Social Report

Interaction with Society

The Kuraray Group recognizes that tackling social issues is an important contribution as a corporate citizen. We undertake activities with a focus on four fields, culture, science, environment and social welfare in accordance with our social contribution policy.

Goals and Actual Results in Social Interaction
Fiscal 2015 Fiscal 2016 Goals
Goal Actual Results Evaluation and Challenges
“Sending School Backpacks Across the Sea” campaign was steadily undertaken
  • Delivered/7,111 backpacks
  • Advertise to collect school backpacks through the Kuraray website and nearby elementary schools of Kuraray plants
  • The campaign was carried out as planned. This campaign will be hosted next fiscal year also.
  • To search for new recipients (countries) to support
“Chemistry Classes for Boys and Girls” was hosted at the five plants and head office of Kuraray more than once this year
  • Hosted 9 times in total with 173 participants (Twice at Kurashiki Plant, three times at Saijo Plant, twice at Okayama Plant and twice at Niigata Plant) Additionally, Kashima Plant participated in the Kamisu Festa and the Science Festival for Youths.
  • Tokyo Head Office participated in the Children's Summer Chemistry Experiment Show (held at Science Museum)
  • The event was carried out as planned.
  • To sponsor events more than once per year at each plant and Head Office
  • To sponsor events outside the company
  • To study collaboration with outside organizations
[Social Welfare]
Operating workshops for people with intellectual disabilities
  • Number of people employed/Intellectually and physically disabled: 39people,Instructors:12people
  • The targeted number of people were hired as planned.
  • To continuously employ the same number of people at the workshops
[Culture] [Science] [Environment] [Social Welfare]
To steadfastly undertake existing activities at plants, sites and affiliated companies focusing on the relationship with local communities
  • On-going activities were steadfastly undertaken
  • As a new event, Okayama Plant sponsored a tennis tournament for school children.
  • In addition to on-going activities, new activities were undertaken
  • To continuously carry out the activities
  • To cover the status of activities of the entire Kuraray Group including overseas sites as one organization

Social Contribution Activities

Social Contribution Activities by the Kuraray Group

We in the Kuraray Group consider the sound and sustainable advancement of society a precondition for corporate growth and prosperity, as well as the ultimate objective of corporate activities. It goes without saying that we see it as our duty to contribute to society through provision of products with genuine value to the people. Beyond this, we consider assistance with the resolution of social issues within an appropriate scope to be another important form of social contribution in our capacity as a corporate citizen.
In fiscal 2015, the Kuraray Group carried out activities focusing on culture, science, environment and social welfare in accordance with its policy for social contribution activities.

Undertaken Social Contribution Activity Areas

Kuraray Group Policy for Social Contribution Activities

To fulfill its responsibilities as a member of society, the Kuraray Group shall make vigorous approaches to social contribution activities in accordance with the following policy.

Types of Activities
  • Activities that lead to a resolution of social issues
  • Activities rooted in local communities where Kuraray's establishments are based
  • Activities emphasizing participation by employees on their own initiative
  • Activities that are sustainable in the long term
Areas of Activities
  • Priority areas: culture, science, environment, and social welfare
[Activities in Culture Field]

The Kuraray Group continues to support the Ohara Museum of Art, which was established by Magosaburo Ohara, the first president of the company. The Group also supports cultural activities at its plants and sites.

Contest on Painting and Calligraphy for Elementary School Children at Okayama Plant

Okayama Plant has been holding the Elementary School Student Painting and Calligraphy Contest annually since 2005. Having become a fixture in the local community thanks to its ongoing successes, this contest received numerous artwork entries from five elementary schools in Fiscal 2015. Winning entries are displayed at the local community center, and all entries are shown on the Kuraray website. This contest will be continuously sponsored.

[Activities in Science Field]

In fiscal 2015, the Kuraray plants sponsored the Chemistry Classes for Boys and Girls, participated in outside events and sponsored sports tournaments to foster healthy juniors and teenagers by continuously supporting on-going activities.

The Science Festival for Youths
(Kashima Plant)

Kuraray conducts the “Chemistry Classes for Boys and Girls” program with the goal of enabling elementary school students to experience the fun of chemistry through experimental work. In this program, employee volunteers of Kuraray serve as lecturers and assistants in dedicated classrooms in Kuraray plant premises, as well as in elementary schools and public facilities in the areas. This program has been sponsored every year since 1992 at Kuraray plants in Japan. In Fiscal 2015, 173 children and family members participated in nine class events. Tokyo Head Office participated in the Children's Summer Chemistry Experiment Show held in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. Kashima Plant participated in the Kamisu Festa held in Kamisu City, and the Science Festival for Youths in Hokota City, all in Ibaraki Prefecture. Kuraray’s booths were visited by about 2,800 people. We will continue these events in the future and actively participate in outside events.

Plant Class name Number of classes Number of participants
Total 245 7,859
Kurashiki Plant Fun Chemistry House 67 1,799
Saijo Plant Exciting Chemistry Class 67 1,991
Okayama Plant Fun Chemistry Class 41 1,323
Niigata Plant Wondrous Laboratory 51 1,518
Kashima Plant Fun Chemistry Class 19 1,228

Children’s Tennis Tournament

Various plants of Kuraray are sponsoring sports events from the standpoint of fostering healthy juniors and teenagers. In Fiscal 2015, Okayama Plant newly sponsored a tennis tournament for children. This is one example and the other plants of Kuraray are also hosting new events in addition to the various events that have been hosted by them in the past. Kuraray is offering its baseball parks, gymnasiums and tennis courts to students of nearby schools for the promotion of sports in neighboring areas. These activities will be continued in the future.

[Activities in Environmental Field]

Aiming at implementing forest conservation work and volunteer cleaning work carried out every year, in Fiscal 2015, Okayama Plant undertook “Kuraray Mirai no Mori (Kuraray Forest of Future) Activity,” and Niigata Plant undertook the “MIRABAKESSO Forest Creating Activity.” All the plants undertook volunteer cleaning work.

Work scene in Kuraray Mirai no Mori
(Kuraray Forest for the Future),
Okayama Prefecture

At each Kuraray plant, employee volunteers engage in forest conservation activities, cleaning parks, roads and mowing gardens in day nurseries in cooperation with local governments and NPOs.
As a topic for Fiscal 2015, “Kuraray Mirai no Mori (Kuraray Forest of Future) Activity” was undertaken jointly by Kibi-Chuo Town of Okayama Prefecture. Kuraray Okayama Plant was taken up in a supplementary reader for fifth graders at elementary school of Okayama Prefecture as an example of afforestation activities by an enterprise. This activity will be continued.

[Activities in Social Welfare Field]

Aiming to support and continue the employment of people with intellectual disabilities and to undertake the Kuraray Fureai(Rapport) Fund-Raising Campaign, Kuraray’s Kurashiki, Saijo, Niigata and Kashima Plants operated workshops and donated money raised in the campaign. Also, cherry blossom viewing parties were held at the Saijo and Niigata Plants tuned to the cherry blossoming season. Residents of nearby social welfare facilities visited the plants and enjoyed viewing cherry blossoms. These activities will be continued.

Scene in labeling product labels (Kurashiki Plant)

In cooperation with local welfare facilities, Kuraray has built workshops for people with disabilities to support their self-sustenance by providing employment opportunities.
In cooperation with Nakajo Town (currently Tainai City) and Niji no Ie (meaning ""Rainbow House"", operated by a social welfare corporation, Nanaho-kai) , the Kuraray Workshop of Kuraray’s Niigata Plant opened in 1997 for people with intellectual disabilities. The workshop sorts plastic waste generated in the production process for recycling and manufactures supplies and fittings. In 2007, the Himawari Sunflower Workshop opened at Kuraray’s Saijo Plant. In 2011, the Kashima Plant opened its Aozora Blue Sky Works assisted by a social welfare corporation, Kamisu Keiai-en. 12 instructors and 39 workers now work at four of Kuraray’s plants to accomplish a variety of job assignments, including those employees at Kuraray’s Kurashiki Plant engaged in cleaning of uniforms and labeling on Kuraray products. They mingle with Kuraray’s employees through sports events and other occasions. These workshops and employment of those with intellectual disabilities will be maintained and continued.

Types of Work
Kurashiki Cleaning uniforms, labeling products
Saijo Product recycling, cleaning uniforms
Niigata Product recycling, manufacture of pot stands and aprons, cleaning uniforms
Kashima Making double-ply product packing bags, separating foreign matter in products

Kuraray Library financed
by Kuraray Fureai Fund
(Saijo Plant)

We eat ablished the Kuraray Fureai Fund in July 1992.Under this fund, companies make donations consisting of those made by their employees plus a matching gift of the same amount. Employees endorsing the fund agree to donate amounts of less than 100 yen from their salaries to it, and the company matches this amount. The funds collected in this way are used for social welfare programs.
In Fiscal 2015, activities were undertaken contributing to local communities such as donating nursing care supplies, books and other articles mainly to welfare facilities, local governments and schools in the neighborhoods of Kuraray plants. The fund will be continuously used for the sake of social welfare.