Relationships with Communities and Society

Through communication with the local community,Tokuyama continues to carry out activities that turn the Company into an entity deemed essential by society. The Company works to promote understanding of its initiatives in areas such as process safety, disaster prevention and environmental preservation.

On a tour of the liquid hydrogen plant, part of the Tokuyama Factory RC Community Dialogue program

Tokuyama Factory Responsible Care Community Dialogue Program

The Tokuyama Factory conducts the annual RC Community Dialogue to help nearby residents better understand its efforts to prevent accidents and protect the environment.

The dialogue held on September 22, 2017 provided information on the environmental initiatives at the factory;16 Tokuyama Factory employees, including the general manager, met with 44 local residents and 2 officials from Shunan City. The participants were briefed about Shunan City's environment by the city officials and then about the factory's power station and environmental initiatives. Participants then toured the Tokuyama Factory, visiting three plants and the East Power Station. Residents expressed surprise at the large size of the smokestacks and said they gained an understanding of the initiatives. With the understanding and support of local residents, the Tokuyama Factory will keep making sincere efforts on environmental preservation, disaster prevention and safety.

Employee Volunteer Activities

Participating in Volunteer Forestry Activities

On October 22, an event hosted by the Shunan Agriculture and Forestry Office was held at a municipal conservation forest. About 120 Tokuyama employees and their families removed bamboo grass and weeds and thinned the forest. Tokuyama supports preservation of forests—the source of the water that businesses and people cannot live without. This event was part of Yamaguchi Prefecture’s forest and water conservation program; Tokuyama has been a participant for 20 years, since the beginning.

Participation in a local forest preservation event

Volunteer forestry activities have taken place for 20 straight years.

Donations to Mikage Bunko Book Program

Tokuyama has been donating book gift certificates to schools through the Mikage Bunko Book Program for 41 years. In 2017, the program donated bookshelves and 100,000 yen worth of book gift certificates to each of 41 elementary and junior high schools in Shunan City, bringing the cumulative total donated to date to over 200 million yen. The mayor of Shunan, Kenichiro Kimura expressed appreciation: “The children who grew up reading books from Mikage Bunko are the backbone of society and are grateful for this program.”

Participation in a local cleanup event

Helping TFT to Eradicate Hunger in Developing Countries

Table for Two (TFT) is a non-profit that tackles hunger in developing countries and works to reduce obesity and lifestyle diseases in developed countries. Twenty yen from every boxed lunch purchased from TFT goes toward donations (the price of one school lunch in developing countries), which are used to provide lunches to children in developing countries in Africa and Asia.

The number of participants at Tokuyama has grown every year since it joined the TFT program in 2008. The Company donated 166,540 yen in 2017, equivalent to 8,327 school lunches.

Participation in a local cleanup event
Participation in a local cleanup event

Children in Kenya eat TFT lunches.

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