How we’re helping to empower local communities

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How we’re helping to empower local communities

11:09 20 November in Charity, Corporate Social Responsibility, KYOCERA news, sustainability
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Dr Kazuo Inamori adopted a simple mantra when founding KYOCERA in 1959: “to provide opportunities for the material and intellectual growth of all employees and, through our joint efforts, contribute to the advancement of society and humankind.” Today we continue to honour those words, weaving a commitment to the communities we call home into every aspect of our business.

As part of our ongoing commitment to our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), we have donated a brand new ECOSYS M6035cidn printer to help support Acre, a vital alliance for cohesion and racial equality within Reading.  Its core values of promoting equality and empowering communities very much mirror our own, so it was the obvious choice. Created in 2012, it strives to end discrimination by engaging, empowering and integrating Reading’s diverse communities.

This is the latest example of us honouring our mantra, having partnered with Responsible 100 to “go naked” and offer total CSR transparency earlier this year. KYOCERA Document Solutions UK also played a part in Reading School’s Japan Day; an opportunity to help pupils explore Japanese heritage, society and arts.

And, of course, none of this would be possible without the help of our local charity partner, Connect Reading, who put us in contact with a number of charities that were in vital need of support. We are immensely proud to be a founding member of the charity and have contributed to their huge success in delivering £1.5M of in-kind support to the Reading community.

The new device will replace Acre’s nine-year-old printer that has increasingly caused problems for the charity as it approached its end of life. In fact, the charity was already looking at replacing it. Valued at £450, this donation has saved Acre valuable funds that can now be better spent focusing on its mission critical work.

And it’s not only Acre that it’ll be helping. As Acre’s office facilities are used for meeting spaces and admin support by many minority and marginalised community groups who don’t yet have the scale of Acre, the printer is central to the running of many different organisations across Reading.

Victor Koroma, General Manager at Acre, commented: “We can’t thank KYOCERA enough for this gift. Five years ago we were set up as a community support agency, working with minority and marginalised groups to overcome dividing factors and strive for unity. Today we have become a centrepoint for the community, and work with over 70 organisations including BME and LGBT groups. Donations like this are invaluable not only to us but the diverse group of organisations who rely on us for office and administration support.

“It may sound like a small issue, but groups such as Women with Vision and Utulivu Women’s Group typically don’t have the resources to be able to print themselves, so KYOCERA has enabled us to give them the support they need to continue to grow and share their message. We also support larger community focused events, such as Black History Month, which are vital in engaging Reading’s diverse communities. Our new printer will help us to spread the word for this and other events, giving us a much larger voice in the community and ultimately bringing us closer to the people we want to help.”

Rosie Chambers

rosielchambers@googlemail.com
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