As a good corporate citizen, the Sumitomo Corporation Group is contributing to the public good by engaging in a variety of activities, including the following.
Wanting to allow as many people as possible to enjoy movies, Sumitomo Corporation is active in the creation of barrier-free environments for movies.
Sumitomo Corporation hosts a sale event held in Harumi Island Triton Square, where its headquarters building is located, to support the independence of disabled persons. Organizations including Ayase Himawarien, a facility for supporting the independence of disabled persons, offer bread, small articles and other quality products made in their facilities at a reasonable price for people in the community. The event, in which disabled persons directly communicate with customers, has earned praise for providing disabled persons with good practice and motivation prior to their full participation in society.
In the wake of large-scale natural disasters in and outside Japan, Sumitomo Corporation provides donations and relief supplies along with its sincere hopes for the earliest possible recovery of the affected areas. We also solicit donations from our officers and employees and send them to disaster zones via the Japanese Red Cross Society.
As a good corporate citizen, we will continue to fulfill our social responsibilities by taking prompt support measures in response to major natural disasters.
In 1998, Sumitomo Corporation initiated a volunteer leave system to encourage its employees to participate in volunteer activities. In the 18 years from 1998 to 2015, a total of around 164 employees have used the system to volunteer their time for various activities.
VOICE: I use the volunteer leave system to participate in activities for introducing Japanese culture to people in different countries. Every time I visit a country and demonstrate how to wear a kimono and ikebana flower arranging, I am impressed with the eagerness of the local people to learn about foreign cultures. I hope to encourage my colleagues to also join the program.
Under the TABLE FOR TWO program in which Sumitomo Corporation participates, every time an employee chooses a healthy meal at the company cafeteria, 20 yen (enough to pay for a school lunch in a developing country) is donated to help children in these countries become and stay healthy.
Since 2005, Jupiter Shop Channel Co., Ltd., a TV shopping subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, has participated in and co-sponsored the Pink Ribbon Movement, a campaign aimed at communicating the importance of early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Shop Channel first became involved in the women's health movement in acknowledgement of the high representation of women among its customer base. Its activities include broadcasting special programs and its own pink ribbon commercial as well as distributing pink ribbon badges to its employees.
As Japan's largest TV shopping channel broadcasting live 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Jupiter Shop Channel utilizes its unique strengths to enrich lives and make dreams come true while at the same addressing social issues to fulfill its responsibility as a good corporate citizen.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London is a faithful reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre of the playwright's own time and a world treasure in and of itself. When the Globe was reconstructed in 1997, the Shakespeare Globe Trust (“The Globe”) played a major role in the project and continues to fulfill an important role today, collecting donations from local businesses and other partners, maintaining and managing the theatre, and promoting activities and training for actors, writers, directors, theatre designers, technicians, and others involved in the theatrical arts.
Located on the opposite bank of the Thames, Sumitomo Corporation Europe Limited made a financial contribution to The Globe in 1997, the year of the reconstruction of the theater, to assist efforts to preserve buildings with high historical and cultural value and develop theatrical culture and arts in local communities. Since 2004, Sumitomo Corporation Europe has been donating funds to the Globe Education Program for its promotion of Shakespeare's works and support of academic research.
Today, Sumitomo Corporation Europe continues to contribute to the development of theatrical culture and arts in local communities by supporting the activities of The Globe.
Sumitomo Corporation Group member Summit Agro Romania, which is engaged in the import and sale of Japanese agrochemicals, fertilizers and seeds in Romania, supports a local NGO, Aurora, that helps children with cerebral palsy receive an education. The company has supported this initiative since 2007, the year of Summit Agro Romania's 10th anniversary.
As there are few such aid organizations in Romania, many children with disabilities are unable to attend school and have few occasions to interact with their peers. To help them develop their dignity and confidence through proactive communication with others and to eventually find jobs, the company assists Aurora in providing the children with learning opportunities and training for attending regular school. The company also provides various supports, including organizing communication events and a Christmas party for disabled children, Aurora employees and its own employees.
Other social issues facing Romania include children who have been left alone by parents seeking work in Western Europe. Summit Agro Romania is therefore planning to support orphanages that take care of such children.