Social Contribution ActivitiesEmployee Volunteer Activities
In August 2018, about 80 people consisting of Marubeni Group employees and their families helped to pick blueberries at a farm run by NPO Bunka Gakushu Kyodo Network, which receives grants from the Marubeni Foundation. The NPO conducts a job training program to help youths who have experienced periods of withdrawal to return to interacting in society by making and selling bread.
In addition to blueberries, the farm produces bread ingredients such as wheat and sweet potatoes. The gathered blueberries will be used to make bread and jam, and sold at the NPO’s bakery.
TABLE FOR TWO（TFT）
TFT is a social contribution program that began in Japan as a way to simultaneously alleviate famine in developing countries as well as obesity and lifestyle diseases in developed countries. When employees purchase an eligible healthy dish, 20 yen, which is the cost of a meal in developing countries, is donated toward funding school meals. At Marubeni, the company matches the employee donations, so that purchase of each meal can provide school meals for two.
By end of February 2018, total donations amounted to approximately 4.3 million yen including the matching contribution from Marubeni, equivalent to approximately 220,000 school meals for children.
Everybody Cut Material
“Minnade Nuno Chokkin (Everybody Cut Material)” is a program organized by the NPO Caring for Young Refugees (CYR). Supporters cut out material according to patterns for stuffed toys, and Marubeni adds a monetary donation and sends the materials to Cambodia. Instead of sending finished products, this supports local manufacturing and provides impoverished women an opportunity to earn cash income. The program also aims to develop teachers by showing them ways to play with the produced toys.
In 2017, Marubeni donated materials for 399 balls and 265 dolls.
Donation of Spoiled Postcards, Used Stamps, and Clothing
The Marubeni Group collects spoiled (mistakenly-written) postage-paid postcards, used stamps, and unwanted clothing from employees, and donates them to organizations that support developing nations and areas struck by disasters.
Mt. Fuji Clean-up Activities
Since 2009, Marubeni has been conducting annual clean-up activities on Mt. Fuji together with the non-profit organization Fujisan Club.
In November 2017, approximately 100 members consisting of Marubeni Group employees, their families and friends, as well as foreign students took part in a clean-up at the prefectural forest near Lake Yamanaka at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The amount of trash collected by the participants amounted to 1,580 kg.
In addition to environmental conservation, the program also aims for international exchange. Marubeni invites foreign students to participate through the Foundation of Corporate Friendship Network.
Okutama Forest Preservation Activities
Since 2006, Marubeni has conducted the annual forest thinning at the Kaminariki Forest Conservation Area in Ome City, Tokyo Prefecture. The activity is a part of the “Tokyo Greenship Action” in which Tokyoites, corporations, government, and NPOs collaborate to conserve the precious woodlands, village forests, and thickets remaining in Tokyo Prefecture.
In October 2017, approximately 60 members consisting of Marubeni Group employees, their families, and friends took part in the weeding and tree-planting near a mountaintop which was planned to become a view point plaza.
About Tree Thinning
As Japanese cedar and hinoki cypress which were originally planted for timber have become overgrown without regular care, sunlight does not reach the forest floor and the undergrowth withers. Thinning is conducted to prevent landslides in such mountain forests.
Adopt-a-Forest “Marubeni’s Forest”
In November 2017, at Marubeni’s Forest at Kounoyama, Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture, about 50 members consisting of Marubeni Group executives, employees, and their families thinned bamboo and planted trees under the guidance of NPO Kounoyama Conservation Club members.
Since 2006, Marubeni Osaka Branch has cooperated with the Osaka Prefecture’s Adopt-a-Forest, an afforestation and forest development activity. Marubeni has continued its forest development activities thereafter, such as signing a “Marubeni’s Forest” manifesto together with Osaka Prefecture, Kishiwada City, and Kounoyama Conservation Club in December 2011. In December 2017, Marubeni was awarded with a letter of appreciation from Osaka Prefecture, as one of the companies making a long-term commitment to the activity.
Volunteer Activities in the Community
Participation in the Kanda Matsuri Festival
Every May, Marubeni volunteers assemble to carry the mikoshi shrines for the Tokyo Kanda Matsuri in an effort to contribute to the local community and support the continuation of traditional culture. Volunteers from the offices in the Otemachi and Marunouchi area gather each year, and in May 2018, about 130 executives and employees from the Marubeni Group took part.
Participation in the Chiyoda Volunteer Club
The Tokyo Head Office is a member of the Chiyoda Volunteer Club, an organization run by the Chiyoda Ward Council of Social Welfare. Every time an employee participates in an activity through the Chiyoda Volunteer Center, Marubeni gives a matching donation of 1,000 yen per hour for the volunteer’s activity. Past activities include cleaning of photographs recovered from the disaster areas in the Tohoku region, and holding chorus club concerts at facilities for the elderly in Chiyoda Ward.