Toray and its group companies pursue growth in balance with community development, striving for good corporate citizenship by honoring community ties and responsibilities.
Beloved Hometown Project
In fiscal 2015, Luckytex (Thailand) Public Company Limited launched the Beloved Hometown Project, with the objective of assisting the improvement and development of schools and public facilities in the home towns of its employees.
Employees submit proposals to have company funds used for improvement and development projects for schools and public facilities in their home towns, and selected projects are funded by Luckytex. In the first year of the program, three schools received funding to build and repair an outdoor passage at the school, and to build and repair school libraries.
- Toray employees and students paint an outdoor passage at Bann Jomsri School.
- Toray employees, together with students and teachers, commemorate the new library at Bann Sumphu School.
VOICEMessage from a Project Manager
Nantika Hirunus Deputy General Manager, Human Resources Department, Luckytex (Thailand) Public Company Limited
Proud to Support Employees’ Home Towns
Luckytex (Thailand) Public Company Limited launched the Beloved Hometown Project in 2015 as a community initiative to help realize the wishes of the company’s employees, by assisting with the maintenance and improvement of schools and public facilities in their home towns. The employees are proud to be giving back to their home towns, and happy to see the joy and gratitude of the residents. We are grateful to the company for giving us these opportunities. The project is making a big difference in the development of faraway communities, and building better relations among the company, employees, and communities.
Supporting University Education in Malaysia
Malaysia’s Minister of Higher Education and other guests attended the inauguration ceremony of the center.
In 2013, Toray Group companies in Malaysia contributed 4 million ringgit to fund the construction of the Toray-USM Knowledge Transfer Centre at the University of Science, Malaysia (USM). A grand opening ceremony was held in December 2015.
USM is using the facility to conduct programs that preserve and perpetuate the culture, history, traditions, and environment of Malaysia. The companies will further collaborate with USM in various areas including joint research, researcher exchanges, receiving field trips, accepting interns, providing scholarships and strengthening the partnership.
Agricultural Education in South Africa
Students in South Africa plant seeds using Roll Planter™
Toray and Mitsukawa Co., Ltd. launched an agriculture education program to deploy tube-shaped Roll Planter™ products made from ecodear™ plant-based polylactic acid fiber at an elementary school in an impoverished region of South Africa. The program teaches students how to grow food to serve in school meals.
Toray supplied the school with Roll Planter™ and drip irrigation equipment, which are being used to raise crops, and the school takes care of the plants themselves. In April 2016, the students planted seeds and looked forward to raising spinach and cabbages.
Roll Planter™ is a registered trademark of Mitsukawa Co., Ltd.
Sponsoring the Shanghai International Marathon
At the starting line of the 2015 Shanghai International Marathon held on November 8, 2015
Toray and Toray Industries (China) Co., Ltd. are helping to promote sports in China by sponsoring the Shanghai International Marathon. In its 20th year, the 2015 event attracted some 35,000 runners, who participated in a variety of races including a full marathon, half marathon, 10 km, and 5 km runs.
Sponsoring Japan Dance Team Championship
At the fourth annual Japan Dance Convention
Chori Co., Ltd. has been sponsoring the Japan Dance Team Championship since the inaugural event in 2013. The competition brings together the best dance teams from high schools in Japan to compete for the national championship. Exhibitions are also held during the event to showcase various dance performances, promoting dance as a lifelong sport and popular endeavor in order to support the healthy development of youth.
Lectures on the Olympics and Paralympics
Nobuharu Saito speaks to students.
In December 2015, ex-Olympian Nobuharu Saito of Toray Construction Co., Ltd., who appeared in the Beijing Olympics and is a former member of the Toray Arrows volleyball team, was invited to speak about the Olympics and Paralympics at an elementary school in Tokyo. In talking to the students, Saito stressed the importance of not giving up and displaying gratitude. In fiscal 2015, Saito also conducted volleyball clinics and spoke with students at three schools in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Soft Volleyball Class at Elementary Schools
Former players of the Toray Arrows teach soft volleyball at an elementary school.
Starting in fiscal 2015, former players and coaches of the Toray Arrows men’s and women’s volleyball teams visited elementary schools to teach soft volleyball to their physical education classes. The classes were conducted at two Tokyo area schools and instructed students in basic techniques, which they then applied in practice games. The students enjoyed learning how to pass and share the ball among team members.
Supporting Youth Sports
Shuya Matsuda, who previously represented Japan in international competition, coaches the rowing club of Seta-kita Junior High School in Otsu.
Toray Group employees who belong to corporate rowing, judo, kendo, and volleyball clubs are involved with communities by coaching youth sports and offering use of in-house facilities to youth sports camps. Toray is furthering its community engagement and encouraging personal development through sports.
Toraysee™ microfiber cleaning cloths in seasonal designs
Toray continues to donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of Toraysee™ microfiber cleaning cloths in seasonal designs, to a children’s fund operated by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan that is assisting children who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The Toray Group responded to the Kumamoto Earthquake in April 2016 by donating 34 million yen to help people in affected areas and providing various supplies valued at about 23 million yen, including compression stockings, cut-resistant gloves, compact emergency freshwater generators, and water purifiers.