Working with the Community
Hitachi Capital provides information to consumers in partnership with the government and other outside entities. Our commitment to informing the consumer includes a program that has sent employees certified as consumer lifestyle advisors to community classes held by local governments since the end of 2000. Hitachi Capital employees also conduct classes in high schools and universities.
In 2002, Hitachi Capital's publication "Do you know? The Consumer Contract Act" won first place in the Consumer Education Educational Materials Competition, which is conducted by the National Institute on Consumer Education.
Hitachi Capital is helping to conserve forests. In 1992, we were among the first to join the Japanese Forestry Agency's "Corporate Forest" program. We next created an employee Environmental Volunteer Club, which provides opportunities for planting and caring for trees, forest beautification, and environmental education. Employees are also becoming involved in other activities, including restoring forests around the base of Mt. Fuji and conducting coastal beautification and cleanup campaigns.
We are firmly committed to supporting the volunteer activities of our employees.
In 1992, we began using the paintings of disabled artists in the visuals of our business reports, pamphlets and other marketing materials.We are working in other ways as well to support disabled artists and increase the popularity of their work. One example is the Hitachi Capital Special Award, which has been given to a deserving artist at the "Artbility Award" (Disabled People's Art Bank) ceremony each year since 1998.
Since 1995, we have sold products from SELP (self-help) shops (vocational aid centers), made by individuals with disabilities working toward independence, through our cardholder magazine. We also offer emergency supplies and aid in times of disaster. The company is active at the employee level as well, holding workplace fundraisers and conducting prepaid card and stamp collection drives through our internal newsletter for employees.