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Yamaha Motor Signs UN Volunteers Partnership Agreement, First in Japan for Private-sector Company - Supporting United Nations Volunteers in Indian BoP Improvement Projects at UN Agencies -

June 28, 2016

IWATA, June 28, 2016—Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced today that it has concluded a partnership agreement with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV)* programme on June 28. This marks the first partnership in Japan between a private-sector company and the UNV. Based on this agreement and working through the UNV, one employee will be placed in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India for one year from August this year to July 2017 in order to support BoP improvement projects through the use of renewable energy.

  Yamaha Motor, which earns approximately 90% of its consolidated net sales overseas, considers the globalization of human resources to be one of its highest management priorities. To this end, the company is taking initiatives such as hiring staff of overseas nationalities, bringing employees from overseas Group companies for training in Japan, implementing systems for Japanese staff to train and study overseas, and proactively appointing overseas executive staff.

    Yamaha Motor is positioning this initiative to send an employee to the UNV as not only making a contribution to international society, but also creating a platform in which globally-performing human resources can challenge themselves, and therefore plans to continue with this partnership.

    Since the 1960s, Yamaha Motor has been growing businesses in developing countries such as in Africa and Central and South America which have made a positive difference to people’s standards of living. The company recognizes that cooperation with the United Nations will become increasingly important in order to continue business activities which work toward resolving issues in international society. The company also hopes that this initiative to send employees to the UNV will become a catalyst to further strengthen its relationship with the United Nations.

Profile of the employee placed at UNDP India Office through UNV

Name Mr. Kenji MORI
Affiliated department at Yamaha Motor Area Marketing Division,Overseas Market Development Operation Business Unit
Main duties at Yamaha Motor Engine and drivetrain components research and development
Location of assignment UNDP India Office
Duties to be perfomed Surveys on the state of and creation of methods to measure and validate renewable energy spread amongst BoP; conducting performance evaluation, collating implementation technology, and preparing diffusion roadmaps for equipment utilizing solar heating; creation of reports to related agencies and publicity materials
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. They work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated, and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and to promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For more information about UNV, please visit
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