GC, as a dental manufacturer, considers excellence in its core business to be the most important mission. We will grow into a more trusted company by interacting with society through our core business.
There are three main reasons behind establishing the foundation. First is to help with disease prevention on global scale. Second is the aging of the population and the specific pressures that puts on dentists to care for their geriatric patients. And third is to assist higher education and scientific research. These are the three pillars of the vision of the Nakao Foundation.
EARTH DAY CLEAN UP (MAY 2019)
(Alsip, IL; May 4, 2019) — GC America associates and their families participated in the Village of Alsip’s Earth Day Clean Up Event this past Saturday. GC America was one of three local companies participating in the clean-up event. Thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday morning to help out.
GC AMERICA INC. SPONSORS BREMEN HIGH SCHOOL IN THE SOUTHWORKS ENGINEERING AND ROBOTICS OLYMPICS (APRIL 2019)
GC America Inc. had the opportunity to sponsor the Bremen High School Robotics Club to participate in the Southworks Engineering and Robotics Olympics, which was overseen by the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation. This is the second year that GC has sponsored Bremen High School through this program, which included a lot of the same high school students participating in the competition again.
The team entered two robots in the Sumo Event as part of the Olympics, as well as two catapults in the catapult competition. In the catapult competition, one of the teams came in second place! They had very good accuracy with launching the balls very close to the target; the team lost slightly to a more experienced team. In the Sumo Event, both teams won their initial rounds. The team named Bremen 1 made it all the way to the finals, narrowly losing out to the champions. Bremen 2 lost in the second round to a very strong team, but still showed a great effort. All of the students had a great time with the competition and were very thankful that GC was able to sponsor their high school to build and participate in this event! We are looking forward to hopefully participating again next year and in future years to come.
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GC AMERICA INC. IS CERTIFIED TO THE ISO 14001:2015 – ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (APRIL 2019)
(Chicago, IL; April 8, 2019) — GC America Inc. proudly announces our Environmental Management System (EMS) has been certified to ISO 14001:2015 by the NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR), a highly respected notification body. To become ISO 14001:2015 certified, GC America underwent a rigorous auditing process led by NSF-ISR. This achievement demonstrates GC America’s commitment to a sustainable manufacturing operation that protects the environment and local communities. GC America now proudly bears the NSF mark, to assure customers, retailers and regulators that we hold Corporate Social Responsibility at the core of our company’s values.
AMERICA’S TOOTHFAIRY PRESENTS EDUCATIONAL GRANT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY (FEBRUARY 2019)
(Chicago, IL; February 25, 2019) — As part of its mission to support oral health education for underserved communities, America’s ToothFairy awarded a $5,000 grant to the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. The presentation, which took place at their annual Celebration of Smiles event held February 21st during the Chicago Dental Society’s MidWinter Meeting, was part of America’s ToothFairy’s Chicago Smiles Initiative.
In Chicago 63% of third graders have cavities and more than half go untreated. The initiative, which is sponsored by GC America, supports service delivery and caregiver education, and reinforces the importance of oral health for the entire family. Last year, the initiative helped 19,298 children and 11,583 caregivers in and around Chicago receive oral health education.
“The Pediatric Dentistry Clinic provided clinical services and oral health education for 9,692 children last year and is training tomorrow’s dentists as part of the University’s College of Dentistry," said Jill Malmgren, Executive Director of America’s ToothFairy, during the presentation. “We are so pleased to support their work in the coming year with the help from GC America!”
GC America’s Director of Regulatory and Academic Affairs, Dr. Mark Heiss, was on hand to participate in the presentation. “GC America works closely with Chicago-area schools to promote oral health education,” Dr. Heiss said. “We are very proud to serve our community as Title Sponsor for this important initiative and partner with America’s ToothFairy to meet the oral health needs not only for kids living in and around Chicago, but across the country.”
The grant was received on behalf of the University of Illinois at Chicago by Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Marcio de Fonseca.
GC AMERICA PROUDLY PROMOTES THE ARTICLE: MANAGING OUR OLDER POPULATION: THE CHALLENGES AHEAD (AUGUST 2018)
GC America Inc. is very pleased to announce the publication of the Journal of Dental Research Article, Managing Our Older Population: The Challenges Ahead, cowritten by Mr. Makoto Nakao, Chairman and CEO of GC International.
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GC AMERICA SUPPORTS INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH AMONG CHILDREN IN CHICAGO AND BEYOND (MAY 2018)
(Charlotte, NC) — In Chicago 63% of third graders have cavities and more than half go untreated. Thanks to a collaboration between GC America and America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Health Foundation (NCOHF), caregivers will be provided with the basic tools for home oral care and education. GC America’s $100,000 philanthropic investment as Title Sponsor for the 2018 Chicago Smiles Initiative will help support operational expenses and efforts to overcome significant barriers faced by under-served families in Chicago and surrounding areas with an emphasis on the education of grandparents, parents and other adult caregivers.
Under-served families face tremendous obstacles in accessing dental care, which include low oral health literacy, financial hardship, lack of transportation, limited clinic hours, difficulty identifying dental providers who can provide preventive and follow up care, and a low number of providers. Serving thousands of families, the Chicago Smiles Initiative will help support service delivery, educate caregivers, and reinforce the importance of oral health for the entire family.
“We are focused on access to care, prevention and education,” said Jill Malmgren, Executive Director of NCOHF. “We are very grateful for GC America’s continued support and value their partnership in improving children’s oral health outcomes.”
“GC America has already worked with Chicago-area schools to support oral health educational programming for students,” said Steve Fletcher, CEO of GC America and NCOHF Board member. “We are excited to work with America’s ToothFairy to make sure families in Chicago and beyond have the tools and information to reinforce those lessons at home.”
DENTAL UNITS DONATION FOR POBBA THIRI DENTAL HOSPITAL IN MYANMAR (APRIL 2018)
The Pobba Thiri Dental Hospital was established in 2016 as a national hospital for the first time in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar, which has developed remarkably in recent years. This hospital is expected to further develop as a base of oral health care in Myanmar. GC Corporation contributed 3 Dental Units (Sovereign) to the Pobba Thiri Dental Hospital and a contribution ceremony was held at the site on February 19th, 2018. Myanmar Administration Official, President Nakao and Mr. Watanabe, Chairman of the Japan Myanmar Association attended this ceremony.
After the ribbon-cutting opening ceremony, a site inspection and a lunch gathering was held with many hospital staff. In the afternoon, the group visited Dr. Myint Htwe, the Union Minister of Myanmar (Ministry of Health and Sports). GC promised to cooperate and support the Myanmar government continually, not only with materials, but also in education and training of the dental health care staff for the improvement of oral health in Myanmar.
After the discussion, President Nakao received a certificate of appreciation from the minister. Four GC Corporation Associates (Mr. Saruya - President of GC Communications, Mr. Kurashima, Mr. Mizutani and Mr. Koshiba) worked hard on executing activities involving the communication/negotiation with the Myanmar government, the Pobba Thiri Dental Hospital and the Japan Myanmar Association on the installation of the dental units to the Pobba Thiri Dental Hospital.
LOCAL STUDENTS BRUSH UP ON ORAL HEALTH THANKS TO GC AMERICA (FEBRUARY 2018)
Students at three Alsip elementary schools learned how to protect their smiles from tooth decay thanks to a new, interactive classroom education program launched by GC America. Staff from GC America, Alsip's largest employer, kicked off the program by visiting the schools on January 24-25 to quiz students on their oral health knowledge and provide demonstrations of proper dental care. Each of the more than 200 third grade students who participated also received an oral care kit with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.
Improving oral health is an important focus for child health advocates in Illinois. Though largely preventable, pediatric dental disease is the most common chronic, untreated disease among children in the U.S. In Illinois, more than 22% of children have untreated tooth decay, according to the 2016 Statewide Oral Health Assessment published by the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Michael Reese Health Trust.
The program is already gaining positive attention with many educators requesting classroom visits. Responding to high demand, GC America plans to expand the program to first and second grade students within the Alsip School District as well as additional school districts during the 2018-2019 school year.
The program receives valuable support from America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation, which provided educational materials and oral care products for the program.
"Children with good oral health experience better overall health, perform better in school and miss fewer school days," said Dr. Mark Heiss, Director of Regulatory and Academic Affairs for GC America. "GC America is proud to support oral health educational programming for students in our Alsip schools, helping ensure they have the tools they need for optimal oral health, well-being and success."
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PUERTO RICO RELIEF EFFORT (DECEMBER 2017)
"There are no words to thank you for this!!!! The support received has been overwhelming. Thanks for all that GC has done for the people of Puerto Rico, our dental school and its academic community. We will be using the materials for the treatment and comfort of those in shelters and hard hit areas. Once again thank you; you've been a blessing this Holiday season."
- Ana N. Lopez, DMD, MPH, FACD (Dean University of Puerto Rico)
DR. BRIAN NOVY'S MISSION TRIP TO NICARAGUA (JUNE 2017)
"We have sealed over 4,700 teeth with GC Fuji TRIAGE® and prevented cavities in almost 500 kids. That may not sound significant, but the notion of preventing caries with glass ionomer sealants is really taking off in Nicaragua, and soon we will have enough data to demonstrate the true preventive effect.
Please convey to the rest of my GC Family how much I appreciate the continuous support and I wouldn't want to put any other product in a child's mouth - because it's clear that GC Fuji TRIAGE has the ability to dramatically decrease the incidence of tooth decay (just like the research indicates). With your continued support, we will continue to photograph every tooth each year, reseal if needed, and seal any tooth that has erupted since the last year. My goal is to publish a decade of data demonstrating a decrease in dental caries disease armed with a group of motivated dental students and glass ionomer."
- Dr. Brian Novy
EXTERNAL RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS
GC America Joins America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation as Underwriting Partner
(June 28, 2016) — Dental products manufacturer, GC America, announced today it will further its commitment to improve the health and well-being of underserved children by becoming an Underwriting Partner of America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation. GC America's support will be used to expand delivery of vital oral health educational, preventive, and treatment services for at-risk children and youth across the country.
Awarded the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry's Award for Distinguished Services in Pharmaceutical Affairs
President Makoto Nakao was awarded the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry's Award for Distinguished Services in Pharmaceutical Affairs in 2004. The award was given to President Nakao for his diligent efforts in the field of pharmaceutical affairs and hygiene, for his contribution to public health. A total of 91 individuals were awarded in 2004, but President Nakao was the only one from the dental industry.
Awarded the Insignia of Commander of the Crown of Belgium
In 1995, President Makoto Nakao was awarded the Insignia of Commander of the Crown of Belgium from the Kingdom of Belgium. The relationship between GC and Belgium dates back to 1972, when we opened our European branch in Kortrijk. Subsequently, we built a new office and warehouse in Leuven, near the capital Brussels, in 1984. We also constructed our first European plant in Belgium in 1989 and the second European plant in 1994. Our investment in Belgium over the years, and its positive benefits in stimulating the local economy and creating jobs, has been recognized by the country.
Our Fuji Oyama Factory offers tours for the dental students and our customers in order to show them first-hand how GC products are made, in hope that it helps deepen their understanding of our advanced technologies and commitment to product quality, and in the process it helps create enthusiastic supporters of the GC name. The plant also communicates with residents in the neighboring community to explain the efforts we are making to reduce the negative impact on the environment and provide opportunities for them to become more interested in their dental and oral health.
Tour guides are selected from among associates, and appointed guides study our products in detail to gain in-depth knowledge so that they can share it with visitors. Additionally, they create tour brochures themselves and strive every day to give better tours.
|Plant Tour Participants (2007)||Number of Tours||Approximate Number of Visitors|
|Students from dental universities, dental technician/hygenist training courses||20||650|
|Residents living near the plant||5||100|
|Guests from overseas||7||200|
Achievement of Zero Waste Plant and Cleanup Around Plant
The Fuji Oyama Factory became a "zero waste" plant in September 2007. All waste materials generated from the plant are classified and recycled/reused.
In addition to reducing waste within the facility, the plant is making the neighboring community cleaner by organizing a bi-annual community cleanup event. This year a total of 360 people participated in the cleanup event.
TEAM MINUS 6%
GC is a member of a national project called "Team Minus 6%", launched to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6% and help Japan keep its promise in the Kyoto Protocol, which came into effect in February 2005.
"Toshio Nakao Chair" at University of Leuven in Belgium
In 1999, the "Toshio Nakao Chair" was established at University of Leuven in Belgium. The course, whose title features the name of our former president, is taught by Dr. B. Van Meerbeek, a world-renowned researcher of dental bonding technique, and other talented staff. The seminar is recognized as one of the premier research vehicles in the field of dental preservation and dental material science.
IADR Toshio Nakao Fellowship
The IADR Toshio Nakao Fellowship was established in 1994. The program provides a scholarship of US $15,000 to dental material researchers belonging to the IADR (International Association for Dental Research). As a member of the international business community, GC will contribute to the fostering of people and research programs that help create a better tomorrow.
GC FUJI IX
Under a joint research project with the WHO (World Health Organization) on the development of technologies and materials suitable for the dental-treatment environment in developing countries, GC developed a high-strength glass ionomer cement called "GC Fuji IX." GC Fuji IX can be used with a dental procedure known as ART (Atraumatic Restorative Treatment), which does not require special technology or machinery. GC Fuji IX was introduced by the WHO on World Health Day in 1994 as an innovative restorative method that can be implemented in developing countries where complete facilities are not available and the standards of hygiene are low.
The technology has been applied in numerous countries since then. GC Fuji IX is also widely used in industrialized nations as a restorative method in keeping with today's emphasis on retaining the tooth structure. The theme of the 1994 World Health Day was "Oral Health of A Healthy Life." The year 1994 was designated as the "Year of Oral Health", and GC served as an official supporter as a global dental company contributing to the cause of WHO activity. The circle of efforts to enhance oral health is expanding throughout the world.