Proactive commitment to community contribution as a responsible corporate citizen
Community Involvement Activities in Various Fields
Dialogue with Communities
Based on a provision regarding community involvement and social contributions as stipulated in the OMRON Group Sustainable Conduct Policies, the OMRON Group promotes community involvement and social contribution activities that are tailored to the needs of each country/region.
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).
Among all the initiatives, we particularly focus on the three areas that are aligned with the company’s business drivers to leverage our strength and maximize impact on beneficiaries; social welfare with emphasis on diversity promotion, science and technology and health promotion.
We aim to improve QOL for persons with disabilities by encouraging diversity in society. For example, we provide support for Japan Sun Industries, a social welfare service corporation that creates work opportunities for persons with disabilities. We also contribute funds to NPOs and NGOs in this field.
In Indonesia, we are developing a low-cost moving prosthesis that incorporates OMRON electric motors, transmissions, and spring components for the more than 3 million people who are disabled due to lower-limb amputations.
We support sports activities for persons with disabilities, including the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon and the Emperor’s Cup National Wheelchair Ekiden (relay race), and we sponsor opportunities for schools supporting people with disabilities at the Osaka Science & Technology Center.
We support initiatives through the Tateisi Science and Technology Foundation and provide opportunities such as Technology Foundation, Control Technology Education Camps for college students and a series of lectures at universities by leveraging our strength.
Aiming to raise health awareness and educate people about the negative impact of high blood pressure, we provide support for blood pressure measurement events in nearly 100 countries around the world. As part of our efforts, we have donated more than 30,000 blood pressure monitors to the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the World Hypertension League (WHL) since fiscal 2017.
In Japan, we started and co-organized the Kagayaki (Sparkling) School in 2018 to provide next-generation high school students with the free opportunity to gain a correct understanding of women’s health. In fiscal 2021, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to us focusing on online lessons, with a total of 23 schools and approximately 6,000 students taking classes. This included some in-person classes.
In India, we collaborate with an NGO to develop smart toilets utilizing our technology. Smart toilets encourage proper sanitation among rural populations to prevent infectious diseases, including cholera and typhoid fever.
In addition, we deepen an understanding of social welfare activities within our employees by publicizing volunteer activities internally and providing opportunities for employees to volunteer.
The OMRON Group is engaging with social contributions and community involvement activities through the leadership of Global Human Resources and Administration HQ. All OMRON Group employees are encouraged to develop awareness as corporate citizens and address social issues on their own initiative.
The Group provides its 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. As more employees are working at home in recent years, the Group now flexibly offers programs that can be joined online as well.
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.
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 2021, OMRON’s community involvement expenditures totaled 530 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.
With the aim of serving as a valued corporate citizen, we at the OMRON Group strive for harmonious coexistence with local communities. We not only comply with all applicable laws and rules. We respect local culture and customs, and promote proactive communication with local people and organizations 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, our Founder's Day. In 1995, all OMRON Group employees worldwide started participating in community contribution activities on the day.
Starting 2016, without limiting 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 us to upgrade the initiatives to help solve even more local issues.
With the COVID-19 pandemic taking hold since the end of 2019, we have empowered employees to engage in voluntary community services, both remotely and in person.
An example of an activity conducted outside Japan involved employees at our local headquarters and group companies in the Netherlands. The employees are acting as digital buddies to senior citizens who have become socially isolated during the pandemic. The aim, in collaboration with local senior citizens' homes, is to dispel the loneliness and hopelessness that can be a result of pandemic-induced social disconnection. Volunteers accomplish this by doing such things as chatting with seniors online and going for walks with them. In addition, wising to brighten up lonely senior citizens’ days if only slightly, the employees have become pen pals with them, sending them cards and letters written in Dutch.
A non-profit organization OFI (OMRON Foundation Inc.) was established in 1989.
OMRON Group companies in North America (the United States and Canada) contribute part of their annual sales to OFI as funds, to provide support in the areas of disaster relief, disability aid, education and medical care. The foundation distributed $532,000 in fiscal 2021, bringing the total amount given away since the foundation was founded to over $15 million.