We raise our social value by consistently and wholeheartedly pursuing the development of pharmaceuticals that truly benefit patients. We always engage with the community with sincerity and conduct ourselves in harmony with the community as a local corporate citizen.

Various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

● Web-Based Information Dissemination

Our corporate website contains a section for patients and their families that provides information for the proper use of our key products. This section also explains common diseases, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and allergic rhinitis, in an easy-to-understand manner with diagrams and illustrations. It introduces specific symptoms, therapeutic methods, and things that patients and their families should do in their daily lives to support themselves.

We also have other web sources to disseminate information widely. We have launched a website specializing in dementia titled “Treating Dementia with Positivity”, which provides comments and messages from a wide range of healthcare professionals involved in the treatment and care of people with dementia. We have also set up “ONO Oncology,” a website to communicate information on diseases and treatments in oncology to a wide audience. We also offer a free smartphone app that provides support to patients suffering from diabetes or other lifestyle diseases.

● Initiatives for Medical Advancement

We are committed to contributing to medical advancement to meet unmet medical needs. 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 for 28 years since its establishment.
At the Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, we also fund a special course focusing on multidisciplinary surgical approaches.

● Activities to Support the Health of People

We conduct various health-related activities to provide a wide range of support for people such as patients—and the families of patients—who are fighting against disease and plain. We also cooperate in holding seminars for citizens to raise awareness and provide correct information about diseases. Since 2014, we have been participating in “Relay for Life,” a charity event aimed at supporting cancer patients, and their families and making cancer controllable and surmountable through community action against cancer.

In the field of dementia, all our MRs, who have completed the Dementia Supporters Training Program, consider 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.

We also present 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 of dementia and their families and helping medical providers gain professional fulfillment. In 2015, we held a panel exhibition of such art works and a talk show with the selection committee members, including entertainer and artist Mr. Tsurutaro Kataoka.

In addition, in March 2015 we held the “Operation Slimmer and Healthier” program in Aizu Misato Town, Fukushima Prefecture, as a Great East Japan Earthquake reconstruction assistance activity. Run 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. It was held for the second time in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in March 2016. We will be committed to continuing to be involved in activities that help people keep healthy.

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Activities as a Corporate Citizen

In our role as a corporate citizen, we are committed to strengthening ties with and contributing to local communities by having each of our business sites take part in activities such as cleanups and firefighting drills.

● Initiatives in the Production Division

The Fujiyama Plant’s recent activities for improving the environment involved planting trees in a nature park near the base of Mt. Fuji in May 2015 and cleaning up the areas surrounding the plant in March 2016. Since 2015, we have been co-sponsoring a hands-on learning activity for elementary school children hosted by the local municipality and other organizations. This program focuses on the wonders of water and aims to boost children’s awareness of water and the natural environment around Mt. Fuji. The goal is to get children


thinking about how they can contribute to preserving the environment.

At the Joto Plant in October 2015, 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. In January 2016, the private fire brigade of the plant joined the New Year’s parade of private fire brigades in Higashinari Ward, Osaka. It took on the role of removing rubble as part of rescue training.


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 each month.

Staff in the production division will continue to actively participate in such useful community-based social contribution activities.

● Initiatives 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.

Staff members at the institute are also on the executive committee of the Techno Port Fukui Summer Festival, which is hosted by the Techno Port Fukui Business Council, to deepen exchanges with local people. Moreover, the gymnasium and tennis courts on the premises are opened to the public as places for communication. At the Tsukuba Research Institute, employees regularly patrol the areas around the boundary of the site to pick up and dispose of litter.

● Initiatives in Other Divisions

The Head Office joined the Osaka Marathon Cleanup campaign and cleaned up the area around its premises. On the fourth Wednesday of every month, the Head Office holds events at which bread and cookies made by the disabled members of a social welfare organization are sold.

Special lessons for high-school students and junior high-school students to deepen understanding of dementia were launched in May 2014. Short movies produced by ONO for better understanding of dementia are screened, and experts give lectures in the classes, so that the students can feel familiar with dementia and have accurate knowledge about the disease.

● Eco-Cap Activities

The Minase Research Institute (from June 2014) and the Head Office (from July 2014) 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.


●Blood Donation

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

● Contribution to the Local Community in Shimamoto-cho

In an effort to promote sustainable development in harmony with local communities, ONO donated dental goods to children in Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka Prefecture—the home of the Minase Research Institute. During Dental Health Week (June 4 to 10), 2,700 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, with the hope to help realize a world without dental cavities.


In November 2015, researchers from the Minase Research Institute led a lesson for sixth grade students at Shimamoto Municipal No. 3 Elementary School. The theme of the lesson was medicine, and it taught children the joys of learning science and the role of medicine in society. It also sought to offset the declining interest in science studies among the younger generation and promote the value of scientific learning.