Support for Volunteer Work by our Employees
ITOCHU strives to heighten employees' awareness of volunteer activities. In one such effort we have introduced a system that lets employees take up to five days of annual volunteer leave and volunteer programs in which they can participate on holidays or during lunch breaks.
The ITOCHU Group has been working as a reconstruction support volunteer since directly after the earthquake. In terms of our main activities, we have planted rice, harvested rice, provided event support and operated youth baseball tournaments. We have done this with the aim of supporting the recovery of everyone in the disaster-affected areas from the sidelines.
The ITOCHU Group will continue to conduct volunteer activities in line with the conditions in the disaster-affected areas in the future.
With the hope of alleviating hunger and poverty worldwide, we have been serving as a contributorof the Japan Association for the WFP, a nonprofit organization that focuses on building support in Japan for the World Food Programme (WFP) and its hunger relief operations.
In May 2019, the Walk the World campaign to end child hunger was held in Yokohama and Osaka. This event is a charity walk for which part of the participation fee is donated to a school meals program in developing countries of the United Nations World Food Programme. Many employees and their families of ITOCHU and ITOCHU Group companies participated in this event. They walked about famous places in Yokohama and Osaka respectively while praying for an end to child hunger in developing countries.
TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) Fighting to Fix the Food Supply Imbalance between Developing and Developed Countries
TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) is a social contribution program based on the concept of people in developed countries sharing a meal with those in developing nations beyond the restrictions of time and space so as to simultaneously work toward solving the problems of hunger faced by developing nations and obesity and lifestyle-related diseases faced by industrialized countries.
TFT was established in Japan in October 2007, and in April 2008 in the corporate cafeterias in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya ITOCHU introduced the TFT program at full-scale ahead of other companies.
For each healthy TFT meal purchased by employees, a donation of 20 yen is automatically made. ITOCHU has introduced a matching gift program under which it donates an additional 20 yen per TFT meal purchased by its employees. This means that a total of 40 yen per meal is used to provide school lunches for children in developing nations via the TFT program.
The cafeteria at the Tokyo Head Office serves TFT dishes daily.
Our initiatives in the FYE 2018
In October 2017, we launched "Takata no Yume wo Tabete Todokeru (Delivering Aid by Eating Takata no Yume)! TFT World Food Day Campaign" to coincide with World Food Day on October 16. We took independent initiatives such as the development of time-limited menu items, which use the Takata no Yume brand of rice launched by Rikuzen-Takata City and supported by ITOCHU Group, providing support for the Great East Japan Earthquake reconstruction, and publicity for TFT through video. Then we participated in "Rice ball action" distributed 1,000 pieces of rice balls of "Takata no yume" in front of employee cafeteria. In FYE 2018, 24,970 TFT meals were purchased, which led to a donation of 998,800 yen (equivalent to 49,940 school meals) in conjunction with a matching gift program from ITOCHU. In recognition of these activities, ITOCHU was commended as a gold supporter of the program in May 2018.
Other Volunteer Programs in which Employees can Participate
Support for Child Chemo House through installation of vending machines
To support operation of the Child Chemo House, the Japan's first specialized childhood cancer treatment facility, we have installed beverage vending machines specially designed for Chemo House in our Headquarters in Tokyo and Osaka. We donate an amount equaling 6%-10% of sales from all beverage vending machines installed in the buildings to Child Chemo House. In FYE 2019, we donated a total 2,200,200 yen.
Blood Drive by the Japan Red Cross Society (Tokyo Head Office)
Every year, a blood drive by the Japan Red Cross Society is held in the Tokyo head office. Today, precious donated blood is not only used during surgeries but also widely utilized in the treatment of illnesses such as leukemia, making blood donations even more important. While there are cases where people are unable to give blood due to their physical condition on the day, an overseas stay or local regulations, each time many employees including those from Group companies head to the venue to do their part.
For FYE 2019, blood drives were held on August 8, 2018 and January 30, 2019, with 68 employees and 92 employees giving blood respectively. We will continue social contribution activities through blood donations from FYE 2020 onward.
ITOCHU Baseball Class (Tokyo Headquarters) (February 2019)
On February 24, 2019, we conducted this activity for children with disabilities to enjoy baseball together with employees. The aim of this activity is to facilitate accessibility in terms of the mind toward the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and to nurture future generations. We started this activity in 2007. We then linked up with ITOCHU Uneedus Co., Ltd. to promote the employment of people with disabilities from last year. We held a joint class for elementary, junior high and high school students in addition to a class for elementary and junior high school students for the first time this year. On the day of the event, we borrowed a baseball stadium thanks to the kindness of Jingu Gaien. Volunteer employees (e.g. members of the ITOCHU Group Baseball Club) teamed up in pairs with children and played catch and hitting balls for practice with them. This was done under the guidance of former Tokyo Yakult Swallows players. A total of 211 people participated in this event including the children, their families and volunteers. Our employees also received a lot of energy from the children.
13 Partner Group Companies
DAIKEN, ITOCHU Human Resources & General Affairs Services, ITOCHU KENZAI, ITOCHU Orico Insurance Services, ITOCHU Pulp & Paper, ITOCHU REIT Management, ITOCHU-SHOKUHIN, ITOCHU Techno-Solutions, ITOCHU Uneedus, ITOCHU Urban Community, Marubeni-Itochu Steel, NIPPON ACCESS and UNY FamilyMart Holdings (In alphabetical order. Corporate status omitted.)
Selling Bread from the Swan Bakery
The Swan Bakery was established by the Yamato Welfare Foundation with the aim of encouraging employment for people with disabilities at reasonable wages. Since May 2008, we sell bread from the Swan Bakery every Wednesday in the employee cafeteria at the Tokyo head office. The endeavor has met with a favorable reception. Many employees make a point of purchasing the products, and the members of the bakery are "grateful that so many people buy our products each time."