In order to support the long-term growth of customers and the region and achieve the goal set out in our Group Management Philosophy of “building a vibrant regional society,” we go beyond our main line of business providing financial services to help promote the region’s industries in a variety of ways. Below are some examples of some of the initiatives we have taken to date.
Our Group has taken a range of initiatives aimed at helping Kumamoto recover from the earthquakes of 2016 in creative ways. For instance, in addition to providing funding to support reconstruction efforts, we sell financial products that include a donation (government bonds, privately-placed bonds, and investment trusts), and have established the Kumamoto Reconstruction Support Fund, Kyushu Region Reconstruction Support Fund, and Kumamoto Earthquake Business Recovery Support Fund.
Also, in order to contribute directly to Kumamoto’s creative recovery, our Group as a whole will make total donations amounting to 1.95 billion yen to municipalities, etc.
We continue to assist in the revitalization of local communities over the mid- to long-term through work that includes participation in volunteer activities to help with environmental conservation, like planting watershed protection forests and helping to maintain forests, participation in local events, support for sporting and cultural events, and social welfare activities. We have also improved our systems, such as by setting up a "volunteer leave system" for encouraging employees to engage in their own independent social contribution activities.
We continue to stand hand-in-hand with the region by actively participating in local events and clean-up activities as a way of deepening ties with local customers and helping create a bright and comfortable society.
We support marathons and hold sports lessons with the goal of contributing to the growth of the region’s sporting activities.
We are also working in many ways to contribute to the region through sports. For instance, we have set up a women’s ekiden (long-distance running relay race) club (Higo Bank) and athletics club (Kagoshima Bank), are supporting the soccer team Roasso Kumamoto, and have entered into contracts as an official partner of Kagoshima United FC (soccer team) and Kagoshima Rebnise (basketball team).
We are working to help conserve the region’s history and culture and hand them down to future generations. For example, we have made donations to the Eisei Bunko Permanent Exhibition Promotion Fund and Kumamoto City Fund for the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Artifacts, and support a range of art exhibitions. In addition, we also set up the Higo no Satoyama Gallery at the headquarters of Higo Bank as a center to offer cultural information.
We established Higo Business Training Co., Ltd. within the headquarters of Higo Bank. In addition to improving our employee training systems and nurturing human resources who will play a part in solving the region’s challenges, the company also aims to provide educational services for developing local human resources.
We run an internship program for students who represent the future of our region called “Regional Revitalization Project working with Kagin.” In addition to helping improve students’ awareness of issues surrounding regional revitalization through this program, we have entered into agreements relating to initiatives for regional revitalization with 8 higher education institutions within Kagoshima Prefecture, and are working to solve human resource issues in the region.
In order to improve the quality of our workplaces, we are taking steps to ensure that employees can strike a good work-life balance through reforms to working patterns, and are taking a proactive stance in helping female employees to reach their full potential.
We are taking active measures to ensure that female employees can play an active part in the workplace, such as by providing support for juggling work with childcare and caregiving (system of reduced working hours, family/care leave system, etc.), as well as training for career development.
No. of female executives and employees (as of the end of March 2018; ratio of female employees indicated in brackets)
|Higo Bank||Kagoshima Bank|
|Managers||25 (7.5%)||11 (3.7%)|
|Executives||176 (21.5%)||175 (18.5%)|
|Female employees||943 (41.4%)||922 (39.7%)|
We support working mothers and fathers. (Higokko no Mori Daycare Center/Kagin Daycare Center Yumeiro)