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Fujikura Group CSR Report 2013
[ISO 26000 Core Subject] Community Involvement and Development

Social Contribution Activities

The Fujikura Group's Concept of Social Contribution Activities

The Fujikura Group's concept of social contribution activities is based on the Fujikura Group Corporate Philosophy MVCV (Mission, Vision, Core Values), which is to help customers create value and contribute to society through its "Tsunagu" technologies, as well as based on a statement in our CSR Basic Principles, which says, "each and every employees will . . . become aware of his or her own role as a member of society, and act according to good social sense. We are carrying out social contribution activities in accordance with our CSR Basic Principles, setting forth the concept that "we make social contribution actively, respecting the cultures and customs of the various countries and regions we operate in."

Our social contribution activities began in 1919 when Harukichi Nakauchi, a former auditor of the Company, established an institution for the mentally disabled, Fujikura Gakuen, with his own funds. Since then, we, both as a company and as individuals, have supported the institution. In the same regard, as times change, we as a company have considered how we should become involved with society and have taken actions accordingly up until the present day. We have contributed to society for over 90 years since Fujikura Gakuen's founding. Recognizing that our support for Fujikura Gakuen is the starting point of our Group's social contribution activities, we are committed to continuing our support of the institution.

In fiscal 2012, the Fukujira Group participated in a total of about 290 social contribution activities. Some of these are introduced below:

History of Fujikura’s Social Contribution

Since the beginning of the construction of a plant in Kiba, Tokyo in 1919, Fujikura has conducted its business operations in harmony with local communities for more than 90 years, and in November 2010, concurrently with the completion of the project to redevelop the former site of the Fukagawa Plant, we opened the Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods as a space suitable for the waterfront Kiba district. We created this biotope/garden as part of our efforts to conserve biodiversity and enhance our ties with local communities.

The history of Fujikura dates back to 1885. Over the long years since then, including the period when the business foundation was established, employees of Fujikura have been committed to serving customers in a sincere manner and doing business in harmony with society as part of their corporate culture. Even now, amid the globalization of the Fujikura Group’s business, we have retained this corporate culture and are committed to keeping harmony with local people and contributing to local communities in each country and region we operate in.

In the following, we will introduce how the Fujikura Group has conducted social contribution activities for more than 120 years, including social contributions made by our predecessors as individuals, such as the establishment of Fujikura Gakuen.

Year Contribution
1916 Kenzo Okada (former managing director) began providing financial support to education as an individual benefactor.
1919 Harukichi Nakauchi (younger brother of the founder and former auditor) established Fujikura Gakuen in Oshima.
1929 Tomekichi Matsumoto (the first president) donated a building for the new clinic opened by St. Barbana Mission at Kusatsu for people suffering Hansen’s disease.
1935 Tomekichi Matsumoto (the first president) donated all 530 volumes of Gunsho Ruijyu written by Hokiichi Hanawa for the launch of Ninomiya Bunko (present Tochigi Prefectural Library).
1936 Tomekichi Matsumoto (the first president) made a monetary donation to RIKEN to support its research activities.
1938 Tomekichi Matsumoto (the first president) donated a meteorological station to Izu Oshima.
1939 Tomekichi Matsumoto and Fujikura Group companies established the research foundation named “Fujikura Kenkyusho” (present Fujikura Foundation) to conduct and support R&D.
1965 Restarted the education support activity launched before the Second World War via Fujikura Ikueikai
2010 Established the Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods for local communities and biodiversity conservation

Key Activities

Fujikura Gakuen, the starting point for our social contribution activities

Fujikura Gakuen was founded on June 7, 1919 by Harukichi Nakauchi, younger brother of the founder of Fujikura and former auditor of the Company. He donated 230,000 yen (equivalent to about two billion yen today) from his own funds to construct this school for the mentally disabled on land extending over about 132,000 m2 in Izu Oshima. He also donated this land and the facilities necessary for the foundation of the school. This year the school celebrates its 94st anniversary, thanks to the long-lasting support of its employees. To be sure, the history of the Fujikura Group's social contribution activities started from the foundation of Fujikura Gakuen.

Harukichi Nakauchi

Harukichi Nakauchi, founder of Fujikura Gakuen

Fujikura Gakuen (social welfare corporation)

Establishment June 7, 1919
President Hitoko Kawada
Welfare services Provided through Oshima Fujikura Gakuen and Tama Fujikura Gakuen
Number of people receiving About 130 in total

Oshima Fujikura Gakuen

Oshima Fujikura Gakuen

Sale of Fujikura Gakuen goods

In June and December, which are designated as the campaign months to increase the number of participants in the Fujikura Gakuen Support Group, we have been holding fairs to sell Fujikura Gakuen goods. In the fairs held in the third year of the activity, we sold madeleine cakes, cookies, pound cakes and other sweets made at Fuji Cafe in Izu Oshima, which is a facility operated by Fujikura Gakuen to support the independence of students with disabilities. We also collected donations to Fujikura Gakuen at the fairs.

Fair held in the Fukagawa district

Fair held in the Fukagawa district

Fair held at the Sakura Plant

Fair held at the Sakura Plant

Volunteer activities for a day at Fujikura Gakuen

All newly hired employees conducted volunteer activities for a day at Fujikura Gakuen. Through this experience, they learned the excellent traditions that our predecessors have maintained for over 90 years.

Support to the Fujikura Foundation

The Fujikura Group supports the activities of the Fujikura Foundation, which gives financial assistance to researchers in the field of science and technology. This public interest incorporated association was initially launched as a research foundation (Fujikura Kenkyusho) by the second president Arata Matsumoto, being funded by the first president Tomekichi Matsumoto (100,000 yen) and by Fujikura Electric Wire (present Fujikura Ltd.) and Fujikura Kogyo (present Fujikura Rubber Ltd. and Fujikura Kasei Co., Ltd.) (1.1 million yen in total). The research foundation was opened in Yono City, Saitama Prefecture and then relocated to Sendagaya and then to Samezu. At the facility, research was conducted focusing on polymers.

Subsequently the name of the foundation was changed to “Shinsei Shigen Kyokai” in 1946 and the main activity of the foundation was changed to give financial assistance to researchers and engineers. Since then Fujikura has been contributing to society by supporting the activities of this foundation. The foundation became a public interest incorporated association on April 1, 2011 and changed its name from Shinsei Shigen Kyokai to the Fujikura Foundation on November 1, 2012.

Protecting the Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods in cooperation with local communities

The Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods (“Millennium Woods”) was opened within Fukagawa Gatharia and adjacent to the head office of Fujikura Ltd. in Kiba, Tokyo, in November 2010. This natural space serves as a biotope/garden for local communities in the center of Tokyo. It was founded in response to requests from local schools and citizens, who wanted more greenery in the area. It is also worth noting that in 2010, initiatives for biodiversity conservation began to be implemented proactively across the world in response to a serious increase in the number of species in danger of extinction. The bio-garden extends over 2,200 m2 and has two ponds connected by a brook, a floating island and a promenade. We have reproduced the nature-rich forest that existed on the Musashino Terrace several hundred years ago in the garden, giving priority to living creatures. We named the bio-garden “Fujikura-Kiba Millennium Woods,” wanting to preserve a place where local residents can enjoy nature throughout the four seasons long into the future.

Main entrance to the Millennium Woods

Main entrance to the Millennium Woods

Office building in Fukagawa Gatharia, within which the Millennium Woods is located

Office building in Fukagawa Gatharia, within which the Millennium Woods is located

Support to sports activities

The Fujikura Group supports local sports activities, including motor sports and the local J-League football team, as an activity for community involvement and development.

Support to sports

Support to sports