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Social Contribution

KITO is involved in various social contribution activities. Activities appropriate for the situation of each country and region are being conducted by KITO's local offices.

KITO's basic idea of the contribution to society

It is the corporate culture of KITO to engage in CSR activities locally and globally in order to promote and contribute to a more harmonious society through a better, stronger communication.

President's Message

KITO provides safe and effective products through our material handling business that will contribute to the improvement of social foundations and infrastructure. At the same time, in order to embody our philosophy, KITO aims to enhance the safety of operations and reduce environmental burdens.

By way of business activities and corporate social responsibility activities I believe that each of KITO’s members can become deeply conscious about various issues society faces. As a result, a highly-social business mind to take root in the community will be fostered, and corporate social responsibility activities to fit the characteristics of the community will be promoted.

The KITO Group will endeavor to contribute to the development of society by always remembering to be grateful for all things surrounding us, and by proactively and persistently conducting KITO’s own business and corporate social responsibility activities, as a good corporate citizen. So, I would like to ask your further understanding and support in these important matters.

Yoshio Kito
Yoshio Kito
President & CEO

Activity Report

Regional activities

1. Kito Japan Helps with Quake Recovery

■ Seventh round of aid in rebuilding communities hit by the Great Tohoku Earthquake
(Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015; Place: City of Kesennuma; Participants: 39)

On July 11, roughly four years after the Great Tohoku Earthquake, Kito personnel again participated in the disaster relief effort in an affected community, as we have done since 2011. The wide range of relief work actively involved 39 Kito employees, visiting a heavily damaged primary school, searching for people still missing, and helping salvage personal property along the Koizumi beach.

■ Sixth round of aid in rebuilding communities hit by the Great Tohoku Earthquake
(Date: November 7-8, 2014; Number of participants: 20; Location: Karakuwa district, Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture)

Hoping to deliver energy and smiles, we visited a local children's center and preschool for children living in temporary housing since they lost their homes to the tsunami. We repaired a flower garden and planted tulips in it.

■ Fifth round of aid in rebuilding communities hit by the Great Tohoku Earthquake
(Date: Friday, September 27, 2013 - Saturday, September 28, 2013, Number of participants: 28, Place: Samenoura Fishing Port on the Oshika Peninsula, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture)

As in July, the participants helped restore sea squirt cultivation, one of the local industries. While bundling oyster shells to be thrown into the sea, the participants heard the local fishermen’s story about the port immediately after the quake and the tsunami. The site where the participants carried out their activities was once occupied by houses, but is empty now except for a few tumbled down walls. The activity gave every participant the opportunity to think of assistance activities in which to participate.

■ Fourth round of aid in rebuilding communities hit by the Great Tohoku Earthquake
(Date: Friday, July 12, 2013 - Saturday, July 13, 2013, Number of participants: 20, Place: Samenoura Fishing Port on the Oshika Peninsula, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture)

Two years have passed since the great quake occurred, and the human habitation in the quake-hit areas has gradually been restored. On the other hand, fishing, an old local industry, has not recovered, falling short of expectations, because the tsunami deprived the industry of facilities and equipments, forcing a great number of fishermen to leave their jobs. This time, we visited the port and helped fishermen make bundles of oyster shells to be thrown into the sea for sea squirt cultivation.

■ Third round of aid in rebuilding communities hit by the Great Tohoku Earthquake
(Date: Friday, October 12, 2012 - Saturday, October 13, 2012, Number of participants: 35, Place: Shichigahama Town, Miyagi County, Miyagi Prefecture)

More participants than ever visited the town. In order to help restore rice fields that were totally damaged by the tsunami, the participants removed debris from the fields. In addition, at the Shichigahama Volunteer Center, the base of operations, we interacted with many local people, which led us to think about how we can contribute now.

■ Second round of aid in rebuilding communities hit by the Great Tohoku Earthquake
(Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Friday, September 21, 2012, Number of participants: 22, Place: Koizumi District, Motoyoshicho, Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture)

We visited the district in order to provide agricultural recovery assistance, and removed stones from the fields that had been affected by the tsunami. Unfortunately, the activity had to be finished earlier than planned due to heavy rain.

■ First round of aid in rebuilding communities hit by the Great Tohoku Earthquake
(Date Friday, September 7, 2012 - Saturday, September 8, 2012, Number of participants: 18, in Place: Imaizumi District, Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture)

Eighteen months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011. Knowing that the sufferers had embarked on a path to recovery, KITO, which marked the 80th anniversary of its establishment, started to carry out volunteer restoration assistance activities in gratitude for what KITO had been given by society. In the first activity, the participants visited a prefecture-designated cultural property, the ruins of the House of the Yoshida, an old-established family, in order to remove debris.

2. KITO supports “Ventforet Kofu”, a J. League football club

KITO is one of the sponsors of “Ventforet Kofu”, a football club competing in the J. League Division 1. KITO’s logo is put on the players’ uniform used when interaction activities are conducted in the community, and its advertisement is on the billboards that surround the pitch. Thus, KITO cheers for Ventforet Kofu that is making regional contributions in a positive manner.

3. Pitching in after Kinu River flooding
(Date: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015; Place: City of Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture; Participants: 48)

Recent record-breaking rainstorms flooded many homes across a wide area, including Ibaraki, Tochigi and Miyagi Prefectures. In the community of Joso, where the Kinu River broke through levees, 48 Kito employees helped clean up damaged homes and living spaces, hoping that life there will soon return to normal.

4. KITO conducted the Great Sichuan Earthquake assistance activities

KITO proactively supports disaster-hit areas on a group-wide basis. After the Great Sichuan Earthquake and the Great Haiti Earthquake, KITO’s supportive activities led by overseas group companies included the donation of relief money and KITO products to help reconstruction work.
In Japan, group companies and local employees sent donations to the areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and KITO itself gave assistance toward recovery by quickly checking and repairing cranes installed in the factories in the affected areas.

5. KITO’s group company in the US cooperated in creating message cards for the areas damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Harrington Hoists of the US helped local elementary school pupils create message cards to be sent to the survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The cards encouraged the recipients to move ahead.

6. Thai Group Firm Holds Parties for Orphans

Every year Siam Kito hosts a special party for children from a local orphanage. We all have a wonderful time, with good food and games, and feel growing bonds with the kids.

Environmental preservation

1. Kito Japan Helps with Mt. Fuji cleanup

■ Fifth Mt. Fuji cleanup
(Date: Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015: Place: Foot of Mt. Fuji; Participants: 55)

Organized by the Fujisan Club, 55 Kito employees participated in the fifth annual Mt. Fuji cleanup, collecting piles of waste and trash of all sizes, from shards of pottery and glass to pipes, game machines and signs.

■ Fourth Mt. Fuji cleanup
(Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014; Number of participants: 34; Location: Near Prefectural Road 71, Motosu district, Fuji Kawatuchiko-machi)

Despite the approach of Typhoon 18, we had the luck of good weather and drew many employees and family members to the cleanup, where we gathered 1,510 kilograms of trash. This effort to protect the beautiful mountain is a continuing commitment for us.

■ Third Mt. Fuji cleanup
(Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014; Number of participants: 40; Location: Near Prefectural Road 71, Motosu district, Fuji Kawatuchiko-machi)

Facing unseasonably cold weather, with temperatures plummeting the day before, 40 Kito employees and family members joined in the cleanup, filling two trucks with 1,050 kilograms of trash.

■ Second Mt. Fuji cleanup
(Date: Saturday, August 31, 2013, Number of participants: 53, Place: Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture)

On August 31, 2013, we conducted the second Mt. Fuji clean-up program. There were more participants, including company members and their families, than in the previous time in June.
The participants carried out the activity, enjoying fine weather with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop, towering into the blue sky. After the activity, we received comments from participants such as “I’d encourage other people to join the activity,” and “As my first experience of such activity, today was a very special day.” On the day, the participants collected 255 kg of trash.

■ First Mt. Fuji cleanup
(Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013, Number of participants: 48, Place: Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture)

KITO’s Mt. Fuji clean-up program was implemented on the memorable day that Mt. Fuji was registered on the World Heritage List. Mt. Fuji has close ties with Yamanashi Prefecture where KITO’s main factory is located. Joining this program gave the participants an opportunity to think about the importance of nature conservation and environmental issues. On the day, the participants collected a total of 670kg of trash, and went hiking in order to learn more about the natural circumstances surrounding us.

2. KITO cooperates in the “Green Fund”

In order to preserve forests, an invaluable asset for every living creature on the earth for the future generations, every year KITO cooperates in the “Green Fund” as its volunteer activities.

Societal cohesion

1.Kito gives special attention to employing the disabled, working to build a firm and society in which everyone is an active participant.

KITO actively supports employment of the challenged, based on the understanding that it is important for companies to fulfill their social responsibilities in realizing a working environment friendlier to every challenged and non-challenged worker.
These efforts are highly appreciated, and in FY 2012, KITO was awarded the Prize for Efforts given in the name of Head Director of Japan Organization for Employment of the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Job Seekers, at the award ceremony for companies contributing to employment of the challenged.

Expand employment of the challenged

■ Promotion of a barrier-free environment of the Head Office & Factory
KITO is striving to make the working environment more hospitable and comfortable, by building roofs over walkways, eliminating steps, improving walkways, installing automatic doors and toilets, and so forth.

■ Factory tour and internship
Besides promoting employment, KITO offers various services, including the visit tour of Head Office & Factory, internship programs, etc., to those belonging to special support classes and Local Vocational Centers for Persons with Disabilities. Our goal is to help create an employee-friendly environment for the challenged.

■ Job assistance
KITO outsources many activities to job assistance facilities taking care of the challenged and those on welfare, such as the packing of products and greening of the Head Office & Factory site.

■ On September 12, 2014 Yamanashi Governor Shomei Yokouchi cited Kito Japan as an excellent organization for employing the disabled.
Since 2011 Kito Japan has been working under a five-year plan to build a workplace that accommodates disabled workers. To receive this citation, an organization must meet strict conditions: a high ratio of disabled people in the total workforce, the regular use of government employment services to connect with disabled applicants, high job security for the disabled and significant results from effort to promote employment of the disabled.

2. Canada Group Firm Supports Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank provides food to the poor.

3. Jiangyin Kito Does Charity Work in China

Contributing to society as a member of the Kito Group, Jiangyin Kito assists with charity programs and participated in nonprofit work. It drew accolades across a range of industries for donating 983,800 yuan to the charity office of Jiangyin City and low-income families between March 2013 and January 2014, in a corporate program attracting many participants.

The firm also participated in the charity office's "Donation Day" programs between March 2013 and January 2014, helping schools, health-care organizations and disabled and older citizens, and donated 113,800 yuan to households affected by natural disaster.

Support for education and culture

1. China Group Firm Provides Scholarships
(Date: August 20, 2013)

Every year Jiangyin Kito takes action to benefit society. In 2014 the company participated in a Jiangyin City program to help young people realize their dreams, providing scholarships to university students in need. This is the firm's seventh round of participation in the program since 2007, helping 700 university students at 60 schools, 200 of whom have graduated.

2. Thai Group Firm Funds School Grants and Scholarships
(Date: June, 2014)

Every year Siam Kito donates to nearby schools for school supplies, medicine and scholarships for students in need and creating spaces where students can study in peace.

3. U.S. Group Firm Hosts Annual Holiday Charity Program

Every November Harrington Hoists hosts its Annual Holiday Charity event, where employees choose the charities they want to help support and Weekend Backpack Program was selected as the charity activity of 2013. The organization quietly puts food in the backpacks of undernourished children, who typically come to school hungry and have difficulty concentrating on their studies.

4. U.S. Group Firm Donates Hoists to Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates injured marine animals. It drew nationwide attention as the location for the popular 2011 film “Dolphin Tale”. The aquarium operates entirely on donations and couldn't afford to maintain its hoists, continuing to use old electric chain hoists that badly needed replacing. On learning of the situation, Harrington Hoists donated three trolley-hung ER2 hoists.

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