September 7, 2016 9:30 AM

Launch of the Seka-Waku Book Campaign, a Second-Hand Book & CD Collection Campaign to Make Donations

I'm Mitsuhashi of the Administration Div., Tokyo Head Office.

In March at the Tokyo Head Office, we launched the Seka-Waku Book Campaign, which is a second-hand book & CD collection campaign to make donations.

To contribute to society, we have so far conducted a PET bottle cap collection campaign to make donations, introduced the TABLE FOR TWO program*, implemented local clean-up campaigns, and held fairs of local specialties from the Tohoku Region to support the restoration from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Seka-Waku Book Campaign is our newest initiative following these previous activities.

In this campaign, we collect second-hand books and CDs through cooperation from employees working at the Tokyo Head Office, sell them, and donate the sales to the Japan Committee of the incorporated NPO Vaccines for the World's Children (JCV). Vaccines purchased with this money are provided by the JCV through UNICEF to children in developing countries.

Setting up two collection boxes for this campaign at the Tokyo Head Office, we asked for cooperation from all the staff. As a result, more than 300 second-hand books and CDs were collected by the end of June. These items were collected by the Tokyo Office of Sumiden Friend, Ltd.

We'd like to continue working to make our social contribution activities even more vigorous.

Staff of the Tokyo Office of Sumiden Friend, Ltd.

Staff of the Tokyo Office of Sumiden Friend, Ltd.

* TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) Program:
Administered by the incorporated NPO TABLE FOR TWO International, this program strives to realize a combination of social contribution and health management. In this program, one low-calorie and nutritiously well- balanced menu item is served every day at each participating restaurant or the cafeteria of each participating company. Of the sales, 20 yen per meal is contributed to African countries to cover the cost of school lunches.

Sumiden Friend, Ltd.

Sumiden Friend, Ltd.
Established in July 2008 (head office: Sumitomo Electric's Itami Works). This is Sumitomo Electric's special affiliate company,* established based on the Sumitomo Electric Group Basic Principles for Social Contribution, in order to make a further contribution to society.
* Subsidiary established by a company for the purpose of employing disabled people, based on the Act on Employment Promotion etc. of Persons with Disabilities. To establish such a company, an authorization from the national government is necessary.

March 26, 2014 9:55 AM

Ceremony to Present Donations to University Research Projects

Hello. I am Ikeda of the secretariat of the SEI Group CSR Foundation.

The SEI Group CSR Foundation was established in April 2009 for the purpose of developing human resources and promoting academic activities in various fields both in Japan and overseas. The Foundation was certified as a public service corporation in February 2010. As part of its efforts, on Wednesday, February 26 the Foundation held the FY 2013 ceremony to present donations to university research projects.

When you hear “university research projects,” what image do you have?

Something related to confusing numerical formulas or laboratories with an array of experimental equipment, perhaps? The university research projects that we present donations to this time are pursuing themes that you will find familiar.

One of the projects works on the cultivation of a fuel crop whose production will not compete with food production. (Plant Bioengineering for Bioenergy Laboratory at Osaka University) Striving for large-scale agricultural production of a fuel crop that can be grown even in dry, barren areas, the project promotes their research in Japan as well as in Africa and Southeast Asia.

The second is a project that is working on early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. (Project at Tohoku University conducting research on “neuro imaging”) As for Alzheimer’s disease, it has been identified that a certain type of protein is formed in a patient’s brain many years prior to the onset of the disease. If this protein is detected, it follows that early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease will become possible, leading even to prevention of the onset of the disease.

The last project deals with home care of patients with chronic heart disease. (Project at Saga University promoting research on terminal care for elderly patients with chronic heart disease) The project aims to develop a system under which a network connects patients with chronic heart disease at home with their medical institutions to provide remote support to ensure the patients can receive reliable nursing and medical care at home.

At the ceremony to present donations to university research projects

▲ At the ceremony to present donations to university research projects

On top of providing donations to these projects, the Foundation offers financial support to excellent academic research projects that lead to progress in scientific technologies and the development of industrial society, thereby helping many researchers promote their activities.

♪ Related link:SEI Group CSR Foundation

February 17, 2014 9:07 AM

Toys for tots

Each year The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program distributes approximately 16 to 19 million toys to more than 7 million children. The mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

The program was founded in 1947 and in 1948 it expanded into a nationwide program. In 1959 Toys for Tots went international following the typhoon that devastated the city of Nagoya, Japan. There have been two other international occasions, one in the Republic of Panama and the other in the Caribbean.

Toys for Tots is well-known in the United States. Even Walt Disney had a part in its development as Walt Disney designed the now famous Toys for Tots train logo in 1948.

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc. (SEIP) started participating in 2002 and has done so each year since for a total of 12 years. A collection box is placed in the SEIP lobby around late November. Toys are collected and picked up by local Marines in December. If the Marines are low on resources an SEIP employee will assist by delivering the toys to the closest drop site or the San Diego County distribution center located in Mira Mesa.

This is a great way for SEIP to support the community. Many of SEIP’s visitors take notice and give SEIP compliments for being involved in such a worthy cause. A few times return visitors have even brought a toy! SEIP’s ability to coordinate such an activity each year personifies the kindhearted nature of SEIP’s employees. The employees enjoy donating each year and look forward to many more years of being a contributor.

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc.

Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc.
Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products, Inc.(SEIP) was established in 1985 in San Diego, U.S.A.
SEIP manufactures and sells heat shrinkable tubing and solder sleeves for a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, appliance, communications, medical and transit.

November 25, 2013 8:51 AM

United Way Day of Caring

Hi this is Alyssa Holster, an intern with the General Affairs Department at Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. (SEWS), located in United States.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 was the United Way of Southern Kentucky’s fifth annual Day of Caring.

This year, the Bowling Green Administrative Office signed up for a classroom supply drive benefitting Briarwood Elementary’ s English as a Second Language students. Many of these students do not have access to school supplies prior to the beginning of school. SEWS was able to donate 4 large boxes of school supplies.

“We have many parents that struggle to pay their monthly expenses so if we can help with any school supplies or needs they may need it just helps the parents not worry that at school they will get behind because they could not afford something for school. We really appreciate your caring for our families!” said Janice Lockwood, Family Resource Coordinator at Briarwood Elementary.

More than 800 volunteers from over 64 companies throughout Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties participated to complete more than 60 projects. The United Way organizes this Day of Caring to give people a look inside the life of being a volunteer in the community and numerous organizations across South Central Kentucky commit to an activity that makes something in their community better.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.
Established in 1986 in the United States. Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. manufactures and sells automotive wiring harnesses, electronics equipment, electronic units, connectors, and harness parts. The company has about 13,000 employees. SEWS has more than 20 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. Website 

December 25, 2012 1:23 PM

Sumitomo Electric's Volleyball Club Contributing to the World

Hello, everyone! I'mYokota, a reporter from Sumitomo Electric's volleyball club.

I'm pleased to announce that Sumitomo Electric's volleyball club has donated 72 volleyballs to the Japan Volleyball Association and the Japan Volleyball Bank.

The Japan Volleyball Bank is engaged in gathering old volleyballs and other volleyball equipment and donating them to foreign organizations. By recycling as many damaged volleyballs as possible, rather than just disposing of them, the organization contributes to raising children's awareness of environmental preservation issues and developing their mindset of mottainai (a sense of regret concerning waste).

Donated volleyballs

▲Donated volleyballs

Our volleyball club has traditionally been using volleyballs very carefully. The official volleyball is changed every year, and we use former volleyballs for practice purposes. As a contribution to the Japan Volleyball Bank, however, we have decided to select volleyballs in relatively good condition from among our practice volleyballs and donate them.

As an expression of appreciation for the volleyballs that have supported our club for so many years, all the club players put them in a bag. We are sincerely pleased that the donated balls will be used somewhere in the world and they will help broaden the circle of people who love volleyball. Sumitomo Electric's volleyball club will continue to make concerted efforts to contribute to society through volleyball.

October 12, 2012 4:15 PM

CSR activity from WIN-M -Part2-

Hello! We are Suriana Hussin and Nur Shazelin Yusoff of Sumitomo Electric Wintec (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.(WIN-M) Let us tell you about this year's our CSR activity.

Ramadhan month is the fasting month for Muslim ; most Muslim will not eat and drink during the daytime.Taking this opportunity, we collected donations for an orphanage named “Rumah Amal Suci Rohani,” located in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

This orphanage was established in July 2010, and is home to orphans and poor children aged between 2 and 12 years. What makes his home different from other orphanages is that they accept dyslexic children who have difficulties in reading at their place.

This home provides orphans and poor children with not only shelter and daily necessities but also counseling and mental care as well. Since it is quite a new home, any assistance can be helpful for them.

WIN-M members made their best efforts to collect cash, which amounted to RM1612.00, and goods such as rice, flour, sugar and cooking oil, as well as toiletries, stationeries and used clothes.

This was the second time we collected donations. We do hope this activity will be continued to make life better for everyone.

Donate stuff

▲ Donate stuff

Donation ceremony

▲ Donation ceremony

December 12, 2011 3:55 PM

We introduce a TABLE FOR TWO program, which allows everyone to easily contribute to society

How do you do, everyone? I'm Masumi Suzuki of Tokyo HR Group.
Today let me tell you about the TABLE FOR TWOTWO (TFT) program, which was introduced at a cafeteria at our Tokyo head office on October 3.

Launched in autumn 2007, TFT is a social action program run by TABLE FOR TWO International, a nonprofit organization founded in Japan. Under the concept of "A donation of 20 yen per meal in developed countries leads to one meal in developing countries," the program is designed to address the problems of obesity and lifestyle-related illnesses in developed countries as well as hunger in developing countries — Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi and South Africa. Many companies and organizations participate in this program to contribute to society and support health management of their staff members.

The program was publicized using this poster one week before it was launched

▲ The program was publicized using this poster one week before it was launched

With the support of Tokyo Catering Co., Ltd., our cafeteria service provider, a TFT menu that meets the TFT guidelines (low-calorie, well-balanced healthy menu including many vegetables) is offered daily at our cafeteria and 20 yen is donated from the sale of each meal.

To prepare for the introduction of this program, we publicized the program through posters one week before and distributed fliers the day before. Maybe through such efforts, the TFT menu has been popular among health-conscious people and people on diets.

Everyone is enjoying TFT meals

▲ Everyone is enjoying TFT meals

I choose a TFT meal every day because I'm on a diet.

▲ I choose a TFT meal every day because I'm on a diet.

We intend to keep offering TFT menus that will focus not only on low calorie content but also on tastiness.

It has been only one month since the program was introduced at our cafeteria, but I hope that it will give everyone an opportunity to think about the current state of African countries far away from Japan as an issue close at hand.

♪ Related link: TABLE FOR TWO website

October 13, 2011 9:30 AM

CSR Activities from WIN-M(Malaysia)

Hello, I am Suriana Hussin, and I work as a training executive at Sumitomo Electric Wintec (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.(WIN-M).

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a common form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model in Malaysia also. The basic concepts of CSR are to assume responsibility for the company's actions and through such activities create a positive impact on the environment, consumers, employees, local communities, and shareholders.

At WIN-M, we have actively participated in CSR activities as a member of Sumitomo Electric. In April of this year, we have donated six units of personal computers to Seksyen 27 secondary school in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

More recently, in Ramadan, a Muslim month of blessing marked by prayer and fasting (early August this year), we participated in a charity event with our neighboring companies, Shin-Etsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and SCA Hygiene Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. At the event, used clothing was collected to be donated to local orphanage houses and people in need. Besides clothing, food items, such as rice, sugar, milk and flour, were also donated. We received unexpectedly positive response from the local people and our truck was filled with donate stuff. These items were then distributed to respective destinations.

We sincerely hope that these activities can be of some help for people in need and we will conduct CSR activities even more actively for a better future.

Our truck was filled with donate stuff!

▲ Our truck was filled with donate stuff!

At charity event

▲At charity event

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems(Thailand)Ltd.

Sumitomo Electric Wintec (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
Since our establishment in 1988, we manufacture magnet wire and degaussing coil. Magnet wire plays an important role in a wide range of fields related to our daily life. Such wire is used as a key component in information-communication equipment, electronic parts for automobiles, industrial motors, household electric appliances, etc.

May 16, 2011 9:50 AM

Pray for Japan from South Africa

Ms. Brenda (left) and、Ms. Eustacia (right)

▲ Ms. Brenda (left) and、Ms. Eustacia (right)

I’m Yamawaki, of SEWS South Africa Pty. Ltd, located in South Africa. Soon after the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, employees of the company proposed sending donations to help disaster victims, and launched fund-raising activities.

Ms. Brenda (left in photo) played a central role in raising relief money from factory staff, and Ms. Eustacia (right in photo) worked as a coordinator of various support activities, including the purchase of “Pray for Japan” charity T-shirts.

We collected about 116,000 yen in relief money, including 58,000 yen raised from staff, and monetary donations from myself and the company.

In conjunction with the fund-raising activities, we purchased charity T-shirts for all employees of our company, so that they can wear the shirts on casual days. It is said that 80% of the T-shirt sales will be used as aid money. Combined with about 160,000 yen paid to buy the charity T-shirts, we donated about 276,000 yen in total to help victims of the earthquake and tsunamis.

Our donations were sent through a volunteer group, Pray for Japan from South Africa, mainly comprising Japanese women who work for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in South Africa. This group is working as an assistant unit of a Japanese NPO, ADRA Japan (the Japanese branch of ADRA, an international NGO with about 250 branches around the world) in South Africa. In the recent charity initiatives, Pray for Japan from South Africa collected donations of about 4 million yen, including proceeds from the sale of 3,500 T-shirts and relief money.

One reason why our company chose to send its donations through this group was that it started charity activities only two days after the Great East Japan Earthquake, far sooner than the Japanese Embassy, Japanese associations and other similar organizations. Another reason was that we considered it more effective to entrust our money to an organization that already managed on-site shelters, rather than to the Red Cross or other large organizations, for which our sincere but small contributions would just be a drop in the bucket. Our company employees are also very pleased with this decision.

SEWS South Africa is a small company located next to Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd., in Durban Area, South Africa. With about 100 employees, our company produces automotive wiring harnesses (and is said to be the smallest among harness manufacturers in the Sumitomo Electric Group). Although our company is small, all of us sincerely pray for the souls of the disaster victims, and fervently hope for the earliest possible recovery of the disaster-struck regions and all those affected.

Apart from the charity T-shirts for my company’s employees, I personally bought 70 T-shirts, most of which were kindly purchased by employees of Toyota Motor Corporation and affiliated companies. Kintetsu World Express Inc. provided us with generous support in transporting the charity T-shirts from Johannesburg to Durban free of charge. Let us take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all those who have given us such kind cooperation.

All employees of SEWS South Africa

▲ All employees of SEWS South Africa


SEWS South Africa Pty. Ltd.
Established in 2004 in Durban, South Africa, SEWS South Africa Pty. Ltd. produces and sells automotive wiring harnesses and automotive components. The company has about 100 employees, its sales amounting to approximately 1.2 billion yen. In Africa, Japanese cars enjoy high popularity; some European automobile manufacturers, to produce cars for Japan and other Asian countries, have established production facilities in South Africa, where right-hand drive vehicles are standard.