We strive to be a better corporate citizen, communicating with local communities and engaging in contribution activities through each of our business locations. We also conduct activities to preserve natural environments and protect the global environment.
Infocom built the Iwanuma MINNANOIE by Infocom in July 2013. This facility is a base for reconstruction assistance activities in Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, an area devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
- An inclusive community for all
- Reconstruction support for Iwanuma agriculture
- Promoting information regarding recovery efforts
- Creating businesses integrating IT and agriculture
We support the people of the Iwanuma region in a variety of ways, pursuing the following goals.
Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake, we formed a special project team under the direct control of the president to study the possibility of providing long-term reconstruction support, rather than temporary activities such as donations or volunteer work.
Through the TAKE ACTION FOUNDATION, we met with Mr. Toyo Ito, a leading Japanese architect who, with his team, were moving forward with the MINNANOIE project to reconstruct towns in the earthquake-stricken areas. After meeting with Mr. Ito, we decided to participate in the project.
On a day-to-day basis, the facility bustles with local residents as a café, a meeting place, a venue for festivals and other events, and as a farmers market. MINNANOIE is also used as a venue for rice planting camps, one of the training programs we hold for new employees.
In September 2015, we launched the Millennium Hope Hills: Iwanuma Reconstruction Agritourism program. This program creates Iwanuma City fans by having participants in the tour interact with the local community through the sales of locally produced vegetables, farming and tree-planting experiences, barbecue parties, and other activities supporting hopes for the recovery of Iwanuma.
The agricultural experience and tree-planting activities that make up part of this tour also represent active engagement in ISO140001 activities. In fiscal 2016, we began Iwanuma Reconstruction Agritourism as a year-round program in cooperation with Iwanuma City, local farmers, organizations, and other supporters, communicating the charms of Iwanuma to participants.
We are also building an agricultural IT demonstration system to support local farmers, leveraging our strengths as an IT company. In addition to using sensors to monitor the growth of farm crops, we also support installations of systems to manage farm operations and sales. We continue to cooperate with local farmers to revitalize agriculture through the consistent use of IT in everything from farmland management and farming operations to sales of farm products.
The Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011, caused unimaginable damage in Iwate Prefecture. As reconstruction progresses, records of the disaster are becoming scattered and lost, and memories of the disaster are fading. Japan is an earthquake-prone country, and it is important that these records and memories be passed on to future generations as lessons to be learned. To support the disaster-stricken areas of the region and create opportunities for employment, we are doing our part in the collection and digitization of the vast amount of earthquake-related documents from the March 11 disaster.
Our offices in the region have digitized more than 130,000 disaster-related documents collected from local governments, private companies, and local residents in Kuji City, Noda Village, and Fudai Village.
The Infocom Group established an internal system for executives and employees to engage in social, regional, and other public activities on an individual basis. In this way, we support the volunteer activities of our personnel.
We encourage employees to participate in various types of social contribution activities voluntarily, and established a system of backup leave to facilitate volunteerism.