Based on our CSR policy that requires us to "make every effort to appropriately communicate with stakeholders and maintain relationships of trust," we at the JCU Group believe that contributing to local communities as a good corporate citizen is one of our social responsibilities, and are committed to work with residents of local communities to create societies where we are able to live comfortably with peace of mind.
Interactions with Local Communities
JCU VIETNAM CORPORATION (JCUVN) continues to make donations to orphanages in Hà Nam Province and at the federation of the Industrial Park Association where JCUVN is located.
In July 2020, the JCU R&D Center in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture was registered as a Kawasaki City Disaster Response Cooperating Business (Asao-ku). In addition to deepening exchanges with local communities through regular local activities, we are committed to cooperate as much as possible in disaster response operations in the event of disasters, and contribute to the mitigation of damage and the early restoration of daily life in the community.
The R&D Center also participates in regular cleanup and disaster response drills organized by neighborhood associations, and is building face-to-face relationships with the local community. We will continue to work and make every effort together with the local community to create an environment that is comfortable to live in.
Every year, the R&D Center and Niigata Plant regularly carry out voluntary cleanup activities in their surrounding areas. We see these cleanup activities as important opportunities not only for picking up trash, but also to raise awareness about the environment where our business sites are located, something that we may normally overlook. Through these activities, the JCU Group is committed to continue to help restore the environment from the viewpoint of residents of our surrounding communities.
Self-Defense Fire Drills
All of the JCU Group's business sites regularly conduct emergency evacuation drills and first aid drills. The purpose of this program is to train employees to respond appropriately and quickly in the event of disasters, and to raise employees' awareness of disaster prevention. In particular, at the Niigata Plant and R&D Center where we handle chemicals, we conduct regular education and training programs on the handling of hazardous materials in addition to these drills.
JCU began cooperating with the Ecocap Movement in November 2020 to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
The Ecocap Movement is an activity where the caps of PET beverage bottles which would typically be thrown away are collected and recycled, with the proceeds used to promote employment for people with disabilities and the elderly, and support vaccinations for children in developing countries. JCU became an advocate of this activity and collects caps from PET bottles in all offices in Japan to cooperate with this movement which is being carried out by the Disable Support Association of Japan, a specified non-profit corporation (NPO).
In fiscal 2021, we collected a cumulative total of 38.6 kg of caps. This is enough for polio vaccinations for about 19 people, or a roughly 121 kg reduction in CO₂ emissions. JCU is committed to continue activities that serve our societies.
JCU became an advocate of the philosophy of the Solaputi Kids’ Camp in Maruka Kogen, Takikawa City, Hokkaido (https://www.solaputi.jp/),and has been a sponsor of the camp, providing drinking water since FY2019.
Soraputi Kids’ Camp is a campsite equipped with medical care facilities where children with intractable diseases and their family can camp out. In normal times, the camp provides children, who may usually have difficulty going outdoors, opportunities to interact with their friends, and various experiences such as getting close to and touching animals in a natural setting. But in FY2021, the camp had difficulty offering their normal activities due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 cases. Even under these circumstances, however, the staff at Solaputi Kids’ Camp continued to put in hard work and ingenuity to give children memorable experiences, such as camping programs where family members are invited one family at a time, and sending gifts of snow to children who were fighting these intractable diseases in hospitals or at home.
Solaputi Kids’ Camp activities are being sponsored by many corporate sponsors. JCU will continue our support for the camp so that we can be of as much help for these activities as possible.