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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.

We issue an open invitation to employees to run the activities with the aim of raising employees’ interest in social contribution.

Interacting through Sports

The Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group interacts with local communities through sports events. In recognition of its sports-related social contribution activities, Kyowa Hakko Kirin was certified as a Tokyo Sports Promotion Company for the third consecutive year since 2015 under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s certification program aimed at encouraging private companies to promote sports*.

In January 2017, we joined TEAM BEYOND, which is a parasports promotion initiative led by Tokyo to create a future society where everyone can fulfill their potential.

TEAM BEYOND -TOKYO
TEAM BEYOND -TOKYO

Table Tennis

Table tennis exchange event at Okinawa Prefectural Nishizaki Special Needs School.

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.

In addition, the team has visited special needs schools or facilities for disabled in the vicinity of the area visited during the match the day after the game and hold exchange meetings playing table tennis.

Furthermore, since 2010, we have been annually hosting the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Table Tennis Friendly Match, where table tennis lovers gather from across Japan. In 2017, the event attracted around 700 players, who enjoyed playing matches against one another and receiving one-point advice from professional players.

Kyowa Hakko Kirin table tennis exchange program

At the table tennis clinic

Together with the Machida Table Tennis Federation, we hosted a table tennis clinic at the Tokyo Research Park. Around 120 junior and senior high school students in Machida City participated to learn skills from players on the Kyowa Hakko Kirin table tennis team.

Kickball event

Since 1981, Kyowa Pharma Chemical has been hosting a kickball event for local children every summer. Last summer, the event was enjoyed by around 280 participants, including the players’ parents.

In Collaboration with Local Communities

As a good corporate citizen, the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group is making efforts to emphasize interaction with local residents in the vicinity of business sites in order to deepen ties with local communities.

Joining the regional cleanup activity

Environmental Preservation

In June 2017, employees of Kyowa Hakko Bio’s Yamaguchi Production Center and its affiliated companies joined the regional cleanup campaign hosted by the local governments of regions facing the Seto Inland Sea, home to a population of 30 million.

Mangrove planting activity

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.

Communicating with local residents

To help local residents better understand its activities, Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Takasaki Plant delivered a presentation to them on the Company’s business as well as its initiatives to promote environmental conservation and health.

Presentation on our business profile

Seminar for local residents

Since 2005, Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Fuji Plant has been hosting a seminar every year on health-related topics for local residents. The theme of the 2017 seminar was the mechanisms of immunity and diseases and was attended by around 90 people.

Seminar

In celebration of its 70th anniversary, Kyowa Pharma Chemical hosted a lecture by Dr. Satoshi Omura, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 and Professor Emeritus of Kitasato University.
The lecture was held as a token of our appreciation for Toyama Prefecture’s Takaoka City, a local community that has long supported the company. The lecture was attended by around 460 students from senior high schools, universities and graduate schools in Takaoka and other parts of the prefecture

Lecture by a winner of the Nobel Prize

Nagaizumi Wakuwaku Festival

Interacting through local community events

Employees from Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Fuji Plant participated in the parade at the Nagaizumi Wakuwaku Festival, a local event put on by the town where the site is located. In 2017, the plant’s team of participants received an award for their energetic display.                        

65th Ube Festival

At the 66th Ube Festival, employees of Kyowa Hakko Bio’s Yamaguchi Production Center, Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s Ube Plant, Kyowa Kirin plus, and Kyowa Iryo Kaihatsu joined in the parade and set up an exhibition booth. The festival—the largest in Ube City—attracted around 230,000 people in 2017.



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