With respect to the affected areas of natural disasters that have occurred in around the world, Nissan has been providing financial aid, products and services. Many employees also have been engaged in relief efforts as volunteers.
Support for regions affected by Great East Japan Earthquake (Japan)
Online Lecture for Employees to Learn about the Current Situation in Affected Regions
We provided various forms of support in the immediate wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and we have continued to help affected regions rebuild through strong employee participation. Until fiscal 2019, we have visited the district of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture and other areas, cooperating with NPOs engaged in reconstruction activities, conducting volunteer activities in a disaster-prevention green belt, and touring the town. In fiscal 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us again to cancel our visit to the affected areas. However, in order to understand the current situation and issues in those areas, we held an online lecture for employees, inviting people from outside the company who are engaged in reconstruction in Namie Town, and more than 270 employees participated.
Nissan Smile Support Fund
Nissan established the Nissan Smile Support Fund in 2011 with the goal of helping children in disaster-stricken areas smile again. The Nissan Smile Support Fund offers assistance that meets the changing needs of such regions, operating free schools and places to go after school and providing learning venues for deepening regional understanding as well as recreational and nature experience programs. In 2020, we supported programs conducted by 10 NPOs that are independently active in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures. From January 2021, we have focused our activities on Fukushima Prefecture and started to provide support to six NPOs operating in the prefecture with the aim of supporting children who have been forced to evacuate for a prolonged period due to the nuclear power plant accident and are facing complicated issues.