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Social Contribution Activities

Approach to social contribution activities

We recognize social contribution activities as initiatives for the sustainable development of society. In addition, we promote our initiatives in identified priority areas considering their relationship to current and future business.

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ONO’s global policy for social contribution activities 

We commit to contributing to sustainable social development as well as to the advancement of medicine and pharmacy as “a good corporate citizen”, under the corporate philosophy of “Dedicated to Man’s Fight against Disease and Pain”. We also contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through these activities. This Global Policy also applies to overseas subsidiaries.

  • Contributing to the advancement of medicine and pharmacy
  • Supporting health of patients and their families
  • Contributing to environmental conservation for the health of everyone
  • Contributing to an education for the children’s health
  • Contribute to an improvement of the medical ecosystem

We are committed to transparency about any charitable donations that are made in relation to our CSR activities.
The target areas are the areas where we operate and areas where the medical infrastructure is immature *1.

We promote social development through partnering with parties who share our vision.

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Efforts for the advancement of medicine and pharmacy

We are making efforts to meet unmet medical needs and contribute to medical advancement.

Research grants through foundations and donated courses

In 1988, the ONO Medical Research Foundation was established with donations from ONO. The Foundation provides grants for research activities in the field of lipid metabolism disorders and also aims to promote research and treatment in that field through various projects and thereby contribute to the health and welfare of the public. Since its establishment, the foundation has provided research grants and research encouragement grants every year. In FY2020, 1 person was awarded the Osamu Hayaishi Memorial Award, 12 persons were awarded research grants, and 16 persons were awarded research encouragement grants (Under age of 40).
In addition, since FY2017, we have supported the Japanese Biochemical Society's "Osamu Hayaishi Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad“, with the objective of supporting overseas study by researchers who are motivated to research life sciences related to general biochemistry. In January 2021, 8 researchers were selected as recipients of support for FY2021.Through the Ono Pharmaceutical Foundation's research grants to overseas researchers, we also contribute to promoting research and the foundation of innovation.

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Efforts for supporting health of patients and their families

We conduct various health-related activities to provide a wide range of support for people such as patients and the families of patients.Going forward, we continue to engage in various activities that contribute to people's health.

Dissemination of medical information

Through contents and applications, the latest information useful for healthcare is continuously posted and disseminated widely. We also cooperate with and hold seminars for citizens to raise awareness of diseases and provide accurate information. In FY2020, 6 sessions were held, focusing on areas such as cancer, diabetes, and rheumatism, with approximately 2750 participants.

Delivered Content and Applications Description
"To Patients and Their Families" We operate a website that explains specific symptoms and treatment methods of diseases nearby and precautions in daily life.
"ONO ONCOLOGY (Information for the general public and patients)" With the cooperation of supervising physicians, we operate a website where we can learn about the diseases and treatments in the field of cancer and the concepts of cancer immunity.

In FY2020, we added “Cancer and Novel Coronavirus - Precautions under the Spread of COVID-19” to a special website for the purpose of supporting the treatment and the lives of cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis by providing appropriate, science-based information.
"Medical Care for Dementia Connecting Smiles and Minds" We operate a website to think about dementia with people involved in treatment and nursing care.
"Grandma's world" We release a dementia education short movie to the public.
Application for patients with lifestyle-related diseases We provide free smartphone application software to support patients suffering from lifestyle-related diseases.

Relay for Life

We have participated in Relay for Life as a part of our CSR activities since FY2014. Relay for Life is a charity activity project conducted by the Japan Cancer Society and the National Action Council of Relay of Life aiming to deal with and overcome cancer. We have been actively participating in the Relay for Life events mainly at the locations where our research institutes, plants, and sales offices reside.

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In FY2020, the Relay for Life events were canceled in most locations due to the impact of the novel coronavirus. In order to keep up the hopes of cancer survivors and participants who look forward to this event every year and to continue supporting cancer patients and their families, Self Walk Relay was held instead of the yearly Relay for Life.

Self Walk Relay is a charity event in which anyone can participate by downloading an application onto their smartphone, participants will walk while taking measures against infection respectively, and the total number of steps support the operation of General Cancer Consultation Hotline (one case for every 40,000 steps). Our 242 employees throughout Japan participated in the event and the total number of steps was 26,470,803 (equivalent to 662 cases on General Cancer Consultation Hotline).

Initiatives at Overseas Subsidiaries

ONO Pharma Korea (OPKR) had been engaging in social contribution activities every year on December 11, the anniversary of its establishment; however, with its 7th anniversary in FY2020, the novel coronavirus prevented us from engaging in face-to-face activities with patients. Therefore, OPKR held a Charity Walk Campaign in which employees participated while thinking of patients with renal cancer and their families. A target donation amount per 1 km was set and all employees joined in the event and achieved the target donation amount. The donation delivered to Society of Patients with Renal Cancer will be used for patient support programs, sharing correct treatment information, activities to improve political measures, and other activities for patients with renal cancer and their families. OPKR employees participated in an activity that resulted in support for patients and their families and gained a sense of satisfaction from the activity.

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Supporting Members

Since FY2014, we have been supporting the "Solaputi Kids’ Camp", dream camp with medical care for children who have a serious illnesses, as a supporting member.

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Efforts toward environmental conservation for the health of everyone 

In conducting our business activities, we recognize the impact on ecosystems and take on challenges to address environmental issues such as biodiversity and climate change. To realize a sustainable and prosperous society, it is important to promote activities that consider biodiversity at entire stages of product research, development, procurement, production, distribution, sales, use, and disposal. We also agree with the "Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren and Action Policy".

Efforts at each worksite

We have each of our business sites take part in various activities to contribute to local communities such as cleanups, disaster prevention activities, and conservation of the natural environment.

At Fujiyama Plant, we provided trash bags for “Operation Trash Clean-sweep,” a clean-up activity of the municipal neighborhood associations of Fujinomiya City and the “Fujinomiya City Cleaning Campaign” as activities friendly to community environment. We also cleaned the area surrounding the plant premises in March 2021.

At Joto Pharmaceutical Product Development Center, cleanup of the periphery of Joto Pharmaceutical Product Development Center and a neighboring elementary school as well as parks, which was part of the ”Osaka Marathon Cleanup campaign” by the Osaka Municipal Government, was canceled in FY2020 for reasons of preventing of spread of the novel coronavirus. We participated in the autonomous firefighting technique training meeting (FY2020) held by the Higashinari Autonomous Firefighting Brigade Council for the purpose of enhancing autonomous firefighting skills and disaster response skills as in the previous year despite of limited number of participants and we received training for actual fires, including how to use a fire extinguisher and indoor fire hydrant under the instruction of the Higashinari Fire Department.

At Minase Research Institute, we join the Rikyu no Mizu Conservation Society to protect the famous water source, which has been selected as one of the 100 best springs in Japan. We took part in the joint cleanup activities that are organized twice a year. In addition, we usually participate in firefighting training in a fire-prevention festival in Shimamoto-cho that is held to raise awareness of fire prevention among local residents every year in November as well as in the New Year parade of the firefighting brigade of Shimamoto-cho as private fire brigade members at the institute, which is organized on the second Sunday of January every year. However, in FY2020, both events were canceled for reasons of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus and we could not participate in the events.

At Fukui Research Institute, we take part in cleanup activities, including picking up litter around the boundary of the site on a regular basis. The private fire brigade members at the institute join a volunteer fire brigade competition that is held every year to raise awareness of fire prevention and to improve firefighting skills and they participate in firefighting training. The gymnasium and tennis courts on the premises are opened to the public as places for communication. In FY2020, the volunteer fire brigade competition was canceled for reasons of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

At Tsukuba Research Institute, we regularly pick up litter in its neighborhood in an effort to maintain the beauty of the area.

Activities at Fujiyama Plant

Eco-Cap Activities

Our head office and Minase Research Institute (since 2014) and Tsukuba Research Institutes (since 2018) have been taking part in an “Eco-cap” campaign. Special trash cans for PET bottle caps are placed near vending machines.
Instead of disposing of PET bottle caps as general waste, through cap recycling activities they are used in various social contribution activities, such as medical support, support for people with disabilities, and environmental education for children.

photoSpecial Garbage Containers
Amount collected at each worksite FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
head office 28,380caps
(66.0kg)
20,210caps
(47.0kg)
33,250caps
(77.3kg)
20,640caps
(48.0kg)
Minase Research Institute 10,750caps
(25.0kg)
26,875caps
(62.5kg)
23,220caps
(54.0kg)
15,480caps
(36.0kg)
Tsukuba Research Institute 2,365caps
(5.5kg)
1,290caps
(3.0kg)
1,720caps
(4.0kg)

Sponsorship of 'Exploring the mystery of water' (Organized by local governments around Fujiyama Plant/intended for elementary school students)

We have supported the Fujinomiya City sponsored hands-on learning 'Exploring the mystery of water' (Organized by local governments around Fujiyama Plant/intended for elementary school students) since FY2015. This event aims to boost children’s awareness the natural environment around Mt. Fuji and to get children thinking about how they can contribute to preserving the environment. In FY2020, these activities were canceled due to the impact of the novel coronavirus.

photoExploring the mystery of water

Initiatives at Overseas Subsidiaries

ONO Pharma Taiwan (OPTW) engaged in CSR activities on the 6th anniversary of its establishment, December 11, 2020. We usually engage in activities with cancer patients through a cancer patient association, the Formosa Cancer Foundation; however, in FY2020, in consideration of the COVID-19 crisis, we conducted glass bottle recycling activities by focusing on environmental issues, which is one of the important social issues in Taiwan.
This CSR activity was planned in consideration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. We learned about the status of environmental pollution in Taiwan, waste disposal issues, the importance of recycling, and the recycling process, through lectures and experience. All employees experienced the recycling of the empty bottles they brought into small glasses with the company name.
We promote CSR activities that OPTW can implement in consideration of SDGs.

ONO Pharma Taiwan (OPTW)

ONO Pharma Taiwan (OPTW)

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Efforts toward an education for the children’s health

We are proactively engaged in activities to support the development of children, who will be responsible for the future.

“Sukoyakarada project(Healthy Body Campaign)”

We started the healthier body project (We call “Sukoyakarada project”) as a reconstruction assistance activity from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2015.
This project is aimed at reducing childhood obesity, one of social issues in three prefectures of the Tohoku region (Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate) as well as promoting health and supporting healthy mental and physical development among the children that will lead the next generation.
In FY2018, the fifth year of the project, this project was held in Higashi Matsushima City, Miyagi prefecture. At the Kick-off event on March 30, 2019 the children experienced three types of sports with top athletes, and the heath seminar was held by a medical specialist on lifestyle-related illnesses for their parents, and a nutrition education session was given soup kitchen using local ingredients. In four Follow-up sessions from April to June, the children experienced a variety of sports and help them establish healthy exercise habits.
Through this project, implemented in partnership with the Specified Nonprofit Corporation Sports We have implemented this project with SCIX, a non-profit organization called Sports Community and Intelligence.
Since FY2019, this project has been postponed due to the impact of the novel coronavirus; however, it is scheduled to be implemented in Iwate prefecture around the autumn of 2021.

Implementation results
Year Location Total participants
FY2014 Aizumisato, Onuma district, Fukushima prefecture 233
FY2015 Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture 381
FY2016 Ofunato, Iwate prefecture 207
FY2017 Soma, Fukushima prefecture 131
FY2018 Higashi Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture 287
FY2019 Delayed by COVID-19
FY2020 Re-delayed by COVID-19
FY2018 Kick-off Event (Conducted in March 2019)
  • Kick-off Event
  • Kick-off Event
  • Kick-off Event
  • Kick-off Event
FY2018 Follow-up Programs  (Conducted from April to June 2019)
  • Session 1: Exercise basics (run, jump, throw)Session 1: Exercise basics (run, jump, throw)
  • Session 2: Relay race baton-pass and long-distance runningSession 2: Relay race baton-pass and long-distance running
  • Session 3: Para-sport competition (blind soccer)Session 3: Para-sport competition (blind soccer)
  • Session 4: Spaceball experienceSession 4: Spaceball experience

Educational Program on Dementia (For junior high and high school students)

The purpose of this program is for students to understand dementia as an immediate issue and acquire accurate knowledge through providing a short movie about dementia awareness produced by our company, titled "Grandma's world" and lectures given by specialists. As of the end of March 2020, more than 3,000 junior and senior high school students have participated in the program. In FY2020, this program was canceled due to the impact of the novel coronavirus.

Implementation status FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 Total
Number of junior high and high schools 7 1 3 2 3 5 21
Number of participating student 1,025 162 278 137 483 1,043 3,128

“Kusuri no Himitsu Manabu(Learing the secrets of Pharmaceuticals!) "(Science Education Program)

With the aim of increasing children’s interest in science, experiments, and pharmaceuticals, as well as with the aim of career education, our researchers have conducted outreach classes on pharmaceuticals for 6th grade students, serving as instructors. We have carried out this program continuously since FY2015 at Shimamoto Municipal Third Elementary School, which is near Minase Research Institute and since FY2019 at Hoei Elementary School, which is near Joto Pharmaceutical Product Development Center. In FY2020, despite the COVID-19 crisis, according to the strong request by Hoei Elementary School, we conducted this project by taking more detailed measures than ever (wearing masks and face shields, health check before and after the class, ventilation check by CO2 measurement device, disinfection of hand and fingers and equipment for each class, limitation of number of staff members, etc.). According to the questionnaires answered by the children after the classes, their interest in pharmaceuticals and research seems to have grown and this project seems to be a trigger for them to consider a career. It is also a valuable opportunity for our staff members to get a sense of the reactions of children directly and to realize their connection with local communities.

Number of Participants per Year FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 Total
Students 71 64 59 72 141 81 488
Staff members supporting the experiment 10 10 9 12 25 9 75
Secretariat staff members 9 10 7 10 22 6 64

After the classes, we gave questionnaires to the children, teachers and our staff members to utilize them for reviewing future programs.

Kusuri no Himitsu Manabu(Secrets of Pharmaceuticals!)Implemented at Hoei Elementary School

Kusuri no Himitsu Manabu(Secrets of Pharmaceuticals!)

Kusuri no Himitsu Manabu(Secrets of Pharmaceuticals!)

Donation of toothbrushes

We have donated toothpaste sets and toothbrushes to children in elementary schools, kindergartens, and day care centers (a total of 9 sites) in Shimamoto-cho, Mishima County, Osaka Prefecture, where Minase Research Institute is located since FY2014. And we have donated toothpaste sets to elementary schools next to the Joto Pharmaceutical Product Development Center since FY2018. Toothpaste sets and toothbrushes are manufactured by our company affiliate, BeBrand Medical Dental Co., Ltd. This activity is implemented in line with the June 4 to 10th "Dental and Oral Health Week" with our desire to contribute to maintaining and increasing health by working "Towards a world free of cavities.” In FY2020, we donated 3,488 sets and 350 toothbrushes. We cherish the fact that local communities and companies coexist, that they develop together, and we continue to engage in this activity as a good corporate citizen.

Sponsoring the performance Kokoro no Gekijo (Theater of the Heart), which is performed in Kansai and hostedby the Shiki Theatre Company / Butai Geijyutu (Performing Arts) Center

We are sponsoring the performance Kokoro no Gekijo (Theare of the Heart), which is performed in Kansai and hostedby the Shiki Theater Company / Butai Geijyutu (Performing Arts) Center. Theatre of the Heart is a project to invite children (mainly elementary sixth grade students) from various regions in Japan to theaters for free and demonstrate the excitement of theater aiming to bring the most important things for people to live, such as the importance of life, the heart to consider a person, the joy to believe each other to children's heart through the performance. We understand such philosophy and support activities.
In FY2020, the Theater of the Heart was canceled due to the impact of the novel coronavirus throughout the year and throughout Japan.

photoKamome ni tobukoto wo oshieta Neko (A cat that taught gulls to fly), a family musical performed in FY2019 by Shiki Theatre Company
Photo by Takashi Uehara

Donations to "Kodomo Hon no mori Nakanoshima (Nakanoshima Children’s Book Forest) "

We have donated to a project to help stop children being away from reading "Kodomo Hon no mori Nakanoshima ". "Kodomo Hon no mori Nakanoshima" is build a library designed by the architect Tadao Andou and built in Nakanoshima Park to encourage children to pursue creativity through books and the arts/culture.

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Efforts for improvement of the medical ecosystem

We are working to improve the medical environment in partnership with outside parties.

ONO SWITCH Project

In order to promote both work style reforms and social contribution activities, we launched the ONO SWITCH project in August 2018. This initiative aims to contribute the amount of money corresponding to the reduced overtime allowance through the promotion of work style reforms to healthcare-related NPOs and NGOs. In FY2020, we decided to donate money to 3 NPOs.

  • ONO SWITCH Project
  • ONO SWITCH Project
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Other efforts

Blood Donation

Our employees at the Head Office, plants, and research institutes actively donate their blood to the Japanese Red Cross Society. In FY2020, although we reduced the number of blood donation sites and we are continuing these activities while taking full measures against infection.

Support for People with Disabilities

Since January 2013, our head office has held a sales event for handmade bread and cookies made at workplaces that support the independence of people with disabilities, on the fourth Wednesday of every month. In FY 2020, as a countermeasure against the new coronavirus infection, we received pre-ordered bread and cookies instead of face-to-face sales. The activities have now been completed for various reasons.

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List of Activities

  Related
SDGs
Activities
Efforts for the advancement of medicine and pharmacy
  • SDGs 3
  • SDGs 9
・Donations through related foundations
・Contribution to the GHIT Foundation
・Support for Public Interest Incorporated Associations
Efforts for supporting health of patients and their families
  • SDGs 3
・Dissemination of medical information through websites and applications
・Cooperation with and holding seminars open to the public
・Participation in Relay for Life
・Initiatives at ONO Pharma Korea (OPKR)
・Supporting Member (Soraptit Children's camp)
Efforts toward environmental conservation for the health of everyone  
  • SDGs 6
  • SDGs 12
  • SDGs 15
・Nature Conservation Activities at each worksite (Cleaning and disaster prevention activities, etc.)
・Donation through Eco-Cap Activities (Vaccines, disaster countermeasures, etc.)
・Sponsorship of 'Water Stranger Expeditions' (Organized by local governments around Fujiyama Plant/intended for elementary school students)
・Initiatives at ONO Pharma Taiwan (OPTW)
Efforts toward an education for the children’s health
  • SDGs 3
  • SDGs 4
  • SDGs 17
・“Sukoyakarada project(Healthy Body Campaign)”
・Educational Program on Dementia (For junior high and high school students)
・“Kusuri no Himitsu Manabu(Learing the secrets of Pharmaceuticals!) "(Science Education Program)
・Donation of toothbrushes
・Sponsoring the performance Kokoro no Gekijo (Theater of the Heart), which is performed in Kansai and hostedby the Shiki Theater Company / Butai Geijyutu (Performing Arts) Center
・Donations to "Kodomo Hon no mori Nakanoshima (Nakanoshima Children’s Book Forest) "
Efforts for improvement of the medical ecosystem
  • SDGs 3
  • SDGs 4
  • SDGs 8
  • SDGs 9
  • SDGs 17
・ONO SWITCH Project
Other
  • SDGs 3
・Blood Donation
  • SDGs 8
・Support for People with Disabilities
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