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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:
4-3. 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, Global Human Resources and Administration HQ 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 Global Human Resources and Administration HQ, 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 2017, OMRON’s community involvement expenditures totaled 751 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 (FY2017)

Science & Technology

  • The 28th Granting of Subsidies by the Tateisi Science and Technology Foundation (Subsidies were granted for 39 research projects, and 23 international exchange projects)
  • Offered 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

  • Cosponsored the 37th Oita International Wheelchair Marathon and offered employees’ participation as volunteers to the opening ceremony
  • Cosponsored the 29th All-Japan Ekiden Long-distance Wheelchair Relay Race and offered employees’ participation as volunteers
  • Supported the KIDS Project and offered employees’ participation as volunteers

Arts & Culture

  • Co-organized the OMRON Cultural Forum jointly with the NHK Kyoto Culture Center
  • Cosponsored pipe organ concerts organized by the Kyoto Concert Hall

International Cooperation

  • Participated in the knitting charity project for children in need around the world, and offered hand-knit items, 42 sweaters, 7 caps, 12 scarves, and 1 vest
  • Supporting activities organized by the Plan Japan Since 1996, OMRON 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 2017, 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 (FY2018 Humanity awards were presented to 1 individual and 2 organizations)

Dialogue with Communities

Dialogue with Communities

With the aim of serving as a valued corporate citizen, the OMRON Group strives for harmonious coexistence with local communities. The Group 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.

As a part of the efforts and to express the OMRON Group's gratitude to local communities for their daily support and cooperation, Group employees in Japan started community contribution activities in 1991 on every May 10th, its Founder's Day. Today, all OMRON Group employees worldwide participate in the OMRON Group Founder's Day community contribution activities.

Starting 2016, without limiting the day only to the Founder's day, employees can engage in the activities on the other days, determining what to do and when through engagement with local communities, to meet the needs of the communities. Doing so has allowed the Group to upgrade the initiatives to help solve even more local issues.

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