in the Nagatake forest under the guidance of instructors specialized in forestry.
The employees who participated wrote of their impressions after the event. "I was happy to be able to perform tree thinning, getting a rare experience in something I normally wouldn't be able to do," said one. "I learned the importance not only of planting trees, but of cutting trees also," wrote another. Another employee stated that he felt that through what he had done, he had been able to make a contribution to creating a more livable society and to protecting the area’s natural environment.
The Sagamihara Manufacturing Works regularly conducts these activities with the aim of raising employees' awareness toward environmental protection, as part of the "Kanagawa Water Source Forestry Program" organized by Kanagawa Prefecture, an initiative in which the Works serves as a partner. Similar activities have been held 21 times in total since 2009. This fiscal year, MHI also took part on September 12 and October 26, making for a total of 68 Group employees and their family members participating this year.
The MHI Group will continue to proactively engage in community-based social contribution activities based on the CSR Action Guidelines "Care for the planet" and "Create a more harmonious society."
Group photo of the participating new employees