Social Contribution Activities

Under the corporate philosophy “The best partner for life and society – with Energy, with the Car, with the Home –,” the Itochu Enex Group endeavors to contribute to the realization of affluent local communities and quality life for people living there, as well as to the sustainable development of society by implementing business activities to achieve the creation of diverse values and activities to contribute to society.

Basic policies for the Itochu Enex Group’s social contribution activities.

As “The best partner for life and society” Develop an environment, develop human resources and develop communities to be passed on to the future

  • Based on the corporate philosophy “The best partner for life and society,” we contribute to the society in business activities and as a good corporate citizen.
  • Under the theme of developing an environment, developing human resources and developing communities to foster the next generation, we carry out activities to pass down a sustainable society to the future.
  • We support social contribution activities conducted by employees as a citizen.
  • We proactively disclose details and results of our social contribution activities and share them with the society.

Developing healthy forests

In response to a call of the Tokyo Development Foundation for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, we have participated, since 2010, in the “Coexistence and Cooperation Forest Development Project” in which cedar, cypress and broad-leaved trees are planted in the Nariki district, Oume City, Tokyo, which is located in the western area of Tokyo, with the aim of developing a forest where forestry development and biodiversity conservation coexis.

Project to protect Japanese squirrels

The population of Japanese squirrels (Sciurus lis) has decreased in recent years due to changes in the habitat environment. Due to unceasing roadkill of road-crossing squirrels, we have co-sponsored a project to build a bridge for squirrels and support an activity aiming at coexistence between people and creatures living in the forests and undeveloped woodland (Tokamachi City, Niigata).

Dietary and fire education activities

In an activity begun in fiscal 2010, Itochu Enex Group employees visit kindergartens, nursery schools, and childcare centers in communities all across Japan as part of the Itadakimasu Support Manifesto for Kids, a dietary education program teaching children the meaning of giving thanks at mealtimes, conveying the importance of food and diet, and fostering a sense of gratitude for the meals they enjoy every day. Since fiscal 2013, the Group has also conducted a fire education activity teaching children about the danger and importance of fire.

Ultimate Frisbee course

In cooperation with the Japan Flying Disc Association, we invited members of the Japanese national team to hold courses at schools. These activities not only serve to teach rules and techniques, but aids in activating the spirit of self-control and ethics for children. (Held five times during FY2017)

*Ultimate Frisbee is a competitive team sport featuring flying discs.

Activities for communicating how society works

Family Day

Once a year, we hold a Family Day for our group employees to come to work with their children to give them a chance to experience the company. It is an activity that nurtures the next generation, enabling participating children to enjoy learning about the role of the company by exchanging business cards with the president and employees, touring offices and meeting rooms, and other activities.

Mini-Sapporo event

Group company Itochu Enex Home-Life Hokkaido Co., Ltd. participates in the Mini-Sapporo work experience event every year where children can experience safety inspections by being a gas mechanic.

Enjoy the Power of Words ~Word and voice activities~

Since 2013, we have held "Enjoy the Power of Words" events all over Japan with the goal of supporting people’s zest for life in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Through readings and music, we nurture the sensibilities of all generations and pass on important messages. We invite former NHK announcer Motoyo Yamane, who is also an outside director of the company and former TBS announcer Akiko Shindo to perform, and also invite a different guest each time to read aloud and enjoy a variety of music with no admission fee. At the event, we call for donations to the Fukushima Children's Fund for the Great East Japan Earthquake and other disaster relief efforts, and all proceeds are donated to the cause.

Recovery support

As part of our medium- and long-term support for the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Group collects monthly donations from its employees to help with reconstruction. The total amount of donations in fiscal 2019 was 1,345,200 yen.
(Total donations from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2019: 30,141,100 yen)
(Donated to: Iwate no Manabi Kibo Kikin scholarship fund, Fukushima Kodomo Kifukin donations, and the Miyagi Kodomo Ikuei Shikin scholarship fund)

We are also cooperating in supporting the recovery of disaster-affected areas.
2018: Five million yen donated to support the victims of heavy rains in Western Japan
(Donation recipient: Japan Platform)
2019: Five million yen donated to support the victims of the 2019 typhoons
(Donation recipient: Japan Platform)

Support for people with disabilities

We contribute to the realization of a diverse society by supporting people with disabilities.

Self-reliance and promoting art

Aside from sponsoring the Artbility project which is operated by Tokyo Colony, the social welfare corporation, we issue an original calendar annually featuring artwork registered by Artbility in the calendar’s design and wrapping to support self-reliance of people with disabilities.

Swan Bakery Bread Sales

The Swan Bakery was established by the Yamato Welfare Foundation to support the independence and social participation of people with disabilities.
The Swan Bakery sells freshly baked, delicious bread at the Enex headquarters once a month.

Sports activities

We support the activities of the nonprofit Yumeken, an organization that engages in sports, health activities, and interaction with people with disabilities.

Sponsorship and participation in hunger relief events

Every year, our employees participate in Walk the World, a charity event for hunger relief in poor countries organized by the World Food Programme (WFP). The sponsorship and participation fees are used to provide school meals and improve educational opportunities in poor countries.
Walk the World in 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we quickly donated the sponsorship fees that we had planned to pay to the WFP to support children who have been unable to eat school lunches due to the temporary school closures because of the pandemic.

Blood drive

Our employees cooperate in blood donation activities that are held twice a year at the Kasumigaseki Building in Tokyo.

Dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus

Support for Healthcare Professionals

In collaboration with COSMOS INITIA Co., Ltd., we provided free lodging facilities to medical institutions, including those designated infectious disease facilities, in Tokyo for all working healthcare professionals.

Donations made by all board members and employees to healthcare providers

Donations were collected from employees and board members and given to the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Nursing Now Campaign, a global campaign to improve the status and performance of the nursing profession.

Nissan Osaka Sales Co., Ltd. donated electric vehicles to Osaka Prefecture

Nissan Osaka Sales Co., Ltd., a Group company that has concluded a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Osaka Prefecture, has donated an electric car to Osaka Prefecture as an official vehicle for transporting medical supplies to facilities that care for people with mild symptoms of COVID-19.

Videos from "Enjoy the Power of Words", with illustrations

In addition to donating face masks to medical facilities and nursery schools in each region, we also released videos from Enjoy the Power of Words readings and music sessions that we have hosted for parents and children at home, as we have been asked to refrain from leaving home.

Employee Support Program for Volunteer Activities

In order to develop human resources that contribute to society and are trusted by it, we have a system subsidizing the cost of employees and their families participating in volunteer activities as citizens. Our employees volunteer to assist in disaster recovery and tree planting activities.