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United Nations World Food Programme recognizes NEC contributions

- NEC continues support of the WFP’s school feeding programmes -

Tokyo, Japan – February 4, 2015NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced its recognition by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) (*1) for its contributions to the WFP’s school feeding programmes (*2). The WFP presented NEC with a plaque of recognition for the company’s innovative program of donating proceeds to the WFP from the sale of stockpiled rice at NEC’s internal cafeterias and shops.

(Left) Mr. Stephen Anderson, Director, Japan Relations Office, The United Nations World Food Programme,
(Right) Mr. Susumu Makihara, senior vice president, NEC

NEC has been promoting this unique programme since 2010, where the company provides rice that was originally stockpiled for response to disaster needs at the company’s cafeterias and shops, then uses the proceeds to help the WFP fight hunger and poverty. This rice was originally stockpiled for relief purposes in the event of a disaster and still has six months remaining on its best-before date. Moreover, this is the second time the WFP has recognized NEC for its contributions, including a plaque of gratitude that was received in February 2011.

Going forward, NEC will continue contributing to the WFP as part of the volunteer NEC Make-a-Difference Drive (*3).

Details on the presentation ceremony and contributions are as follows:

- Date: February 3, 2016
- Presenter:  Mr. Stephen Anderson, Director, Japan Relations Office, The United Nations World Food Programme
- Total sum since 2010: Approximately 50,000 US Dollars
- Period: From the Fiscal Year 2010 through 2015. Stockpiled rice was donated to the affected areas of Great East Japan Earthquake in the Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013.
- Profile of the Programme: Providing rice that was originally stockpiled for disaster relief and has six months remaining before its best-before date to company cafeterias and shops. Approximately 0.36 US dollars from each purchase of stockpiled rice from an NEC location is donated to the programme.


  • (*1)The United Nations World Food Programme:
    The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.
  • (*2)The WFP’s School Feeding Programmes
  • (*3)NEC Make-a-Difference Drive (MDD)
    The NEC MDD started in 1999, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of NEC, as an initiative in regional community contribution activities with NEC Group members volunteering under the slogan "Act where possible, little by little. Think Globally, Act Locally". The objective of the NEC MDD is to contribute to solving problems in local communities, to foster a sociocentric corporate mentality, and to enhance corporate value by making regional contributions through community activities in various parts of the world.

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