OMRON Announces JPY 42 Million in Charitable Donations - Group-wide "Eco-Volun" Initiative Encourages Service to Local Communities, Environmental Conservation -

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 10, 2008

Kyoto, Japan - OMRON Corporation (TOKYO:6645, ADR:OMRNY) today announced that it will donate JPY 42 million to charities around the world as part of the "Eco-Volun" initiative, which was launched on May 10, 2008, the 75th anniversary of OMRON's establishment. The initiative encourages employees to reduce their environmental impact on a day-to-day basis and to participate in volunteer activities in their communities. Each activity was assigned a certain number of points, which were converted into a monetary value for donation.

OMRON will make significant donations to organizations in five regions - Japan/South Korea, Greater China, Asia Pacific, Europe, and North and South America - based on the number of points employees in each region earned for their efforts between May 10 and September 30. Recipient organizations were selected by local head offices based on conditions in each region. Details are as follows.

Donations by Region

Japan/South Korea

Donation of JPY 10 million to the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) on December 10. In Japan, OISCA is engaged in forestation activities and runs training programs to increase environmental awareness among young people, whereas in South Korea it is primarily involved in environmental conservation activities.

Greater China

Donation of JPY 10 million to the Shanghai Jiuduansha Wetland National Nature Reserve on November 28, to support the reserve’s environmental conservation activities.

Asia Pacific

Donation of JPY 9 million to the Singapore Red Cross Society on November 28. The Society assists with relief operations in times of disaster and provides auxiliary health and welfare services to the sick, handicapped, aged and poor.

Europe

Donation of JPY 8 million to the Netherlands Red Cross for a health education project in Malawi, to be made on December 15.

North and South America

Donation of JPY 5 million to Plan International, an international development agency that supports children and their families as well as communities in developing countries, to be made on December 10.

In addition to the donations, OMRON Group employees also helped the environment directly, saving the equivalent of approximately 800 tons of CO2 through daily conservation efforts.

While Eco-Volun activities will no longer count towards large-scale charitable donations, employees will continue to pursue them as part of their commitment OMRON's corporate motto, "Working for the benefit of society."

Overview of the Eco-Volun Initiative

  1. Period: May 10 to September 30, 2008
  2. Amount donated: JPY 42 million
  3. Number of participating employees: 30,280
  4. Total points earned: 18,670,000 pts. (Points were given for each activity, and the total number of points converted into a monetary value for donation.)

Examples of Eco-Volun Activities

  • Using a cloth shopping bag: 3 pts.
  • Taking public transportation/carpooling: 3 pts.
  • Donating blood: 20 pts.

For more information, please refer to the news release on May 13 entitled "OMRON Celebrates 75th Anniversary."

Photos of Volunteer Activities and Ceremonies by Region

Japan/South Korea

Donation to OISCA on 12/10 (Japan)
Donation to OISCA on 12/10 (Japan)

Picking up litter (S. Korea)
Picking up litter (S. Korea)

Greater China

Donation to the Shanghai Jiuduansha Wetland National Nature Reserve on 11/28 (China)
Donation to the Shanghai Jiuduansha Wetland National Nature Reserve on 11/28 (China)

Handing out reusable shopping bags (China)
Handing out reusable shopping bags (China)

Asia Pacific

Donation to the ICRC (Singapore)
Donation to the ICRC (Singapore)

Serving food to schoolchildren (Thailand)
Serving food to schoolchildren (Thailand)

Europe

Volunteering at a facility for people with disabilities (Germany)
Volunteering at a facility for people with disabilities (Germany)

Clearing forested areas (The Netherlands)
Clearing forested areas (The Netherlands)

North and South America

Beautifying local parks (U.S.A.)
Beautifying local parks (U.S.A.)

Correction: This release mistakenly said that donations in Asia Pacific and Europe were being made to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). We apologize for the error.

About OMRON

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. Established in 1933 and headed by President & CEO Hisao Sakuta, OMRON has over 35,000 employees in 38 countries working to provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields, including industrial automation, electronic components, social systems (ticket gate machines, ticket vending machines, and traffic control), and healthcare. For more information, visit OMRON's website at www.omron.com.

Media Inquiries
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OMRON Corporate Communications Department
Tel.: +81-3-3436-7202

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