Social Contribution Activities
The Sojitz Group promotes Group employees' participation in grassroots social contribution activities with the aim of deepening involvement in local communities.
Sojitz is a participant in the “Table for Two (TFT)” program,
serving healthy bento boxes to employees in the Sojitz cafeteria.
TFT is a social contribution program first launched in Japan that aims to simultaneously tackle both the issue of malnutrition in developing countries, and the obesity and lifestyle diseases that afflict populations in developed countries.
For every TFT bento box purchased, 20 yen will be donated to fund one school lunch for a child in a developing country.
Sojitz will also match every donation, meaning that for every Sojitz employee who purchases a healthy TFT bento, two school lunches will be provided for a child in a developing country.
By participating in the TFT program, Sojitz hopes to raise awareness of social issues like poverty and world hunger among its employees, while also providing them with an opportunity to contribute to society through the purchase of a healthy bento box.
Table for Two Official Website：Table for Two provides school lunches to children in Africa
■Donation (collected items)
Collected used stamps and postcards with uncancelled stamps from Group employees. Employee volunteers sorted the items and donated them to an NPO
Conducted twice during the year in meeting rooms at the Sojitz head office
■Support for the Disabled
Support Swan Cafe & Bakery’s Akasaka shop and Daito shop, these bakeries that help disabled people achieve independence, by conducting regular sales of their bread, cakes, and others in the Company
■Community Volunteer Activities
Cleaned up the area around the Tokyo Head Office.
■Acceptance of Company Visits
Accepted company visits by junior high and high school students. Our employees introduced initiatives of the Sojitz Group to the students and exchanged opinions with them.
■Sojitz Holds an Endowed Lecture Series at Kobe University
Over the last few months, Sojitz organized an endowed lecture series at Kobe University with the theme of “The Sogo Shosha in a Global Environment.” Twenty-one students participated in the series that spanned seven sessions starting from October 3rd. The classes were mainly lecture style, with a focus on understanding the world through the activities of a sogo shosha, and on thinking about leadership in a global context.
■Other Volunteer Activities and Charity Events
Established a section on the Company intranet for exchanging information about volunteer activities
When there is a disaster in Japan or overseas, the Sojitz Group cooperates in providing relief for victims and restoring the disaster area through monetary donations and financial assistance.
Main Disaster Relief Activities in Recent Years
|Disaster (Time of occurrence)||Donations (*)|
|Relief Aid for Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami (October 2018)||Donated IDR 500 million (about ¥3.75 million) together with Sojitz Indonesia|
|Relief Aid for Earthquake Damage in Eastern Iburi, Hokkaido (September 2018)||Donated \3 million|
|Relief Aid for Heavy Rain Damage in Western Japan (July 2018)||Donated \10 million|
|Relief Aid for Earthquake Damage in Kumamoto (April 2016)||Donated cash, drinking water and other supplies totaling \10 million on behalf of the Group|
|Relief Aid for Areas Damaged by Tropical Storm Etau (September 2015)||Donated \1 million|
|Assistance for Earthquake in Nepal (April 2015)||Donated \1 million|
|Assistance for Earthquake Stricken Areas in Yunnan Province, China (August 2014)||Donated \1 million|
|Relief Aid for Typhoon Damage (Typhoon Haiyan) in the Philippines (November 2013)||Donated \10 million on behalf of the Sojitz Group|
|Relief Aid for New York City (for Victims of Hurricane Sandy that Hit the United States) (December 2012)||Donated $50,000 (equivalent to \4.2 million) on behalf of the Group|
|Thailand Flood Damage (July 2011)||Donated cash and relief supplies totaling ¥10 million together with Sojitz Asia and Sojitz (Thailand)|
|Great East Japan Earthquake (March 2011)||Donated ¥100 million|
|Donated ¥100 million (March 2011)||Donated ¥1 million together with Sojitz New Zealand|
|Brazil Flood Damage (February 2011)||Donated ¥3 million together with Sojitz do Brasil|
|Queensland, Australia Flood Damage (January 2011)||Donated A$100 thousand (about ¥8.3 million) together with Sojitz Australia|
|China Landslides (August 2010)||Donated ¥1 million together with Sojitz (China)|
|Pakistan Flood Damage (August 2010)||Donated ¥1 million|
|Earthquake in Qinghai Province, China (April 2010)||Donated ¥1 million, plus ¥200 thousand from employees of Sojitz (China)|
- * Cash donations are given to the Red Cross in each country and to NGOs working in the disaster areas.