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Relationship with Local Communities and Society

Basic Way of Thinking

As a member of regional communities, the CTC Group is proactively involved in social contribution activities in a broad range of fields, including social welfare aimed at training the next generation, activities for environmental conservation, international assistance and cultural activities. At the same time, the CTC Group is aiming to realize an affluent society by putting its human resources, knowledge and information technologies to good use.
Going further, the CTC Group is focusing its initiatives on activities for providing assistance to people in areas affected by disaster.

Activities to Support the Recovery of Areas Affected by Disasters

The CTC Group is supporting recovery efforts in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake with the hope of aiding in a faster recovery for these areas. We are providing support for volunteer activities by individual employees in disaster-stricken areas, and continuing to hold Happiness Recovery support tours for CTC Group employees to participate in such activities.
On July 2, 2015, the CTC Group registered with the Sen-nen Kibo-no Oka (Millennium Hope Hills) supporter system in Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, the first corporate group based in Tokyo to do so. As a registered supporter, the CTC Group is continuing to undertake on-site activities in Iwanuma City, including cleaning, weeding, tree planting and replanting.

CTC Group Happiness Recovery support tours

CTC Group Happiness Recovery support tours

Recent Disaster Recovery Support Activities2
Recent Disaster Recovery Support Activities3

To enable employees to participate in support activities for other disaster-stricken areas*1 in Japan (other than those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake) we have also established the Disaster Relief Volunteer Special Holiday and Disaster Relief Volunteer Activity Expenses Grant*2 schemes, offering backup and support for the proactive efforts of our employees.
Since the establishment of these schemes in June 2011, the total numbers of employees using them have grown to 207 (Disaster Relief Volunteer Special Holiday scheme) and 303 (Disaster Relief Volunteer Activity Expenses Grant scheme) respectively by the end of fiscal 2014.

Report on activities in disaster-stricken areas from 2011 until now(Japanese Only)

  • *1Disaster-stricken areas and severely disaster-stricken areas in which volunteering centers have been established
  • *2Disaster Relief Volunteer Special Holiday scheme: a scheme whereby employees can take up to seven paid holidays a year to participate in volunteering activities (holidays can also be taken on a half-day basis).
    Disaster Relief Volunteer Activity Expenses Grant scheme: a scheme whereby the company pays grants of between 35,000 and 50,000 yen (per activity) to cover costs such as return travel and accommodation expenses to aid in employees' participation in disaster relief activities. The scheme can be used up to five times per person during any given fiscal year.

Environmental conservation activities

Employees participate in MOTTAINAI×TAMAZO Forest making project

Employees participate in "MOTTAINAI×TAMAZO Forest making project"

Our Environmental conservation activities include:

  • Local beautification and cleaning activities by CTC Group employees.
  • Supported the MOTTAINAI Campaign aimed at building a sustainable recycling-oriented society through environmental conservation activities, while CTC Group employees took part in activities to preserve the natural environment.
  • Supported the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, a fund for assisting in the conservation of the natural environment operated by the Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation.

Fostering the Next Generation of Young People

Children's Technology Challenge IT workshop class

Since fiscal 2015, we have held an IT workshop class aimed at 4th to 6th grade elementary school students named "Children's Technology Challenge," using tablet terminals. Through this initiative, we run classes where children can experience programming techniques (one of the CTC Group's main areas of business) in a fun and entertaining way; providing opportunities for the children who will lead the next generation to exercise their creative potential.

Children's Technology Challenge IT workshop class

Children's Technology Challenge IT workshop class

Children's Technology Challenge

Click here to see details of our Children's Technology Challenge classes(Japanese Only)

  • We cooperate with general study classes at city-run junior high schools, hold classes on static electricity for children in Chiyoda City, and conduct special lectures at universities.
  • We also support school corporations that implement mixed education, in which ordinary children learn together with many autistic children, and life therapy to encourage self-reliance and independence in children with autism.

Promoting Diversity

The Rio Paralympic Games held in September 2016 Hinari Employees Appear

The Rio Paralympic Games held in September 2016 Hinari Employees Appear

Our Promoting Diversity activities include:

  • Supported the employees of HINARI Corporation, a special affiliate, who compete internationally at the Paralympics and other global athletic competitions.

Social Welfare

Our social welfare activities include:

  • Supported organizations raising and training helper dogs for physically disabled persons (including guide dogs, service dogs and hearing dogs).
  • Support for accommodation facilities where children being treated for intractable diseases can stay together with family members who care for them
  • Supported third-place facilities operated by the Nippon Foundation for preventing the isolation of children and families and fostering children’s ability to live in communities.
  • Supported events designed to save unemployed persons suffering from depression, social withdrawal, etc.
  • Presenting wheelchairs to welfare facilities
Employees nurture puppies as supplementary dog candidates as Puppy family

Employees nurture puppies as supplementary dog candidates as Puppy family

Employees participate in NIPPON IT Charity Ekiden

Employees participate in "NIPPON IT Charity Ekiden"

Cultural Activities

Our cultural welfare activities include:

  • Sponsorship of local music festivals

International Activities

Walk the World  charity walk hosted by the Japan Association for the World Food Programme (WPF)

"Walk the World" charity walk hosted by the Japan Association for the World Food Programme (WPF)

Our international activities include:

  • Food aid for children suffering from famine

Regional support

Our Regional support activities include:

  • Participated in a liaison council for companies sponsored by the social welfare council of the Chiyoda Ward where the head office of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation is located. Engaged in activities and support in cooperation with local communities.

Internal Activities

Since fiscal 2014, the CTC Group has offered short training courses at its offices for volunteer activities in communities and solutions to social issues regularly under the program title of "Volunteer Activities in Offices," making good use of time after weekday working hours.
Expanding the scale in fiscal 2017, the CTC Group offered a study course for the Universal Manners Test Grade 3. Through this course, about 500 CTC Group directors and employees, including the president, learned how to meet face-to-face and talk to elderly and disabled persons.

Universal lManneres Test Level 3(FY2017)

Universal lManneres Test
Universal lManneres Test

Sign Language Workshop (FY2016)

Sign Language Workshop (FY2016)
Sign Language Workshop (FY2016)
Sign Language Workshop (FY2016)

Volunteer Activities at the Office (FY2015)

Guide helper for the blind class

Guide helper for the blind class

Dementia supporter class

Dementia supporter class

"MAMORITAIZO" towel elephant making class

Support system for volunteer activities

The CTC Group is offering information to CTC Group employees about volunteer activities using a mailing list called Smile Net, aiming to help Group employees engage in these activities in local communities.
Meanwhile, the CTC Group has set up a volunteer leave system*3 that CTC Group employees can use to take part in social contribution activities, aiming to build a support system for their volunteer activities.

Examples of Employees Using the Volunteer Holiday Scheme

Some examples of employees utilizing the Volunteer Holiday scheme include volunteering to help at local events, participating in visiting concert performances at welfare/care facilities, volunteering to help at disaster prevention or disaster readiness-related events and participation in lifesaving classes and guardian classes.

  • *3Volunteer Holiday scheme: a scheme whereby employees can take up to three paid holidays a year to participate in volunteering activities (holidays can also be taken on a half-day basis).
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