YANMAR AGRIBUSINESS CO., LTD. - Company Overview
CSR / Environmental Activities
YANMAR Student Awards of Treatise/Essay
Yanmar has been holding the YANMAR Student Awards of Treatise/Essay since 1990, with the aim of encouraging the young people who will lead the next generation to think freely about the future of agriculture and farming communities.
In recent years, under our vison "Developing agriculture into Food-Value-Chain" the contest has expanded its scope to include a variety of fields related to food and Food-Value-Chain, such as economics, distribution, resource circulation, natural science, health and welfare, nutritional science, and ICT, as well as content directly related to agriculture.
We have been receiving many applications from all over the country for their originality and unique concept.
As the environment surrounding agriculture is undergoing major changes, we Yanmar Group is striving to provide solutions for food, including production, processing, and distribution, as well as high value-added agricultural crops, with the aim of achieving sustainable agriculture.
We will continue to think about various ways of agriculture and food production with you, the next generation, through our YANMAR Student Awards of Treatise/Essay activities.
Oil Spill Clean-up Drills (Okayama)
Every year around November, the Okayama Plant conducts drills that simulate an oil spill in the canals on the premises. About 25 people representing all workplaces gather to hear an explanation of how to use equipment such as oil absorption mats and oil fences according to the company manual on oil spill counter-measures. Participants then get into boats in the canals to practice using this equipment.
Yanmar Agricultural Machinery Manufacturing Summer Festival (Okayama)
Every year, the Yanmar Agricultural Machinery Manufacturing Summer Festival is held on the premises as an opportunity for interaction with local residents.
At the 2013 Summer Festival, rain did nothing to deter about 1,000 local residents, employees, and family members from coming together in a festive spirit to enjoy on-stage attractions like an open-mike karaoke contest, as well as performances by a local idol group and other musicians. The thunderous applause given to these performances typified the resounding success of the event. The Summer Festival attracts more and more people each year and will continue to be held as a way to facilitate warm relations with the community.
Particularly popular were stalls run by employees and bingo with attractive prizes donated by sponsoring companies. All this and more generated enthusiastic crowds, like those you might see at a rock concert!
Clean-up Offensive (Kouchi)
The Kouchi Plant strives to beautify its surroundings under its 'Clean-up Offensive'. This activity began with General Affairs and a few other divisions but has spread to include all plants in the area, resulting in greater environmental awareness among all employees. At the Kouchi Plant, the first Clean-up Offensive was held on June 6, a hot and sunny day that brought together a total of 38 employees including from Kouchi Plant affiliated companies such as Yanmar Seirei Total Service Co., Ltd. and SEG. Participants worked up a sweat picking up litter, pulling up weeds, and clearing ditches. The haul was about five or six garbage bags of cigarette butts, cans, plastic bottles, and weeds. They also cleaned the factory's drainage canals, where they discovered an abundance of life including killifish, loach, river crabs, prawns, and mitten crabs. This made participants even more aware of their responsibility to ensure that this valuable corner of nature is passed on to future generations. The Clean-up Offensive will continue to be held four times a year as a means of protecting the environment and promoting harmony with the community.
Other Environmental and Energy-Efficiency Activities
- Greater energy efficiency by switching from mercury lighting to LED lighting
- Detection and repair of air leaks through monitoring of compressor energy consumption
- Reduction of carbon gas through the installation of generators that run off the municipal gas supply
- Greater energy efficiency by using inverter-type blast fans