Corporate Citizenship Activities
Establishment of a Vibrant Community
To create vibrant local communities with vigorous residents, Sysmex cooperates with local government entities and organizations in Japan and overseas, supporting culture and sports, providing support for disaster-affected areas, contributing to the education of the next generation and taking part in environmental preservation activities. In these ways, we contribute to confidence and vigor in local communities.
Activities in Japan
Sponsorship of the Kobe Marathon 2016
Employee volunteers handing out water
Sysmex Corporation has been a special sponsor of this event since its inception. With a theme of “Thanks and Friendship,” the Kobe Marathon is meant to express the gratitude of the people of the Kobe area to everyone who assisted in the reconstruction of the region following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
As a special sponsor of the sixth Kobe Marathon, held in November 2016, we provided runners’ bib numbers and exhibited at the Kobe Marathon EXPO. We also fielded volunteers who provided operational support.
The economic impact of this event is calculated to be approximately ¥7 billion in Hyogo Prefecture alone.
Holding Events for Communication with the Local Community
Open gardens at Technopark
Open Minato Ijinkan
Every year, Sysmex Corporation invites community residents to its offices to strengthen its relationship with the local community. In May 2016, we opened the gardens at Technopark for an event in which some 700 members of the local community joined and strolled about the grounds. On the day, we held a lecture themed on “recommending cervical cancer screening.” Participants also took part in a health check using ASTRIM FIT, our product for checking estimated blood hemoglobin levels without sampling.
At the Solution Center, a community exchange event was held via the Kobe High-Tech Park Association. In fiscal 2016, we participated in and exhibited at a summer festival sponsored by the association, lending space for an AED training session.
As in the previous year, in October we opened the Minato Ijinkan to the general public. A historical edifice constructed in 1906, the structure had become decrepit and was closed to the public in 2008. In September 2012, Sysmex rented the building, performed renovations and now uses it as a guest house. In addition to making the building open to the public, we held a photo exhibit introducing the history of Kobe and arranged a jazz concert and other enjoyable events. A record 368 people visited. We plan to open Minato Ijinkan to the public on a regular basis going forward.
Supporting Various Events and Organizations to Stimulate the Local Community and Contribute to Cultural Development
Sysmex Corporation supports local development through donations and sponsorship.
For example, we support Kobe Luminarie, an annual illumination event that originated as a memorial for the victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin−Awaji Earthquake and which is held in the hopes of reconstructing/restoring Kobe and all of Hyogo Prefecture. We also cooperate with the Kobe Oji Zoo’s Animal Sponsor Program. In addition, we support the following organizations and events.
Stimulating the Local Community
- 46th Kobe Festival
- Kobe Seaside Bon Odori
- 89th Hyogo Prefectural Elementary, Junior High and High School Art Show
- Fifth Hyogo Concert by the Japan Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra
- Hyogo KOBE Medical Health Fair
- Kobe/Hyogo Youth Meeting the World, Others
Supporting Culture-Related Programs
- Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Others
- Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund)
- "Global Human Resource Development Community" Japan Public–Private Partnership Student
- Foundation for Computational Science
- Save the Children
- Nakatani Foundation for Advancement of Measuring Technologies in Biomedical Engineering
Sponsoring Local Sports Team
To energize local Kobe sports teams, Sysmex Corporation sponsors Vissel Kobe, a Japanese professional J. League soccer club.
In addition to promoting the local community, through such initiatives we aim to contribute to a healthy community through sports.
Overseas Example (Asia Pacific): Conducting Various Activities to Address Problems in Local Communities
Donated gift bags to the homeless (Sysmex Malaysia)
Sysmex Group companies in the Asia Pacific region take part in various projects to resolve issues faced by the local community. In fiscal 2016, they engaged in the following efforts in various regions.
- Donated 600 gift bags containing snacks and tissues to homeless people together with the PERTIWI Soup Kitchen Project (Sysmex Malaysia)
- Participated in the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal project to distribute 420,000 Christmas presents to children in need in New Zealand (Sysmex New Zealand)
Overseas Example (Americas): Selected for the Companies That Care Honor Roll for the Ninth Consecutive Year
Sysmex America was selected for the Companies That Care Honor Roll 2017, sponsored by Companies That Care, a U.S. nonprofit organization. For nine consecutive years, Sysmex America has been selected for this honor roll, which identifies companies of excellence in a variety of areas, such as cultivating leaders, employee compensation, extensive welfare, work–life balance, a pleasant working environment and volunteer activities in the region.
Overseas Example (Americas): Helping to Repair Homes for Low-Income People
Habitat for Humanity Activities
Sysmex America supports divisional activities in the Lake County, Illinois conducted by Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO. This organization takes part in efforts to provide homes for low-income people in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat for Humanity Lake County, the division Sysmex America supports, provides housing so that 214 families (around 900 people) can live with peace of mind. Sysmex America contributes to the cost of repairs for these houses and provides people to assist. In September 2016, the organization handed over homes at which repairs had been conducted from spring through autumn.
Overseas Example (Americas): Participating in Red Nose Day (A Charity Event to End Child Poverty)
Red Nose Day activities
Sysmex America employees organize the Sysmex Care committee, whose activities include participating in the Red Nose Day* charity event to end child poverty. More than 400 employees don red noses and support fund-raising activities.
* Red Nose Day is a charity activity by Comic Relief, a US NPO, raising money through the Red Nose day Fund in the aim of ending child poverty. Charity activities are characterized by the red noses participants wear. This program supports efforts to help children and young people be safe and healthy and receive an education.
Overseas Example (EMEA*): Donating to Homes for Children and the Elderly
Sysmex Partec actively supports children in need and the elderly in its community. In fiscal 2016, the company supported children’s participation in a summer camp and music and sports classroom. For people in homes for the elderly, it supported a Christmas party.
* Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Support for Disaster-Affected Areas
Providing Support for the Region Affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake
Providing support for the region affected by the Kumamoto earthquake
In April 2016, a magnitude 7 earthquake hit Kumamoto Prefecture. Since then, large-scale quakes have continued to affect Kumamoto and Oita prefectures. Promptly after the earthquake, Sysmex Corportaion set up a disaster response headquarters, supplying mineral water, freeze-dried food, blankets and other support items to hospitals and commercial labs, its customers.
Through the Japanese Red Cross Society, we donated ¥10 million in fiscal 2016 to provide relief to people in the stricken area and to aid in reconstruction of the affected region. Our employees also conducted fundraising activities, donating approximately ¥1.3 million.
Contributing to the Education of the Next Generation
Supporting the Education of Youth
Sysmex Corportaion cooperates in the Try-yaru Week workplace experience program held for Hyogo Prefecture junior high school students. We also take part in the Science Fair in Hyogo, an event participated in by companies, universities and research institutions, at which math and science high school students in Hyogo Prefecture annually present their research results.
Hosting Internships and Company Tours
Sysmex Corportaion takes a proactive stance toward hosting overseas students. In fiscal 2016, the Company provided internships for four students from the Indian Institute of Technology. We also hosted two students, from the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, providing them an opportunity to learn about Sysmex’s unique technologies. We accepted six students for high school internships at i-Square. We also offered hands-on local internships, hosting a total of 25 students in the R&D and scientific affairs divisions and sponsored long-term internships targeting post-doc students.
In April 2015, we decided to take part in the “Global Human Resource Development Community,” a public–private partnership student study abroad program. Established by the Japan Student Services Organization, this program elicits cooperation from companies, the Japanese government and universities to provide opportunities for motivated and capable young people to study abroad. The program aims to build momentum for studying abroad and support the formation of networks among students who have studied abroad.
Nature Preservation and Clean-up Activities
Forest Conservation Activities
Sysmex promotes forest conservation in an aim to contribute to local watershed and biodiversity protection.
Clean-up Activities Near Business Offices
Employee volunteers from Sysmex’s business offices around Japan take part in efforts to clean areas around their business offices. In fiscal 2016, 800 employees at 20 locations took part in these activities.