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materials in emerging countries, offering large-print textbooks to students with low vision, and replicating and using historical documents.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
In the Asia-Pacific region in which Fuji Xerox operates, there are many children without sufficient access to primary education. This project aims to help resolve educational disparity among children in the region by offering learning materials.
In this project, which produces learning materials that meet local needs, Fuji Xerox serves as manager and overall coordinator. We solicit sponsors who offer content based on the materials free of charge, as well as financial sponsors who cover the printing and other costs. Taking advantage of our capability to print required numbers of copies any time they are needed, 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 studies.
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 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 June 2014, the project finally commenced full-fledged operations in the Philippines. Workbooks were provided to 442 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 from the partner local NGO Gawad Kalinga,Note1 and executives and employee volunteers from Fuji Xerox Philippines. The workbooks were created using English self-learning materials offered by Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd, and then printed by a local partner company with production printers made by Fuji Xerox. Gawad Kalinga selected the region and recipient children and delivered the printed workbooks to them.
In response to the favorable acceptance of the activity in Philippines, we decided to continue the project in Philippines in 2015 and expand it to other countries in the Asia Pacific region.
In Philippines, we will monitor how many children could complete the learning of the distributed workbooks. In addition to children who received the workbooks in 2014, we will distribute workbooks to children in other areas. In 2015, we will solicit financial supports from local companies to secure continuance and expansion of the project.
It was decided to start the activity in Myanmar and Thailand. The project started in Myanmar in June 2015. We will continue our effort to establish sustainable systems in individual countries and regions, considering the differences in their educational systems and learning cultures, and by utilizing the advantages of individual sponsoring companies.
- Note1 Gawad Kalinga is an NGO which is engaged in housing construction projects to support the financial independence of people in deprived areas. Gawad Kalinga, meaning "give care" in the local Filipino language, is currently supporting 60,000 families in 2,000 communities across the Philippines. The NGO and Fuji Xerox have had a partnership since 2007, when Fuji Xerox Philippines built the Fuji Xerox Gawad Kalinga Village. They are an important partner for this project, serving as the liaison between local communities and Fuji Xerox.
2.Conservation of Diminishing Cultures
Replicating and Using Historical Documents
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.
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 2014 and Future Plans
To expand these activities as a company-wide project and to strengthen collaboration with the technical departments, the second project office was established in Fuji Xerox R&D Square in Yokohama, the main base for our R&D activities, following the first project office established in Kyoto.
In 2014, we copied and donated about 40 historical documents to Daigoji Temple in Kyoto, including "Daigo Hanami Tanzaku," a collection of old poem strips designated as a national important cultural property. Through these donations of valuable historical document replicas throughout Japan, we will contribute to the development and vitalization of local communities. Moreover, we plan to expand these activities overseas to further contribute to the preservation of cultural traditions.