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■“Building Bright Futures with Haircutting Scissors” Japanese Hairdressers Volunteered in Cambodia (2008/11/13)

■“Building Bright Futures with Haircutting Scissors”
Japanese Hairdressers Volunteered in Cambodia

Today, expectations for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have been rising. To respond to demands for CSR, many companies have been promoting their own CSR activities. So has Henkel Japan Ltd. From October 14 to October 18, 2008, hairdressing vocational training was being held by Henkel Japan Ltd., Tokyo (Schwarzkopf Professional Division) at the House for Youths in Battambang, Cambodia.

Two stylish trainers from the Schwarzkopf Mr. Daisuke Iwasaki and Takahiro Nakano flew from Japan and gave lessons to Cambodian youths. We invited residents of the House for youths, as well as young people from neighboring communities who desire to become hairdressers, to the five-day vocational training. Some of them had already started vocational training at local hair salons.

Mr. Iwasaki and Nakano trained 13 participants, ranging from 16 to 22 years of age, and made an enormous contribution: all trainees could learn modern hair design and higher-level techniques that enable them to find better jobs.

In Cambodia, vocational training programs remain very traditional and basic; vocational students rarely or never receive advanced career training. However, it is very ironic that, in Cambodia, only a few employment locations are available for those who have limited skills.

The vocational training offered by the Schwarzkopf inspired all participants. Some trainees are former street children, engaged in begging, while others were subjected to exploitation. Many had not received an adequate education due to poverty. The participants have been struggling with their personal issues, but through the vocational training, they became more confident and found their future goals. We believe that they will continuously strive to improve their skills.

We deeply appreciate Schwarzkopf’s generous contributions.

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