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Major Programs under Key Social Contribution Activity Themes

In fiscal 2012, Fuji Xerox selected two key themes for its social contribution activities: education for future generations and conservation of diminishing cultures. Under these themes, we are working on projects identified as our main companywide social contribution programs, i.e., providing learning materials in emerging countries, offering large-print textbooks to students with low vision, and replicating and using historical documents.

1.Education for Future Generations

Providing Learning Materials in Emerging Countries

Purpose

In the Asia-Pacific region in which Fuji Xerox operates, there are many children without access to primary education. This project aims to help resolve educational disparity among children in the region by offering learning materials.

Project Description

In this project producing learning materials that meet local needs, Fuji Xerox serves as the manager and coordinator of the overall project. We solicit sponsors who offer the content of the materials free of charge, as well as financial sponsors who cover the printing and other costs. The educational materials developed are printed with our production printers and distributed to disadvantaged children by local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which also support the children's study.
To support a greater number of children, we are working to invite more companies and NGOs to join us in the project. The project, which was initially launched in the Philippines in June 2014, aims to support a total of 100,000 children within 10 years or by 2023. Toward this goal, the project will be rolled out in other Asian-Pacific countries in the future.

Project Activities in Fiscal 2013 and Future Plans

In fiscal 2013, the project team was assembled from various Fuji Xerox members in and outside Japan to conduct preparatory work. In June 2014, the project finally started full operation in the Philippines. Workbooks were provided to 450 children around the age of 5 in the Tower Ville region, Bulacan Province, a two-hour drive from Manila. The presentation ceremony was held on June 7, 2014, with a total of 250 participants, including 120 local students and their parents, community leaders, staff and volunteers of the partner local NGO Gawad Kalinga,Note1 and executives and employee volunteers of Fuji Xerox Philippines. The workbooks were created by using English self-learning materials offered by Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd, and then printed by a local partner company with the production printers made by Fuji Xerox. Gawad Kalinga selected the recipient children and region and delivered the printed workbooks to these children.
As the next step, we will solicit financial sponsors for the second distribution in the country by the end of 2014, while monitoring how the workbooks distributed in the first round of the project are being used. At the same time, we will start preparations for duplicating the program in other Asia-Pacific countries, based on the feedback from the first distribution activity.

Offering Large-print Textbooks to Students with Low Vision

Purpose

Through supporting the publication of large-print school textbooks in and outside Japan, we will contribute to expanding education opportunities for students with low vision.

Project Background and Specific Activities

About 300,000 people in Japan are estimated to be visually impaired, 60 to 70 percent of whom are considered to have low vision. For students with low vision, who find it difficult to read the text and pictures in regular textbooks, many textbook publishers offer large-print textbooks. However, the levels and ways of seeing are very different from student to student and some students have difficulty in reading such standard large-print textbooks. To meet the unmet needs, volunteer organizations create textbooks individually tailored to meet each student's specific needs.

Fuji Xerox supports their activities by allowing those volunteer textbook creators that are students with low vision and their parents to use color multifunction devices in our sales and services offices and sales companies across Japan free of charge.
This support project started in 1989 in a limited number of our business sites in Kanagawa. In 1994, the project expanded to cover our sales and services offices across Japan, making this initiative widely known by volunteer organizations as well as students with low vision and their parents and teachers.

Project Activities in Fiscal 2013 and Future Plans

In fiscal 2013, we supported the creation of large-print textbooks with a total of 670,496 pages printed. With the intention of continuing our support over the long term, we will start in fiscal 2014 to prepare making this service available at a greater number of our business sites in Japan. In the Asia-Pacific region including China, we will also strengthen our activities designed to address local needs and conditions to support even a greater number of students with low vision.

Receiving the Prime Minister's Commendation of Barrier-Free Universal Design Contributor Awards in December 2008

In recognition of these activities, Fuji Xerox received the Prime Minister's Commendation, the highest of the annual Barrier-Free Universal Design Contributor Awards 2008. The reasons behind winning the award include appreciation of our long-term engagement in these social contribution activities for 20 years as well as our great contribution to widespread use of large-print textbooks by conducting activities utilizing our business resources across the country to allow many volunteers to use our multifunction devices to produce large-print textbooks.

2.Conservation of Diminishing Cultures

Replicating and Using Historical Documents

Purpose

Under the theme of supporting communication between the ages, we aim to contribute to unearthing historical documents that could otherwise be lost, disclosing undisclosed historical documents, and passing down the lessons, wisdom and thoughts of our ancestors by applying our original duplication and communications technologies in an integrated manner and thereby supporting the reproduction and preservation of historical documents.

Project Descriptions

We replicate or reproduce historical documents which are stored in old estates, temples and shrines faithful to the originals. Access to old documents is often limited for preservation purposes. The preservation of these documents for a long period of time also represents a challenge due to the risk of deterioration and damage caused by aging. Aiming to offer replicas that can be touched and used as a substitute to the originals, the project creates faithful reproductions of the originals, reproducing their colors, types of Washi paper, textures, and bookbinding techniques. The project initially started in 2008 as a social contribution activity of Fuji Xerox Kyoto. As reproduction requests started to involve more sophisticated and more colorful originals, technology development staff also joined the project. In April 2014, we expanded the project as a company-wide initiative by setting up a project office in our major research and development center, Fuji Xerox R&D Square in Yokohama. It has allowed us to reinforce collaboration with the technical divisions to improve document reproducibility.

Project Activities in Fiscal 2013 and Future Plans

In fiscal 2013, Fuji Xerox Kyoto replicated about 36 historical documents owned by a history museum in Okinoshima Island, Shimane and universities and donated the replicas. In collaboration with R&D units, we are also actively working to replicate historical documents which were difficult to reproduce due to their use of special Washi paper or metallic colors. As part of our activities to preserve traditional culture for future generations, we also accept internships and lecture on CSR-related topics in universities and high schools to communicate this project to future generations.
As the project has been organized by two locations, Kyoto and Yokohama, since April 2014, we will reproduce historical documents stored across Japan. We will continue to contribute to the communication of timeless value to a greater number of people and making replicas of rare historical documents more accessible to the general public.

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