Contribution as a Corporate Citizen

The Santen Group engages in activities as a corporate citizen, building relationships of mutual trust with local communities through continuous dialogues and collaboration with them.

Disaster Recovery Support

The Santen Group supports the recovery of disasters.

Year Incident Company Amount Donated Recipient
2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 3 million yen The Japanese Red Cross Society
2018 Western Japan Floods and Landslides Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 10 million yen
6.4 million yen (Matching gift program (Note) )
The Japanese Red Cross Society,
Central Community Chest of Japan
2017 Northern Kyushu Torrential Rain Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 3 million yen The Japanese Red Cross Society
2016 Central Italy Earthquake Santen Italy S.r.l. 8,613 euro The Italian Red Cross
2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 20 million yen
9.5 million yen (Matching gift program)
The Japanese Red Cross Society,
Central Community Chest of Japan
2016 Taiwan Earthquake Taiwan Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 1 million Taiwan dollar The Tainan City Government
2015 Nepal Earthquake Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 3 million yen
3.5 million yen (Matching gift program)
The Japanese Red Cross Society,
Japan Platform
Santen Inc. 10 thousand dollar (Matching gift program)
2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 3 million yen
3.4 million yen (Matching gift program)
The Japanese Red Cross Society,
Japan Platform
Note
Matching gift program; a program whereby the company adds to donations by employees a fixed proportion of money, and donates the total amount of money

Supporting Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Engaging in aid activities immediately after a disaster

Continuously supplying medical and pharmaceutical products

Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, we devoted our best efforts to delivering necessary medical and pharmaceutical supplies as promptly as possible, making contact with medical institutions in the disaster-affected areas, the relevant authorities, ophthalmological associations, etc. Santen employees in these areas delivered medical and pharmaceutical supplies to facilities in need of such supplies, and helped affected medical institutions and pharmacies in their disaster recovery work.

Sending recovery work volunteers

The earthquake and tsunami severely devastated the vast areas severely, so a great many helping hands were needed. In response to this situation, Santen called for volunteers from among the employees, and sent seven squads of volunteers, amounting to about 60 volunteers in total, to the coastal areas of Iwate Prefecture over a period of about three months from September to November 2011-during which the number of volunteers was expected to decline-to engage in disaster recovery activities.

Volunteers are recovering the disastrous area

Providing relief funds

Hoping that the disaster-affected areas would recover and be reconstructed as soon as possible, Santen as a company made a donation of 100 million yen. Additionally, Santen used the matching gift program, whereby the company adds to a donation by an employee the same amount of money and donates the total amount, ultimately donating a further 40 million yen, including relief funds given by employees at Group companies in Japan and abroad.

Employee union engaging in continuous activities

To support the recovery of the areas severely affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011, the Santen Group's employee union has continued to engage in volunteer activities by sending union members to the areas. Until 2017, the union has sent a total of 76 volunteers in five squads with the mediation of the NPO Tono Magokoro Net based in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture.

Union members are participating in volunteer activity

Contributing to an Increase in Employment of Persons with Disabilities

To facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities and help them become self-reliant, Santen established Claire Co., Ltd., a Santen Group company, in Shiga Prefecture in 1997. To further increase the employment of persons with disabilities, a business office of Claire was opened in Osaka City in 2017. Claire has also actively provided opportunities for workplace training for persons with disabilities. In FY2017, the company accepted a total of 24 trainees from special needs education schools and supporting organizations, and actually employed some of them. In addition, Claire accepted visitors from companies and supporting organizations considering employing people with disabilities, with a total of 207 people from such groups coming to observe operations, etc. at Claire and exchange views on the current conditions of employment of persons with disabilities and Claire's efforts, with the company's staff members.

Persons with disabilities are receiving practical training

Contributing to Local Communities

Participating in the Takayama Science Town Festival

In November every year, Santen Group's Nara Research and Development Center participates in the Takayama Science Town Festival held in the Takayama area in Kansai Science City (Keihanna Science City). Aiming to raise the general public's interest in science and deepen their understanding of the health of eyes and our company, the Center opens some of its facilities to visitors, and researchers belonging to Santen explain the research and development of medical and pharmaceutical products, the production process of eye drops, and the basic biology of the eyes, directly to visitors.

Moreover, the Center sets up spaces for visitors to consult an ophthalmologist invited from Nara Medical University and to learn about guide dogs and visual impairment from staff invited from the Kansai Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Participants are trying science activity.

Organizing Plant Tours

With the belief that it is important for a good corporate citizen to communicate with local communities and share knowledge about us with them, we at Santen Group organize plant tours. During FY2017, we accepted 579 visitors in 44 groups to Shiga Product Supply Center, 416 visitors in 31 groups to Noto Plant, and 236 visitors in 7 groups to Suzhou Plant.

Plant tour visitors are observing the facilities.