Social Contribution Initiatives

Social Contribution Initiatives

The Hankyu Hanshin Express, as the Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group's core business and company, is committed to promoting the community contribution initiative "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project" in an effort to conserve the environment and develop the next generation.

The Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Challenge Troop 2017

"Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Challenge Troop" is a Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group's experiential program designed for elementary school students.

This year’s program titled “Let’s Learn about the Life and Transportation of Animals” was conducted with the cooperation of our client Kobe Oji Zoo. In this program, we introduced how the animals at the zoo were transported using images and quizzes, then zoo officials explained about the life of giant pandas and elephants. The aims of this program are telling children “there’re different ways of transportation for each animal” and “the global efforts to prevent the increase of endangered species”. Through this program, children realize animals were not there from the beginning as they learn how different kinds of people worked together to bring the animals to the zoo along with all the efforts and care put into their transportation.

Held “Fair Trade” Products Sale 2016

Held “Fair Trade” Products Sale 2016

In December 2016, a “fair trade” products sale was held at the Shimbashi office as CSR activity of the Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group. This most recent sale featured specialty products from Kumamoto, and thus also served to support reconstruction in that disaster-afflicted area. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Challenge Troop 2015

Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Challenge Troop 2015

"Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Challenge Troop" is a Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group's experiential program designed for elementary school students.

Following last year's program, the Kobe Customs cooperated in this year's program to help students learn the systems of international transportation and customs, where international transportation of various goods and animals was presented through images and quizzes, followed by a briefing on customs services by the Kobe Customs. In addition, a metal detector was demonstrated to simulate inspection of imported goods, which is vital in making our lives safe and secure. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

Held “Fair Trade” Products Sale 2015

Held “Fair Trade” Products Sale 2015

In December 2015, a "fair trade" products sale was held at the Tokyo headquarters as part of the Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group's social contribution initiatives. Fair trade is designed to continue purchasing raw materials and products produced in developing countries at fair prices, thereby improving the living of vulnerable producers, protecting children against exploitation, protecting the environment from over-development and, by extension, creating a sustainable society. While the Hankyu Hanshin Express Group fully supports the ethical principles of fair trade, this event was held as a products sale for group employees. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

Giant Panda Explanation Board Set Up in Ueno Zoo

Giant Panda Explanation Board Set Up in Ueno Zoo

The non-profit organization Tokyo Zoological Park Society set up the "Giant Panda Protective Fund" to support research on protection and breeding of endangered giant pandas. Hankyu Hanshin Express has been co-sponsoring this initiative since 2011, setting up an explanation board in front of a garden outside the panda house in Ueno Zoo to present the ecology of giant pandas and transportation of them from Sichuan Province in China to the zoo, which was performed by Hankyu Hanshin Express. Hankyu Hanshin Express will continue to support breeding projects through transportation of endangered animals to contribute to conserving biodiversity. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

Giant Panda Explanation Board Set Up in Ueno Zoo

This social contribution initiative will be irregularly advertised in trains (Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway, Nose Electric Railway and Kita-Osaka Kyuko Railway) as part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project." Please take a look at the ads when you get a chance.

Stakeholder Engagement Program

In 2014, Hankyu Hanshin Express participated in the Stakeholder Engagement Program (Human Rights Due Diligence Workshop) sponsored by the non-profit organization Caux Round Table Japan to learn key issues in business globalization.

Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Challenge Troop "Learn the Systems of International Transportation and Customs"

Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Challenge Troop

"Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Challenge Troop", a Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group's experiential program designed for elementary school students, was conducted with the help of the Kobe Customs.

Hankyu Hanshin Express, as a responsible member of the local community, is committed to guiding and developing the next generation through this program, leveraging the group's diversified businesses and human resources.

The transportation of giant pandas in 2011 from Sichuan Province in China to Ueno Zoo was featured, with quizzes offered to learn about international transportation.

In addition, the Kobe Customs organized a study tour for the students, who were also briefed on customs services and their role in making our lives safe and secure. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

PET Bottle Cap Collection Campaign

The Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group is rolling out a group-wide PET bottle cap collection campaign dubbed "Eco-cap Week – Shape a promising future for the world with more vaccination!" where PET bottle caps collected regularly are sold to recycling manufacturers, the profits from which are donated to the non-profit organization Japan Committee, Vaccines for the World's Children (JCV). (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

Celebrating an Early Christmas with Children from the Affected Areas

Celebrating an Early Christmas with Children from the Affected Areas

As a part of our initiatives to support the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, Hankyu Hanshin Express held a "Joyful Christmas" party on December 3, 2011 at a Hotel in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. Volunteer Hankyu Hanshin employees entertained the party goers with performances including magic shows and music.

Approximately 300 gifts donated by Group subsidiaries from Japan and overseas were distributed to all the children at the party. The party was only a short three hours but everyone there was able to enjoy an early Christmas. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

Forest Thinning Volunteer Initiatives to Conserve Forests in Kanto, Kansai, and Chubu Regions

Forest Thinning Volunteer Initiatives to Conserve Forests in Kanto, Kansai, and Chubu Regions

Volunteers from group subsidiaries have been carrying out forest thinning. Forest thinning is indispensable for conservation of the forests that protect our water supplies and absorb CO².

The first forest thinning took place in autumn 2008 in Kosuge Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, which is a catchment area for the Tama River. In 2009 the initiative extended to the Kansai region with forest thinning taking place in Miyashiro, Sasayama in Hyogo Prefecture. In 2010, Hankyu Hanshin Express undertook the first forest thinning in the Chubu area in Seto City, Aichi Prefecture. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

"Protection of Valuable Forests" Forum 2012

The Forum on "Protection of Valuable Forests" was held in November 2012 at the Nippon Seinenkan Hall in Tokyo as part of social contribution initiatives, following previous forums held in 2010 (Tokyo) and 2011 (Osaka), to communicate the significance of preventing forest depletion. Writer C.W. Nicol delivered a keynote lecture titled "Planting Trees in Our Minds" and subsequently chaired a panel discussion with four experts. (This program is part of the "Hankyu Hanshin Dreams and Communities of the Future Project.")

One Day Bus Tour for Elderly Citizens Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake

One Day Bus Tour for Elderly Citizens Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake

To celebrate Respect for the Aged Day, Hankyu Hanshin Express invited 106 people aged over 60 who are currently living in temporary housing in Minamisanriku , Miyagi Prefecture on a day bus trip. The trip on September 15, 2012 is aimed to give a little joy to people that have been hit hard by the earthquake.

In perfect weather the four buses, each with volunteer tour guides from Hankyu Hanshin Express, departed the temporary housing complexes in Minamisanriku. The tour group visited the world heritage listed Motsuji and Chusonji Temples in Iwate Prefecture before returning to Minamisanriku in the afternoon to enjoy a hot bath and meal at a hotel. All the participants enjoyed the day and left everyone in good spirits.

Summer Holiday Trip for Children from Affected Areas

Summer Holiday Trip for Children from Affected Areas

As part of our efforts to support the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, Hankyu Hanshin Express invited children from the affected areas on a summer holiday trip. The tour destinations included Ueno Zoological Gardens, Tokyo Disney Resort® and Tokyo Sky Tree®.This trip was planned and delivered by Hankyu Hanshin Express, a pioneer of Panda transportation, together with Hankyu Travel, which has the motto "Direct to your heart", to the delight of the children from the affected areas.
Hankyu Hanshin Express Group will continue to support the reconstruction efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Supporting Victims of Natural Disaster

Hankyu Hanshin Express contributes financial support to those affected by natural disaster both in Japan and overseas.

[International]
2008: Cyclone in Myanmar and Sichuan earthquake in China
2009: Earthquake in Central Italy and Sumatra Earthquake
2010: Haiti Earthquake, Chile Earthquake, Yushu earthquake in China, floods in <br>Pakistan, floods in India and Gansu mudslide in China
2011: Earthquake in New Zealand
2013: Typhoon in Philippines

[Japan]
2011: Great East Japan Earthquake and severe rainstorm caused by Typhoon No. 12 (Wakayama, Nara and Mie)
2012: Severe rainstorm in northern Kyushu (Oita, Kumamoto and Fukuoka)

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