Charter of Corporate Behavior
We shall contribute broadly to society through our businesses. In addition, we shall respond to the desires and expectations of local communities by enhancing our understanding of their cultures and customs and acting as a good corporate citizen.
Recognition of Issues and Basic Approach
The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group has established the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group Corporate Citizenship Activities Policy, and is implementing specific activities in line with this policy.
The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group Corporate Citizenship Activities Policy
As good corporate citizens, the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group has been striving for realizing KAITEKI with a better understanding of the culture and customs in communities and countries where we operate. Furthermore, we have been active in responding to real needs and demands of the communities in various ways including our business activities where we are located.
For information about the promotion structure for activities related to community involvement, please see "Promotion Structure for Management of Sustainability (MOS)" on the Awareness and Responsibility webpage.
Supporting Volunteer and Social Contribution Activities
The Group supports employees who voluntarily participate in social contribution activities by providing information on volunteer activities over its intranet.
The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group companies promote the following community involvement activities:
Examples of Activities
■ Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group: Holding the "Let's go to Tokyo!" event to support areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake
As part of activities supporting recovery in the Tohoku region, with the cooperation of the non-profit organization Good Neighbors Japan*, the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group has held the "Let's go to Tokyo!" event since fiscal 2012. Elementary school students and their parents or guardians from the city of Kamaishi and the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture, which suffered severely from the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, were invited to Tokyo, visiting Tokyo Disneyland and participating in Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation's science experimental classes and viewing its showrooms. In fiscal 2012, the event was attended by 68 people, followed by 67 people in fiscal 2013 and 71 people in fiscal 2014. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group has also made donations and provided relief supplies to help disaster-affected areas and has supported volunteer activities by its employees in these areas. This event has provided the children who were invited from Tohoku to Tokyo with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Group and its business while at the same time lifting their spirits.
* A member of the international organization Good Neighbors International, which supports education, provides humanitarian and development assistance, and conducts emergency relief activities in over 20 countries around the world.
■ Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group: Sharing a single table with children from developing countries
The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group has been participating in the TABLE FOR TWO Program* since November 2012. In this program, when specified low-calorie meals at our head office are purchased, \20 of the cost of a meal is donated to buy one school meal for children in developing countries. To date, we have donated the equivalent of 13,825 school meals. This program contributes to the development of school education by providing children with lunches in developing countries. At the same time, it helps to reduce employee obesity and lifestyle-related diseases
*TABLE FOR TWO Program Conducted by TABLE FOR TWO International, a specified non-profit corporation.
TABLE FOR TWO Donation Results
|Fiscal 2013||¥197,400 (equivalent to 9,870 school meals)|
|Fiscal 2012||¥79,100 (equivalent to 3,955 school meals)|
■ Mitsubishi Plastics Agri Dream Co., Ltd.*: Supporting the establishment of new agriculture in areas that suffered enormous tsunami damage by providing systems and technologies
In Pacific coastal areas of the Tohoku region of Japan, there is farmland that still cannot be cultivated due to salt damage caused by the tsunami generated during the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. To facilitate highly profitable and stable agriculture, even under these harsh conditions, Michisaki, an agricultural production corporation in Miyagi Prefecture, installed a solar plant factory* that uses a solution cultivation system from Mitsubishi Plastics Agri Dream. In June 2013, the cultivation of highly profitable salad spinach began. Even after system installation, we are supporting agricultural reconstruction in terms of both systems and techniques, such as vegetable selection and sowing intervals.
*Mitsubishi Plastics Agri Dream Co., Ltd. is a group company of the Mitsubishi Plastics Group.
*Plant Factory: A cultivation system to systematically produce plants in a closed or semi-closed space. Elements that are important to crop viability including light, temperature and nutrient solutions can be centrally controlled, enabling operation focused on fixed time, fixed yield, fixed quality and fixed cost.
■ Mitsubishi Plastics Infratec Co., Ltd.*: Supply of the soil erosion prevention block mat GOBIMAT for a flood control project in an area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake
After the Great East Japan Earthquake, due to the effects of the tsunami the whole of Sendai Airport in Miyagi Prefecture was flooded for a long time. Although emergency drainage led to recovery, in order to control flood-related risks it was necessary to implement flood-control measures in the surrounding area. In response, river improvement work for the Kawauchisawa River, which flows near the airport, is currently under way, and Mitsubishi Plastics Infratec's soil erosion prevention block mat GOBIMAT is being used in this project, contributing to recovery in the disaster-affected area.
GOBIMAT is a block mat composed of multiple concrete blocks and highly durable filter sheets. Suitable for any shape of ground surface, it has excellent characteristics in the prevention of surface soil erosion. As it can be installed directly to the ground surface, it greatly increases efficiency of installment. It can also be combined with vegetation planting work.
*Mitsubishi Plastics Infratec Co., Ltd. is a group company of the Mitsubishi Plastics Group.
■ Yupo Corporation*: Promotion of community involvement activities using the proprietary synthetic paper product Yupo
Yupo Corporation America (a 100%-owned subsidiary of Yupo Corporation), which manufactures and sells the water-resistant and sturdy synthetic paper yupo in the U.S., has been focusing on community involvement activities through its business operations. For example, the company has supplied yupo to the Children's Health Investment Program (CHIP), an initiative to support new parents. Employees of Yupo Corporation America packed "toolkits" made of yupo paper with information explaining life with newborns, including topics like child brain development, and donated the toolkits to the new parents. This initiative was recognized with a special presentation from the City Council of Chesapeake, Virginia. In addition, the company supplied Agencies in Action, an organization fighting poverty in New York City, with yupo sheets to produce 250,000 maps. In this manner, yupo paper is being put to good use as maps that show people how to find facility that serve free or very inexpensive hot meals.
*Yupo Corporation is a group company of the Mitsubishi Chemical Group.
■ Quadrant EPP USA*: Pediatric prosthetics unitizing quadrant products won first prize at a design competition
NONSPEC, a talented group of engineering students from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, has been working to develop pediatric prosthetic utilizing advanced plastic products of Quadrant EPP USA, Inc. In October 2013, the devices won First Prize at the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), Plastics Application Design Competition. NONSPEC's aim is to develop prosthetic arm and hand devices that are much more financially accessible than existing devices for children around the world. The award-winning prosthetic devices were developed based on a proposal from a corporate client of Quadrant EPP USA, who suggested that Quadrant EPP USA's advanced plastics could cut the weight by around one-third compared with metallic materials, while preserving strength and durability. Commercialization studies for these devices are now underway.
* Quadrant EPP USA, Inc. is a group company of the Mitsubishi Plastics Group.
■ Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation: Creation of the Tenohira Partnership Program to help improve the quality of life of patients with incurable diseases
Despite the enormous efforts of pharmaceutical companies throughout the world to develop needed drugs, they are not always able to develop highly effective pharmaceuticals. Consequently, a large number of serious diseases remain incurable. As a pharmaceutical company, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma works to discover new drugs that will treat these diseases. At the same time, the company also views providing support for patients struggling with these diseases and their families as an important mission. To mark its fifth anniversary in 2012, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma established the Tenohira Partnership Program. The company provides funds to selected patient associations and their support groups for patients with incurable diseases that seek to improve quality of life for patients with these diseases through improvements in medical treatment and working conditions. In fiscal 2013, the program's first year, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma provided subsidies to 12 groups, following deliberations by a Selection Committee of external experts established outside the company.