With Local Communities
FANUC has over 270 offices covering more than 100 countries around the world. We aim to earn the trust of all stakeholders of our offices and to be rooted in the communities surrounding them. In our headquarters area, many of our employees have moved from other areas to Yamanashi Prefecture, following a local lifestyle while working close to home. FANUC headquarters employees rely on the organizations and facilities of the local government and community in their daily lives. Accordingly, FANUC makes efforts to contribute to the local community, such as by recruiting human resources from technical high schools in Yamanashi Prefecture every year and making donations to the community.
Supporting Research through the FA Foundation
The FA Foundation was founded in 1989 by Dr. Seiuemon Inaba, the current Honorary Chairman of FANUC. FANUC donated funds at the time of establishing the Foundation, and has made donations to cover its operating costs since that time.
The mission of the FA Foundation is to contribute to society by improving automation technology, and automating machinery and machine factories, primarily through ofﬁcial commendations of research achievements related to factory automation (FA) and industrial robot technologies.
In ﬁscal 2022, a total of seven outstanding theses were commended by the Foundation.
The Consortium of Human Education for Future Robot System Integration
On December 18, 2019, under the initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, industry players, including FANUC and the National Institute of Technology, signed a memorandum for establishing the Consortium of Human Education for Future Robot System Integration to develop human resources in robotics. This initiative aims to match schools and educational institutes with industrial players in the robotics ﬁeld. It is hoped that such matching will introduce students and teachers to internship programs, promote the dispatch of robotics engineers from companies to schools, and facilitate the development of future human resources in the robotics ﬁeld.
FANUC contributes to the development of human resources in robotics, through activities such as internship programs for teachers and the dispatch of lecturers to technical colleges and technical high schools. In FY2022, we actively engaged in robotics human resource development activities, including provision of robot operation training programs at FANUC AMADEMY to teachers from technical high schools.
Support for Creative Manufacturing Education that Brings Ideas to Life
The 18th All Japan Student Indoor Flying Robot Contest
FANUC is a special sponsor of the All Japan Student Indoor Flying Robot Contest every year.
The 18th All Japan Student Indoor Flying Robot Contest was held from September 23 (Fri) to September 25 (Sun), 2022 at KATAYANAGI Arena, Kamata Campus, Nihon Kogakuin College (Tokyo). While the contest took place under the difficult situation continued from the previous year due to COVID-19, this time, it attracted many people with participants of 72 teams from 43 institutes, which is the record high number, including overseas institutes for the first time (two from Thailand).
This contest was intended to encourage students to engage in the making of things, but more importantly to develop human resources in aircraft design, control and other areas.
Participants conducted missions such as transporting goods and flying with an autopilot system, and competed in flight performance, control technology, and flying techniques.
At this contest, the FANUC Award was granted to the Chiba Institute of Technology who won the first place in the autopilot category.
Contributions and Donations to the Community around FANUC Headquarters
FANUC has donated items such as testing machines and other equipment to the Fujiyoshida Municipal Hospital, which often assists us with employee health management, thorough examinations, etc.
Every year, we sponsor Shinto rituals and community events, make ongoing contributions to the Yamanashi Prefecture Community Chest's “Red Feather Community Chest”, and also regularly provide food support to the non-proﬁt organization, “Food Bank Yamanashi”.
Up to 2019, we had donated 1,570 ㎡ of land for road use for village road-widening projects in Yamanakako-Mura and Oshino-Mura. Furthermore, since FY2022, we plan to exchange and donate the company-owned portion of the land after the completion of the Oshino village road widening project.
Since 2022, we have been donating 10% of vending machine sales commissions from vending machines installed in our headquarters area to the Gold Ribbon Network, a certified NPO.
■Major Contributions and Donations
|FANUC supported the “Let's Cheer Up Healthcare Workers! Donation Project for COVID-19 Countermeasures” organized by Yamanashi Prefecture, and donated ¥50 million as part of support for COVID-19 countermeasures.
We also donated face masks to the government of Yamanashi Prefecture, where FANUC Headquarters is located, and to Fujiyoshida Municipal Hospital.
|We built shelters at two bus stops that had no roofed structures and therefore offered users no protection from the wind or rain, and donated these shelters along with the road land to Oshino-Mura.
|Donation of €1 million for supporting the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine through the Yamanashi Branch of the Japanese Red Cross Society.
|We donated 20 million yen through Yamanashi Prefecture and the Yamanashi International Association for aid for victims of the earthquakes in south-east Turkey.
Blood Donation Drives
For six days between October 3 and 11, 2022, FANUC Headquarters held a blood donation drive by the Yamanashi Red Cross Blood Center for the sixth time in as many years. 474 employees donated blood in 2022.
In 2020, FANUC received the Governor's Commendation for Blood Donation Promotion, which is presented to organizations that cooperate with blood donation at least twice a year or that have had more than 50 blood donors for three consecutive years.
Our Mibu Factory in Tochigi Prefecture has also been conducting blood donation drives since 2018, with 73 people on April 8, 2022 and 79 people on October 6, 2021, for a total of 152 employees donating blood.
As a familiar social contribution activity, FANUC will continue these blood donation drives with the cooperation of our employees.
Initiatives in Japan
Local Employment around FANUC Headquarters
FANUC Headquarters take initiative for securing human resources from technical high schools in Yamanashi Prefecture every year, accepting them for factory tours prior to their application and providing them with opportunities to experience manufacturing sites.
Support for Reconstruction in Disaster Zones
FANUC assists in the restoration of disaster-stricken areas, in order to help disaster victims. Such activities include donations at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, the torrential rains in the Kanto and Tohoku areas in September 2015, the Kumamoto earthquake in April 2016, and the heavy downpours centered on western Japan in July 2018, as well as recovery support activities for disaster victims, to enable affected customers to resume operations as quickly as possible.
Employees also engaged in volunteering activities in the aftermath of the Kumamoto earthquake.
Inviting a City Gas Station to the Area
FANUC invited a city gas station to be built in the Headquarters area to reduce power consumption, which helped promote the use of city gas among local residents.
Harmonization with Local Landscapes
Oshino-Mura, where the Headquarters area is located, offers a harmonic landscape where you can view a lot of nature, such as lakes, ponds and rivers created by Mt. Fuji's subsoil water, and man-made scenery like farming fields and thatched roofs, with Mt. Fuji in the background. The local governments of Oshino-Mura and Yamanakako-Mura have established landscape plans for the preservation of the landscapes, and FANUC is also actively working with those plans.
Most forest resources owned by FANUC consist of trees planted after the war. At FANUC Headquarters, following guidance from the Yamanashi Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, we maintain and manage trees according to the Plan for Forest Restoration and Conversion into Broad-Leaved Forest, aiming to restore forests to a state in harmony with the region. We are currently promoting a plan to replace the artificially planted coniferous trees with rich broadleaf trees that bloom, bear fruit, and allow coexistence with small birds and animals.
In addition, we are conducting controlled logging of trees to prevent fallen trees for the purpose of avoiding fallen tall trees on the site obstructing village roads and interfering with electric wires, while planting tree species that naturally blend in with the land and the local area after logging is completed.
All exterior walls of FANUC’s existing factories had previously been painted yellow, but when they were repainted during major refurbishments of the individual factories, gray is used as a base color and the amount of yellow used has been limited (e.g., 20% or less of external walls in the Headquarters area, 5% or less of external walls in the Hino area).
Offering the dormitory scheduled for demolition to disaster response training
In October 2022, we offered our dormitory scheduled for demolition to the Tsukuba Fire Department for disaster response training. This was in response to a request from the Tsukuba Fire Department to enhance disaster response capabilities by conducting destructive activities that are difficult to conduct in the training facility used on a daily basis and by conducting various types of training in an environment more similar to an actual disaster.
FANUC will continue to engage with the local community.
Initiatives at FANUC India Pvt Ltd
Towards Zero Hunger
In India, approximately 236 million children attend 1.1 million government schools. Children in government schools, especially those in villages are the children of migrant workers who help with household chores and are unable to eat even one meal a day. A meager dinner does not give them enough energy to last until lunch time the next day. The result is lack of concentration, inattention, lots of trouble, and absenteeism.
FANUC India provides meals to children and migrants.
- Provided breakfast to total of 883 children near Bangalore and lunch to 5,000 children.
- Operate a day care center in Pune, West India, with 130 children attending. The children are cared for and fed while their parents are engaged in work.
- Providing support to orphanages in Bangalore, Madurai and Coimbatore.
- Provided ration kits and cooked meals to migrants near Bangalore affected by the lockdown caused by the COVID-19.
Ration kit and cooked meals distribution