Contribution to industry and social initiatives
Fundraising for the U.N. World Refugee Day
Since 2006, the Group have donated the money to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the World Refugee Day (June 20), which was established by the United Nations. We have supported world refugees who have been driven out of their homes due to conflict, persecution, and disaster by donating the money to the UNHCR. Since 2012, we have continued to make matching donations in which the company contributes the same amount as donations from employees.
Summer School for Elementary School Students (Naoetsu)
The Naoetsu Plant has held an annual summer school, organized mainly by new employees, for local children in the upper grades of elementary school since 1975. It is a two-hour program, with the first half for learning and the second half for recreational activities. To prevent infection with the COVID-19, the event was not held in FY2020.
- *In FY2020, it was not implemented due to the COVID-19.
Traffic Safety Activities (Shirakawa Plant)
The Shirakawa Plant conducts traffic safety activities in conjunction with the Spring National Traffic Safety Campaign every year. It was held at two entrances of the plant, and greet to commuting employees and children who were going to school, remind people of traffic safety.
Donation of protective clothing and antiseptic solution to the community (Shin-Etsu Handotai, Shin-Etsu Chemical Naoetsu, etc.)
Shin-Etsu Handotai's domestic plants, Naoetsu Electronics Co., Ltd., Nagano Electronics Industrial Co., Ltd., and Mimasu Semiconductor Industry Co., Ltd. donated approximately 1700 protective clothing, dustproof clothing, dustproof hood, dustproof shoes to local medical institutions. Shin-Etsu Handotai and others use these for work in clean rooms and have a certain level of inventory. We have donated these to medical institutions through prefectural offices and medical associations in order to help them make use of it in the healthcare field where they are struggling to measure infectious diseases.
In addition, Shin-Etsu Chemical Naoetsu donated 10 tons of sodium hypochlorite solution, which is manufactured at the plant, to Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. Sodium hypochlorite is used for disruption to prevent the outbreak of a COVID-19, and has been distributed to daycare centers, kindergartens, elementary and junior high schools, and public facilities in Joetsu City.
Support for Eradicating Poverty in Africa
Shin-Etsu Chemical supports the activities of SDGs Promise Japan (SPJ), a non-profit organization working to eradicate poverty in Africa and other regions in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the training program in Africa organized by MPJ Youth*, an organization under SPJ, we donated our PVC wraps and reusable bags to local students. In addition, when SPJ had a booth at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in Japan in 2019, we provided PVC wraps for distribution to visitors.
- *MPJ Youth
An organization of students who support the activities of SPJ
Contribution to Society Activities at Overseas Group Company
Social Contribution Activities of Shintech Inc.
Since launching the Shintech Addis Plant in Louisiana in 2000, the company has been actively involved in organizations, sponsorships, leadership development, and civic activities that support the development and success of the communities in which we live and work.
Several Shintech employees and contractors have continuously participated in the Safety Town program since 2007. Safety Town is a safety program designed for kindergartners to educate them in the proper ways of crossing streets, riding bikes, handling emergencies (such as home fires) and other safety-related issues.
Furthermore, the employees of Shintech Louisiana, LLC, SE Tylose USA, Inc. and many of the plant contractors have collected toys during the Christmas holidays to donate to a children's hospital in Baton Rouge. They have made the annual delivery of toys to the hospital since 2009. With Shintech and SE Tylose's help, the playroom of the hospital is now a special place that is stocked with games, toys, and electronic equipment for children of all ages to enjoy.
Community involvement is important to the long-term success of Shintech. It benefits the long-term well-being of our employees, our families, our friends, and those who will both join us and succeed us as we continue to grow. As a good neighbor, it is our privilege to be a part of this community, and we work hard to support those around us.
Mr. RK, Skyward Information System
Promoting the Annaka Festival with local residents
1. Please tell us about the Annaka Festival.
The Annaka Festival is held every other year in mid-October in Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture, where the Shin-Etsu Chemical Gunma Complex is located. This is a large festival where Ohayashi instrument players and parade floats from six districts of Annaka City parade through the town for two days. On the first day, floats parade through each district, and on the second day, floats from all districts gather for celebrations and ceremonies. Stage events include Japanese drum performances and dance performances by local high school students. At the end of the festival, powerful fireworks color the night sky beautifully.
Six people from the Shin-Etsu Chemical Gunma Complex participate in the management of the Annaka Festival. Many employees from the Group companies in this area participate in the management of the festival as well. I belong to the Festival Committee. We start preparing about two months before the festival and we do many things, such as putting up lanterns and posters, and preparing the equipment to be used at the festival. On the day of the festival, we guide general vehicles so that the floats can parade safely. Since there are many elementary school students who play Ohayashi instruments on the floats and small children who pull the floats, ensuring the safety around the floats is also an important task for Festival Committee members.
2. How do you feel about managing the festival?
I participated as an Ohayashi instrument player in this Annaka Festival when I was an elementary school student. Now that I am managing this festival as an adult, I learned about the difficulty of management and was able to enjoy it more than before.
Participation in festivals helps unite local residents, companies like us, and a variety of organizations. It also gives me the opportunity to be involved in passing down traditional festivals and communicating the splendors of the area while revitalizing the region. By having employees of all ages participate in such local festivals, I believe that we can share their desire to make the festival a success, as well as their heartfelt smiles and excitement, and I believe that we can create a solid bond.
We participate not only in festivals but also in local activities, such as cleaning and garbage picking. These efforts have also led to the revitalization of local communities. As a member of the local community, I would like to continue doing such social contribution activities.
- *In FY2020, it was not implemented due to the COVID-19.