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 2021, the Club had 746 members, who between them contributed approximately ¥4.0 million to the fund in fiscal 2021.
In fiscal 2021, 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.

*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 2021

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Organization Name
(In random order)
Priority Areas of Support Past Donation History
United Nations World Food Programme (Japan) (1) 2008-2021
Japan Committee, Vaccines for the World’s Children (1) 2008-2021
Nanbyo Network (1) (2) 2009-2021
Guide Dog & Service Dog & Hearing Dog Association of Japan (2) 2008-2021
Japan Marrow Donor Registry Promotion Conference (2) 2008、2010-2021
Helicopter Emergency Medical Network (HEM-Net) (3) 2010-2021
team RESCUE (3) 2012-2021
Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) (1) (3) 2009、2012ー2017、2019-2021
Japan Environmental Action Network (4) 2015-2021
Chance for Children (1) 2017-2021
Kamonohashi Project (1) 2015、2018-2021
5 years (2) 2018-2021
The Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (1) 2020-2021
WaterAid Japan (1) (3) 2020-2021
Disaster Rescue Dog Network (3) 2021

In fiscal 2021, an online NPO activity report meeting was held. Six organizations supported by the Club gave lectures, which served as a precious opportunity for our employees to exchange information and opinions concerning social issues. The participants commented: “This hotline network is helpful” and “It was an important opportunity to learn what is going on in the world.” We believe the meeting deepened their understanding of the organizations supported by the Club and served as an opportunity to consider business from the viewpoint of social issues that the Group is targeting.

Organizations that Participated in the Activity Report Meeting

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Organization name Time of implementationTheme
Nanbyo Network SeptemberContent of the organization’s activities
Kamonohashi Project SeptemberContent of the organization’s activities
Japan Marrow Donor Registry Promotion Conference SeptemberContent of the organization’s activities
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) DecemberContent of the organization’s activities
The Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect MarchInclusion study lectures x One-Coin Club—On International Women’s Day— (About child abuse)

*Collaboration event with the Human Resources Division

WaterAid Japan MarchWorkshop on water for children on World Water Day

*Collaboration event with Wonders of Chemistry

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 54 instances of leave being taken (of which 14 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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