- Social Initiatives
- Promoting Supply Chain CSR
- Quality / Customer Satisfaction
- Communication with Shareholders and Investors
- For Local Communities
- Efforts Related to Human Rights
- Human Resource Development / Personnel System
- Diversity Management
- Activities to Support Work-Life Balance
- Promoting Occupational Safety and Health
For Local Communities
Promoting Social Contribution Activities
|FY2020 Objectives||FY2020 Achievements||Self-Evaluation|
|Priority Objectives for Fiscal 2021||
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 five 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 2020, 649 such activities took place with the participation of a total 9,683 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.
As part of its community service and to maintain beautiful and pleasant rivers, Sharp’s Tenri Plant takes part in a local river support project run by the Nara prefectural government. Several times a year, employees pick up litter and cut weeds along the Takase River, a tributary of the Saho River that runs on the south side of the Sharp premises.
To limit the spread of Covid-19, in fiscal 2020 the scale of activities and number of participants were limited. Still, the Tenri Plant still managed to hold three cleanups, in May, December, and March and attended by a cumulative total of 23 employees, that helped beautify the Takase River.
Through forest and biodiversity preservation activities, Sharp’s Kameyama Plant partners in a council to reforest the headwaters of the Suzuka River.
In fiscal 2020, employees and their families took part in numerous events held by the council. At one, participants made Christmas wreaths from tree branches, leaves, and pine cones, while at another they made a shimenawa, a rope used to ward off evil in the Shinto religion. To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Kameyama Plant took measures such as limiting participant numbers and taking temperatures, and having participants wear masks, disinfect their hands, and gather in family units only.
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 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).
Online School Visits
Due to the need to prevent the spread of Covid-19, it has become difficult to visit schools to teach classes, hold workplace tours, and host workplace experience and other career education. Sharp thus responded to requests from special-needs schools and other schools and is holding online school visits. These began in July 2020 and will continue until the pandemic is over.
In-person school visits by Sharp were limited to nationwide schools for the hearing impaired and special-needs schools and other schools in Osaka Prefecture only, but holding the school visits online allows participation by nationwide special-needs schools and other schools. In fiscal 2020, a cumulative total of 102 schools joined the online school visits.
Lessons taught students to think about the value and meaning of work, and to seek self-understanding by setting targets for workplace experience. On the request of participating school teachers, in fiscal 2021 a new section was added to the curriculum in which students learn the importance of work fundamentals such as health maintenance and interpersonal skills by looking at employees in the workplace. School teachers themselves lead the lessons by having students watch videos while tackling problems on worksheets.
School teachers' comments included “I was able to give lessons in line with students' actual situations and the school's career education” and “Talks by Sharp employees are very persuasive, so students listen intently.” Meanwhile, students said, “It got me really excited about working” and “I understood that the fundamentals of day-to-day school life are important for my future working career.” Schools for the health impaired were grateful for the online school visits because it is normally difficult for them to invite teachers from outside the school.
Sharp will continue to contribute to students' future careers while at the same time seeking ways to adapt its education to changing career needs.
Comment from the principal of a special-needs school participating in career education
We really appreciate all that Sharp Tokusen Industry Co. does to help our students progress.
Since opening in 2014, our special-needs school has sought to help students with intellectual disabilities gain independence in society through employment. Through its annual school visits, workplace experience, and workplace tours Sharp Tokusen has given our students a deeper understanding of working life.
To prevent the spread of Covid-19, in the 2020 academic year in-person classes were often cancelled, and we weren’t able to hold our entrance ceremony until June 2021 after the state of emergency was lifted. Despite the late start, we have done everything possible to move ahead with courses that deepen students’ understanding of their future paths. While taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus, in October Sharp Tokusen held school visits for second- and third-year students on the themes of what is important for working and the importance of sticking to a job. The school visits were valuable opportunities for our students to take part in group work and other stimulating, fun activities that allowed them to learn and notice things on their own and in doing so get a clearer picture of their future possibilities.
In 2021, with the state of emergency in effect, classes were held from April while taking anti-Covid-19 measures, and in June workplace experience began, with priority given to students in third year, an important time for determining their future after graduation. Second-year students are also preparing for their upcoming workplace experience. In preparing for workplace experience, the most important thing is to set goals. To this end, Sharp Tokusen held online school visits to help students know themselves and to use this knowledge to set appropriate goals. The focused lessons had students using worksheets while looking back on their lives and realizing the importance of setting goals for their workplace experience. After watching online videos, students asked the Sharp Tokusen instructors questions, and the lessons ended with instructors wishing students all the best in future endeavors. I really think this warm and enthusiastic support gave students greater confidence about their futures.
Our school will continue work closely with organizations like Sharp Tokusen to make students more enthusiastic about working, and all of our teachers and staff will work as one team to help students achieve their dream of joining the workforce. I look forward to more guidance and support from Sharp Tokusen and wish them further success and growth in future.
Comment from a Sharp Tokusen Employee
We have so far welcomed many student trainees, all with unique personalities, to experience Sharp Tokusen. Even though all the students have a disability, each one of them is special in their own way. That is why we strive to match them with a job, an environment, and a work style that is right for them. For example, we try to simplify students’ work (through visualization of work procedures and work volume, clear placement of items, etc.), and we have special tools that make work easier (for affixing labels in the proper position, making tri-fold leaflets, etc.).
We want the trainees to experience success, even in small ways, and to build up their confidence. Even if they don’t get the results they want, we help them understand and assess work processes and make them feel they are progressing. That being said, things often don’t go as planned and I have done a lot of self-reflection.
But there is much to be learned from this process of trial and error, and I find that the workplace experience program has elped me grow as much as the students have.
We will continue to give the trainees opportunities to make discoveries and develop self-understanding that they can use to get a job and to keep on working.
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.
SEID：P. T. Sharp Electronics Indonesia
In Indonesia, the effects of the pandemic have put limitations on the ancient Islamic tradition of Ramadan.
Sharp production and sales base SEID held its Sharp Bersedekah, a charity event for sharing smiles and happiness. This event called on consumers to make donations virtually through various social network platforms.
In June 2020, the monetary donations were converted into Boxes of Happiness filled with basic foodstuffs and smiling masks, with a total of 1,000 of these boxes donated to orphanages in five major Indonesian cities.
SMM：Sharp Manufacturing Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd.
In June 2020, employees of Sharp Malaysian production base SMM took part in a blood donor event held on the SMM premises in cooperation with a public hospital. This blood drive is one of the company’s regular CSR activities. Ninety employees volunteered to donate blood.
SEID：P. T. Sharp Electronics Indonesia
The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in what is being called “the new normal” worldwide. It has also forced healthcare workers in Indonesia to become severely overworked and mentally and physically exhausted.
In August 2020, Sharp production and sales base SEID ran a cause-related marketing (CRM*) program called Bakti Untuk Negeri – Terima Kasih Pahlawan Kesehatan Indonesia (“Thank You Heroes of Indonesian Health” ). Under the program, SEID donated 980 million rupiah (approximately $69,100), which supported healthcare workers through purchases of personal protective equipment, foodstuffs, Sharp air purifiers, and school tuition fees for their children.
- * Cause-related marketing:
A portion of the sales from certain products or services is donated for causes such as environmental protection or community service.
SEID：P. T. Sharp Electronics Indonesia
People in Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi have experienced hardships due to disasters such as landslides, flash floods, earthquakes, and volcano eruptions.
In January 2021, Sharp production and sales base SEID donated various items through a non-profit organization. The items included foodstuffs, baby supplies, sanitary equipment, and healthcare goods, as well as items needed for temporary shelter tents such as blankets, masks, and waterproof sheets.
SEID：P. T. Sharp Electronics Indonesia
Although Covid-19 remained prevalent during the 2021 Ramadan period, the situation was much improved compared to the previous year in Indonesia, allowing numerous activities to restart as long as infection-prevention measures were taken.
Sharp production and sales base SEID held its annual Sharp Bersedekah (Let’s Share Happiness) charity event. The company placed refrigerators in various locations and called on the public to leave food inside them. All the food gathered was donated to the nearest orphanages and other social welfare organizations.