The NYK Group utilizes its resources, in addition to donations and the support of local activities by NYK Group employees, to aid disaster relief activities.
The Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Efforts
In addition to dispatches of employee volunteers that have been ongoing since 2011, the NYK Group started to send new hires from 2014, and from 2018 employee family members have also been welcomed as volunteers. To be of assistance, the group is engaged in activities such as interacting with local people working the area's fields and making efforts for reconstruction.
2011 – 2012 (Recovery period)
A total of 300 volunteers engaging in about 1,000 days of dispatch activities under the guidance of the Rikuzentakata City Disaster Volunteer Center.
2013 – 2019 (Reconstruction Period)
A total of 224 volunteers participating in canola-flower-field maintenance, firewood chopping, and community building in Rikuzentakata, Otsuchi, and Kamaichi.
Supporting Canola-Flower-Field Reconstruction Project
NYK has concluded a contract with United Green for partial ownership of a canola flower field along the Sanriku shoreline, an area that suffered extensive damage from the tsunami that accompanied the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. United Green is a general incorporated association that has implemented a recovery project involving canola flower fields in Kamaishi city in Iwate prefecture. To improve the landscape and help develop a sustainable regional industry, canola flowers have been planted in farmlands that had been damaged by salt or simply abandoned. This contract will make NYK an owner of a specific area of the canola flower field. The company will organize volunteers to assist with the project, and the canola oil will be sold inside the company so that employees who may not have the opportunity to visit the region can be a part of the recovery effort and maintain a connection with the area's residents.
NYK Group - JPF Joint Aid Supplies Transportation Projects
NYK has launched the NYK Group-JPF Joint Aid Supplies Transportation Project in cooperation with Japan Platform (JPF), an international humanitarian assistance organization. The project promotes activities that provide support to victims of large natural disasters. The launch of the project was first inspired when the NYK Group and JPF jointly provided emergency relief to victims of the immense earthquake that occurred off the northern tip of Sumatra, Indonesia, and the tremendous damage in Southeast and South Asia that resulted from the subsequent tsunami on December 26, 2004.
In this project, first, the nongovernmental organizations (NGO) who participate in the JPF program and JPF members conduct intensive preliminary assessments to determine what aid supplies are required by victims. Based on the assessment, NYK transports emergency aid commodities free of charge on its containerships to a port nearby the disaster site. Next, JPF/NGO members deliver emergency supplies to those in need.
Various Support Activities
Supporting Organizations Addressing COVID-19 Related Challenges
From May to June 2021, the NYK Group procured 988 oxygen cylinders and provided them free of charge to the Tata Steel Rural Development Society, a CSR arm of Tata Steel, a part of the Tata Group, which is one of India's leading conglomerates.
Following its donation of medical oxygen cylinders to India, NYK has given a total of 71 million yen (approximately USD 642,069) to 15 funds and organizations to help address medical and economic challenges caused by the spread of COVID-19. Organizations receiving donations include the Seafarers International Relief Fund, UNICEF COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX), The Nippon Foundation, and the Médecins Sans Frontières COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
Victims of Heavy Rains in Kyushu
In response to the heavy rain that occurred in Kyushu, Japan, in July 2020, the NYK Group collected donations from its executives and employees. The amount collected was matched by the company, and a total of 2,607,736 yen was donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
Supporting Measures to Protect against COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China, NYK donated 5 million yen to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Japan to assist with coronavirus control.
Victims of Typhoon Hagibis
In response to the heavy rain and the landslide that occurred in Kanto and Tohoku regions in October 2019, NYK donated a total of 5 million yen to the Japan Red Cross. The NYK Group executives and employees donated a total of 1,055,312 yen to the Japan Red Cross.
Indonesia's Sulawesi Earthquake
In response to the earthquake that occurred in Indonesia on September 28, 2018, the NYK Group collected donations from its executives and employees. The amount collected was matched by the company, and a total of 648,748 yen was donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
In response to the earthquake that occurred in Hokkaido on September 6, 2018, the NYK Group collected donations from its executives and employees. The amount collected was matched by the company, and a total of 1,686,860 yen was donated to the Japan Red Cross.
Victims of Heavy Rains in Western Japan
In response to the heavy rain that occurred in Western Japan in July 2018, NYK donated 7.5 million yen to the Japan Red Cross and 2.5 million to the NPO/NGO Japan Platform. The NYK Group executives and employees donated a total of 1,887,847 yen to the NPO/NGO Japan Platform.
In response to the earthquake that occurred in Kumamoto on April 14, 2016, NYK donated 7.5 million yen to the Japan Red Cross and 2.5 million yen to the NPO/NGO Japan Platform. The NYK Group executives and employees donated a total of 3,059,043 yen to the NPO/NGO Japan Platform.