Sanyo Chemical Woodland Project
In 2009, as part of our new employee training, we carried out three sessions of our Sanyo Chemical Woodland Project at Wazukacho in Kyoto.
In 2017, we took part in the Yama Kids Cooperation Agreement and began actively working with external organizations by including Junior Green Clubs and other groups in our forestry efforts.
In the same year, we carried out our Woodland Project activities on three occasions with a total of 146 participants.
To encourage engagement with local communities and communicate the joy of forestry-related activities, each November we set up a booth at Wazukacho’s Chagenkyo Festival where visitors can come and try their hand at woodworking free of charge. This event offers a large number of people the chance to work directly with materials from the forest.
We also provide funding to the Kyoto Model Forest Association for their forestry efforts and help support woodland management in Wazukacho through forest thinning and other activities. In 2017, our donations contributed to the thinning of 3.08ha of forest with the effect of increasing the forest CO2 absorption potential by 12 tons.
Partnering with Local Communities
Twice a year in Kyoto’s major residential districts, we hold Community Monitoring Conferences where we work to build an ongoing discourse with community residents in order to better understand their opinions and needs and apply these to our corporate activities. In addition to this, each of our domestic and overseas factories carry out their own initiatives to increase communication with each of the districts in which they work.
In 2017, we received a request from a television network via Kawasaki City for permission to film from the roof of our SCC plant. While it was a bit rainy on the day, we were really excited to see the impressive nighttime views from our plant aired on TV
Donations, Funding and Support
In line with the donation standards set forth in our policies on social contributions, we provide funding and support to nature conservation funds, the Japan Chemical Industry Association’s Human Resources Fostering Program in Chemistry, and other related efforts. Each of our domestic and international offices also carry out their own donations and support initiatives.
Donations and Support Efforts
Policies on Social Contributions
As part of our effort to be a good corporate citizen, the Sanyo Chemical Group strives to create and continually develop a prosperous society for all.
The Sanyo Chemical Group has united with numerous social organizations and institutions to more effectively utilize available resources and to train the next generation of global leaders, while actively engaging in social efforts to solve today’s societal issues.
The Sanyo Chemical Group promises to disclose the results of its social contribution efforts and believes that sharing these results with greater society helps contribute to the creation and continued development of a prosperous society for all.
Supporting the Future, Bringing Dreams to Life
In September 2017, company employees, alumni, and their families (approximately 30 people in total) joined with 20 participants from outside volunteer groups and Junior Green Clubs to take part in the Sanyo Chemical Woodland Project.
|Teaching Chemistry at Local Elementary Schools||Since 1999, we have been making regular trips to elementary schools to foster interest in chemistry.
Junior staff from our research and production departments visit schools to teach classes, conduct experiments and discuss their experiences from working in the chemical manufacturing industry.
|The Kyoto Area: 8 schools from Kyoto City, Uji City, Kameoka City, and Otsu City|
|Nagoya Factory: 2 schools from Tokai City|
|Kashima Factory: 3 schools from Kamisu City|
|Participation in Kyoto’s Yama Kids Cooperation Agreement for the Sanyo Chemical Woodland Project||Junior Green Clubs and other groups within the Kyoto Yamashiro Promotion Bureau joined in the Sanyo Chemical Woodland Project as part of an assembly related to the Yama Kids Cooperation Agreement. This agreement was formed to strengthen ties between the Kyoto Model Forest Association and Junior Green Clubs.||In September 2017, company employees, alumni, and their families (approximately 30 people in total) joined with 20 participants from outside volunteer groups and Junior Green Clubs to take part in the Sanyo Chemical Woodland Project.|
|Donating harvested Tanada rice to cafeterias for children in Kawasaki City||In a merger between SCC, Shio Kemi and the labor union’s Kawasaki branch, we engaged in rice cultivation under the “Umi no Mieru Tanada” program.||We donated 60kg of harvested rice to children’s cafeterias in Kawasaki City (two facilities).|
|Experimental Booth at the Youth Science Festival at Kamisu Assembly Hall||This event was hosted by the Japan Science Foundation. Here, elementary and middle school-aged children got the chance to experience the excitement of discovery and wonders of science firsthand.||The Kashima Factory set up an experimental booth under the theme of Chemistry in Everyday Life.|
|Investigative Collaboration with Third Year Students at Mukojima Junior High School (Kyoto City Fushimi-ku)||By engaging with current company employees, this venture aimed to give students a concrete vision for the future and to cultivate the attitude and desire necessary to think proactively about upcoming career choices.||25 third-year students from Mukojima Junior High School visited our head office.
During their visit, we introduced our business and day-to-day operations through student-led interviews and experiments with super-absorbent resins as well as product introductions at our information gallery.
|A Day at Work with Higashiyama-izumi Elementary and Junior High School Students||The Kyoto City Board of Education runs a program aimed at helping students become more aware of human relationships and of themselves as members of society. It challenges them to explore different ways of living and, based on their interests, gives them the opportunity to think about their own lives through firsthand experiences at companies, daycares, nursing facilities and more.||We accepted 4 eighth-grade students (equivalent to the second year of junior high school) from Higashiyama-izumi Elementary and Junior High School to come and manage our disaster prevention equipment and conduct measurements using our electron microscopes at our head office, research laboratory, and Kyoto factory. The students were also able to take part in our company calisthenics and cleaning duties as well as eat lunch in our cafeteria, giving them a hands-on experience of a full day at work.|
|Darunee Scholarship Fund||This scholarship program is run by the Minsai Center Japan.
Since 2015, it has been providing support to junior high school students in Thailand, where our subsidiary Sanyo Kasei Thailand (SKT) is located.
|By collecting unused stamps, misprinted postcards, and ink cartridges from our employees, we have been able to provide scholarships in a total of 16 categories (equivalent to that of 6 Thai junior high school students) over the past three years.|
|Kashima Factory Tour for Students from the Komaba Toho Junior and Senior High School Chemistry Department||At the request of the acting adviser to the Komaba Toho Junior and Senior High School’s Chemistry Department, we gave a factory tour to a group of visiting students.||In August 2017, 41 students from the Komaba Toho Junior and Senior High School Chemistry Department visited our Kashima Factory. After providing an explanation of the plant, we took them on a factory tour and let them take part in chemical experiments using our products.|
|Hiyoshigaoka High School Career Seminar on Initiatives in Problem-solving – Experiences for Cultivating Autonomous Learning –||This independent program run by Kyoto Municipal Hiyoshigaoka High School is intended to assist students in acquiring effective presentation and problem-solving skills by introducing them to some of the challenges they will face after entering the workforce.||In collaboration with the Kyoto City Higashiyama Ward Office, we presented two themes over the course of a year and provided advice and comments on the students’ presentations in our capacity as instructors.|
|Future Forum for Female High School Students||In a collaborative exchange with female employees from companies working on cutting-edge technologies, we introduced female high-school students to model cases of female employees successfully balancing their professional and private lives in order to help them develop a more concrete vision for their future workforce participation.||Employee participation as instructors
August 2017 Kyoto Prefectural Nishimaizuru High School
November 2017 Kyoto Prefectural Nanyo Junior/Senior High School
|Overseas Research Students||Accepted internship students studying agricultural chemicals in the field of science and engineering as part of the IAESTE program (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience)||Accepted internship students majoring in material sciences at TU Dortmund University from July through September of 2017|
|Collaborated in an international internship program between TU Dortmund University and Kyoto University||Accepted internship students majoring in chemical engineering at TU Dortmund University from October through December of 2017|
We received a Certificate of Appreciation from IAESTE
At the General Conference of the IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) held in January of 2018, we were recognized and received a certificate of appreciation for our 35-year history of accepting IAESTE foreign-exchange students looking to gain technical experience.