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Coexistence with Communities: Social Contribution Activities

Our Social Contribution Activities

The Toyo Seikan Group CSR Policy states that the Group considers local communities as a significant stakeholder and that it aims to coexist with them through active participation in the communities. Our group companies have been individually engaged in social contribution activities in ways suitable for them, while understanding and respecting the cultures, customs and social circumstances of the counties and regions in which they operate.

Our global social contribution activities focus on coexistence with local communities and engagement in programs for children, who will be leaders of future generations.

Our Guidelines of Behavior also cites our commitment to social contribution, stipulating the following practice standards to be followed by all officers and employees of the Group.

<Article 8 of the Group’s Guidelines of Behavior>
Participation in the community and contribution to community development
We, as good corporate citizens, actively participate in the community and contribute to community development.

Active participation in the community

  • As a member of the Group, each of us understands the Group’s view on participation in the community, actively participates in the community and contributes to its development.
  • We actively join programs that promote healthy growth of children who will be the next generation’s leaders.
  • To build mutual trust with the international society and local communities, we understand the social environment of countries and regions where we operate and respect their cultures, customs and religions in conducting our business operations.

Online Classes for Students

We offer two online classes for students: the environmental education for elementary school students and the career education for junior and senior high school students. Using the active learning method, these programs are designed to help young people think about the future through the topics related to packaging. While meeting in person was difficult due to the COVID-19 outbreak during FY 2020, we provided both online and on-site programs for a total of 15 schools with 1,415 students attending.

During normal times, we join events at after-school child care centers and invite students to the Museum of Package and Culture for their field studies from time to time.

Internship Programs

Group companies provide internship opportunities for students to deepen understanding of society and work through practical experience. In fiscal 2020, Toyo Kohan invited five students from neighboring junior high schools and conducted a two-day training program to learn about production processes and experience actual work. Toyo Seikan also invited a total of 16 students from universities, colleges, high schools and facilities for the disabled. Outside Japan, its group companies in Thailand and China accepted a total of 16 interns during 2020.

Donation of Partitions to Elementary School

Nippon Tokan Package donated partitions to prevent the infection of COVID-19 for the 33 students of an elementary school near its Sendai Plant in Taiwa-cho, Miyagi.

The partitions made of transparent film framed with cardboard plate are designed to surround the desk of each student on three sides without obstructing their vision, put on the floor usually and placed on the desk when needed. The company has received a thanks letter from the school and messages from students. With the partitions, they say they can now play the recorder in the music class and enjoy chatting during lunch time, having their school life with more peace of mind.

The company will continue to be engaged in activities to support local communities.

Participation in a “Bell Mark” Project

Since 2016, the Toyohashi Plant of Toyo Seikan has been involved in the “Bell Mark No.1-in-Japan Project” of the city of Toyohashi. By joining the Bell Mark program, which is managed by a Japanese educational support foundation to provide fund for local schools, the plant collects Bell Marks as well as used ink and toner cartridges that are exchangeable into Bell Marks to help schools buy educational materials. In addition, sorting work of collected Bell Marks provides opportunities of practical training for children with disabilities.

Next-Generation Fostering Support

Toyo Kohan makes donation every year to the Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi, where its Kudamatsu Plant operates, for next-generation fostering activities. The donation is usually used to hold an art event, such as an ensemble music performance, hosted by the city for students from the first to ninth grades, but there was no such event for fiscal 2020 due to COVID-19. Instead, the donation was used to purchase musical instruments for students of brass bands at elementary and junior high schools in the city to help cultural and art education.

The company has received a letter of appreciation from the city stating that the new instruments have encouraged the students, who have few opportunities to show their performance amid the pandemic.

Joining TABLE FOR TWO

Since February 2018, the Group’s head office building has participated in the TABLE FOR TWO initiative. Buying a specific healthy meal at the canteen automatically makes a donation of 20 yen to school lunch programs in developing countries. As of the end of fiscal 2021, we have donated a total of 299,050 yen to the initiative. We are also sending out information about this activity to employees using display panels.

Joining TABLE FOR TWO

Social Contribution Activities Outside Japan

Three group companies in Thailand (Bangkok Can Manufacturing, Next Can Innovation, and Global Eco-can Stock (Thailand)) joined social support activities, including a donation campaign for a COVID-19 aid fund, rice planting and harvesting, and donation of lunches, stationaries and sports equipment for children. Meanwhile, Toyo Pack (Changshu) in China donated 3,000 face masks to the industrial zone of Changshu City, and Toyo Filling International in Thailand donated needed goods for students of nearby schools and for patients at hospitals. We will continue our social contribution activities closely linked to local communities.

Cooperation with Local Governments at Emergency

Nippon Tokan Package has signed disaster relief agreements with the local governments stated below for providing corrugated cardboard products for people at evacuation sites to alleviate their suffering during disasters such as earthquakes and floods. These products include cardboard beds and partitions. As a member of the communities in which we operate, we will do our best to support them by utilizing our expertise and experiences in the event of an emergency.

Signed date Region / Name of agreement
July 2019

Sakura City, Tochigi
Agreement on provision of emergency supplies and other relief services in disasters

June 2020

Soka City, Saitama
Agreement on provision of cardboard beds and other emergency supplies in disasters

July 2020

Anjo City, Aichi
Agreement on accommodation of facilities in disasters / Agreement on provision of cardboard products and other emergency supplies in disasters

July 2020

Taiwa-cho, Miyagi
Agreement on provision of emergency supplies in disasters

The Komaki Plant of Tokan Kogyo installed a solar power system in December 2020. The system, combining solar power generation and rechargeable batteries, is a self-sustaining, decentralized energy facility that can enhance disaster preparedness of the region while reducing carbon footprint. Even when the power grid shuts down, electricity will remain available with the combination of solar cells and batteries. The plant has also signed a disaster relief agreement with Komaki City for the use of its canteen as a temporary shelter for residents in the area in the event of a major disaster.

TOMATEC has cooperated with the local community in which its head office and Osaka Plant are located for the area’s disaster preparedness, setting up a signboard on a building near the site entrance to indicate the flooded water level in the event of a flood of the nearby river. The water level is estimated to be as high as 3 meters at the point. The signboard, which people will often see in their everyday life, is expected to raise their awareness of preparedness. The company also conducts earthquake and tsunami evacuation drills on a regular basis to confirm contingency procedures and evacuation routes.

Aid for Disaster-Hit Areas

The Group is engaged in support activities to aid relief and recovery efforts in areas struck by severe natural disasters. In fiscal 2020, we made a donation of 10 million yen through the Japanese Red Cross Society to relief efforts for the victims of the July 2020 torrential rains and floods on Kyushu island of Japan.

Major disaster relief donations

Year Disaster Amount donated Recipient
2020

July 2020 Kyushu Floods

10 million yen

Japanese Red Cross Society

2019

Typhoon Hagibis (No. 19 in 2019)

10 million yen

Japanese Red Cross Society

2018

July 2018 Western Japan Torrential Rain

10 million yen

Japanese Red Cross Society

2016

2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

10 million yen
Donation of containers
700 thousand paper cups for beverage
350 thousand paper bowls for food
12 thousand emergency toilet bags

Japanese Red Cross Society
13 municipalities with more than 1,000 evacuees that asked for paper containers

Blood Donation Campaign

The Toyo Seikan Group has been engaged in blood donation to contribute to local communities and society. In cooperation with the Japanese Red Cross Society, its group companies regularly conduct blood donation activities, in which employees participate at their workplace during working hours.

Despite the growing need for blood transfusion due to the aging population, the number of blood donors is decreasing year by year and young people’s contribution is strongly needed more than ever. Periodic blood donation at corporations is therefore an effective way for wider generations, including younger people, to cooperate in solving this issue.

In order to help secure a stable blood supply, we implemented the donation campaign during fiscal 2021 while taking preventive measures against COVID-19. Group companies in Thailand also conducted their regular blood donation campaigns in cooperation with the Thai Red Cross Society. We will continue with our commitment to social responsibility through blood donation both in Japan and abroad.

Donate N95 Masks to Medical Providers

In April 2020, we donated 1,220 pieces of N95 masks, from our emergency stockpile, to hospitals fighting against COVID-19 through the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation). This was in response to a shortage of medical supplies, including N95 masks, to protect healthcare workers from droplet infection.

We express our heartfelt respect to all those who are working at the forefront of the battle with COVID-19, and hope that the pandemic will be over as soon as possible. We will continue to provide every possible assistance as a whole group.

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