Basic Way of Thinking
As a member of its local community, the CTC Group aims to create a rich and comfortable society by conducting proactive social contribution activities across a wide range of fields, including environmental conservation, human resources development and training, social welfare, community participation and cultural activities; and through the effective utilization of human resources, knowledge, information technology and other resources. We are also investing our energies and engaging in activities to support the recovery of disaster-stricken areas.
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 as the first Tokyo-based company to enroll in the support scheme for the Millennium Hope Hills project in Iwanuma City in Miyagi prefecture. Under this scheme we will participate in cleaning activities, weed/grass removal, supplementary planting and tree planting in the area several times a year.
Recent Disaster Recovery Support Activities
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.
- *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.
Community Participation and Development/Advancement
The CTC Group conducts continuous support activities both in Japan and overseas; including emotional education with the objective of fostering the next generation of young people, social welfare contribution activities, cultural activities and other activities in international society.
As one aspect of its activities to contribute to local communities, we also participate in a corporate liaison network (with the Chiyoda Council of Social Welfare as its administrative office) and engage in various activities in collaboration with the local community. We also aim to participate proactively and contribute to the development of not only Chiyoda City (where our head office is based) but also other regional communities; through cooperation with social welfare councils, volunteer centers and NPO organizations, etc., in other areas where our branch offices and other business locations are situated.
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
- 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.
Our social welfare activities include:
- Presenting wheelchairs to welfare facilities
- Support for training guide/assistance dogs
- Support for accommodation facilities where children being treated for intractable diseases can stay together with family members who care for them
A guide dog demonstration during an office tour
Presentation of a wheelchair to a welfare facility
Our cultural welfare activities include:
- Sponsorship of local music festivals
- Support for philharmonic/symphony orchestras
Our international activities include:
- Food aid for children suffering from famine
Since fiscal 2014, under the name of Volunteer Activities at the Office, we have held regular local volunteering activities at our offices between the hours of 18:00 and 20:00 on weekdays, and held experience classes for resolving issues in society. We also conduct regular cleanup activities in the areas surrounding our offices and data centers.
Volunteer Activities at the Office (FY2015)
Guide helper for the blind class
Dementia supporter class
"MAMORITAIZO" towel elephant making class
Volunteer Activities at the Office (FY2014)
Making cloth items for donation
Wheelchair training class
AED (Automated External Defibrillator) lifesaving class
Towards Our Employees
To support the activities of our employees in the local community, we have created a "Smile Net" mailing list, and provide information on volunteering activities to our employees on a regular basis. We have also established a Volunteer Holiday scheme*3 to create frameworks for supporting our employees' volunteering 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).