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Involvement with Local Communities

As a corporate group trusted by society, the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group seeks to coexist with the local communities in which its business sites are located, striving to build relationships of trust through a wide range of initiatives and opportunities.

Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group Community Involvement Activities Policy

The Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group continues to engage in community involvement activities as a good corporate citizen by leveraging its management resources.

  • We focus on community involvement activities related to biotechnology and health.
  • We aim to contribute to the next generation and to grow together with local communities through community involvement activities.
  • We encourage employees to participate in community involvement activities.


Logo for social contribution activities

Concept: By depicting leaves linked to one another, the logo expresses a cooperative body in which its members join hands to open up the future together. In the middle looms a bird with open wings flying above the round Earth, illustrating the aspiration to launch out into a brighter future. The logo uses colors that evoke images of the sun, the open sky and the earth.

Fostering Next Generations

Bio Adventure activities

Kyowa Hakko Kirin hosts science experiment classes for children with the aim of contributing to fostering next generations in the local communities where its plants and research laboratories are located and developing a sense of trust and familiarity among local people by publicizing the Company’s business and strengths.

The name Bio Adventure has been commonly used for all our science education activities since 2016. A new logo was also created. In 2016, the science class was offered 11 times nationwide, attracting a total of 459 participants.

Machida School (Tokyo Research Park)


Lecture on DNA


Making models of DNA

Takasaki School (Takasaki Plant, Bio Process Research and Development Laboratories)


Lecture on microorganisms


Observing yeast

Nagaizumi School (Fuji Research Park, Fuji Plant, CMC R&D Center)


Hands-on lab tour


Discussion with researchers

Ube School (Ube Plant)

Making slime


Plaque awarded and goods used
in Bio Adventure classes

Implemented primarily at Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Tokyo Research Park since 2000, the Bio Adventure activity was commended by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, receiving the FY 2016 Prize for Science and Technology in the Public Understanding Promotion Category in recognition of having been solidly integrated into the local science education program and featuring an extensive program composition applicable to all ages from infants to high school students.

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Internship

The Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group offers internship opportunities for high school and university students in order to help them gain an idea of what it means to work and envision their future career plan.

Specifically, Kyowa Hakko Bio’s Yamaguchi Production Center offers students hands-on experience at its research and development and general administrative affairs divisions as part of their internship program. A total of 13 students from 10 education institutions were hosted in 2016. In addition, Kyowa Pharma Chemical and Kyowa Kirin International plc. in the United Kingdom also hosted internship programs for youth.

Interacting through Sports

Since its foundation in 1974, Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s table tennis team has consistently maintained a top-tier position, sending its players to play in wide-ranging international competitions. The club collaborates with the Group’s business sites nationwide to host table tennis lessons and exchange programs for table tennis lovers and primary school, junior high and senior high school students as well as other stakeholders. This year’s table tennis exchange program, which was held for the eighth time, attracted a total of 350 pairs of players, 700 in total, who had fun playing doubles matches and received quick tips from players on the Kyowa Hakko Kirin team.


Kyowa Hakko Kirin table tennis
exchange program


Sports exchange event at Osaka City
MAISHIMA Sports Center for Persons
with Disabilities

With cooperation from the Takasaki Children Soccer Association, Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Takasaki Plant organized a soccer class for youngsters that attracted 130 attendees. Kyowa Pharma Chemical has also been hosting an annual sports meet since 1981 to promote interaction with local people. A total of 302 members of local community associations in the neighborhood, both children and parents, joined in the fun.

Furthermore, our facilities are open to the public so that people in the neighborhood can enjoy walking, tennis and other sports. Such social contribution activities through sports were recognized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which resulted in Kyowa Hakko Kirin being certified as a Tokyo Sports Promotion Company* over two consecutive years in fiscal 2015 and 2016. The Company was also selected as a Tokyo Sports Promotion Model Company in fiscal 2015.


Soccer classes for children

In January 2017, the Group joined TEAM BEYOND, a Tokyo-based sports team created to help individuals live up to their full potential through para sports. In addition to athletes, TEAM BEYOND invites sports lovers, spectators and supporters from all walks of life to join the team to promote para sports.


TEAM BEYOND‒TOKYO Para Sports Project

In Collaboration with Local Communities

Environmental Preservation

As a member of numerous local communities, the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group participates in environmental preservation activities undertaken in the neighborhood of its plants and research laboratories.

Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Fuji Plant engages in cleaning activities along the Kise River. In March 2016, the signing ceremony was held for the three-party River Friendship Agreement*1 concluded among civil engineering office Numazu Doboku based in Shizuoka Prefecture, Nagaizumi Town and the Fuji Plant. Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Takasaki Plant also entered into a three-party agreement with Gunma Prefecture and Kurabuchi Furusato Public Corporation, under which it has been engaging in the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Takasaki Water Source Forest Conservation Activities.


Cleaning up the Kise River

In April 2017, Thai Kyowa Biotechnologies Co., Ltd. (Thailand) planted mangroves in collaboration with the Pak Nam Prasae Town Office at the Mangrove Forest Conservation Center of the Prasae Basin.


Mangrove planting activity

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See here for details on the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group’s initiatives.

Site tours

We host tours of our plants and research laboratories for students, private entities and administrative bodies to help them gain a better understanding of the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group.

Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Takasaki Plant offers open factory events to provide residents of the local community with opportunities to take a plant tour. Along with our recent plant tour, we held a lecture on antibody drugs and a Bio Adventure science experiment class for elementary school children themed on microorganisms. The plant hosted a total of 171 attendees in 2016.


Open factory event

Participating in local community events

With the aim of strengthening our bonds with society, we attribute importance to interacting with local people living in the neighborhood of our business sites.

Our business sites proactively participate in a variety of events organized by the local communities around them. For example, a total of 90 employees from Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Fuji Plant / Fuji Research Park / CMC R&D Center and Kyowa Medex Fuji Plant participated in the parade at the Nagaizumi Wakuwaku Festival, a local event put on by the town where the sites are located. Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Fuji Plant has been taking part in the event since the very first time it was held, marking its 20th time in 2016.

Kyowa Hakko Bio’s Yamaguchi Production Center, Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Ube Plant and Kyowa Engineering joined in the parade and exhibited a booth at the 65th Ube Festival. A total of 2,000 people from 32 entities participated in the parade, including private firms, schools and organizations in Ube City. Furthermore, for the annual marathon race hosted by Hofu City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, employees of Kyowa Hakko Bio’s Yamaguchi Production Center and Kyowa Engineering cooperate as volunteers, helping to clean the race course, serve water and control the traffic.


65th Ube Festival

In addition, efforts are made to communicate with local residents by organizing exchange events. Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Fuji Plant / Fuji Research Park, for example, host their own festival within their premises, adopting new features every year to rev up the excitement, such as performances by their own employees and a local taiko drum club. The festival attracted around 1,800 visitors in 2016.

Supporting local communities

Kyowa Hakko Kirin Korea collaborates with the Gangnam-gu Office, the local municipal authority of the area where the subsidiary is located, to make a donation every year in support of intractable disease patients. The subsidiary donated five million won in 2016. The subsidiary has also participated for eight consecutive years in a charity event in which volunteers visit underprivileged families and elderly people living alone on the Sunday roughly a week before the Lunar New Year to hand out supplies to help them enjoy themselves during South Korea’s biggest holiday. In 2016, the subsidiary donated three million won and sent 22 employees to help pack the presents. Furthermore, Kyowa Kirin, Inc. (U.S.A.) has formed a partnership with Dream Foundation. Under the partnership, the subsidiary dispatched its employees to participate in the foundation’s activity of helping terminally ill patients realize their dreams and made a donation to the foundation. BioKyowa Inc. (U.S.A.), Kyowa Hakko Bio Italia S.r.l., and Kyowa Hakko U.S.A., Inc. also make donations to organizations that tackle local issues.



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