Social Contribution Activities
Basice ideas and policies
Resonac Group will contribute to society through social contribution activities that make use of the strengths of the Group, based on our purpose of “Changing society through the power of chemistry.
The Resonac Group will contribute to society via its business activities with the following objectives:
Objectives of social contribution activities
- (1) Helping resolve social issues or leveraging the strengths of a co-creative chemical company
- (2) Building medium- to long-term relationships with stakeholders (contributing to the local communities where our business locations are situated and establishing good relations with local communities)
- (3) Improving employee awareness, autonomous growth, and engagement with the company
Members from the Administration Department, the Human Resources Department, the Environment & Safety Department, the Brand Communication Department, and the Sustainability Department,CRO,CHRO and other departments gather are holding meetings to discuss activities to be conducted and the system as the “Social contribution activities working group” for the activities to be implemented by the newly integrated company.
We collect information about social issues recognized by local stakeholders by communicating with them and implementing measures to solve these issues. Specifically, based on past activities conducted by our sites and affiliated companies, we implement the measures according to the situation of each local community:
Many of the activities planned for 2022 by our business locations were postponed in the interest of preventing the spread of COVID-19 infections. With the 2023 change in the classification of COVID-19 from Class 2 to Class 5 under the Infectious Disease Control Act, we will continue helping to resolve local issues by formulating new action plans for a variety of activities.
To enable employees wishing to participate in social contribution activities to do so, we have also set up programs such as support leave (five days per year) and life support leave (up to three years in total that can be used to pursue privately-funded study abroad, accompany a spouse on an overseas assignment, take part in volunteer activities, etc.).
Commendation system(Resonac Pride Award)
The Resonac Group presents Resonac Pride Awards to employees and organizations that embody our Purpose and Values through sustainability (including social contribution activities), cultural, sports and other activities, whether inside or outside the scope of company operations, and that contribute to the Group's corporate image, employee morale, and vitality, thereby encouraging such activities.
A total of 65 submissions from Japan and abroad that included community service activities, sports, outside awards, and in-house events, were received for the newly-established awards in 2022, and the winners of one Gold Award, three Silver Awards, two Bronze Awards, and one Special Encouragement Award were selected after approval by the CEO.
The 2022 Gold Award was given to the non-profit organization ENTRADA, a futsal club for the intellectually challenged. Our employees are spearheading this NPO and serving as representative directors to provide and promote opportunities for people with disabilities to interact with the general public beyond the boundaries of their disabilities through sports, thereby contributing to community exchange and social advancement for people with disabilities.
Activities in 2022
In 2022, 151 million yen in social contribution activities were conducted by business locations throughout the Resonac Group. A total of 7,131 employees participated in these activities, in addition to which 218 people from outside the company took part in the plant tours conducted at our various plants.
Local and social contribution activities—Example(1)
"Conducting an aluminum can recycling activity"
The Resonac Group has been continuously conducting an aluminum can recycling activity with the participation of its employees as well as employees from partner companies.
In 2022, 33 domestic business locations of the former Showa Denko Group engaged in aluminum can recycling activities, collecting approximately 2.3 million aluminum cans over that year. We also contributed to communities through such activities by donating approximately 1.5 million yen in proceeds from these activities to local welfare facilities, elementary schools, municipalities, and other local organizations.
Local and social contribution activities—Example(2)
Resonac Automotive Products (Thailand) Co., Ltd., contributes to local communities by having employees visit local elementary schools and use their skills and knowledge to teach students how to make bio-compost from vegetable scraps (stressing the importance of separating waste), educate them on hydroponics, and provide safety instruction.
Local and social contribution activities—Example(3)
Developing Human Resources to Lead the Next Generation
In order to address the social issue of declining interest in science among children, the Resonac Group provides kindergartens, nursery schools and elementary and junior high schools located around its sites with texts and materials for experiment classes and also provides instructors for such classes from among its own employees, with the aim of helping children discover the joys of learning about science and chemistry. Moreover, on our official website, we post videos offering easy-to-understand explanations about how to conduct experiments like those included in the experiment classes at home, as well as the teaching materials (in PDF format) on the wonders of chemistry that we created and published for the classes.
Local and social contribution activities—Example(4)
"Environmental Rehabilitation Activity around Kasumigaura"
In the Lake Kasumigaura basin, from which our Group draws a considerable amount of industrial water, we have since FY2012 been implementing the “Project to Restore the Environment around Kasumigaura" as a social contribution activity in cooperation with the certified NPO Asaza Foundation. Ibaraki Prefecture’s Sakuragawa City, where the project is based, sits near the headwaters of Lake Kasumigaura, and we are aiming to restore the satoyama environment and conserve the ecosystem there through rice cultivation on abandoned farmland. With cooperation from the local community, we have been clearing bush, creating biotopes, and carrying out other environmental maintenance activities in conjunction with rice planting, weeding, and harvesting programs, as well as engaging in fixed-point observations of the creatures living in the surrounding area. These observations have confirmed that the numbers of river snails, red-legged frogs and other living creatures has increased since the activities started, and we hope to boost the number of species in future. We have also confirmed the presence of species listed on the Ministry of the Environment's Red List – including giant water bugs, whirligig beetles, and Japanese eight-barbel loaches – and we will be continuing our efforts to conserve the ecosystem. While we had to suspend our activities in the area from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we resumed our efforts in 2023.
Local and social contribution activities—Example (5)
Green Curtain Project
We are conducting this activity to deal with the social issue of global warming. Specifically, we are working to create more “green curtains” on and around the premises of our sites in and outside Japan. In this activity, participants can enjoy creating green curtains that will help them stay comfortable without relying on air conditioners. (Cooperation by an NPO named “Midorinoka-ten Oendan”)