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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 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.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 *.

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

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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 fiscal 2018, 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 to 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.

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
FY2018 Kick-off Event
  • Kick-off Event
  • Kick-off Event
  • Kick-off Event
  • Kick-off Event
FY2018 Follow-up Programs
  • 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
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ONO SWITCH Project

Our efforts to promote both work-style reforms and social responsibility activities include the ONO SWITCH Project begun in August 2018. This project involves the donation to healthcare-related NPOs and NGOs using the money saved through the reduction of overtime work through the promotion of Work Style Reform Details are available at the following website.

Training in the use of basic life support equipment, made possible by a partnership with Japan Heart, a certified NPO

  • Primary life-saving measures, Children's Medical CenterPrimary life-saving measures, Children's Medical Center
  • Primary life-saving measures, Ponnel HospitalPrimary life-saving measures, Ponnel Hospital
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Efforts for Medical Advancement

We are making efforts to meet unmet medical needs and contribute to medical advancement. 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. The Foundation has provided research grants and scholarships every year since its establishment and gave an Osamu Hayaishi Memorial Award to one researcher, research grants to 12 researchers, and scholarships (for researches under 40 years old) to 16 researchers respectively in FY2017. In FY2018, we newly funded or continued to fund approximately 40 courses across Japan mainly on cancer, diabetes, neurological diseases, bone and motor organ diseases and other disease areas the patients of which are likely to increase rapidly as the population ages. In addition, we have supported the Japanese Biochemical Society's Osamu Hayaishi Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad, which assists researchers who are willing to research biochemistry-related life sciences in general in studying abroad, for 10 years from FY2017, and we made a decision to support eight researchers in March 2019 and another decision to support other eight researchers.
In addition, through the Ono Pharmaceutical Foundation's research grants to overseas researchers, we contribute to promoting research and the foundation of innovation.

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Efforts for supporting 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. We also cooperate in holding seminars for citizens to raise awareness and provide correct information about diseases. In addition, we have been participated in Relay for Life as a part of 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 of Life events mainly at the locations where our research institutes, plants, and sales offices reside.
In the field of dementia, all our MRs who have completed the Dementia Supporters Training Program learn and put into action what they can do on a daily basis to help people with dementia and their families live with a sense of security. We produce and release on our corporate website a series of short movies titled Grandma’s World which are aimed at raising dementia awareness. In addition, we continue the Communicate & Link exhibition on the website which shows images of paintings calligraphy and other art works created by people with dementia at medical institutions. This exhibition is aimed at spreading joy to people with dementia and their families and helping medical providers gain professional fulfillment. We received 428 works from various parts of Japan for the tenth exhibition held in FY2018 and sent comments handwritten by the selection committee members as well as a certificate of commendation to each applicant.
In March 2018, we held the Operation Slimmer and Healthier program in Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture, as held previously in Aizu Misato Town, Fukushima Prefecture in March 2015, in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in March 2016, and in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture in April 2017 and in March 2019 in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, as a Great East Japan Earthquake reconstruction assistance activity. With the cooperation of top athletes and specialists in lifestyle disease, the program addressed childhood obesity, a social issue in the earthquake-affected areas. This project provides an opportunity for children and their parents to consider diet and lifestyle habit through sports. Learn more about the Operation Slimmer and Healthier Program here.
In addition, since FY 2014, we have been supporting the "Solaputi Kids’ Camp", dream camp with medical care for children who have a serious illnesses, as a supporting member.
We will continue being involved in activities that help people keep healthy.

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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. The classes we have continued to provide at schools (targeting junior high school students and high school students) focusing on dementia are the effort we make to have children consider dementia as common matter and acquire correct knowledge through viewing of the dementia awareness short movie titled Grandma’s World we created and lectures by specialists. We started the event in May 2014, and more than 2,000 junior high school students and high school students have participated by the end of March 2019.
In FY2018, we continued the activities we had done in FY2017, aiming to raise the children’s interest in learning science with the theme of medicine, our researchers visited Shimamoto Municipal No. 3 Elementary School (in the town where the Minase Research Institute resides) to give the sixth graders a lecture and co-sponsored an experiential learning event called Water Wonder Expedition Part 4 (sponsored by the municipalities in the vicinity of Fujiyama Plant and targeting elementary school students) aiming to have children think about the global environments, particularly the water environment.
We are 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. Theater 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.
We also donated to the project Kodomo Hon no Mori Nakanoshima (Woods of Children’s Book in Nakanoshima) (tentative name) that aimed to stop children being away from reading. Kodomo Hon no Mori Nakanoshima (tentative name) is a project to build a library designed by an architect Tadao Ando in the Nakanoshima Park to encourage children to develop rich creativity through books and arts/culture.

  • 理科の出張授業Science classes for elementary schools
  • 理科の出張授業
  • Maho wo Suteta Majorion (Majorion who Quite from Being a Witch), a family musical performed by Shiki Theater Company
Photo by Ken AraiMaho wo Suteta Majorion (Majorion who Quite from Being a Witch), a family musical performed by Shiki Theater Company
    Photo by Ken Arai
  • Water Wonder Expedition Part 4Water Wonder Expedition Part 4
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Efforts for improvement of the medical ecosystem

As measures to improve the medical ecosystem, we work on activities such as the ONO SWITCH project to promote both work style reforms and social contribution activities. Learn more about working to improve healthcare access.

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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 support the Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity and Action Guidelines.

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Relationships with communities

In our role as a corporate citizen, 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.

Efforts in the Production Division

The Fujiyama Plant’s recent activities for improving the environment involved cleanup at Mt. Fuji 5th Station in July 2018 and cleaning up the areas surrounding the plant in March 2019. These events aim 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.
We also provided trash bags for “Operation Trash Clean-sweep,” a clean-up activity of the municipal neighborhood associations of Fujimiya City.
At the Joto Plant in November 2018, staff took part in the cleanup of the periphery of the plant site and the area around a neighboring elementary school as well as parks and other places as part of the Osaka Marathon Cleanup campaign organized by the Osaka Municipal Government.
They also trained in making announcements and performing initial firefighting using equipment of the technical competition division of the Higashinari Autonomous Firefighting Brigade Council. Participants practiced carrying firehose ends and directing water with the nozzle. Under the direction of Higashinari firefighters, they received training against the actual eventuality of fires.
A fair to sell bread and cookies made at work centers that support the independence of persons with disabilities is held on the second Wednesday of every month. Staff in the production division will continue to actively participate in such useful community-based social contribution activities.

  • Trash clean-up near Mt. Fuji 5th StationTrash clean-up near Mt. Fuji 5th Station
  • The Osaka Marathon Cleanup campaignThe Osaka Marathon Cleanup campaign
Efforts in the Discovery and Research Division

The Minase Research Institute joined the Rikyu no Mizu Conservation Society to protect the famous water source found on the premises of Minase Jingu Shrine which has been selected as one of the 100 best springs in Japan. Staff members took part in the joint cleanup activities which are organized twice a year. In addition, the private fire brigade members at the institute participated in firefighting training in a fire-prevention festival in Shimamoto-cho which is held to raise awareness of fire prevention among local residents every November as well as in the New Year parade of the firefighting brigade of Shimamoto-cho, which is organized on the second Sunday of January every year.
At the Fukui Research Institute staff took part in cleanup activities including picking up of litter around the boundary of the site on a regular basis. The private fire brigade members at the institute joined a volunteer fire brigade competition which is held every year to raise awareness of fire prevention and improve firefighting skills and conducted firefighting training. And, the gymnasium and tennis courts on the premises are opened to the public as places for communication. At the Tsukuba Research Institute employees regularly pick up litter in its neighborhood in an effort to maintain the beauty of the area.

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Other efforts

Eco-Cap Activities

Our head office and the Minase Research Institute (from June 2014) and the Fukui and Tsukuba Research Institutes (from July 2018) have been taking part in an “Eco-cap” campaign. The caps of plastic bottles are disposed of in special garbage containers near vending machines and are recycled. The proceeds from this recycling are used, for example, to buy vaccines for children in developing countries and help communities recover from earthquakes.

  • Special Garbage ContainersSpecial Garbage Containers
Blood Donation

Employees at the Head Office, plants, and research institutes actively donate their blood to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Support for People with Disabilities

On the fourth Wednesday of every month, our head office hold a sale of bread and cookies made at workplaces that support the independence of people with disabilities.

Local Community Contribution Activities with Affiliated Companies

In an effort to promote sustainable development in harmony with local communities ONO donated dental goods to children in Shimamoto-cho Mishima-gun June 4 to 10 (Osaka Prefecture―the home of the Minase Research Institute. During Dental Health Week) 3,300 tooth-brushing kits and 400 toothbrushes produced by Bee Brand Medico Dental Co. Ltd. which is one of our affiliates were provided for four elementary schools and five kindergartens/nursery schools in the town, as well as an elementary school near the Joto production facility, with the hope to help realize a world without dental cavities. This initiative is implemented as an annual program with an aim to realize coexistence of the local community with the company and achieve sustainable development.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

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Approach to social contribution activities Ono’s global policy for...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Approach to social contribution activities

We recognize social contribution activities as initiatives for the sustaina...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Ono’s global policy for social contribution activities 

We commit to contributing to sustainable social development as well as to t...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Healthy Body Campaign

We started the healthier body project (We call “Sukoyakarada project”) as a...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

ONO SWITCH Project

Our efforts to promote both work-style reforms and social responsibility ac...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Efforts for Medical Advancement

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

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Efforts for supporting patients and their families

We conduct various health-related activities to provide a wide range of sup...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Efforts toward an education for the children’s health

We are proactively engaged in activities to support the development of chil...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Efforts for improvement of the medical ecosystem

As measures to improve the medical ecosystem, we work on activities such as...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Efforts toward environmental conservation for the health of everyone 

In conducting our business activities, we recognize the impact on ecosystem...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Relationships with communities

In our role as a corporate citizen, we have each of our business sites take...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

Other efforts

Eco-Cap Activities Our head office and the Minase Research Institute (fr...