Kurita Water Industries established the Kurita Water and Environment Foundation in 1997 (converted into a public interest incorporated foundation in 2009) with the aim of contributing to the promotion of science and technology relating to water and the environment. The Company and domestic Group companies make contributions to the Foundation each year to provide operating funds, and the Foundation uses these contributions as its operating expenses for research and studies relating to water and the environment as well as international exchange support.
The Foundation’s main activities include publicly soliciting research applications each year and then providing grants to researchers in Japan and other countries in Asia. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, grants were given to 123 projects,which were selected through examination. Furthermore, as a commemorative project for the Foundation’s 20th anniversary,the Foundation started a research project, “Sustainable Water Use in Development of Southeast Asian Countries,” and started a grant for master’s course students in water- or environmentrelated courses at the Asian Institute of Technology. The Foundation has provided grants for a total of 1,406 projects, amounting to roughly ¥729 million, since its establishment through to the end of March 2018.