Bonding with Our Local Communities
Alpine actively pursues dialogue with communities around the world, and works to contribute to the development of communities’ education and culture.
Next-Generation Training Support
Iwaki City Company Tour for Interested Students from Tokyo Area (Japan)
We support “U-turn employment,” drawing younger human resources back to their rural home regions for their careers. In January of 2017, we accepted 39 people who participated in a bus tour to learn about local businesses, for college students and other job seekers in the Tokyo area looking to work in Iwaki City, Fukushima, and in addition to tours of our workplaces and explanations of the work we do, we also provided time for them to interact with our employees.
Tour to Learn about Local Businesses
Model Project for the Promotion of Saturday Learning (Japan)
Partnering with Iwaki City, Fukushima, we cooperate on the Model Project for the Promotion of Saturday Learning, which follows the Saturday Educational Activities Promotion Project initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. We agree with the goal of providing children with more enriching and meaningful Saturdays by promoting Saturday educational activities through public-private partnership; since August of 2016, we have offered Saturday lessons for local elementary school children on the themes of manufacturing and science.We held these events twice during fiscal year 2017, offering hands-on manufacturing classes for local 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. These provided the students with a way to experience firsthand the challenges and fun of manufacturing, and the joy of seeing the finished result.
Helping Cultivate Next-Generation Leaders (Japan)
Since 2014, Alpine has participated in the Iwaki Shijiku Iwaki Global Academy, which offers growth opportunities to local junior high school students through interaction with specialists in various fields. In 2018, we dispatched three employees as speakers, and they helped with the program, which was based on the theme of “local companies creating the future of Iwaki.”
Alpine offers internships focused on students who are about to start their job-hunting activities, in order to give them an understanding of our corporate philosophy and the work we do, as well as to provide a chance to experience the joys of work. In January and February 2018, we held internships at our Tokyo Headquarters and Iwaki Headquarters, where students could talk with our engineers, try our next-generation cockpits firsthand, and more, in order to show these students Alpine’s advanced technologies, as well as our passion for high-quality audio.
Offering Recipe Contest Grand Prix Winners as Menu Items for Employee Meals (Japan)
In March 2018, the Iwaki Headquarters employee cafeteria offered menu items drawn from the award-winning entries in a recipe contest held for high school students (both main dishes and sweets). This contest was held to help revitalize the local economy, to promote food safety after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and more. The students enjoyed seeing their recipes served, and enjoyed seeing lunchtime at our cafeteria.
Recipe Contest Grand Prix Winners Served at Our Cafeteria
Accepting Young People from Thailand (Japan)
Starting in 2016, our headquarters in Iwaki has accepted trainees at our business facilities to cooperate in the Japanese language training program planned and organized by the Kind Angels Association (KAA) in Thailand, which was invited by Higashi Nippon International University. In April 2017, we accepted 36 young people 10 to 18 years old, who came from Thailand to study Japanese and learn about the history and industry of Iwaki City, and let them learn about our products and technology, as well as about the relationship between Alpine (which has a subsidiary in Bangkok) and Thailand.
Young People Received from Thailand
Japanese High School Student Orientation (USA)
In November 2017, the US office cooperated with an overseas language training trip for Japanese high school students. They were given the opportunity to tour the company, try out Alpine products and communicate about the differences between American and Japanese values.
Japanese High School Students
Mutual Agreement to Hold Internships (China)
In June 2017, Alpine Electronics (China) Co., Ltd. and Northeastern University (Shenyang, China) held a signing ceremony for their Mutual Agreement on Internships. Taking advantage of the university’s longer break periods, Alpine plans to accept students at our research facility in Dalian, and provide various types of work training.
Alpine plants around the globe actively provide tours to local children and cooperate with their learning.
Special Cooperation for a Local Marathon Event (Japan)
Alpine has supported the Iwaki Sunshine Marathon — a sporting event considered a symbol of the city's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake — every year since the event began.The ninth annual marathon was held in February 2018, where about 170 of our employees volunteered to assist the event or participated as runners to contribute to increasing the appeal of Iwaki City. In addition, we offered some of our products as additional prizes for the race winners.
The 9th Annual Iwaki Sunshine Marathon
Alpine Summer Festival 2018 (Japan)
Group employees and their families and local residents are invited to this annual summer festival at our headquarters in Iwaki for the purpose of fostering a connection with the community.
About 7,000 people enjoyed the festivities at the Alpine Summer Festival 2018 in August, which included performances and dances by both employees and professional entertainers, as well as a hands-on manufacturing class and an office tour for children.
Alpine Summer Festival 2018
Participating in Contributions to the Local Community (Japan)
As part of our contributions to the local community, our Iwaki Headquarters encouraged employees to participate in a drive that led to 385 kg of used clothing being recycled. The clothing collected was processed into cleaning rag materials at a facility for individuals with disabilities, as well as being reused by an NPO.
Delivering Used Clothing to an NPO
Support Activities for Regions with Insufficient Resources (China)
For the past four years, Alpine Electronics (China) Co., Ltd. has donated winter clothing to economically disadvantaged regions in Tibet. In September 2017, three employees visited to provide aid deliveries of not just winter clothing, but also wheat flour and cash.
Alpine Electronics (China) Co., Ltd. Representatives with the People of Tibet
Computer Donations (Hungary)
At our Hungary plant, 37 computers that were planned for disposal were instead donated to children, to assist with their educations.
Christmas Presents for Children (USA)
Our American office collects toys to be used as Christmas presents for children every December. The collected toys are given to the firefighters and police officers of the city of Torrance, where the office is located, to distribute to underprivileged children and families.
The Hungarian office also donates shoeboxes containing toys and sweets, as Christmas presents for children.
Collected Christmas Presents
Present of Furniture for Elementary School (Mexico)
Our Mexico Plant gave a gift of red and blue furniture to a local elementary school.
Children at an Elementary School That Received Furniture
Christmas Party (Mexico)
Employees at our Mexico Plant held a Christmas party at a local elementary school, and had a great time with the children.
Support Activities after Natural Disasters (Mexico)
After the 2017 earthquake in Mexico, our Mexico plant collected food, clothing, and other aid deliveries, and sent them to the areas affected.
Aid Deliveries in Mexico
Training of Local Engineers (Japan)
We are stepping up our efforts to hire local graduating high school students as technician staff members. Of the 64 individuals who began work at the Alpine Group in April 2017, seventeen were graduates from high schools in Iwaki City; Alpine also offers internal training and other opportunities, taking into account the students’ desires and aptitudes, to help them grow as engineers and play active roles. These efforts exist against a backdrop of working to help the Hamadori region of Fukushima Prefecture to more quickly recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake, as Alpine hopes to contribute through the development of local technicians.