CSR / Environment

For Local Communities

Promoting Social Contribution Activities

  • Self-evaluation: ★★★ Achieved more than targeted / ★★ Achieved as targeted / ★ Achieved to some extent
Fiscal 2017 Objectives Fiscal 2017 Achievements Self-Evaluation*
Continue to have the Sharp Group participate in local social contribution activities
  • Total number of participants in environmental conservation activities: 16,386 (including family members), total number of activities: 1,015
  • Career education provided to a total of 1,389 students at special- needs schools
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Priority Objectives for Fiscal 2018
  • Continue to collaborate with local communities to solve social problems, with employees taking the lead role in conducting activities that benefit communities

Based on its business philosophy of “contributing to the culture, benefits, and welfare of people throughout the world,” Sharp contributes to regional advancement as a member of the communities where it does business. To help foster a relationship of mutual prosperity with communities, Sharp employees take the initiative in carrying out voluntary and ongoing social contribution activities centered on the environment, education, and social welfare.

Environmental Conservation Activities

Sharp carries out activities led by Sharp Green Club (SGC)*, a volunteer organization composed of Sharp and its labor union. This group pursues environmental conservation activities at business sites and sales and service bases in Japan. SGC’s activities include the following: Sharp Forest projects conducted in seven areas to protect biodiversity and regenerate satoyama (areas that lie between the foot of a mountain and arable land); and efforts to protect wetlands in accordance with the Ramsar Convention at four locations. In addition, Sharp bases carry out activities such as cleanups and tree-planting in collaboration with locals as part of their commitment to communities. In fiscal 2017, 1,015 such activities were conducted with the participation of a total 16,386 people (Sharp executives, employees, family members, and others). Looking ahead, Sharp will continue to contribute to local areas by conducting community-based activities.

  • A joint Sharp labor-management volunteer organization that conducts activities such as forest preservation and cleanups.

Case Study

The Wakakusayama Green Campaign is held every year for the purpose of protecting Japanese silver grass, a plant native to Mount Wakakusayama in Nara, and ensuring succession of the Yamayaki (mountain burning), a traditional event held every January. In the fiscal 2017 edition held on May 20, employees of the three plants in Nara Prefecture (in Nara, Katsuragi, and Tenri) and their families (132 people), joined others in planting Japanese silver grass and pruning Chinese tallow trees.

On November 26, 2017, a group of 21 Sharp volunteers consisting of employees and their families carried out reed cutting on the banks of a freshwater pond as part of efforts to protect the Yatsu-higata tidal flat in Chiba Prefecture.

Reeds absorb nitrogen and phosphorous in the water as they grow; they can reach almost two meters high in just two or three months. Leaving the reeds that provide a windbreak and nesting place for birds but cutting others prevents the tidal flat from eutrophication.

Educational Support Activities for Disabled Children

Since fiscal 2012, Sharp Corporation and Sharp Tokusen Industry Co., a Sharp special subsidiary*, have been working together to enhance career education activities conducted at special-needs schools and similar organizations for disabled students. The aim of these activities is to foster a career-minded perspective in students and motivate them to work and achieve greater self-sufficiency. The following courses are provided.

  • A subsidiary that has made special efforts supporting the employment of disabled people, as defined in Japan’s Act on Employment Promotion, etc. of Persons with Disabilities (for example, improving facilities where the disabled work).
  • Workplace tour:
    Visit the workplace of disabled employees and attend a lecture
  • Workplace experience:
    Experience work and attend a lecture
  • School visit:
    Disabled Sharp employee visits school to give a lecture and lead group work

A classroom during a school visit

A participant in a workplace experience

In fiscal 2017, a cumulative total of 568 students took workplace tours and 144 visited Sharp Tokusen for workplace experience. In addition, disabled Sharp employees went to 28 schools (677 students) to give classes.

Voice

Comment from Principal of School That Sharp Visited

We are grateful to Sharp Tokusen Industry for providing our students with workplace experience, and for visiting our school to lead lessons and give career advice. During the school visits, Sharp Tokusen employees consider the situation of each of our students as they give easy-to-understand talks full of concrete examples and explain things like the purpose of working and the joys of working. In lessons for our upper-grade students, instructors give examples of the kind of jobs available at manufacturing companies, and talk about the problems and uncertainties that face people in the working world. The lessons provide students the valuable opportunity to think about the qualities required to work and to build an ongoing career.

In order to ensure that students with intellectual disabilities can get a job after graduation, in 2006, we launched as the first school in Osaka Prefecture to be a high school for special-needs education offering vocational subjects. We continue our educational efforts by collaborating with relevant institutions so that each one of our students gains the motivation and the abilities to join the working world upon graduation. To this end, we are constantly grateful to Sharp Tokusen for providing us with this wonderful opportunity. All teachers and staff members at our school wish Sharp Tokusen continued success and growth.

Yoichi Hasegawa
Principal, Osaka Prefectural Tamagawa High School for Special-Needs Education

Voice

Comment from Instructor at School Visit

To make the school visit lesson as enjoyable as possible for students, I try to make it pleasant by giving quizzes and other questions to students. However, besides simply being nice to the students, I try to add some tension to the class.

By being an instructor in these lessons, I have come in contact with students of differing personalities, and I have improved my skills in dealing with problems and with people. So it has all in all taken my communication skills and manners to the next level. I want to use this experience as an instructor to better myself in my job at Sharp Tokusen by sharing with my colleagues the joy of personal growth that I have experienced.

Kazuki Honda
Sharp Tokusen Industry Co.

Activities around the World

At Sharp bases around the world, employees take on a range of social problems through activities such as tree-planting, forest rejuvenation, and releasing young fish into the wild to protect and foster biodiversity, as well as local cleanups. Sharp will continue to be firmly rooted in the community as it carries out social contribution activities in every way possible.

Case Study

SMM

On September 30, 2017, employees of SMM, Sharp’s production base in Malaysia, students from UTHM*, and local residents (150 people in total) planted trees and picked up litter in the Clean & Healthy Campaign.

  • Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
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SSI

On October 7, 2017, Sharp’s Indonesian production base SSI joined a local logging company in holding an event called “Plant Mangroves to Save Our Coast.” The 19 participants consisting of employees and their families planted mangrove trees and carried out other environmental conservation activities.

Case Study

SPC

On October 7, 2017, employees from Sharp’s Philippines sales and production company SPC teamed up with a local multi-purpose union to hold a cleanup activity in a historic area of Manila Bay to help restore it to its original beauty.

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SEID

SEID, Sharp’s sales and production base in Indonesia, strives to raise awareness of the environment and biodiversity among young people by taking its Sharp Mobile Station (SMLS) around the country.

Below was the fiscal 2017 schedule:

  • April 22, 2017, Banjarmasin
  • May 6, 2017, Samarinda, East Kalimantan
  • July 29, 2017, Padang, West Sumatra
  • October 30, 2017, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara