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Society and Workplace

SMIC has been committed to the following social, cultural and environmental projects, as well as improving working environment for our own employees.

 

Social Contribution

Sekido Museum of Art

http://sekido-museum.jp/

Sekido Museum of Art is located in one of the Senju Metal Industry headquarters buildings and it is operated by Sato Foundation for the Study of Art. The foundation was established by Senju Sato, former president of Senju Metal Industry, in May of 1979 to support cultural exchange among the countries of the world, to strengthen mutual understanding, and to advance its own culture through arts and crafts.

As part of the efforts to promote cultural activities, Sekido Museum of Art was opened in April 15th, 2006. The museum mainly exhibits earthenware from around the world, pottery and Buddhist sculptures, bronze ware, and jade stone as well as many "Nishiki-e" or multi-colored woodblock printing by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige.

As Sekido Museum of Art is the only art museum in Adachi District, is it acknowledged in the district's Promotion Plan of Arts and Culture to cooperate with Adachi District's History Museum to take part in community events such as co-hosing exhibitions.

By exhibiting a wide array of remarkable art selections, Sekido Museum of Art wishes to offer the opportunity for the community to explore and experience the world art, and at the same time, contribute to the development of local culture by working harmoniously with Adachi district.

In addition to the operation of Sekido Museum of Art, Sato Foundation for the Study of Art supports a variety of art programs including research for international arts and crafts, scholarships for the researchers who travel to Japan from international countries, grants for the research, work activities, and publications within Japan, and awards for holding cultural seminars and younger generation metalwork artists. The company is proud to recognize the achievements and outstanding works by many artists over the years.

 

Myoko

Myoko Coffee Shop is operated by the Association for Disability in Adachi District in Tokyo which provides vocational training to people with physical disabilities and to facilitate their full participation in society. The shop offers fresh bakery that are prepared by the people with disabilities and the shop is open daily except the weekends and holidays. Senju Metal Industry is involved in various activities in supporting and promoting the association such as offering the building space at free of charge.

The name of the coffee shop "Myoko" means white lotus flower and it symbolizes purity of heart and mind. In Buddhism, those people are called "Myoko-nin" or wonderful person. The name was given by the former chairman of Senju Metal Industry who believed in the pure and innocent spirit of people with disabilities.

For the employees of the coffee shop, customers, and pedestrians, the surroundings are filled with the fragrance of beautiful and colorful flowers and plants such as cherry blossoms, lotus, photinia, crape myrtle trees, and Camellia sasanqua trees where everyone can enjoy peace, tranquility, and natural beauty.

 

Lecturing at Soldering Materials Committee in China

Professor Meng, the honorary chairman of the board for Soldering Materials Committee in China, has been concerned about declining morals of Chinese solder manufacturers. He invited SMIC to an event held in Shenzhen, China on October 28, 2011, to give a lecture about how to be an established and responsible company. The lecture was titled "Corporate Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)."

We were asked to talk about requirements to build a strong company, important issues for solder businesses, ideal characters of a company, and about corporate mental attitudes. We have talked about SMIC's management principles, which are based on the motto to fulfill a responsibility as a public institution, including our company spirit, management philosophy, and three essential rules of management. General knowledge and information about corporate ethics and corporate social responsibility were also presented to the audience.

Attendees were actually our competitors, but we were determined to fulfill our social responsibility as an established company and tried to contribute to the society of the region. We have also demonstrated SMIC's product quality and engineering expertise, while strengthening our bond with Chinese solder industry.

Mr. Nakamura
Assistant to CSR Committee Chairman
Senju Metal Industry Co., Ltd.

Professor Meng
The Honorary Chairman of the Board
China Soldering Materials Committee

The audience: members of China Soldering Materials Committee

 

Sponsoring Soldering Craft Classes

In October 2011, we have sponsored soldering craft classes during "Audio & Home Theater Exhibition Tokyo" organized by Akihabara Electrical Town Organization and Dempa Shimbun Sha. SMIC has provided flux cored "μ-solder" and sent assistants to these classes, teaching the pleasure of soldering and contributing to the local society and residents.

Our associate researcher Higashimura
giving hands to a participant.

Soldering with μ-solder.

Family electronics craft class making
karaoke machine.

Mini-amplifier craft class for adults.

 

“Let’s Do It!! Japan” The JISSO PROTEC 2011 Exhibition Brings Unity

Senju Metal Industry displayed a large panel written “Ganbarou!! Nihon” (Let’s Do It!! Japan) at the center of the exhibit booth during the JISSOPROTEC 2011 in Tokyo. This nearly cancelled event was Senju’s first trade show after the massive earthquake in eastern Japan. All of our booth staff wore matching blue polo shirts with stickers printed “Ganbarou!! Nihon” slogan on the back to express our commitment to work together with those affected by the tragedy towards a speedy recovery.

 

Taiwan branch gave potted plants to 1,000 local children in Kaohsiung City.

SMIC's Taiwan branch has given potted plants to 1,000 primary school students in Kaohsiung City, in the southern part of Taiwan, to educate them about the importance of environmental conservation, in return for the support given from the people of Taiwan for the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Okuno branch manager has witnessed the power of mother nature during the quake, and decided to promote environmental protection and energy conservation as a member of the the planet earth. Okuno and a city council person handed the plants to each students at Longhua Primary School. "Flowers have lives, and they have a beginning and an end. But the most important thing is how to grow them," the school master Guo said, explaining the preciousness of lives. Following the school master, Okuno gave a speech to the students; "The support from the people in Taiwan at the time of earthquake was not just useful to the physical recovery, but also for curing the hearts of people affected by the disaster. This gift is to return the favor and contribute to the environmental conservation of Taiwan."

We are hoping that the students will grow the plant with their family and increase their awareness and interest for the environmental activities.

Photo: Kaohsiung city council person Tsai / Original Article: Focus Taiwan

 

Supporting Yabusame holy ceremony at Nakamura Hachimangu shrine in Moka

In the city of Moka, where our Tochigi plant is located, we have provided support for the traditional Yabusame ceremony at Nakamura Hachimangu shrine.

 

Yabusame ceremony starts with the sound of a large Taiko drum on a road surrounded by Japanese cedar trees. Arrow shooters in traditional costumes ride speeding holy horses and aim at 3 targets along the way.



Led by Ohayashi music, Tanaka general manager marched toward the first Torii gate with a SMIC flag.

 

Community Involvement

The headquarters and Tochigi plant take part in local community involvement and other social contribution activities such as bon-dance and firework festivals.

 

Co-sponsor of Nippon Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund

The company proactively supports and contributes to Nippon Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund.

 

Cleaning Up the Neighborhood of Iwate Plant

Our group company, Senju Electronic has contributed to the local community by cleaning up the neighborhood streets in June, 2010. Many employees have participated, and are planning on continuing the effort periodically.

 

Subsidiaries for Public Safety

Senju group owns subsidiaries responsible for providing products and services necessary for maintaining public safety.

Industrial Analysis Service Ltd.

Industrial Analysis Service provides human safety test experdise for industrial materials including metal, environment and food. Established in 1972.

Senju Sprinkler Co., Ltd.

Senju Sprinkler is a leading developer of fire sprinklers utilizing solder, backed by cutting-edge technology accumulated since 1963.

 

Comfortable Workplace Environment

Health Management of Employees

The company is committed to providing a healthy workplace. In addition to annual physical examinations required by law, examinations are provided twice a year for the lifestyle-related diseases for the employees who are thirty-five years or order. Specialized health exams are also conducted twice a year for the workers in the specialized fields to ensure health and well-being of all our employees. Health counseling by health management training personnel is periodically conducted to help resolve individual's health concerns and needs.

Snapshots from a spring physical checkup for employees.

 

Cancer Insurance Program

As part of social welfare, cancer insurance program is established to support employees who are diagnosed with cancer. This system is designed to help reduce the financial burden for the patients by covering the cost of cancer treatment expenses, and the insurance is fully paid by the company.

 

Comprehensive Employee Cafeteria

The on-site cafeteria is situated at the top floor of the headquarters and Tochigi plant It is the company's commitment to provide an opportunity for all employees to enjoy the wonderful scenery and atmosphere while eating quality meals. The cafeteria at the headquarters, built in May of 2005, features panoramic wall-to-wall windows overlooking the city. With its spacious terrace, this place is utilized not only for lunch services, but for the employees to gather and celebrate various events such as local firework festivals in summer and corporate parties.

 

Barrier-free

Headquarters Buildings

From the main entrance gate to the elevator lobby through automatic doors, there are no steps or stairs on the entryways and the company ensures barrier-free environment for people with disabilities and mobility difficulties. One of the two elevators is designed to be accessible to wheelchair users and people with vision disabilities.

Nisshin Building & Denzai Plant

At the entrances of Nisshin & Denzai Plant buildings in Tochigi Plant, wheelchair access ramps are installed and the elevator is accessible to wheelchair users.

 

Evacuation Drill

SMIC periodically engages in evacuation drills to protect employees from the earthquake and fire, under the supervision of the local fire station.

 

Creating Local Employment Opportunities

Our Tochigi plant has received a letter of appreciation from Maoka city's Employment Association and the Public Employment Security Office for its contribution to create more local employment opportunities.

 

Educating and Supporting the Next Generation

Internship Program at the Sekido Museum of Art

The museum provides opportunities to get professional experiences for students studying to obtain a licence issued under the Japanese Museum Act. The program offers comprehensive training for running a museum: curation, conservation and exhibition work for cultural heritage of arts and crafts.

 

Internship Program for Middle and High School Students

We invite local students as interns to the headquarters and Tochigi plant to let them experience a real-life work environment. Students from these areas participate every year to spend time at out factories.