In June 2009, Group employees organized a round-table discussion under the theme of “Putting CSR into Practice in Our Work” to re-examine what CSR means to them and to the Sojitz Group. Since then, we have continued to hold regular round-table discussions to deepen mutual understanding and stimulate communication in the Sojitz Group.
Bridge the World! (November 2011)
Fifteen employees with important roles at Sojitz bases in 11 countries gathered to exchange opinions. They reaffirmed the importance of mutual understanding among people with different cultures, outlooks and backgrounds. They also discussed the importance of timely information exchange and English communication skills, and agreed that they should aim to be bridges that connect the world.
This Is How We Want to Build Sojitz!: The Future of Sojitz Imagined by Young Employees (August 2011)
Eight young employees who have been with Sojitz for up to five years gathered to exchange opinions about the importance of making the most of their youth by actively learning through doing and constantly taking on challenges. Many expressed their desire to contribute to achieving company-wide objectives through work in which they can use their individual capabilities. Others said that to do so would require more demanding challenges and further self-improvement. The gathering gave them the opportunity to share their views on the future of Sojitz, their pride in their work, their dreams, and their desire to contribute to enhancing the Sojitz brand.
How We Motivate Sojitz’s Future Leaders (May 2011)
Eight professional career personnel (Assistant Managers and Senior Leaders) who perform core operations in various business fields met to share their experiences in various roles, such as providing assistance to the manager, linking managers with younger staff, and working to energize their sections and promote communication while spurring younger members on to great things. They also talked about how they encourage and motivate themselves.
How We Motivate Middle Management (March 2011)
Middle managers met to discuss how middle management takes leadership of a team, and how they vitalize and motivate the organization. They pointed out the importance of relaying the thoughts of top management to employees in their sections and vice versa. They also shared their feelings of challenge, reward, and responsibility in working to connect top management with employees in their sections.
Putting CSR into Practice in Our Work (June 2009)
Ten employees from various departments met to discuss what CSR means for Sojitz. The first topic was why CSR is an important issue for the Sojitz Group today. Many participants commented on the change in attitude among customers and of society overall, including the current view that it is unacceptable for enterprises not to be aware of CSR. It was clear from the discussion that employees broadly share the awareness that no company can survive nowadays if it is only interested in pursuing profit. Many agreed with one participant’s comment that the very work of a general trading company, which can contribute to local growth through its business activities, is a form of CSR.