CSR

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We strive to support patients and their families by sending information on diseases, treatment, and other issues.
Also, we are actively committed to various activities that contribute to local communities at our business bases around the world.

Various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities

œ 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, allergic rhinitis, and Alzheimer's dementia, in an easy-to-understand manner with diagrams and illustrations. In FY2016, illustrations and other contents on osteoporosis and overactive bladder, the patients of which are increasing as the population ages, were renewed to additionally introduce specific symptoms of the clinical conditions, therapeutic methods, and things that the patients and their families should do in their daily lives to support themselves.
We also have other web sources to disseminate useful information widely. We operate a website specializing in dementia titled gTreating 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 also post the latest information on gONO Oncology,h a website to communicate information on diseases and treatments in oncology to a wide audience. In addition, we offer a free smartphone app that provides support to patients suffering from diabetes or other lifestyle diseases. In FY2016, we newly interviewed 45 medical institutions and posted an article that introduces their initiatives on the website Treating Dementia with Positivity. We have also added contents concerning multiple myeloma and renal cell cancer to ONO Oncology to continuously provide the latest information.

 

œ Initiatives for Medical Advancement

We are making efforts to contribute 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 since its establishment.
In FY2016, we newly funded or continued to fund approximately 20 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 will support 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.


œ 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.
We also cooperate in holding seminars for citizens to raise awareness and provide correct information about diseases. Since 2014, we have been actively participating in a charity event gRelay for Lifeh mainly in the locations of our research institutes, plants, and sales offices. The objective of this event is to support cancer patients and their families and make cancer controllable and surmountable through actions of the whole local community against cancer.
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 gGrandmafs Worldh which are aimed at raising dementia awareness. In addition, we continue the gCommunicate & Linkh 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 500 works from various parts of Japan for the eighth exhibition held in FY2016, and sent comments handwritten by the selection committee members, as well as a certificate of commendation, to each applicant.
In April 2017, we held the gOperation Slimmer and Healthierh program in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, as held previously in Aizu Misato Town, Fukushima Prefecture in FY2014 and in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in FY2015, 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. We will be committed to continuing to be involved in activities that help people keep healthy.




Activities as a Corporate Citizen

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.


œ Initiatives in the Production Division

The Fujiyama Plantfs recent activities for improving the environment involved planting trees in a nature park near the base of Mt. Fuji in May 2016 and cleaning up the areas surrounding the plant in March 2017. In FY2016, we co-sponsored a hands-on learning activity for elementary school children hosted by the local municipality and other organizations, as we also did in FY 2015. This program focuses on the wonders of water and aims to boost childrenfs 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 2016, 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 2017, the private fire brigade of the plant joined the New Yearfs parade of private fire brigades in Higashinari Ward, Osaka. It took on the role of rescuing people from collapsed houses and delivering them to the emergency team.


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.


œ 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 pick up litter in its neighborhood in an effort to maintain the beauty of the area.


œ Initiatives in Other Divisions

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. This initiative has been repeatedly taken since the launch, and a total of more than 1,200 high-school students and junior high-school students have attended the lessons by the end of March 2017.


œ Eco-Cap Activities

The Minase Research Institute (from June 2014) and the Head Office (from July 2014) have been taking part in an gEco-caph 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.


œ Blood Donation

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


œ 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. 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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In November 2016, researchers from the Minase Research Institute led a lesson for sixth-grade students at Shimamoto Municipal No. 3 Elementary School for the second straight year. 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.