Corporate Citizenship
Employees, Local Communities
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Support for Volunteer Activities of Employees

Encourage volunteer activities that local communities will appreciate and employees can obtain satisfaction With the aim of promoting activities through the participation of individual employees, Sumitomo Riko supports employees' volunteer activities that local communities will appreciate and the volunteers can obtain satisfaction.

Sumitomo Riko Attaka Club


The "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Club" is a volunteer organization that consists of current and former employees of the Sumitomo Riko Group. Throughout the year, the club conducts independent projects and participates in projects organized by other organizations and volunteer activities for civil activities organizations. Over 1,400 members (as of the end of May 2020) of five local clubs, such as the Komaki Club, are engaged in various activities.
Since it was first established, the Sumitomo Riko Attaka Club has been operating a points program as an incentive, with 20 points awarded for each volunteer activity its members participate in. Those who have collected 200 points become eligible to receive certification and make a donation to their preferred civil activities organization with one Attaka point equivalent to 10 yen, while various organizations receive that donation every year.
The volunteer support center (known as "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Support Center") within the Social Contribution Program Planning Office serves as the office for the "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Club". Moreover, "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Support Center Branch" has been established within general affairs section at each plant, to support for employee volunteer activities and manage the "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Network" volunteer support system. Sumitomo Riko operates an information website called the Sumitomo Riko Attaka Network as an information portal for volunteer activities of the Sumitomo Riko Attaka Club. It provides information on company projects, club projects and projects from participated external organizations and match employees and activities.

The Sumitomo Riko Attaka Fund (General Incorporated Foundation)

The "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Fund" supports monetary donations by employees. Registered employees donate anywhere between one to ten "donation units". One "unit" is equivalent to 100 yen and a maximum of ten units are deducted from their salaries. As a matching contribution, the Company donates the same amount to the Fund. The Fund is used to support the "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Club", organizations tackling social issues and disaster victims. Based on this Fund, Sumitomo Riko started the "Attaka Tickets Project" in 2013 to support victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and began participating in a project to establish the Aichi model for education using donations in 2018. About 520 employees were registered with this Fund as of the end of May 2020.
The Fund became a "general incorporated foundation" in November, 2014.

Sumitomo Riko "Pro Bono" Program

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To promote employees' participation in society, Sumitomo Riko has started the Sumitomo Riko "pro bono" program.
"Pro bono" means voluntarily work by professionals contributing to society by using their specific knowledge and skills acquired through their professions.
Under this program, participants receive six-time preliminary training sessions, jointly with those of other companies, for the purpose of providing consulting services to non-profit organizations (NPOs) in Central Japan Area. Afterwards, members are selected and they can provide consulting services to NPOs. The program gives employees great opportunities for making exchanges with other departments within Sumitomo Riko and expanding their horizons to areas beyond the company.
This program started in 2013 and was undertaken for the seventh time in 2019. 51 Sumitomo Riko employees have joined so far. Members received various preliminary training from lecturers of several companies, the administrators, universities, and non-profit organizations (NPOs) who are active in the front-lines, and then provided consulting services for civil organizations such as NPOs. Sumitomo Riko will keep promoting this program as a social contribution activity which returns working experiences to societies, and actively supporting employees' participation in society.

Volunteer Leave and Leave-of-absence System

Sumitomo Riko established a volunteer leave and leave-of-absence system in 1999 and employees can take up to 3 days volunteer leave and up to 3 years as a leave of absence.
We think that contributing to the development of society and culture through participation in social activities will establish attractive corporate culture and develop better professionalism by fostering citizenship, social skills and cultural awareness of employees.