Sustainability

Social Contributions

In addition to developing social contribution activities common to the Teijin Group, we also engage in social contribution activities that take advantage of the individuality of each business unit and business site.

Teijin Group Basic Policies for Social Contributions
  1. 1.Social contribution activities are positioned as a pursuit of the Teijin Group corporate philosophy and as practical implementation of the Code of Conduct.
  2. 2.Social contribution activities are to be implemented proactively, and show respect for the particular characteristics of the business and region.
  3. 3.Volunteer activities of employees are encouraged and support shall be provided to foster volunteer personnel.
  4. 4.Priority fields in social contributions in terms of group-wide activities are the environment, international exchange and social education.
  5. 5.Donations shall be made according to need for humanitarian purposes such as after natural disasters.

Teijin Group System to Promote Social Contribution Activities

Based on the Code of Conduct, the Teijin Group promotes social contribution activities in each business group and business site from the standpoints of science and education, culture, sports activities, environmental preservation activities and disaster prevention activities.

In addition, the CSR Planning and Promotion Department plays a central role in supporting volunteer activities and proposing Group-wide social contribution programs in which employees can easily engage. Through these programs, we are fostering human resources who can participate independently in and promote social contribution activities.

Expenses of Social Contribution Activities in FY2019

Since joining the Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) 1% Club in FY2003, the Teijin Group has been aiming to set aside at least 1% of ordinary income for social contribution costs. Expenses of social contribution activities in FY2019 were approximately 519 million yen, 1.0% of ordinary income.

Expenses of social contribution activities in FY2019

Expenses of social contribution activities in FY2018

Breakdown of expenses of social contribution activities in FY2019

Item Description Amount
(millions of yen)
Monetary Monetary donations and other expenses for social contribution activities 421
Donations of goods Donations of our products and other goods to social welfare organizations 2
Free renting of company facilities Expenses for free renting of company facilities such as gyms and playgrounds 16
Participation/Dispatch of employees Personnel expenses for employees who participated in philanthropic activities during their work hours, such as joining local events as part of their work, and employees who gave lectures at meetings 80
Total   519
  • *Data for all group companies, based on the Keidanren "Procedures for Implementing FY2018 Survey on Results of Corporate Philanthropic Activities".

Supporting the Development of Local Communities

Science and education

Scholarship system in Japan and China

Since 1953, the Teijin Group has offered the Teijin Kumura Scholarship named after Seita Kumura, a pioneer in the Japanese chemical fiber industry, with the aim of passing on and developing an original R&D spirit and fostering young scientists who will contribute to social development and the creation of new culture (reorganized to the Teijin Scholarship Foundation in 2011). One of the oldest scholarships in Japan established and operated by a private company, it was awarded to 43 people in 2019 and has benefited more than 1,600 technical students so far.

Additionally, in June 2010, we established a scholarship system in China offering annual scholarships of 8,000 yuan per student with no repayment obligation. Recipients are technical master’s degree students of Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Continuing from FY2017, scholarships were granted to 36 students in FY2019.

Establishment of the Nantong Teijin Charitable Scholarship Fund

In April 2014, Nantong Teijin Co., Ltd. established the Nantong Teijin Charitable Scholarship Fund for students enrolled in junior and senior high school and university in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China. Nantong Teijin Co., Ltd. is the Teijin Group’s manufacturing and sales base for textiles in China. This fund was established with the aim of contributing to the community of Nantong by providing economic assistance to local students; it was the first charitable fund associated with a company name in the Nantong Economic and Technological Development Zone. In FY2019 too, we extended support of about the same amount of 160,000 yuan to the Nantong Teijin Charitable Scholarship Fund.

Co-sponsoring "All Japan Science Koshien"

Aiming to foster human resources for science and technology by integrating industry-government-academia research groups, the Japan Science and Technology Agency established the Science Koshien in FY2011.

The Teijin Award at the seventh national Science Koshien Junior championship (awarded to the Hiroshima National Team)

The Teijin Group has co-sponsored the Science Koshien for senior high school students since FY2011, and also began sponsoring the newly established "Science Koshien Junior" for junior high school students from FY2013. As a company focusing on diversity development, the Teijin Award is presented to the team that has excellent results among the teams in which the number of female students is high.
At the national "Science Koshien Junior" championship held for junior high school students in December 2019, the Hiroshima Prefectural national team was presented with the Teijin Award. The national "Science Koshien" for high school students which was scheduled to be held in March 2020, has been cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sports activities

Co-sponsoring the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament

On the basis of our corporate philosophy of "enhancing the quality of life" and growing "in harmony with society," the Teijin Group has co-sponsored the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament since 1991 in line with our goal of contributing to society by supporting amateur and youth sports. The Group donates soccer balls made of Teijin’s high-grade artificial leather CORDLEY to the participating schools representing each prefecture of Japan.

Supporting youth football in Southeast Asia

Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited (TPL) has been an official sponsor of the Japan Dream Football Association (JDFA) since 2012. The JDFA is an organization set up in 2011 by Masao Kiba, the former captain of Gamba Osaka professional soccer team. By conducting football workshops and other activities in Southeast Asian countries, the JDFA aims to inspire children to pursue their dreams for the future, along with spurring the development of soccer in Japan and Asia.

Environment

Environmental education at Eco-Pro 2019

The Teijin Group exhibited at Japan’s largest environmental exhibition, Eco-Pro2019, and held an environment-related class at its booth. This class was an opportunity for visitors to learn about the process of recycling used plastic bottles into polyester fiber by handling actual samples and to gain firsthand experience of the importance of recycling and the points to be careful of when collecting plastic bottles.

Fixed-point observation event for wild birds

With the cooperation of members of the Wild Bird Society of Japan, the Teijin Iwakuni Factory conducts annual fixed-point observation events for wild birds for the purpose of confirming the significance of pondage in terms of safety and biodiversity, as well as fostering stronger interest in the environment.

In FY2019, the event was held on January 18, 2020, with the participants observing about 100 wild birds of 8 species, including the tufted duck. The event confirmed that as a result of Teijin’s environmental preservation activities, the water is being kept in excellent condition.

Fostering Volunteer Personnel

Group-wide activities

Promotion of Volunteer Support Program

In June 2011, we established the Volunteer Support Program. Under this program, the administration committee decides which volunteer activities are to be supported from volunteer activities that group employees in Japan are engaged in, and partial financial support for the activities is provided via the Teijin Group Social Contribution Fund made up of donations from volunteer employees and directors as well as from companies.

NGO Quatro
Nature Conservation Educators Tokyo Liaison Office, The Nature Conservation Society of Japan

The fund donated operating money to the following 11 nonprofit organizations (NPOs) in FY2019:

  • (NPO) NGO Quatro (100,000 yen)
  • Work Life Collabo (100,000 yen)
  • (NPO) Kodomo e no Manazashi (100,000 yen)
  • (NPO) Matsuyama Suicide Prevention Center (100,000 yen)
  • Protecting the Nature of Hino Organization (60,000 yen)
  • Nijinokai, an NPO supporting the nurture and welfare of children with developmental impediments (100,000 yen)
  • (NPO) Japan Association for Galapagos (100,000 yen)
  • (NPO) Minuma Farm 21 (100,000 yen)
  • Nature Conservation Educators Tokyo Liaison Office, The Nature Conservation Society of Japan (1000,000 yen)
  • Teijin Soccer School (100,000 yen)
  • (Public Interest Incorporated Association) The Natural Environment Conservation Society of Osaka (100,000 yen)

Picture book donating activities-Book Dream Project

Picture books with seals in the Indonesian language

The Book Dream Project, which started in FY2008, uses money received in exchange for used books provided by Group employees in Japan to buy Japanese picture books and donate them to libraries overseas. Before donations are delivered, volunteer employees affix translated seals to the books so that they can be read in the local language. In FY2019, we donated 36 picture books to a library, special-needs school, elementary school, and kindergarten in Indonesia. We also donated 64,337 yen of the money received from the exchange of books to a mobile library activity operated by Sikkha Asia Foundation in Thailand.

Environmental photo contest held

As a way of encouraging employees to think about the environment, the Teijin Group runs a photo contest in which participants take photos of the natural environment. In FY2019, we called for entries on the theme of “Let's Protect! The Abundance of Nature and Living Things.” From among entries that capture shots of the rich expressions of our planet, the winning entries for each award and a Chief Social Responsibility Officer Special Award were selected based on an online poll of Teijin Group employees.

Gold Award: "The Milky Way and Mount Fuji"
Silver Award: "The sunset and the clouds"
Bronze Award: "The great ginkgo"
Special Award: "Towards the future"

Support for Areas Affected by Disaster

Support for areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake

To support the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Teijin Group has extended support of over 500 million yen in total, including monetary donations; blankets, masks and other relief goods; and free provision of home healthcare equipment such as oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators.

"Minna no Ie" (Home-for-All) in Iwanuma City

In addition, we are also engaged in ongoing reconstruction support through our business activities. In 2013, the IT Business Group’s Infocom Corporation opened a multipurpose facility "Minna no Ie" (Home-for-All) in Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture. From this facility, Infocom is providing reconstruction support for agriculture utilizing IT and creating businesses to support ongoing reconstruction. In April 2015, Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd. and Otsuma Women’s University donated 700 high-performance T-shirts to children affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. These T-shirts are made of the high-performance polyester fabric ECOPURE, which remains comfortable even when the wearer is sweating. Since FY2015, Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd. has been supporting the Oxfam Trailwalker event, a global walking event held at Mount Adatara in Fukushima Prefecture every year since FY2015 as part of reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Support for areas affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake

The Teijin Group has been providing support to areas affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake that struck in April 2016, in the form of donations of both money and Teijin products for use as relief supplies.

<Relief supplies>

  • Attaka Suppori bedding: 600
  • Lightweight, warm blankets (using V-LAP): 600
  • Water-absorbing pads (using BELL OASIS): 20,000
  • Nonwoven medical masks: 52,250
  • Brackets (Conex used): 100
  • Fabric for partitions in evacuation shelters: Approx. 1,000 meters
"Minna no Ie" (Home-for-All) at Techno Temporary Housing Complex in Mashiki Town

Additionally, in December 2016 the IT Business Group's Infocom Corporation established a multipurpose facility "Minna no Ie" (Home-for-All) at the temporary housing complex in Mashiki Town, Kumamoto Prefecture. At the completion ceremony, 700 bags of freshly harvested rice (Hitomebore brand; approximately 700 kg) were distributed for free to residents of the temporary housing complex.

Support for areas affected by Natural Disasters

The Teijin Group makes donations and provides products free of charge with the aim of helping people and communities recover from natural disasters.

Evacuation shelter in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture (elementary school)
<Main support in Japan>
Teijin Limited donated a total of 11 million yen to areas hit by the Heavy Rain Event of July 2018 on July 18, 2018, and a total of 3 million yen to support the area affected by the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake on September 27, 2018.
On October 25, 2019, a total of five million yen was donated to support the areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis in the first year of Reiwa.
For flood evacuees at shelters, our group company Teijin Frontier provided recycled paper tubes and cloth to set up partitions for privacy, thereby supporting the area affected by heavy rain and subsequent flooding in July 2018.
<Main support overseas>
On October 24, 2018, our group company Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc. donated US$5,000 to the Harvest Hope Food Bank, a South Carolina-based NPO helping disaster-stricken areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Continental Structural Plastics Inc. donated toiletry sets to residents of coastal communities through its factory in North Carolina.

Support for the prevention of COVID-19 infection

The Teijin Group as a whole (domestic and overseas) made donations of approximately 95,000 masks, 300 protective clothing wear, and 3,200 nitrile rubber gloves to facilities including medical institutions, welfare nursing homes, and airline companies (return charter flights) where essential workers were engaged in work.

Further, in Japan, we provided polycarbonate resin sheets for use in face shields (equivalent to 700,000 yen) and non-woven fabric for masks (equivalent to 900,00 yen) free of charge to manufacturing companies among others.

Overseas, Esteve Teijin Healthcare (Spain) donated about 700,000 yen to hospitals, Continental Structural Plastics Holdings Corporation (U.S.) donated about 100,000 yen to food banks, Teijin Chemicals Plastic Compounds (Shanghai) donated about 50,000 yen to charities, and Inapal (Portugal) guaranteed salaries for employees who worked as volunteer firefighters.

This aid is equivalent to 13 million yen (from February to end of June 2020).

In addition, the Group has declared support for the prevention of the COVID-19 infection and stated that it will not seek any consideration or compensation for acts aimed at the diagnosis, prevention, containment, and termination of the spread of COVID-19 infection and will not exercise patent rights, utility model rights, design rights, and copyright rights held by the company for a certain period of time.