Social Contribution Activities

For coexistence and harmony with the society, as well as to foster mutual understanding and build bonds of trust with national governments and local communities, we are promoting social contribution activities rooted in local communities and related regions.

Expenditure on Social Contribution Programs
Donations
Monodukuri School (Manufacturing Class)
Support for sports activities
Offering the Group's resort house for Akaya Project activities
Participation in Irumagawa River Clean-Up
Internship and Job Experience Programs
Donation of disaster stockpile
Supporting UNICEF by collecting foreign coins
Eco-cap Campaign
Collection of Used Stamps

Expenditure on Social Contribution Programs

In FY2016, the Tamura Group spent a total of approx. 30 million yen (approx. 0.6% of the ordinary profit) for social contribution activities. Although the amount has decreased by approx. 10 million yen compared to the actual value of FY2015 (approx. 42 million yen in total), we will continue to make efforts to promote the activities while working on new themes.



Donations

The Tamura Group made the following donations (in money and in kind):

・Funds for the Japanese Red Cross Society
・Support for earthquake-stricken areas through the Japanese Red Cross, Keidanren (1% Club), and other organizations
・Operating funds for organizations with which Tamura is affiliated in the areas where its factories are located
・Contributions to the organizers of local festivals
・Support for research at universities and other public institutions (excluding projects aimed at developing products and technology for Tamura)



Monodukuri School (Manufacturing Class)

Aiming to convey the importance of “monodukuri (manufacturing)” to the next generation who will bear the future, Tamura has been holding the “Monodukuri School” every year since 2008. In FY2015, Tamura Corporation, Wakayanagi Tamura Corporation and Aizu Tamura Corporation both sponsored a class where participants were taught how to assemble an AM radio or others.      


Tamura Corporation

Wakayanagi Tamura Corporation
Tamura Corporation
 


Support for sports activities

Through support for sports activities, we are enhancing our social contribution to local communities.
Sponsoring 2017 Nerima Kobushi Half Marathon
Tamura Corporation which is headquartered in Nerima Ward, jointly supported the 2017 Nerima Kobushi Half Marathon. While many volunteer runners from the Company participated in the marathon, a workshop was held in cooperation with the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J) again, as was the case last year. Participants enjoyed making castanets, etc. using wood from the Akaya Forest.







Co-sponsorship for the Chifure AS Elfen Saitama Football Team
Since 2006, Tamura Corporation has been supporting, as the top partner, the Chifure AS Elfen Saitama women’s football team based in Saitama Prefecture, where four of our factories are located. Our support includes, for example, offering the use of the ground of the Sports Center located within Sayama Factory for the team’s training and football school.




Offering the Group’s resort house for Akaya Project* activities

Tamura Corporation, as a corporate member of the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J), has been supporting the “Akaya Project,” which focuses on biodiversity restoration, by offering the Company’s resort house and training facility located at the foot of the “Akaya Forest” where the project’s activities are carried out. About 70 elementary and junior high school students who belong to soccer teams were invited to the “Akaya Forest One-Day Camp” in August 2016, where they learned about Akaya Forest and participated in a castanet-making workshop using wood from Akaya Forest.




   
*Akaya Project: Efforts to promote biodiversity restoration and a sustainable regional community through the joint cooperation of three core organizations, namely, “Akaya Project Regional Council” consisting of the region’s residents, the MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) Kanto Regional Forest Office, and the Nature Conservation Society of Japan. This project takes place in the Akaya Forest, a national forest that measures approx. 10 thousand hectares (10km x 10km), extending from the northern area of Minakami Town, Gunma Prefecture to the prefectural border with Niigata Prefecture.




Participation in Irumagawa River Clean-Up

In March 2017, volunteers from Sayama Office and Tamura Distribution Center Inc. participated in the “Irumagawa River Clean-Up” sponsored by Sayama City. Irumagawa River Clean-Up is a collaborative activity of citizens, administrations, companies, and organizations to remove rubbish from the Irumagawa riverbed. 


Voice of the participant

Haruna Kon,
Semiconductor Development Dept. Core Technology Div.

It was my first time to participate in the Clean-Up. I was surprised that so much rubbish was collected in such a short time, including not only empty cans and plastic bottles, which I had expected, but also scrap wood from housing construction, bicycles, and everything else. Next time, I intend to participate in the activity with my children.




Internship and Job Experience Programs

The Tamura Group believes that passing down the great value of “monodukuri(manufacturing)” to future generations is one of the “corporate social responsibilities (CSR).” On the basis of this belief, we have been promoting activities that enable participants to actually feel “what is to work” by offering opportunities of field experience of monodukuri and friendly interactions with employees. Under its internship and job experience programs, it receives junior and senior high school and university students as well as foreign students studying in Japan to its business sites, including overseas subsidiaries. In these programs, it also receives school teachers to provide opportunities of learning human resource development and customer service systems at businesses and using such experience for future school administration and class improvement.


Friendly chat with employees
[Iruma Factory]

Friendly chat with employees
[Sakado Factory]

Achievement presentation meeting
[Tokyo Factory]

 

Donation of disaster stockpile

Disaster stockpile food that is stored in each business establishment and approaching the best-before date was donated to the food bank. In August 2016, Typhoon No. 10 caused serious damage in the Tohoku and Hokkaido regions, and potable water and food products were delivered to Iwaizumi Town in Iwate Prefecture, a disaster-stricken area.


Supporting UNICEF by collecting foreign coins

In 2013, the Tamura Group joined a campaign of the Japan Committee for UNICEF to collect foreign coins. Foreign coins collected from Tamura Group employees in Japan were used for the UNICEF's programs to save children in the world.  We will continue to participate in this campaign.

Eco-cap Campaign

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In December 2009, the Tamura Group in Japan launched the eco-cap campaign in which it collects the caps of PET bottles, sell them to recyclers through cap collection organizations, buy vaccines with proceeds of cap sales, and deliver them to children in developing countries. Some 4,300 caps, weighing about 10 kg, are worth polio vaccines for five children. In addition, by recycling some 4,300 caps, which were previously disposed of, the Tamura Group helps reduce about 31.5 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2), thus contributing to environmental conservation.
In FY2016, a total of about 230 kg (about 278 kg in FY2010, about 300 kg in FY2011 , about 309 kg in FY2012, 252 kg in FY2013, 250 kg in FY2014 and 183 kg in FY2015) of caps were collected by the entire Group. As Tamura had found from news reports in April 2015 that the non-profit cap collection organization it donated caps to had discontinued making monetary donations for the procurement of vaccines, Tamura had decided to donate its caps to another organization and to continue the campaign per se.




Collection of Used Stamps 

In March 2010, the Tamura Group in Japan launched a campaign in which it collects used stamps, turns them into money by selling them to stamp collectors, and donates the proceeds of sales to local volunteer activities, overseas medical cooperative service groups, and other organizations. Used stamps are usually converted into money at a rate of about 1,000-1,200 yen per kilogram of used stamps. In FY2016, about 7.7 kg (about 15.3 kg in FY2010 the first year of the activity, about 4.8 kg in FY2011, about 9.8 kg in FY2012, about 5.7 kg in FY2013, about 5.3 kg in FY2014 and about 4.0 kg in FY2015) of used stamps were collected by the entire Group. 


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