CSR / Environment

For Local Communities

Promoting Social Contribution Activities

Fiscal 2019 Objectives Fiscal 2019 Achievements Self-Evaluation
  • Continue to collaborate with local communities to solve social problems, with employees taking the lead role in conducting activities that benefit communities
  • Total number of participants in environmental conservation activities: 14,579 (including family members), total number of activities: 873
  • Career education provided to total of 1,712 students at special-needs schools
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Priority Objectives for Fiscal 2020
  • Continue to collaborate with local communities to solve social problems, with employees taking the lead role in conducting activities that benefit communities
  • Self-evaluation: ★★★ Achieved more than targeted / ★★ Achieved as targeted / ★ Achieved to some extent

Based on its business philosophy of “contributing to the culture, benefits, and welfare of people throughout the world,” Sharp contributes to regional advancement as a member of the communities where it does business. To help foster a relationship of mutual prosperity with communities, Sharp employees take the initiative in carrying out voluntary and ongoing social contribution activities centered on the environment, education, and social welfare.

Environmental Conservation Activities

Sharp carries out environmental conservation activities at its factories and sales and service bases across Japan. The activities are led by Sharp Green Club (SGC),* a volunteer organization composed of Sharp and its labor union. SGC volunteers participate in Sharp Forest projects conducted in six areas to protect biodiversity and regenerate satoyama (areas that lie between the foot of a mountain and arable land) and roll out a campaign at four locations that is aimed at protecting wetlands listed under the Ramsar Convention. To demonstrate our commitment to communities, our employees also cooperate with local residents to organize cleanup and tree-planting events in the neighborhood of Sharp business sites.

In fiscal 2019, 873 such activities took place with the participation of a total 14,579 volunteers, including Sharp executives, employees, and their family members. Looking ahead, Sharp will continue to contribute to communities by broadening locally oriented initiatives.

  • Sharp’s joint labor-management volunteer organization that conducts activities such as forest preservation and community cleanups.

Case Study

Employees at our Nara site join the volunteer activities organized by the Yatadera Pilgrimage Path Conservation Society twice a year. The group’s purpose is to preserve nature in the satoyama area around Yatadera Temple. A total of 39 employees took part in clearing away the undergrowth of maple trees in Momiji Park, located along the Yatadera Pilgrimage Path.

We are eager to continue to play a role in the conservation of this beautiful natural landscape and protect satoyama.

The Yatsu-higata tidal flat in Chiba Prefecture is an important stopover area for migratory water birds. A wide variety of wild birds can be observed here in all seasons.

Seventeen people, consisting of employees of Sharp and its subcontractors as well as their family members, took part in a program to support the conservation of the tidal flat. With the help of the Yatsu-higata Nature Observation Center, they observed winter birds that had migrated from the Arctic to spend the winter, cut down reeds in and around the freshwater pond, and carried them into the woods.

Educational Support Activities for Disabled Children

Since fiscal 2012, Sharp Corporation and Sharp Tokusen Industry Co., a Sharp special subsidiary*, have been working together to enhance career education activities conducted at special-needs schools and similar organizations for disabled students. The aim of these activities is to foster a career-minded perspective in students and motivate them to work and achieve greater self-sufficiency. The following courses are provided.

  • Workplace tour: Visit the workplace of disabled employees and attend a lecture
  • Workplace experience: Experience work where disabled employees are active
  • School visit: Disabled Sharp employee visits schools to give talks on what it means to work

A workplace visit

A participant in a workplace experience

A classroom during a school visit

  • A subsidiary that has made special efforts supporting the employment of disabled people, as defined in Japan’s Act on Employment Promotion, etc. of Persons with Disabilities(for example, improving facilities where the disabled work).
Voice

Comment from member of non-profit organization (NPO) participating in workplace experience

174 Find Employment After Learning Essentials Through Workplace Experience.

We opened the first office of Cross Job, a Nonprofit Corporation in April 2010 in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture to help people find employment and switch careers. We currently have four offices in Osaka Prefecture at which close to 100 disabled people undergo daily training towards procuring employment. Workplace experience at companies constitutes a key part of this training. In accepting trainees for the program, Sharp Tokusen Industry Co. starts with an orientation for participants, followed by a little over a week of our trainees and company staff working out goals of workplace experience and holding various meetings. In this way, Sharp Tokusen Industry Co. staff provide trainees with the proper support. Upon completion of workplace experience, the company provides each trainee with a standardized assessment report that gives him or her personalized information on what they will need to work in a company. How well the trainees internalize the information in this assessment is extremely important to their finding and keeping steady employment.

Cross job conducted its first workplace experience on December 20, 2010. In the 10 years since then up to the end of last fiscal year, 360 trainees from our four sites have found employment. Of these, 187 participated in workplace experience—more than 50%. Looking back, I remember that, at a time when people didn’t know much about things like developmental disabilities and high-order brain dysfunctions, Sharp Tokusen Industry Co. published a booklet on this subject and spoke straightforwardly about how its role as a special Sharp subsidiary was to accept trainees.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that if it weren’t for Sharp Tokusen Industry Co., Cross job wouldn’t be where it is today.

We look forward to the company’s continuing cooperation.

Kazuhide Hamada
Representative Director,Cross Job,
Nonprofit Corporation

Voice

Comment from an Instructor at a School Visit

At school visits, I have students talk about what they envision for their future working career. For part of the lesson, I talk to the hearing-impaired students about my experience as a hearing-impaired person in the working world. I tell them that it’s especially difficult for hearing impaired people to communicate with normal hearing people. To help them overcome this difficulty, I use my own experience to tell them how they must begin preparing. To ensure smooth communication in the workplace, I think it’s important to develop ways to make yourself easily understood to other people. I feel really good when the school’s teachers tell me how valuable it is for his or her students to learn from a working person with the same disability.

I will continue thinking of ways that I can be useful in these educational activities.

Yuki Takahashi
Supervisor, Sharp Tokusen Industry Co.

Activities around the World

At Sharp bases around the world, employees take on a range of social problems through activities such as tree planting, forest rejuvenation, and releasing young fish into the wild to protect and foster biodiversity, as well as local cleanups. Sharp will continue to be firmly rooted in the community as it carries out social contribution activities in every way possible.

Case Study

SPC : Sharp (Phils.) Corporation

Employees of Sharp sales subsidiary SPC collaborated with employees of the local board of education, school teachers, parents, and other members of the community on maintenance (cleaning, repair, repainting) of an elementary school. SPC also donated classroom desks and chairs to another 10 schools.

In this way, the company seeks to contribute to society by not just manufacturing products but also by carrying out CSR activities.

Case Study

SMM : Sharp Manufacturing Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Sharp Malaysian production base SMM held a safety, health, and environmental protection exhibition to raise awareness among employees about these issues. Booth exhibits included making packaging from recycled materials and an explanation of how materials are recycled after they are discarded. There was also a poster contest. There was also a poster contest, in which staff members from several Malaysian government agencies, such as the Fire and Rescue Department, the Department of Environment, and the Health Department took part.

Case Study

SEID : P. T. Sharp Electronics Indonesia

Indonesian production base SEID has an initiative called the Sharp Class through which it strives to contribute to the government’s goal of eliminating unemployment. SEID engineers lead the classes by providing technical and theoretical teaching materials, as well as career advice and leadership training.

Case Study

SSI : Sharp Semiconductor Indonesia

Indonesian production base SSI collaborated with Karawang International Industrial City (KIIC) and its other tenants in a CSR program called School Go Green at a state-run environment and culture school. The program donated 20 garbage bins, 30 fruit trees, and 150 cover trees.

The School Go Green program aims to raise environmental awareness among students and teachers and reflect the important role environment and culture schools play in daily life.

Case Study

SEID : P. T. Sharp Electronics Indonesia

As part of its Sharp Greenerator environmental activities, SEID held an Eco-brick Workshop towards reducing plastic waste. Planned in coordination with the eco-venture Waste4Change, the workshop had participants make environmentally friendly bricks by compacting shards of used plastic bottles.

It is hoped that the workshop will make participants more aware of the importance of recycling plastic waste, spread the idea to more homes and workplaces, and contribute to reducing plastic waste.

Case Study

SPC : Sharp (Phils.) Corporation

After the Taal volcano eruption in January 2020, Sharp sales subsidiary SPC called on employees to come to the assistance of evacuees, and the company gathered 200 food packages, personal hygiene kits, and clothing for donation.

The company also worked with the local municipality to provide 24 washing machines and laundry detergent, 24 fans, and donations from SPC employees. The local mayor publicly expressed gratitude for SPC’s spirit of volunteering for the community.