Support for Employees' Participation in Social Activities

As its employees maintain a keen awareness toward social challenges, Mitsui Chemicals provides support for them to remain human resources that voluntarily take it upon themselves to contribute to society.

One-Coin Club

We set up the One-Coin Club in November 2007. Employees who join the club choose an amount to be deducted from their salaries or bonuses, which is used to fund donations to organizations involved in social activities. The One-Coin Club Management Committee, formed by volunteer members, specifies the priority areas for support, chooses social service organizations, and reviews and selects donation beneficiaries in accordance with the provisions of the Committee’s management rules.

Priority Areas of Support

  • Activities aimed at nurturing future generations/saving lives and protecting the livelihoods of children
  • Activities aimed at supporting people with disabilities/contributing to patients with intractable diseases
  • Activities that contribute to medical/maintenance disaster response systems
  • Activities that protect the global environment

Criteria for Choosing Social Service Organizations

  • The content of the organization’s activities corresponds to the content of the Group’s Social Activities Policy.
  • The organization is a third-party beneficiary that is not a Group employee or related party.
  • The organization’s activity details and financial condition are disclosed, so it is a highly transparent organization.
  • The organization has promised that it will report the results of its activities to the Club after receiving support from the Club.
  • The organization has no connection with specific religion, academic society, or political activity.

As of October 2020, the Club had 729 members, who between them contributed approximately ¥4.0 million to the fund in fiscal 2020.
In fiscal 2020, we donated a total of ¥6.4 million — ¥3.2 million from the One-Coin Club and a matching gift* of the same amount from the Company — to a total of 16 organizations involved in a range of social activities. The Club also donated ¥500,000 from its fund to support those who suffered from the heavy rains by 2020 Kyushu floods.

*Matching gifts:
A program that supports employees’ social contribution activities whereby a company provides a matching donation of the same amount when an employee donates to a social or environmental organization.

 the One-Coin Club

Organizations That Benefited from Donations in Fiscal 2020

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Organization Name
(In random order)
Priority Areas of Support Past Donation History
United Nations World Food Programme (Japan) (1) 2008-2020
Japan Committee, Vaccines for the World’s Children (1) 2008-2020
Nanbyo Network (1) (2) 2009-2020
Guide Dog & Service Dog & Hearing Dog Association of Japan (2) 2008-2020
Japan Marrow Donor Registry Promotion Conference (2) 2008、2010-2020
Helicopter Emergency Medical Network (HEM-Net) (3) 2010-2020
team RESCUE (3) 2012-2020
Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) (1) (3) 2009、2012ー2017、2019-2020
Japan Environmental Action Network (4) 2015-2020
Chance for Children (1) 2017-2020
Kamonohashi Project (1) 2015、2018-2020
5years (2) 2018-2020
Coal Mine Train Preservation Society (1) 2020
The Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (1) 2020
WaterAid Japan (1) (3) 2020

Community Service Leave Program

In August 2008, we introduced a community service leave program to provide support for employees participating in social activities, by enabling them to take up to two day’s paid leave a year. Starting in fiscal 2020, half-day leave was introduced, resulting in 41 instances of leave being taken (of which one was half-day leave).
Since 2011, we have also been allowing employees to take up to eight days’ special leave each year, so that they can engage in social activities aimed at providing disaster relief.

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