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Contribution to Communities and Society
"The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" were set out at a "UN Sustainable Development Summit" in September 2015. They consist of 17 goals and 169 targets that need to be addressed globally by the year 2030 in order to safeguard the human race and the planet, as we continue to work towards enriching all of our lives.
Based on the SDGs, UN member countries are required to make an effort to achieve goals in areas such as poverty, hunger, energy, climate change and peace by the year 2030. Companies are also expected to make a contribution.
We recognize that creating a sustainable society is essential for the growth and development of the Company. As a corporate citizen, we engage in a range of social contribution activities in addition to providing products and services with new values that help enrich people’s lives.
Support for the Next Generation
Fostering Globally Competitive Individuals
We have been involved with the “Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Young Ambassador Program”, a joint government-industry project for supporting students who wish to study overseas since FY2015. This program is aimed at fostering globally competitive individuals who will demonstrate their capabilities on the world stage in the future. Japanese companies make donations and regularly in cooperate with student selection and other processes as judges to send high school and university students, who are the potential future leaders of Japan, to various parts of the world.
Fostering Female Researchers
We participated in the event, "Summer Riko-Challe" for the first time in 2017. This event cohosted by the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Keidanren (the Japan Business Federation) is aimed at arousing interest in and promoting understanding of careers in the field of science and technology among female students. Thirteen female junior high school students from Saitama and other prefectures participated in the work experience at the Biological Research Laboratories and the exchange meeting with female researchers to deepen their interest in science and engineering.
▲Summer Riko-Challe at Biological Research Laboratories
Visiting Lecture to Elementary School and Internship Acceptance
We provide a various support activities for the next generation. Employees visited to elementary schools near the Chemical Research Laboratories and the Materials Research Laboratories for classes. At the Biological Science Laboratories, junior high school students had a work experience. Plants and laboratories accepted interns and dispatched part-time lectures.
▲Internship at Sodegaura Plant
Interaction with Local Residents
We hold plant tours and explanatory meetings on regular basis for local residents and schools. During these meetings we explain our initiatives for disaster prevention and environmental protection in an effort to show that the plants are safe and secure. We also participate in local beautification activities such as cleaning of public roads and nearby stations around the plants, and activities for planting flowers together with local residents.
TOPICS：Cherry blossom festival at Onoda Plant
Onoda Plant takes place a Cherry blossom festival every year to develop the deep and warm personal relationship with local residents. This festival marked the 27th on April 7, 2018 since Onoda Plant started the event in 1990. Everyone was able to feel a sense of unity with the enthusiasm of staff of Onoda Plant through a variety of hand-made programs. It blew out the cold though it was slightly chilly day.
We have been engaged in welfare fund activities since 1997 as a part of our activities for contributing to local communities. These activities are carried out at the head office and individual offices, plants, laboratories, and group companies. They are also conducted as joint projects. In these activities, there are cases that staff members visit welfare facilities and ask them what items they need before considering what to donate. Overall, the activities are carried out in a community-based manner.
TOPICS：Welfare Fund Activities (Extraordinary Contributions to Commemorate the 130th Anniversary)
FY2017 is the 20th anniversary of the Welfare Fund, the group made extraordinary contributions in three districts: Toyama, Sanyo Onoda (Yamaguchi Prefecture), and Saitama as one of the events commemorating the 130th anniversary of Nissan Chemical’s foundation. We were able to donate expensive goods that were truly needed in the field of welfare and that were difficult to donate in ordinary years, such as welfare vehicles, to support facilities for the disabled and extraordinary nursing homes for the elderly.