We collaborate with local government agencies, educational and research institutions, and other organizations to promote science, technology, education, culture, and welfare in local communities. In addition, by voluntarily and continuously promoting various activities such as donating to universities, medical institutions, NPOs and other organizations, crime prevention, and traffic safety, we make contributions to society.

Social contribution policy

As a good corporate citizen, we contribute to the realization of an enriched society and sustained development.

  • Our efforts
    By joining forces with a wide cross-section of society and effectively using available resources, we proactively engage in social contribution activities toward the development of human resources who will lead the next generation and continue to provide solutions to social issues
  • Response to the needs of countries/regions
    By sharing the philosophy of social contribution within the group and coordinating with the group bases in countries and regions, we will develop social contribution activities in accordance with the circumstances surrounding the individual countries and regions.
  • Information disclosure
    By disclosing information and openly sharing the results of social contributions with society, we contribute to the realization of an enriched society and sustained development.

Kyoto traditional industry

In Kyoto, there are 74 categories of traditional industries, including Nishijin textile, Kyoto Yuzen dyeing, and Kiyomizu ware, all of which are renowned both in Japan and overseas. However, traditional industries in Kyoto have been in a predicament, due to a decline in shipment value and a lack of successors. With the survival of some of these categories at risk, the stagnation of Kyoto’s traditional industries has become a matter of social concern in the region.
In February 2021, we launched the “Kyoto Culture x Technology of Sanyo Chemical Group = XX Innovation” project, which revitalizes Kyoto traditional industries by Sanyo Chemical Group technologies.
Driven by the passion of each and every employee to leverage our company’s strengths to contribute to the revitalization of Kyoto’s traditional industries as a chemical company nurtured in Kyoto, we will continue to take on challenges in collaboration with Kyoto City and Kyoto Prefecture.

Current status of the project

At present, we have six Traditional Industry teams, consisting of about 40 members in total. These projects are being conducted with Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, and various industry associations. These teams are working with Kyoto Prefecture and various industry associations to contribute to society through our technology, starting with Kyoto City. As future goals, we are also considering the establishment of the Sanyo Chemical Kyoto Traditional Industry Development Fund as a subsidy program for fostering bearers of traditional industries, and the conclusion of an agreement with Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, and the Kyoto Municipal Industrial Technology Research Institute for the purpose of supporting traditional industries. Through these activities, we want to revitalize the traditional industries of Kyoto, thereby contributing to our local communities.

On-site chemistry lessons

In each area where our business sites are located, young employees from our research facilities and factories offer on-site chemistry lessons at elementary schools while serving as teachers. In FY2022, we offered lessons at a total of 12 schools in the Kyoto area (Head Office/Head Office Research Laboratory, Katsura Research Laboratory) and the areas where the Nagoya and Kashima factories are located, while taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For the Kyoto area, on March 22, 2023, we received a letter of appreciation from Kyoto City and the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry for our 20 years of continuous contribution to the environmental learning project for elementary school students.

Award Certificates of Appreciation from Kyoto

Award Certificates of Appreciation from Kyoto

Chemistry Classes Held in FY2022

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District Number of schools Date of implementation School,
Event Name
Target grade (year) Number of participants (persons) Total number of participants (persons)
Kyoto Area 6 October 12, 2022 Kyoto City Arashiyama Elementary School 5 52 335
November 16, 2022 Kyoto City Uji Hiramori Elementary School 4 and 5 45
December 9, 2022 Kyoto City Tatehigashi Yamazumi Elementary and Junior High School 6 93
January 13, 2023 Kyoto City Rikkyo Kita Daigo Elementary School 6 27
February 2, 2023 Otsu City Wakai Elementary School 6 72
March 7, 2023 Kameoka City Chotoku Elementary School 6 46
Nagoya Factory 2 February 16, 2023 Tokai City Niwa Elementary School 5 160 250
February 22, 2023 Tokai Midoriyo Elementary School 5 90
Kashima Factory 4 November 26 and 27, 2022 Workshop Collection in Cali☆Fes Kamisu Age 5 and up 70*1 255*2
December 6, 2022 Kamisu City Uematsu Elementary School 6 80
January 19, 2023 Kamisu City Suda Elementary School 6 38
February 2, 2023 Kamisu City Onohara Nishi Elementary School 4 67
  1. An estimate of the number of participants in the event
  2. Includes estimated number of event participants


In FY2022, we cooperated with an international internship program between the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany and Kyoto University, and accepted one international student majoring in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund to our Research Department from October to November.

Sanyo Chemical Forestry

We have been conducting the Sanyo Chemical Woodland project in Wazuka Town, Souraku-gun, Kyoto Prefecture since FY2009 as a part of the Kyoto Model Forest Initiative (efforts made by Kyoto Prefecture to protect and nurture the forests in Kyoto together with Kyoto citizens who have been receiving the blessings of the forests).
With the cooperation of Wazuka Town, where the project is carried out, the Kyoto Prefecture Yamashiro Wide Area Promotion Bureau, the Kyoto Model Forest Association, and the Kyoto Forest Instructors Association, our employees and their families volunteer in activities such as providing a logging experience program and maintaining walking trails. In FY2022, the Sanyo Chemical Woodland project was held three times in total, including one time during new employee training (total number of participants: 164 people).
In addition, we provide funding to the forest management fund of the Kyoto Model Forest Association to give support to the forest management project (thinning, etc.) in Wazuka Town.
The results for FY2022 were a thinning area of 2.4 ha and an increase in CO2 absorption capacity of 10.6 ton-CO2 per year.

Terraced rice field preservation

San Chemical Co., Ltd. has been conducting rice farming in Futagotanada, Chiba Prefecture. San Chemical Co., Ltd. conducts rice planting at the end of April, cut grass on a monthly basis, and reap rice during the end of August to early September. The harvest rice is distributed to the employees who participated and donated it to a local children’s cafeteria. In FY2022, the area of terraced rice fields covered was 400 m2, the rice harvest was 270 kg, and the total number of participants was 71 people (number of events: 14).

Donations (domestic)

Through the Sanyo Chemical Foundation for Social Contribution, we make donations that have been requested in connection with our projects and that we wish to make on our own.


(unit: million yen)

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FY 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Social contribution expenditure: Total amount (million JPY) 24.0 39.9 24.2 36.4 34.9
Donations by Item 1.Support for academics mainly concerning chemistry 14.4 17.0 14.8 27.0 14.1
2.Support for human resource development 0.8 2.2 3.1 0.3 2.3
3.Support for the preservation of art and culture, mainly in Kyoto 1.1 1.5 0.5 1.0 4.1
4.Support for environmental conservation activities 1.1 11.0 1.6 1.6 1.5
5.Support for social contribution activities wherever possible according to local social needs and requirements 6.6 8.1 4.2 6.5 13.0
  • Expenditures of Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. until FY2019. Expenditures of SANYO CHEMICAL Foundation for Social Contribution since September 2019
    (In FY2019, sum of Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. and SANYO CHEMICAL Foundation for Social Contribution)

Support for Paralym Art

We support the independence of artists with disabilities as an official partner of Paralym Art, which is operated by the Shougaisha Jiritsu Suishin Kikou Association. Paralym Art is an activity that promotes the social participation and economic independence of people with disabilities through artistic expression.

Overseas subsidiaries and affiliates

Major support activities


In May 2023, San-Dia Polymers (Nantong) Co., Ltd. (SDN) carried out cleanup activities such as picking up litter at a park near the company as part of its environmental protection activities.


Sanyo Kasei (Thailand) Ltd. (SKT) provided support to villagers and those concerned who were affected by floods in September 2022.


SDP GLOBAL (MALAYSIA) SDN. BHD. (SDPM) conducted cleanup activities as Go Green activities at a nearby beach in Johor State.

We also provide various other support, and will continue to work to resolve social issues overseas.

Cleaning up a park near SDN

Supporting victims of floods in Thailand

Cleaning up the coast near SDPM

Donation activities

In FY2022 as well, overseas subsidiaries and affiliates made donations to their neighboring schools and other organizations.

SDN donated about 80 sets of examination review materials worth about NT$20,000 to third-year junior high school students in China

SKN presents a large liquid product display to a local high school in Nantong, China

SKT donates to construction of dedicated cerebral palsy ward in Thailand