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Communication with stakeholders Community Relations

Our Policy on Community Relations

The JSR Group has been involved in various social contribution programs with a focus on community activities. In January 2009, we established our "Basic Approach to Social Contribution" as a policy aimed at further strengthening our activities, and are promoting the initiatives outlined in this policy.

Basic Approach to Social Contribution

  1. Our Corporate Mission dictates that we make a contribution to society through our business activities. Further, we are actively engaged in providing solutions to social requirements and issues as a responsible member of society.
  2. We are continuously engaged in positive social contribution activities, capitalizing on the chemical and technical knowledge and skills that form the core of the JSR business.
  3. Every employee is a point of contact between the company and society. We actively support our employees in their voluntary participation in social contribution activities.

FY2015 Initiatives

The main social and community activities we carried out in FY2015 are described below.

Fostering the Next Generation and Initiatives in Education

Lecture at Kamisu Municipal Kamisu-daiyon Junior High School

Lecture at Kamisu Municipal Kamisu-daiyon Junior High School

■ Support for Science Education

One of the serious issues facing Japanese society today is our children's waning interest in science. This is illustrated by the results of an international survey that showed that only 20% of Japanese eighth graders wish to enter an occupation involving the use of science, which was 36 points lower than the international average of 56%*1. In response to this issue, with the cooperation of the boards of education in areas where the JSR Group's business sites are located, the Group periodically holds visiting lectures of science at local elementary schools and junior high schools in order to stimulate the curiosity of children, who will lead the next generation, and arouse their interest in science. Schools where we held science lectures and Fun Lab Classes in FY2015 are listed below. We will continue with these programs in the coming years.

*1 Results of the TIMSS2011 (2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study)

Visiting Lectures of Science Yokkaichi Municipal Utsube Elementary School October 2, 2014
Kamisu Municipal Hasaki Daiyon Junior High School November 4, 2014
Yokkaichi Municipal Utsube-Higashi Elementary School November 6, 2014
Yokkaichi Municipal Shimono Elementary School November 28, 2014
Yokkaichi Children’s Science Seminar

Yokkaichi Children’s Science Seminar

■ Participation in the Yokkaichi Children’s Science Seminar

The Third Yokkaichi Children’s Science Seminar, organized by the Yokkaichi Board of Education, was held on August 7, 2014, in which a total of 12 organizations, including petrochemical complex companies operating in Yokkaichi, participated as exhibitors. As it did in the previous year, the JSR Yokkaichi Plant booth featured an experiment involving solidifying synthetic rubber, which was participated in by about 120 children along with their parents.

A lecture at Nihon University

A lecture at Nihon University

■ Special Industrial Engineering Course at Nihon University

As part of our efforts to promote collaboration between industry and academia*2, every year the Chiba Plant holds a special industrial engineering lecture at the Nihon University College of Industrial Technology.
The course, entitled “The Properties and Manufacturing Processes of Rubber and Quality Assurance,” was held on October 30, 2014 for about 100 students. It featured an experiment involving solidifying synthetic rubber, as well as case studies, to pique students' interest in the subject.

*2 Ichihara City’s program to strengthen collaboration between industry and academia

■ Career Experience Program for Junior High School Students

Every year, the JSR Yokkaichi Plant offers a career experience program for local junior high schools. The program provides students with an opportunity to experience a wide variety of tasks at the plant, including a tour of the production line and laboratories, safety patrols with the plant manager and special fire-fighting team training.

  • Checking the test analysis data

    Checking the analysis data

  • Patrolling the plant

    Patrolling the plant

  • Water-discharge exercise by the special fire-fighting team

    Water-discharge exercise by the special fire-fighting team

Career Experience Programs Yokkaichi Municipal Shiohama Junior High School September 17-19, 2014
Yokkaichi Municipal Minami Junior High School September 24-26, 2014
Yokkaichi Municipal Utsube Junior High School November 12-16, 2014

■ Acceptance of Externs and Interns

For three weeks from February 9, 2015, the Head Office provided externship (training) opportunities for students at Chuo Law School. JSR has offered externships to engage in corporate legal affairs at the Legal Department for a total of nine times, and every year over the past seven years. At the same time, the JSR Yokkaichi Plant and a Group company in Thailand, Elastomix (Thailand) Co., Ltd., provide internship for engineering students each year.

Training at the Chiba Plant

Training at the Chiba Plant

Training at the Chiba Plant

Training at the Chiba Plant

■ Teacher Training at a Private Company

Since FY2011, the JSR Group has participated in a teacher training program at a private company, organized by the Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs. In FY2015, the fifth year of the program, we held a two-day training session from August 7 to 8 at the Head Office and Chiba Plant with three teachers to help them learn more about the basic attitudes required to do business and company efforts needed to address environmental problems. In the hopes that this training experience will be utilized for children's education and school administration, we will continue to cooperate in this program.

■ Supporting young researchers through sponsorship of a mini-series

We support young researchers in universities through sponsoring the TBS TV/CBS TV mini-series "Mirai no Kigen (Origin for the Future)."

Environmental Initiatives

Plant Tour

Plant Tour

Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony

■ Yokkaichi Kid’s CO2 Reduction Challenge

Since FY2008, the Yokkaichi Plant has participated in the environmental education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students at local elementary schools, which is jointly organized by Mie Prefecture, Yokkaichi City and four companies in Yokkaichi City. In this program, students devise and implement efforts to save energy at their homes and to verify the efforts’ results. The results are measured in terms of CO2 reduction and the students are commended for their efforts. We visited and gave lectures at one nearby elementary school in FY2015 and then invited students to visit and tour the Yokkaichi Plant followed by an awards ceremony.

One class (38 students) at Yokkaichi Municipal Kawarada Elementary School November 11–December 1, 2014
Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness

Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness

■ Providing information to the Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness

The Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness has been established near the Kintetsu-Yokkaichi station in Yokkaichi City. This facility was constructed to communicate the history of and lessons to be learned regarding pollution in Yokkaichi City.
Visitors can experience the changes in the lives over the course of history spanning from the Meiji Period until present day and encompassing the initial urban development of Yokkaichi City and first significant production of pollution through the current state of environmental protection and improvement activities in Yokkaichi City.
The JSR Group, along with other manufacturers in Yokkaichi City, were invited to participate in the area of the museum focusing on the current state of Yokkaichi City, which follows the area on environmental improvement activities. We have provided information in response and support of this request.

Local Community Initiatives

JSR Harmony Festa in Yokkaichi

JSR Harmony Festa in Yokkaichi

Anegasaki Industrial Festival

Anegasaki Industrial Festival

■ Communicating with Local Residents

As members of their respective communities, each JSR Group business site promotes a wide variety of activities enabling interaction with local residents.
The Yokkaichi Plant periodically hosts a social event called the "JSR Harmony Festa." The plant also organizes tours for local residents in which, after explaining our safety and environmental measures, we show the participants around the plant to give them an opportunity to see our environmental facilities, thus deepening their understanding of the activities conducted at our plant.
At the same time, the Chiba Plant participates in the yearly Anegasaki Industrial Festival, one of three oceanfront festivals held in Ichihara City. The plant serves as the company organizer (vice-administrative agent) and provides the general public with a plant bus tour, aiming to enhance its communication with local residents.

Regional Dialogue Meeting in Chiba Area

Regional Dialogue Meeting in Chiba Area

Regional Dialogue Meeting in Yokkaichi Area

Regional Dialogue Meeting in Yokkaichi Area

■ Regional Dialogue Meeting

The Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) RC*3 committee holds regional dialogue meetings all over Japan as part of its RC initiatives. Participants include local residents, educators, government, and other various organizations to deepen mutual understanding social issues. Various JSR facilities are actively involved in these dialogues.
In FY2015, we reported on the results of the Reduction of CO2 Emissions Initiative at the regional dialogue event held in Chiba Area. We also acted as the administrative agent at the regional dialogue meeting in Yokkaichi City.
These dialogues provides the local residents with opportunities to voice their concerns and doubts regarding corporate and government activity while deepening communication between all involved parties.

Activities in FY2015
Chiba Plant10th Regional Dialogue Meeting in Chiba AreaFebruary 4, 2015
Yokkaichi Plant5th Regional Dialogue Meeting in Yokkaichi AreaFebruary 10, 2015
Kashima Plant9th Regional Dialogue Meeting in Kashima AreaFebruary 13, 2015

*3 RC: Responsible Care

Social Welfare Activities



Since February 2010, the JSR Group has participated in the TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) program. The TFT program provides food to children in Africa through the sharing of meals. When a participant purchases a TFT-specified food, it will provide both a healthy food alternative and an opportunity to donate 20 yen per meal to developing countries, which is equivalent to a single meal. In addition, CUP FOR TWO beverages are also offered through vending machines at Emulsion Technology Co., Ltd. and the JSR Yokkaichi Plant. Being highly regarded for these ongoing efforts, we were selected as a Gold Supporter and were granted a certificate of appreciation for three consecutive years in 2012 and 2014.

■ Unicef Foreign Coin Aid

The JSR Group has been conducting a foreign coin collection campaign since 2009 to assist programs that support children around the world through the Japan Committee for UNICEF.
These coins are effectively utilized to protect the life, health, and rights of children in developing countries.

Blood Bank Campaign at Head Office Blood Bank Campaign at Head Office

Blood Bank Campaign at Head Office

■ Blood Donation Campaign

Every year, our Group organizes a blood donation drive at each of its business sites.
A mobile blood bank visited our head office twice in FY2015 and many employees donated blood.

■ i-project and Tanpopo

Since October 2010, the Yokkaichi Plant has been participating in aluminum can collection activities for social welfare organizations that help people with disabilities in Yokkaichi City learn to become self-sufficient: the “i-project,” which targets children, and “Tanpopo,” which targets adults.

Hardtack and water to be donated to a food bank

Hardtack and water to be donated to a food bank

■ Donating Hardtack and Water to a Food Bank

On Disaster Drill Day every September, a review of emergency supplies and emergency food is carried out at the JSR Group offices in Tokyo. Stored old hardtack and water is replaced with new supplies. While some of these supplies are consumed through sample tasting or on other occasions, others are donated by some of our employees and sent to the Second Harvest Japan (2HJ) food bank, a specific non-profit corporation, in order to make effective use of the hardtack and water which has a shelf life of at least one month. This donation effort was launched two years ago.
2HJ receives food donations that would otherwise be disposed of for various reasons, from corporations, farmers, and individuals, and sends them to welfare facilities and other organizations in need.

Pork steak as Yokkaichi’s specialty

Pork steak as Yokkaichi’s specialty

■ Promoting Local Food

The Yokkaichi operations of JSR Business Service Co., Ltd. has been supporting the local community and helping to mitigate global warming at the employee cafeteria of the JSR Yokkaichi Plant. Uokuni Food Services Co., Ltd., the company that operates restaurant and cafeteria business, has been increasing its use of local produce while introducing menu items inspired by the seasons and local culture of Mie Prefecture. The company supports the JSR Group's social contributions activities by holding a Local Food Fair on a monthly basis.

Initiatives at Overseas Offices

■ Granted Commander under the Order of Leopold in the Belgium Kingdom

Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony

On May 12, 2015, the President of JSR received the title of Commander under the Order of Leopold in the Belgium Kingdom (Commandeur de l'Ordre de Léopold II in French).
The Commander title under the Order of Leopold is granted by the King of Belgium to individuals (and organizations) that have made significant contributions to the Belgium nation. This title serves as acknowledgment of the advanced initiatives the JSR Group has been conducting for over 30 years in Belgium.

■ Providing training support in Taiwan

Providing training support in Taiwan

JSR Micro Taiwan Co., Ltd. provides tablets and books on the environment to neighboring elementary schools.

■ CO2 Emission Reduction by Reducing Private-Use Vehicles

Since 2013, JSR Micro N.V. has sponsored a commuting program to help reduce the use of private-use vehicles and limit the corresponding impact on the environment.
A new bicycle lease program has been started as part of these efforts. We have partnered with affiliated companies to provide bicycle leases to employees. After employees commute by bicycle for a specified number of times during the lease period, they can later purchase the bicycle after a specific period of time has passed.

■ Overseas group companies also publish individual CSR reports

JSR Micro, Inc.

US-based JSR Micro, Inc. has been publishing their own CSR reports since 2013.
Belgium-based JSR Micro N.V. will publish their own CSR report in 2015.
CSR is also actively promoted and communicated at the JSR Group overseas offices.