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Co-existence with Society
As a good corporate citizen, aspiring for the prosperity of succeeding generations and positive contribution to society in general, support local communities for environmental education and assist in basic research pertaining to conservation of the global environment.
Summer School Programs on the Environment
Every year since 1992, we have been organizing “Summer School Programs on the Environment” at the Tokyo Head office, mainly targeting elementary school students of Minato Ward, Tokyo. The aim of these programs is to promote environmental education among Japan's next generation and coexistence with society.
On November 25, 2011, an environment class was held at the Tokyo Head Office for 28 sixth-year students from Aoyama Elementary School. The visitors headed up to the roof of the Head Office building to see our solar panel, which was a newly included program, then listened to a discussion on topics such as tree-planting activities on the island of Borneo. The students were interested in our power-generating equipment—something they rarely see up close—and in the report about the rapid tropical deforestation on Borneo. After their visit, the students gave an environmental presentation on December 16 attended by around 20 ITOCHU employees, who listened avidly to the elementary schoolchildren's suggestions. We plan to continue and improve our community-oriented programs, such as this environment class for local elementary schoolchildren.
Supporting Center for Climate System Research, The University of Tokyo
ITOCHU has supported basic research by the University of Tokyo's Center for Climate System Research (reorganized as the University of Tokyo Climate System Research System from fiscal 2010) since 1991, and holds an annual “ITOCHU Symposium” as a forum for publicizing the center's research findings. The symposium, which marked its 20th anniversary in fiscal 2011, was held at the Osaka Head Office in March 2012 and was attended by 52 people. Professor Masahide Kimoto gave a speech titled “Has Climate Information Reached a Useful Level?” This was a good opportunity for our colleagues to consider the many different factors in global warming and their consequences.