・Cooperation in Japanese Red Cross Society blood drive
Our Head Office, plants in Tochigi, and the Hanno Plant cooperate in blood drives by the Japanese Red Cross Society. This past year in particular, the temporary closure of major commercial facilities, cancellation of various large-scale events, requests to refrain from leaving home, and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a shortage of blood donors. As continuation of this situation will lead to severe impediments in the supply of blood needed for transfusions, we have responded with measures including an increase in blood drives at our plants.
Community contribution, etc.
Our Sano Plant participates in street-level awareness activities two to three times a year during Traffic Safety Week. Together with the local police station and neighboring companies, we put up banners at major intersections in the Sano Industrial Park and at Roadside Station rest areas, and take part in flyer distribution and litter collection.
Other examples of yearly community contribution by our plants include the acceptance of interns from local high schools, small contributions to local festivals, donations to elementary school student softball competitions, sponsorship of fireworks displays, dispatch of instructors for special classes at schools, and many other activities.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of events and acceptance of interns over the past year, and donations have been smaller than usual as well. However, we plan to continue these activities to aid the development of local communities where we do business.
Special annual leave program
As a program to encourage employee participation in volunteer activities, we have augmented our normal annual paid leave program with a special annual leave program that grants a number of leave days equal to unused, expired paid annual leave days. This leave can be used in special circumstances such as continued leave to aid neighboring residents or to take part in regional reconstruction after a disaster. In addition to annual leave and special annual leave, persons affected by disaster may take up to 7 days within a period of 14 calendar days following the disaster as general leave (paid leave).
In addition, paid leave is granted for the exercise of civil rights in cases of performing civil duties such as lay judge duty and Committee for Inquest into the Prosecution duty.
Donations under the shareholder benefits program
The TOKYO KEIKI Premium Benefits Club, a shareholder benefits program introduced by the Company in fiscal 2020, grants special benefit points in accordance with the number of shares held by shareholders. Shareholders can exchange points for over 4,000 shareholder benefit products, such as food items and electrical appliances.
Within these items, we prepared a category named “Social Contribution” that allows shareholder benefit points granted by the Company to be donated to public interest corporations including the Japanese Red Cross Society, NPOs, environmental NGOs, and international NGOs.
This year, donations totaling 117,100 yen were directed to the Japanese Red Cross Society, the NPO Katariba, and the NGO Save the Children Japan under this shareholder benefit program.