Volunteer Activities and Education Initiatives for the Next Generation
Sojitz Group promotes Group employees' participation in grassroots social contribution activities with the aim of deepening involvement in local communities.
Cleaned up the area around the Tokyo Head Office
As part of Sojitz’s social contribution activities, employees participate in a lunchtime cleanup around Hibiya Park with other tenant companies of the Tokyo HQ building.
* The Hibiya Park cleanup is carried out together with other tenants of Iino Building. Close to 50 participants gather for each cleanup.
In October 2019, Sojitz began sales of “Sojitz bentos” at its employee café as part of the TFT program in honor of World Food Day. Sojitz Group developed and supervised production of the first edition of this Sojitz onigiri bento, which uses Sojitz Foods Corporation’s salmon flakes.
Secondhand Book Power Project
Sojitz Corporation concluded a partnership agreement with Japan Blind Football Association (JBFA) in 2018, becoming an official sponsor supporting JBFA’s activities.
Since December 2018, Sojitz has been carrying out a secondhand book drive. Used books are donated to Value Books, a partner of the Japan Blind Football Association (JBFA), and the proceeds are then put towards a donation to JBFA’s “Spo-iku” program sponsored by Sojitz, or towards purchasing equipment such as soccer balls for JBFA.
As of July 2021, Sojitz has donated 1,788 used books. Sojitz will continue to hold a secondhand book drive twice a year.
Support for the Disabled
Since 2006, Sojitz has been supporting Swan Café & Bakery, which provides employment opportunities to people living with disabilities, in order to support the independence and social involvement of people with disabilities in the local community. Sojitz invites the Swan Café & Bakery’s Akasaka Branch to hold regular (about once a month) in-house sales events in Sojitz’s head office. These events always prove to be a great success, with almost all the bakery items selling out every time.
Conducted twice during the year in meeting rooms at the Sojitz head office.
Acceptance of Company Visits
Sojitz has welcomed visits by junior high and high school students. Sojitz employees introduced Sojitz Group initiatives the students and engaged in opinion-sharing discussions with them.
In August 2019, students from Fukuoka Prefectural Shuyukan Senior High School and Toyama Prefectural Toyama Chubu Senior High School visited Sojitz’s offices. Students took part in a game to experience working in a general trading company and made connections with Sojitz employees.
Sojitz Scholarship Program at Kobe University
Since 2016, Sojitz has organized an endowed lecture series at Kobe University called “The Sogo Shosha in a Global Environment” in celebration of Sojitz’s deep historical ties to Kobe. Each fall, around 20-30 students from Kobe University take the Sojitz lecture series given by Sojitz employees, which spans seven sessions. The classes focus on understanding the world through the activities of a sogo shosha, and on thinking about leadership in a global context. Starting from 2019, Sojitz also offers a Sojitz scholarship to students demonstrating academic excellence from different university departments.
Advising Inquiry-based Learning at Hiroshima Prefectural Kake High School
On June 4th, employees from Sojitz Machinery Corporation and Sojitz’s Yangon Branch provided advice to three students from Hiroshima Prefectural Kake High School (Takanori Takahashi, Yuga Mizutani, and Masato Sasaki) who are researching ways to conduct business in Southeast Asia utilizing local products.
The students presented their business model, which involves exporting powdered Jerusalem artichoke, a local specialty product of Hiroshima Prefecture, to Southeast Asia where they hope it will contribute to preventing lifestyle diseases in the region and to the development of industry in Hiroshima Prefecture. Employees from Sojitz Machinery and Sojitz’s Yangon Branch shared advice with the students as general trading company employees working on the front lines of business, and they also shared their personal experiences of being stationed overseas, their challenges, and their business experiences on the ground.
As the discussion took place online with staff in Myanmar, which is currently undergoing a period of political instability, the discussion provided a good opportunity for the students to feel closer with overseas regions and to build enthusiasm.