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Contributing to Local Communities 2017

Supporting the Victims of the Marawi Siege

In May 2017, an armed conflict in the Philippines flared up in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, between government security forces and Islamic militants, which resulted in a high level of casualties and damage to property. Furthermore, due to shortages of food and supplies, hunger stalked and fighting arose among the victims of this conflict. Nitto Denko (Philippines) Corporation launched a relief program to address this problem. They made an appeal for contributions from their employees and on August 13 offered basic family needs, including blankets and children’s clothing, via a foundation affiliated with leading Philippines broadcasting station GMA Network.
Supporting the Victims of the Marawi Siege

Donating Adhesive Tapes to Develop Educational Materials for Street-Connected Children

Nitto Belgium NV donated foam tapes to Mobile School, a Belgian NPO supporting the education of street-connected children. Together with Munsterbilzen Municipal School, Mobile School develops mobile blackboards that they use to provide educational opportunities to children through partnerships with NPOs in various countries and regions. More than 300 educational panels on subjects ranging from literacy to street business are held across Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

In the past, as many as 230 rivets were required to build such a blackboard. With Nitto Group’s foam tapes, however, now only 60 screws are needed and assembly time has been reduced from one month to one week. Furthermore, with the use of our tapes, their construction is resistant against water and no longer requires the application of silicone glue to make the frame watertight.

Donating Adhesive Tapes to Develop Educational Materials for Street-Connected Children
Donating Adhesive Tapes to Develop Educational Materials for Street-Connected Children

Hydranautics Employees Giving Back to the Community

On August 15, 2017, Hydranautics donated over 150 pairs of shoes via Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. Then, on November 14, Hydranautics employees teamed up with local partnership Oceanside Promise to collect over 500 books for their “Love of Literacy Campaign,” which were distributed to kindergartens throughout the City of Oceanside to help young children to prepare to enter schooling.

For the second consecutive year, employees at Hydranautics displayed their holiday spirit by donating a variety of holiday gifts to support both children and adults of families with members in the military. Over 100 gifts were collected, including clothing, books, and bicycles, which were distributed to 22 children and their families via the NPO Spirit of Sharing (S.O.S.), which has long been dedicated to helping military families in need.

Hydranautics Employees Giving Back to the Community

Repairing a School in Thailand

On November 25, 2017, employees at Nitto Denko Material (Thailand) Co., Ltd. volunteered at Wat Kum Tae School, a kindergarten and elementary school in Uthai, Ayutthaya, Thailand. A total of 41 staff members and volunteers repaired and cleaned playground fences and roofs and distributed snacks to the students there.
Repairing a School in Thailand

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Repairing a School in Thailand

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“Painting a Future for Children” in the Philippines

On May 20, 2017, Nitto Denko (Philippines) Corporation participated in the fifth annual School Brigade, an education support program called for by the Filipino Department of Education. With the theme of “Let’s paint the future of the kids,” the employees served as volunteers to paint classrooms and school desks at Don Jose Elementary School, a public school in the company’s host city of Santa Rosa. Nitto Denko (Philippines) Corporation also donated school supplies, such as vellum paper and pens, that can be used by teachers in class.
“Painting a Future for Children” in the Philippines

Volunteering for the San Diego Food Bank

On February 7, 2017, about 20 employees and their family members from Nitto Denko Technical Corporation, Kinovate Life Sciences, Inc., and Nitto BioPharma, Inc. volunteered at the San Diego Food Bank. They had an enjoyable time together as they sorted 10,000 pounds (approximately 4.5 tons) of potatoes in 90 minutes.

On May 30, 12 employees and their family members once again gathered together again to pack up bags of packaged and canned foods for 1,050 needy families. They finished in a record 75 minutes, and are planning on volunteering every quarter to keep supporting people in need.

Volunteering for the San Diego Food Bank

Visiting a Nursing Home in Shenzhen, China

On June 18, 2017, 25 volunteers from Nitto Denko Fine Circuit Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. paid a visit to a nursing home in Shenzhen. They sang songs to entertain the elderly and distributed fruits and bread to the delight of the residents.
Visiting a Nursing Home in Shenzhen, China

Donating Athletic Tape to a Charity Run in Singapore

Nitto Denko (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. donated 13,000 pieces of kinesiology tape for muscle support to a charity run that was held on October 8, 2017 under the sponsorship of Singapore Airlines. The tape was given out to every runner as part of a souvenir package.

Employees of the company also participated in a 5-km-long Fun Run and a Corporate Challenge, in which seven employees ran 70 km in a relay. All of the participation fees for the runners were donated to the Community Chest of Singapore.

Donating Athletic Tape to a Charity Run in Singapore

Donated kinesiology tapes

Bring Smiles to Children’s Faces at Nitto ATP Finals

During the Nitto ATP Finals, which were held at London’s The O2 arena from the 12th to the 19th of November, the Nitto Group organized a variety of charitable activities. Through these activities, we hoped to bring to life our mission of “bringing smiles on the faces of the children.”

We donated mascot spaces to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which gave children the opportunity to walk on court with their tennis heroes. Through the support of spectators at the event, we also raised over £3,800 for UNICEF. Further to these activities, Nitto made a £30,000 donation to UNICEF, split evenly across two of their programs; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) that aims to ensure that all children have the right to clean water and basic sanitation; and Health where UNICEF envisions a world where no child dies from a preventable disease and that all children reach their full potential in health and well-being.

Through the British children’s hospital Great Ormond Street Hospital and the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, we invited young patients battling serious diseases and their family members to enjoy the Nitto ATP Finals as our VIP guests. The 57 invitees all thoroughly enjoyed watching the exciting matches and their faces beamed with smiles as they were presented with special gifts which included premium Nitto Group products. As a special surprise, they were also individually greeted by the players and left the arena with personal words of encouragement from them.

Bring Smiles to Children’s Faces at Nitto ATP Finals - Raising funds at the venue

Raising funds at the venue

Bring Smiles to Children’s Faces at Nitto ATP Finals - Special gifts

Special gifts

Donations to the Earthquake Victims in Mexico

The two severe earthquakes that hit Central Mexico in September 2017 claimed many lives and caused extensive damage. In the wake of these disasters, employees at Nitto Denko Automotive de Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. and Nitto Denko de Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. made appeals for contributions. The funds that they raised were used to purchase water, preserved food, toilet paper, diapers, and other relief supplies, which were donated via the Mexican Red Cross together with 2,000 U.S. dollars gifted by the companies.
Donations to the Earthquake Victims in Mexico

Supporting a Turkish Autism Foundation

In December 2017, members of Nitto Bento Bantçilik visited the Tohum Autism Foundation to present gifts to the children there and also donated 950 euro. The Foundation was established with the purpose of raising public awareness of autism and leading and disseminating early diagnosis and education services for autistic children. In January 2018, Nitto Bento Bantçilik organized in-house training to help its members to deepen their understanding of the condition. The company remains committed to continuing such education for employees and supporting the Foundation.

Christmas Meals for Homeless in the U.K.

For a few weeks leading up to Christmas of 2017, Nitto Denko U.K. Ltd. (NUK) set up a table in its canteen to collect foodbank donations. Staff members were asked to donate any unwanted non-perishable food items from their kitchens, such as pasta and tinned foods, and ten boxes full of food were delivered to the Bridge Street Methodist Church in NUK’s hometown of Mansfield. The Church runs a soup kitchen to help feed the homeless and less fortunate, and later sent a letter of thanks to NUK.
Christmas Meals for Homeless in the U.K.

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