Community Engagement (Corporate Citizenship)

Basic Policy

Promoting proactive involvement with communities as a responsible corporate citizen

Based on a provision regarding community involvement and social contributions as stipulated in the OMRON Group CSR Practice Policies, the OMRON Group promotes community involvement and social contribution activities that are tailored to the needs of each country/region.

OMRON Group CSR Practice Policies:
Community Involvement and Social Contributions

As a responsible corporate citizen, the OMRON Group will actively promote community involvement and other social contribution activities. When engaging in community activities, the OMRON Group selects themes of activities that suit the culture, social climate or issues of respective countries or regions and are aligned with the OMRON Group's values, resources (financial and human resources, products, facilities, etc.), and expertise (technology, know-how, etc.). Based on this, the Group aims to take the best action available, such as collaboration with communities and related organizations (NGO, NPO and other concerned organizations).

Contributing to communities both directly and indirectly

In conformance with its OMRON Group CSR Practice Policies, the OMRON Group promotes community involvement and social contribution activities both directly and indirectly.

As for direct contributions, OMRON can make maximum use of its characteristics by helping people challenged by disabilities or other limitations to assume more responsible roles in society and achieve fulfillment in life. As such, OMRON makes donations to Japan Sun Industries (Taiyo-no-Ie), an organization dedicated to providing challenged people with work opportunities. OMRON also supports various NGO/NPOs, while also co-sponsoring sporting events for people with disabilities such as the Oita Wheelchair Marathon and the All-Japan Wheelchair Ekiden long-distance relay race.

As part of indirect contributions, OMRON informs employees of volunteer opportunities via intranets and individual office bulletin boards, and encourages them to actively participate in these. Volunteer opportunities include donations to the Plan Japan, an organization supporting children and youth in developing nations, and exchanging letters with them. There are also opportunities to volunteer in the knitting charity project, knitting sweaters for children who suffered emotional or physical damage in disaster areas or areas of conflict throughout the world. Moreover, OMRON solicits volunteers to help organize and manage the Japan Sun Industries summer festival and sporting events for challenged people. By encouraging employees to participate in these contributions, OMRON aims to create synergies between direct and indirect contributions.

Promotion System

Promoting self-reliant community contributions based on awareness of corporate citizenship

At OMRON, the General Administration Department is tasked with managing social contributions and community involvement activities of the entire OMRON Group. Based on this system, all OMRON Group employees are encouraged to develop awareness as corporate citizens and address social issues on their own initiative.

In addition to individual employee’s participation, OMRON designates the scope of volunteer efforts as group-wide, multiple-site, or site-specific according to the theme of the activity so as to efficiently promote contribution programs at the appropriate scales.

OMRON also provides its Group employees with the opportunity to engage in community contribution activities on their own initiatives, by allowing them to take part in activities planned by each site during regular working hours.

Community activities and donations organized in Japan, the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Greater China, and Asia Pacific are compiled by the General Administration Department, which then posts them on intranets. By sharing information regarding a wide range of social contribution activities conducted across the global OMRON Group, employees are encouraged to engage in social contributions on their own initiative and using their private time.

Community Involvement Activities in Various Fields

Donations for supporting persons with disabilities, science and technology, social welfare, disaster aid and other areas

OMRON’s donations are mainly made to the areas related to improving QOL (quality of life) for persons with disabilities and supporting their active involvement in society. OMRON also strictly and objectively evaluates the effects of the donations, so as to make the donations more effective.

In fiscal 2016, OMRON’s community involvement expenditures totaled 670 million yen for a wide range of fields including science and technology, social welfare, and disaster relief, as well as corporate individually-organized social contribution programs.

Community Involvement Expenditures by Field

Social contribution activities in various fields (FY2016)

Science & Technology

  • The 27th Granting of Subsidies by the Tateisi Science and Technology Foundation (Subsidies were granted for 42 research projects, 11 international exchange projects, and 17 international conferences)
  • Offering educational materials for electronic control technology and monetary donations to 59 national institutes of technology throughout Japan. The goal is to nurture the next generation of manufacturing engineers with more practical skills

Social Welfare

  • Cosponsoring the 36th Oita International Wheelchair Marathon and offering employees’ participation as volunteers
  • Cosponsoring the 28th All-Japan Ekiden Long-distance Wheelchair Relay Race and offering employees’ participation as volunteers
  • Supporting the KIDS Project and offering employees’ participation as volunteers
  • Cosponsoring the International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Kitakyushu Champions’ Cup

Arts & Culture

  • Organizing the OMRON Cultural Forum jointly with the NHK Kyoto Culture Center
  • Supporting pipe organ concerts organized by the Kyoto Concert Hall

International Cooperation

  • Participation in the knitting charity project for children in need around the world, offering 49 hand-knit sweaters
  • Supporting activities organized by the Plan Japan Since 1996, OMRON has continued to offer financial support through the Plan sponsorship (corresponding with children in developing nations and making donations according to the number of children supported). In fiscal 2016, twenty OMRON Group employees corresponded with ten children, observing their growth.

Environmental Activities

  • Support and participation in forest preservation projects by various OMRON offices/factories

Local Community Activities

  • Awards presentation by the Kyoto OMRON Community Foundation (The 32th Humanity awards were presented to 2 individuals and the 28th Human Kazaguruma (Windmill) awards to 4 organizations)

Dialogue with Communities

Dialogue with Communities

With the aim of serving as a valued corporate citizen, OMRON strives for harmonious coexistence with local communities. OMRON not only complies with all applicable laws and rules but also respects local culture and customs. Proactive communication with local people and organizations is also promoted in order to build relations of mutual trust.

Since 2016, OMRON has allowed employees to participate in community contribution activities for OMRON Group Founder’s Day*, without limiting participation to that day only (May 10th). Doing so will allow OMRON to upgrade these activities and help solve even more local issues through engagement with local communities.

  • * Community contribution activities for OMRON Group Founder’s Day OMRON employees’ involvement with community contribution and volunteer activities on its Founder’s Day (May 10th) was initiated in Japan in 1991. Since 1995, OMRON Group employees around the world have engaged in volunteer work to contribute to local communities on May 10th of every year. These activities performed by every employee as a responsible corporate citizen are promoted as a means to express our deep appreciation for the constant support and cooperation from local communities.