Together with Local Communities
Social Contribution Activities
Child sponsorship Program
Our Thailand-based subsidiary Bangkok Mitsubishi HC Capital Co., Ltd., takes part in the child sponsorship program of the international cooperation nongovernmental organization (NGO) World Vision. This program supports children from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds with education and everyday living, contributing to the creation of a kinder, more secure world for children.
Our U.S.-based subsidiary Jackson Square Aviation (JSA) takes part in volunteer gardening work at the San Francisco Botanical Garden as part its JSA Volunteer Day activities. The San Francisco Botanical Garden showcases more than 8,000 plant species from around the world, based on the idea of bringing people and plants together.
JSA first took part in this activity in October 2019, helping with gardening work like cutting grass for around three to four hours. When their volunteer work was complete, the participants enjoyed a picnic lunch and fun activities in the surrounding park, deepening communication amongst themselves.
Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa International Cultural Exchange Project
Mitsubishi HC Capital is a member of the Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee, which organizes the Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa in cooperation with the Asian-Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations and the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan.
This activity was launched in support of the goal of International Literacy Year, designated by the United Nations, to enable all the people of the world to read and write. In addition to helping raise literacy rates, the project is aimed at enabling children in Asia to learn about one another's cultures and deepen cultural exchange through enikki (illustrated diaries). The enikki collected are shown at exhibitions around Japan and overseas.
Support Related to COVID-19
The Mitsubishi HC Capital Group is carrying out a variety of support activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
In 2020, to support healthcare workers, we donated ¥30 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society as well as approximately 400 masks to medical institutions.
In addition, Shutoken Agri Farm Co., Ltd., which produces, processes, and sells Sayama tea, donated 1,000 packs of its Sayama tea to medical facilities caring for patients with mild symptoms to support patients and healthcare workers.
Furthermore, MHC Triple Win Corporation participates in the business Kamikawa Taisetsu Sake Brewery, which is headquartered in the town of Kamikawa, Hokkaido. To promote tourism in Kamikawa, MHC Triple Win marketed the brewery's products and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Kamikawa town office.
Overseas, in light of the conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.K.-based subsidiary Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC donated £20,000 to Crisis, a charity in the United Kingdom that provides support to people experiencing homelessness.
To contribute to the communities and environment near our offices, we carry out ongoing cleanup activities across Japan. Cleanup activities foster employee awareness of the environment and community beautification, while also spurring interaction with members of other companies that take part in the activities and strengthening communication among employees.
Volunteer Snow Removal in Special Heavy Snow Areas
Since fiscal 2018, we have taken part in volunteer snow removal in Obanazawa City, Yamagata, a legally designated special heavy snow area.
In the first year of these activities, in cooperation with Obanazawa City and the local social welfare council, 70 employees worked with local residents over two days to clear snow from the homes of seniors living alone.
In fiscal 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in lieu of meeting in person, we held an online social event with local residents. A total of 26 Group employees (including overseas employees) and their family members took part, deepening their connections.
Fostering a Forest that Produces Less Pollen: The Forest of Mitsubishi HC Capital Group
Since 2019, we have participated in a project led by the Tokyo Development Foundation for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries to foster forests that produce less pollen through corporate partnerships. This project aims to gradually replace varieties of Japanese cedar and cypress that release a great deal of airborne pollen with varieties of cedar and other trees that produce less pollen in the man-made forests of Tokyo's Tama region.
In the first year, 90 employees planted approximately 700 Japanese cedar and cypress saplings. In recognition of the contribution to forest development and the resulting sequestration of 221.13 t-CO2, we were certified under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Tokyo Forest Improvement Contribution Certification System.
Support for Artists with Disabilities
As a sponsor of the Artbility Awards, a program that support artists with disabilities, Mitsubishi HC Capital confers the Mitsubishi HC Capital Special Award. Artwork registered with Artibility is used in a variety of media by companies and municipalities, and the royalties generated are paid to the artists.
The award offered by the Company is given in recognition of artists who share our pioneering, ambitious spirit and continuously take on bold new challenges. The recipient of the award is decided by a vote of employees.
Plastic Bottle Cap Donations
We collect plastic bottle caps at Group workplaces, mainly the Nishi-Shimbashi Office.
To support the vaccination of children in development countries, we sell these plastic bottle caps to recycling companies and donate a portion of the proceeds to UNICEF.
In fiscal 2020, we collected 85,570 caps, enough to pay for 106 vaccines. Furthermore, recycling these caps reduced CO2 emissions by 626 kg, helping to protect the environment.
Donations to the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund
The Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund supports a wide range of nature-related projects, including natural resource management related to biodiversity conservation, threatened species conservation, and reforestation and environmental education. By donating to the fund, the Company supports NPOs and charities working to address environmental issues around the world and broadly contributes to environmental conservation activities.
Donation of Post-Lease PCs
Mitsubishi HC Capital donates previously leased PCs to communities affected by natural disasters and other recipients through the Japan Leasing Association.
In areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, these PCs are used in community recovery activities, such as the sale of local agricultural and specialty products. The PCs are also used in education, including special needs schools across Japan. These donations thus contribute to social welfare in a wide range of settings.
At the same time, these donations are a way of making effective use of physical assets, contributing to the promotion of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), a priority in the leasing industry.