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.
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.
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.
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. Since its establishment, the foundation has provided research grants and research encouragement grants every year. In FY2019, 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 FY2019, we newly funded or continued to fund 36 courses across Japan, primarily in areas where there is concern about a rapid increase in the number of patients due to the aging of the population such as cancer, diabetes, neurological diseases, bone and motor organ diseases, and so on. 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 as the recipients of support in FY2020, support for 8 researchers was selected in October 2019.
Through the Ono Pharmaceutical Foundation's research grants to overseas researchers, we also contribute to promoting research and the foundation of innovation.
We conduct various health-related activities to provide a wide range of support for people such as patients and the families of patients.
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 FY2019, 11 sessions were held, focusing on areas such as cancer, diabetes, and rheumatism, with approximately 1700 participants.
|Delivered Content and Applications||Description|
|"To Patients and Their Families"||Explain the specific symptoms and treatment of the disease in your immediate surroundings and the things you should keep in mind in your 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 concepts of diseases and treatments in the field of cancer and cancer immunity|
|"Medical Care for Dementia Connecting Smiles and Minds"||Managing a website to think about dementia with people involved in treatment and nursing care|
|"Grandma's world"||Public release of a dementia education short movie|
|Application for patients with lifestyle-related diseases||the free provision of smartphone application software to support patients suffering from lifestyle-related diseases|
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.
We continue to implement the "Communicating Works Exhibition" on the website, which introduces paintings, calligraphy, and other works created by people with dementia at medical institutions, etc., with the aim of contributing to the joy of people with dementia and their families and to the fulfillment of medical professionals.
In FY2019, at the 11 exhibition, 350 works were applied from all over Japan, and 1 piece each received handwritten comments and a commendation certificate from the reviewer. This exhibition was completed in FY2019.
In December 2019, ONO Pharma Korea (OPKR) members conducted volunteer activities for children with pediatric cancer and their families, visiting the Hanbit Love-sharing House run by the Hanbit Love-sharing Supporters’ Association (a private nonprofit organization supporting children with pediatric cancer and their families). Forty-some people, including all OPKR employees and those from headquarters in Japan, participated in the activities, such as painting the outer walls of the Hanbit Love-sharing House, where the patient children and their families were staying; and beautification activities to clean up the House and its surrounding area for the children with weakened immunity. They also presented somewhat early Christmas gifts suitable for each child. It was a meaningful opportunity for OPKR employees to conduct volunteer activities.
In December 2019, employees of ONO Pharma Taiwan (OPTW) experienced decoupage, a decorative handicraft art that gives us “hope for the future,” together with the Formosa Cancer Foundation, which is a cancer patient association. In addition to about 30 cancer patients, all OPTW employees and members from the CSR Promotion Section of ONO in Japan also participated in this program. This decoupage hands-on experience was planned with the aim of motivating patients that have been undergoing cancer treatments by decorating handicrafts with “hope for the future.” Patients who have joined this program gave us some favorable comments: “I got a sense of accomplishment through completing the decoration of handicrafts” and “Having an opportunity to communicate with many people made me feel more positive.”
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.
We continue being involved in activities that help people keep healthy.
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.
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.
The Fujiyama Plant’s recent activities for improving the environment involved cleanup at Mt. Fuji 5th Station in August 2019. 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（current Joto Pharmaceutical Product Development Center）, in November 2019, staff took part in the cleanup of the periphery of the plant and a neighboring elementary as well as parks as part of the ”Osaka Marathon Cleanup campaign” by the Osaka Municipal Government.
In the same month, we also participated in the Higashinari Autonomous Firefighting Brigade Council Technical Competition's fire extinguisher reporting/initial fire extinguishing training, and hose tip transfer from the fire hydrant pump/water discharge training. In the training, we prepared for an actual fire under the guidance of the Higashinari Fire Department.
The Minase Research Institute, staff 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.
Trash clean-up near Mt. Fuji 5th Station
The Osaka Marathon Cleanup campaign
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.
|Amount collected at each worksite||FY2017||FY2018||FY2019|
|Minase Research Institute||10,750caps
|Tsukuba Research Institute||―||2,365caps
Special Garbage Containers
We have supported the Fujinomiya City sponsored hands-on learning 'Water Stranger Expeditions' (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.
Water Wonder Expedition
We are proactively engaged in activities to support the development of children, who will be responsible for the future.
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. In FY2019, this project was postponed due to the COVID-19, but it is scheduled to be held in Iwate Prefecture around March 2021.
|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||―|
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.
|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|
With the aim of arousing children’s interest in science, our researchers have conducted outreach classes on pharmaceuticals, serving as instructors. We have carried out this program continuously since FY2015 for the sixth-grade students of Shimamoto Municipal Third Elementary School (near the Minase Research Institute). In FY2019, the program was conducted also for the sixth-grade students of Hoei Elementary School (near the Joto Plant, current Joto Pharmaceutical Product Development Center). According to the questionnaires answered by the children after the classes, they seemed to have a deeper understanding of technical ingenuity in pharmaceuticals.
It is also a valuable opportunity for our employees to realize their connection with the local communities and become motivated through communication with elementary school students.
|Number of Participants per Year||FY2015||FY2016||FY2017||FY2018||FY2019||Total|
|Research Support Staff members||10||10||9||12||25||66|
|Secretariat staff members||9||10||7||10||22||58|
After the classes, we gave questionnaires to the children, teachers and our employees to utilize them for reviewing future programs.
Implemented at Hoei Elementary School
Implemented at Hoei Elementary School
Implemented at Shimamoto Municipal Third Elementary School
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 Plant (current Joto Pharmaceutical Product Development Center) in FY2018. Toothpaste sets and toothbrushes are manufactured by our company affiliate, BeBrand Medical Dental Co., Ltd. This activity is in line with the June 4 to 10th "Dental and Oral Health Week" and our desire to assist as much as possible in "Toward a world free of dental caries"In FY2019, we donated 3,366 sets and 376 toothbrushes. We continue this initiative from the perspective of sustainability, where local communities and companies coexist and develop sustainability.
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.
Kamome ni tobukoto wo oshieta Neko (A cat that taught gulls to fly), a family musical performed by Shiki Theatre Company
Photo by Takashi Uehara
We 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.
We are working to improve the medical environment in partnership with outside parties.
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 FY2019, we decided to donate money to 4 NPOs based on employee questionnaires.
For the ONO SWITCH project, please see "Efforts Made for Improving Access to Healthcare".
Employees at the Head Office, plants, and research institutes actively donate their blood to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
On the fourth Wednesday of every month, our head office has been holding a sale of bread and cookies made at workplaces that support the independence of people with disabilities,since January 2013.About 100 employees use it every time.
|Efforts for the advancement of medicine and pharmacy||
||・Donations through related foundations|
|・Contribution to the GHIT Foundation|
|・Support for Public Interest Incorporated Associations|
|Efforts for supporting health of patients and their families||
||・Dissemination of medical information through websites and applications|
|・Cooperation with and holding seminars open to the public|
|・Participation in Relay for Life|
|・Implementation of "Communicating Works Exhibition"|
|・Initiatives at ONO Pharma Korea (OPKR)|
|・Initiatives at ONO Pharma Taiwan (OPKW)|
|・Supporting Member (Soraptit Children's camp)|
|Efforts toward environmental conservation for the health of everyone||
||・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)|
|Efforts toward an education for the children’s health||
||・“Sukoyakarada project（Healthy Body Campaign）”|
|・Educational Program on Dementia (For junior high and high school students)|
|・“Kusuri no Himitsu Manabu (Secrets of Pharmaceuticals!)” (outreach class 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||
||・ONO SWITCH Project|
||・Support for People with Disabilities|
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