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Contribution to the Sound Development of Young People

Providing the future generation with valuable experience In order to provide young people as the future generation with as many valuable experiences as possible that are meaningful especially at their young ages, Sumitomo Riko offers experience-based programs from them.

Preparatory School for Foreign Preschool Children

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In cooperation with the Komaki International Association, Sumitomo Riko operates a preschool for children living in Komaki City who have roots in foreign countries, to help them prepare to enter elementary school in the following year.
This preparatory school teaches the children before entering school the basic Japanese reading and writing skills they will need at school and behavioral norms at elementary schools so that they can smoothly adapt to life at school. Our preschool is run by volunteers. Before they start teaching at the preschool, they participate in an instructor training seminar held over the summer and the winter where they learn teaching methods as well as techniques for creating effective teaching materials.
Sumitomo Riko intends to continue this initiative supporting children's sound development, helping the youngsters be happy and enjoy school.

Student SDGs Essay Award by Sumitomo Riko

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Awards ceremony held online(August 20, 2020)

We launched the Student SDGs Essay Award by Sumitomo Riko (originally named Sumitomo Riko Student Essay Award) in 2015 as a project to support the young people who will become the leaders of tomorrow. This was a new social contribution activity to mark the change of the company name to Sumitomo Riko.
The aim of these awards is to provide an opportunity for students throughout Japan to learn about the issues facing society and what development of a sustainable society entails and to discuss the outcomes of their consideration of those issues, in the hope that it will encourage the contestants to broaden their horizons and achieve personal growth.
The awards attract more than 100 essays from university students, graduate school students and vocational school students in Japan and overseas, and international students every year. The award-winning essays, consisting of a first-prize winner, a second-prize winner, three superior-award winners, and a special-recognition-award winner, are determined through screening by experts led by Ms. Yukari Takamura (Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo), as chair of the screening committee, as well as voting by Sumitomo Riko employees. At the commendation ceremony held at the end of August, the winners receive certificates of commendation, supplementary prizes, and commemorative goods.
Sumitomo Riko intends to continue hosting this Student Essay Award as a project to support the young people who will become the leaders of tomorrow and promoting initiatives to establish a sustainable society.

Collaboration with Nagaoka University of Technology, Support for 5th STI-Gigaku 2020

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Sumitomo Riko participated in, supported, and donated to the 5th International Conference on “Science of Technology Innovation” (5th STI-Gigaku 2020), an international conference hosted by Nagaoka University of Technology in collaboration with vocational high school, private-sector companies, local governments, etc., with the aim of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The objective of this initiative is to contribute to new technological innovations and solutions for the SDGs and, more broadly, to nurture future leaders, through collaboration with Nagaoka University of Technology, which is strongly pursuing the SDGs as the only university in East Asia to be designated as a hub university by the United Nations.
STI-Gigaku is a forum to discuss issues and seek answers on the various goals for sustainable development, such as energy, climate change, poverty and hunger, based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (17 goals and 169 targets) of the 2030 Development Agenda.
In the Poster Session, participants exhibited posters and gave short oral presentations in English on activities for solving the SDGs and the outcomes of joint research between KOSEN and Nagaoka University of Technology. We presented a certificate for the Best Poster Award by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited and a commemorative gift to the student who gave the most outstanding presentation, as our contribution to promoting students’ efforts to achieve the SDGs.

Participation in the Aichi Prefecture Donation Awareness Education Project "Donation Seminar in Aichi 2020“

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Since 2018, we have been donating to and participating in the "Donation Seminar" conducted by Aichi Prefecture, where high school and junior high school students consider the social contribution activities of NPOs. The purpose of this seminar is to foster young people's awareness of donation and social participation and contribution. Participating NPOs will visit junior high schools and high schools to give presentations on their activities and the results of their projects, and based on that information, students will vote for the NPOs they would like to donate to and exchange opinions with them. At the high school, our company and other sponsoring organizations donate money to the NPOs according to the number of votes cast, and in fiscal 2020, we donated money (300,000 yen in total) to three organizations according to the number of votes cast by the students.
In addition to fostering the awareness of donations among the younger generation, this program also helps NPOs to improve their presentation skills in order to "communicate" and "gain sympathy" for their activities among the younger generation.

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