LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve everyday, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere.
As a corporate citizen, we are working on various activities to help solve community-specific problems.
LIXIL focuses on making a positive social impact in priority areas including Global Sanitation & Hygiene, Water Conservation & Environmental Sustainability, and Diversity & Inclusion, as well as in areas where our expertise can make the biggest difference. When making donation and sponsorship decisions, we hold careful discussions about the purpose, use, and potential benefits of our assets to ensure they have appropriate and effective social impacts.
Our LIXIL Community Day is a day when executives and employees from all workplaces and regions around the world take part in corporate citizenship activities relating to our three strategic pillars during working hours. In FYE2021, approximately 6,000 people took part in 87 Community Day activities, including community cleaning, outreach classes, and donations of sanitary products as part of our efforts to combat COVID-19. Outstanding initiatives were recognized through the LIXIL Community Day Awards. In FYE2021, we set up the New Normal category to recognize COVID-19 assistance work.
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Canal cleaning in Milan
|Global Sanitation & Hygiene|
|MAKE A SPLASH! fundraising, events, and other support activities||Global (primarily in Europe and Asia)|
|Water Conservation & Environmental Sustainability|
|Reducing plastic bottle usage by 34,000 bottles in a month through the mymizu (my water) Challenge||Team of 2,600 employees worldwide|
|Diversity & Inclusion|
|Producing and providing a podcast for children in need||Italy|
|Let’s Do It Together (cross-functional collaboration)|
|An iwashhand awareness-building and fund-raising campaign to encourage correct handwashing habits||China|
|New Normal (COVID-19 assistance)|
|Creating and donating LIXIL Shields 3D-printed face masks||US|
|Producing and donating foot pumps and cleaning cloths for disinfection||Japan|
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, LIXIL is seeking to help keep local communities safe by donating much-needed face shields to healthcare workers and other frontline professionals in regions where we operate.
In March 2020, a group of engineers at LIXIL Americas launched a grassroots initiative to produce and distribute face shields to first responders. They repurposed the 3D printers at its R&D facility in New Jersey, and ramped up production and assembly of shields to make approximately 120 shields per week.
LIXIL expanded this activity in July by teaming up with the Jersey City Rapid Maker Response Group (JCRMRG), a volunteer group formed in 2020 that creates hospital-approved face shields. The partnership enabled us to distribute an additional 50,000 shields throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. In October of the same year, we decided to support even more people on the front lines, including teachers, through donation of more than 20,000 face shields as part of our annual LIXIL Community Day. During shield pickup at the various sites throughout the region,
Healthcare workers wearing LIXIL face shields
The sanitary industry is faced with a chronic shortage of skilled plumbers. To address this issue, LIXIL has officially launched its GROHE Installer Vocational Training and Education (GIVE) program in March 2021 to offer plumping training at schools across the EMENA region. The GIVE program allows students to gain knowledge of cutting-edge technologies and sanitary innovations through hands-on training and, upon completion of their training, receive assistance with job placement.
The GIVE scheme also incorporates the Dual Tech training program, which was initiated in 2009 with the German non-profit organization (NPO) Don Bosco Mondo to provide underprivileged young people with professional skills on sanitary installation.
In addition to three schools in the Philippines and in Mumbai and Delhi, India that were formally part of the Dual Tech program, GIVE already collaborates with 26 institutions across EMENA, and plans to open up 24 additional schools over the next two years. Training highly skilled installers also helps solve local sanitation problems and therefore contributes to the fulfillment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 6 “Clean Water and Sanitation.”
LIXIL is committed to advancing education for sustainable development (ESD). We try to address social issues such as global sanitation and hygiene, environmental problems, and diversity and inclusion by working with the children who will be stewards of our future planet.
Since 2010, over 24,000 children have taken part in 650 outreach classes using original LIXIL teaching materials held at schools and events across Japan. The program not only helps to raise awareness and encourage action among the child participants, but also strengthens bonds between local communities and regional LIXIL offices and employees who serve as lecturers.
LIXIL provides a variety of natural disaster support including product and monetary donations. In FYE2021, we conducted free inspections of LIXIL products and provided financial support following the torrential rains in Kyushu, Chubu, and Tohoku regions of Japan. At the time, we also set up a mobile toilet booth called withCUBE at an evacuation center in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto.
We are also working to provide disaster relief through products based on years of research on disaster-related problems. Our Resilience Toilet is designed with disasters in mind because it can be switched to use only one liter of water per flush in times of disaster compared to five liters for regular usage. This helps evacuation centers to adapt to water supply disruptions and other issues related to toilet facilities. We are not only promoting the installation of these toilets in schools, gyms, and government buildings that serve as disaster response bases, but are also using them for local community disaster response training.