The March 11 disaster caused huge devastation across an extremely wide area. The road to recovery is steep, and volunteer work of all kinds is a vital part of efforts to rebuild the lives of those affected. Many Nissan employees expressed a desire to help out by volunteering in the disaster areas. In response, the company introduced a system of special volunteer leave to make it easier for employees to contribute to relief efforts. Effective until the end of March 2012, the system allows employees to take up to five days leave to participate in disaster relief activities. Employees can divide the five days into several installments.
The program has proved popular; one employee who has already taken three days off under the system to clear rubble and sludge said: "It was great to be able to use a consolidated block of time to help out. My supervisor was quite supportive. I hope the company will consider implementing the system again next year." Nissan will continue to support the voluntary civic activities of all employees.