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Mazda Publishes Social and Environmental Report 2006


August 30, 2006 - HIROSHIMA, Japan--Mazda Motor Corporation today issued its Social and Environmental Report 2006 in Japanese* which features the results of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and environmental protection activities conducted during fiscal year 2005 (April 2005--March 2006).

Mazda has produced an annual environmental report since 2001, and an annual CSR report that contains supplemental social information since 2004.

The Social and Environmental Report (SER) 2006 is the most diverse to date, with information on Mazda’s international cultural exchange projects and contributions towards the promotion of human rights. It also introduces projects being led by women in quality circles and contains enhanced environmental information, such as the mid-term environmental plan “Mazda Green Plan 2010.” Additionally, contents include local community initiatives and environmental information concerning overseas affiliates of the Mazda Group. Every page also features stakeholders’ comments.

Special features on Mazda’s original initiatives, such as “Global Society and Mazda” and “The Global Environment and Mazda”, have been put together for the report. The report also contains information on Mazda’s efforts for its stakeholders, environmental achievements, and the “Fiscal 2005 Performance Report.”

* The English version will be released at a later date

General highlights of the SER 2006 report include:
Global Society and Mazda

- This includes an international procurement project undertaken in collaboration with Ford Motor Company to contribute toward the promotion of human rights and support environmental concerns worldwide, and this section also highlights efforts towards:
- Promoting a workforce in Mazda’s China operations that respects diversity.
- Initiatives led by women who formed quality control circles and proposed changes to make the assembly line more friendly to female workers.
- Development of advanced safety technologies such as Mazda’s “Pre-crash Safety System”.

Global Environment and Mazda

- This section includes a transcript of the discussion between the project manager of the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE, the world’s first hydrogen-powered car to be leased commercially and a representative from one of its customers, Iwatani International Corporation.
- Development of the automobile industry’s first high-strength, heat-resistant bioplastic that can be used for vehicle interiors.

Achievements in FY2005
This section showcases initiatives for stakeholders, including information on:

- Customers: introduction of the Visual IT Presentation system, a tool that explains various features of a vehicle in a way that is easy to understand for potential customers.
- Suppliers: Green Plan Procurement guidelines were issued in May 2005.
- Shareholders/investors: Mazda achieved a “FTSE4 Good” rating in recognition of its CSR activities.
- Employees: introduction of the “Family of Experts” system that promotes employment after retirement.
- Community/Society: Mazda supported social action initiatives, including a program to protect wildlife in South Africa and a non-profit organization that supports sick children in Italy. Our overseas organizations, such as the Mazda Foundation of New Zealand (which was established in November 2005) also undertake various activities.

Environmental Initiatives

- The report also highlights the “Mazda Green Plan 2010”, a mid-term environmental plan which is focused on achieving more eco-friendly emissions.
There are a total of 33 environmental targets set for 2010, such as the drive to recycle vehicles and reduce global warming. It also includes the results from FY2005.
- Environmental accounting has been expanded to include overseas data.
Funds allocated to environmental conservation (by Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan) totaled 47.87 billion yen (180 million yen more than last year).
- Emissions of chemical substances (Pollution Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) listed substances) have been reduced by 52 percent since FY1998.


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