Volunteer Activities by Sumitomo Riko Group Employees

Employees, Local Communities

Activities that are valued by the local community and bring joy to the employees
Sumitomo Riko aims for activities in which each and every employee participates. By supporting the volunteer activities of our employees, we are creating a system in which they are valued by society and in which they can gain their own pleasure.

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, participates in projects organized by other organizations, and performs volunteer activities for civil activities organizations.
Currently, the Komaki Club and six other regional clubs across Japan have more than 1,400 members (as of the end of April, 2023) engaged in a variety of 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. One Attaka point is equivalent to 10 yen, which allows for various organizations to receive that donation every year.
Within the CSR Planning Office, there is the "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Support Center," which serves as a window role to support the activities of the Sumitomo Riko Attaka Club, a volunteer organization of employees. In addition, the "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Support Center Branch" has been set up within the general affairs section of each manufacturing plant to provide support for the volunteer activities of employees. Further, as an information system to support the volunteer activities of the "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Club," we have established the "Sumitomo Riko Attaka Net" website. This website provides information about volunteer activities planned by the company, as well as information pertaining to the club. The website also includes information regarding external organizations, and also does matching.

General Incorporated Foundation "The Sumitomo Riko Attaka Fund"

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 can be 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 working to solve social issues and help disaster victims. 
While we have supported various projects and activities in the past, since FY2021, “Attaka Fund” has been supporting the "Dream, Town, and Human Development Grant" (grant program started in 2010), which supports organizations working to solve social issues in areas where Sumitomo Riko Group sites are located. The number of employees registered with the Fund is approximately 500 (as of the end of May 2022).
The Fund became a "General Incorporated Foundation" in November, 2014.

Sumitomo Riko "Pro Bono" Program

To further promote employee participation in society, Sumitomo Riko has been implementing the Sumitomo Riko "Pro Bono Program" since 2013.
"Pro bono" means volunteer 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 the 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 entered its 10th year in 2022, and a total of 63 people from Sumitomo Riko have participated so far. Members received various preliminary training from lecturers of several companies, 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 corporate citizenship activity which returns working experience to societies, and actively supports employees' participation in society.

Participation in the TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) Program

Of the world's 7 billion people, about 1 billion suffer from hunger and malnutrition, while nearly 2 billion are obese due to overeating. In order to solve this serious food imbalance, TABLE FOR TWO was established in Japan in the fall of 2007.
When you eat a meal with fewer calories to prevent obesity and lifestyle-related diseases, 20 yen per meal will be donated to school lunches for children in developing countries through TFT. For every meal eaten in developed countries, one meal is given to a developing country under this system.
Sumitomo Riko endorsed this activity and started the program at their Komaki Plant in 2015 as part of the social contribution activities of its employees. Since then, Matsusaka Plant and Fuji-Susono Plant have joined the program, and the cafeterias at all three sites have been implementing the program. Thanks to the cooperation of many people, we have been able to deliver a total of 917,160 yen and 45,858 meals (as of March 2023). This initiative also contributes greatly to the “SDGs”, the 17 sustainable development goals set by the United Nations to be achieved by 2030.
  FY 2018 FY 2019 FY 2020 FY 2021 FY 2022
Amount of Money (yen) 148,140 130,540 38,020 68,560 83,380
Number of Meals 7,407 6,527 1,901 3,249 4,169

Volunteer Leave and Leave-of-absence System

Sumitomo Riko established a volunteer leave, and leave-of-absence system in 1999, in which 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.


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