Social Contribution as a Company

Fundamental Approach

To fulfill our social responsibilities we work to resolve social problems, leading to the sustained development of the entire society.

《Results in FY2018》

  • Social contribution by the company: 21 items

Policy for Social Contribution Activities

Basic Philosophy

As a good corporate citizen, Hulic proactively and widely pushes ahead with social contribution activities both inside and outside of its business fields. We contribute to the sustained development of the entire society through each activity.

Activity Guidelines

  • Actively work in the three main fields of “local environmental protection,”“ co-existence with local communities,” and“ responses to social needs.”
  • Actively support social contribution activities conducted by each employee.
  • Place an emphasis on securing transparency in implementing activities and promote dialogue and cooperation with society.

Organizing of the Hulic Cup Seirei Championships

In December 2018, Hulic established a new championship to support female professional shogi players and further promote their prosperity. It had been eight years since a new female championship had been established (the last time was 2011), and this brought the number of championships to seven, further closing the gap with men’s championships, of which there are eight. The preliminaries were set up on a system of six wins, with two losses to be out. Because players got to stay in until they lost two games, it created more matches. The preliminaries for the first Hulic Cup Seirei Championships began in January 2019. From August to September, five rounds will be held to determine the first champion.


Press conference for the first Hulic Cup Seirei Championships

Special Sponsorship of the Hulic Cup Kisei Championships

Since April 2018, Hulic has been a special sponsor of the Kisei Championships (organized by the Japan Shogi Association and Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd.) from the standpoint of corporate patronage of the arts and culture as part of our social contribution activities. The Kisei Championship is an official championship with a history, established in 1962. Players compete for the title of “kisei.” On June 16, 2018, the second game of the 89th Hulic Cup Kisei Championships five-game matches was held at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba. We will continue our special sponsorship of the 90th Hulic Cup Kisei Championships in 2019.

Second game of five of the 89th Hulic Cup Kisei Championships

Special Sponsorship of Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Cup Elementary and Junior High School Shogi Team Competition

Since 2017, Hulic has been a special sponsor of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Cup Elementary and Junior High School Shogi Team Competition (organized by the Japan Shogi Association and Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd.). This competition is for teams of three students belonging to the same elementary or junior high school, and the trophy and letter of commendation presented to the winning team by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology give the competition significant prestige.

Support for Kishikai Shogi Festival (Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Support Event)

We sponsor the Kishikai Shogi Festival as part of our support for reconstruction efforts related to the Great East Japan Earthquake and shogi culture.
In 2018, we sponsored the Kishikai Fukushima Shogi Festival in Kitakata and the Kishikai Fukushima Shogi Festival in Tamagawa.

Support for Kishikai Christmas Festival

We sponsor the Kishikai Christmas Festival to spread the popularity of shogi and contribute to the growth of Japanese culture. In 2018, it was held at our Asakusabashi Hulic Hall, and around 250 people participated.


2018 Christmas Festival

Expansion of Support for Japan Para-Badminton Federation

As part of our social contribution activities, we have concluded an Official Gold Partner Agreement with the Japan Para-Badminton Federation and have provided support for para-badminton since 2016. For the purpose of supporting the stable operations of the federation, since September 2017, we have lent the gym of Nishi Kasai Center Building owned by Hulic (Hulic Nishikasai Gym) to the federation at no charge as a practice gym dedicated for players from the Japan Para-Badminton Federation. We have conducted improvement work such as installation of slopes and plumbing so that the players can use the gym more comfortably.
We also participated in HULIC-DAIHATSU JAPAN Para-Badminton International 2018 as a special sponsor for the second year in a row. We will further expand support for handicapped people and support the success of para-badminton players as well as respecting human rights and promoting diversity management in which we actively practice diversity.


Announcement of the opening of Hulic Nishikasai Gym in August 2017

Assistance for Research at Kyoto University and Support for Scholarship Program of Kyoto University

We provided assistance for Environmental Studies at Kyoto University and made a donation to a scholarship program for students.
We support development of the next generation through the donation to a scholarship program for students of Kyoto University as well as supporting environmental protection through assisting research at Kyoto University.


The site observation
conducted as part of
assistance for research in February 2018

Establishment of Hulic Scholarship Program for Training of Welfare Caretakers

For the purpose of supporting students aiming to be welfare caretakers, developing human resources engaging in nursing care and contributing to resolution of social issues related to the advancement of an aging society, we have established the Hulic Scholarship Program for Training of Welfare Caretakers in 2017, under which we provide non-repayable scholarships. We aim to provide support to address the current status of labor shortages at nursing care sites for the senior citizen-related business which we promote as one of our focused 3 future growth businesses (3K businesses) (Koreisha (seniors), Kanko (tourism), and Kankyo(environment)) from the CSR point of view.

Practical training

VOICE

Hideyuki Urashima
Full-Time Teacher, Nursing Care and Public Welfare Services Department Japan Welfare Education College Keishin Gakuen

Among the students at our college are many from abroad, and together with their Japanese counterparts, they devote themselves to their studies on a daily basis to earn their qualifications. However, in many cases, part-time jobs take priority for economic reasons. It becomes difficult to balance work and studies, and many students end up dropping out. I have heard from many students that have taken advantage of your company’s scholarship program, saying that they were able to focus on their studies with peace of mind. This program gives a boost to students who are passionate about pursuing qualifications. I am very grateful for how you are helping to promote the education of human resources that will support the aging society of Japan.

Holding the Sixth Hulic Student Ideas Competition on the Theme of “HULIC & GINZA6”

We planned this competition as a real estate company with the aim of providing students with opportunities to propose urban development and construction ideas. For this year's sixth Student Ideas Competition, we solicited free and unconventional ideas as proposals of the buildings which has everlasting brilliance at the Ginza, a largest commercial district in Japan and the target of our extensive development. We received 121 entries. At the open second screening, students presented their ideas, followed by a question and answer session with judges. After consultations among judges, one winner of the grand prize, three winners of the excellence award, and six winners of the honorable mention award were selected.


Advertisement for inviting entries

Hosting Summer Festivals and Donating of a Portable Shrine

In October 2012, the head office of Hulic was moved to Nihonbashiodenma-cho. As part of our efforts to introduce ourselves to the community, we held the Hulic Odenma Summer Festival at our head office building in July 2013. The event was very well-received, so we decided to continue it and held it for the sixth time in July 2018. The Odenma-cho Ninobu Neighborhood Association cooperated with us on the day of the event, and many people came, from children living in the area to office workers from nearby buildings. We hope that activities such as this will lead to deeper bonds between local residents. The 150,900 yen raised at the festival was added to the 10th matching gift program, and the gift money was provided to a volunteer organization. Moreover, as part of our community contribution activities, we donated a portable shrine to the Odenma-cho Ninobu Neighborhood Association to which we belong in May 2017. We hope that carrying this portable shrine at the festival will lead to further revitalization and prosperity in the area.


Donation of Used Postal Stamps for Support Activities in Developing Countries

The Hulic Group generates a large volume of used postal stamps and has set up stamp collection boxes at Group company locations. We donate these stamps every year. In February 2019, we donated around 1,800 grams of used stamps that we collected during the year to the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP). Every year, we collect a large volume of used stamps, and we sort them with the cooperation of our CSR supporters. It takes almost two hours. After converting the stamps into money, JOICFP applies it to activities that they promote in developing countries to protect the life and health of pregnant women and women in general.

Sponsorship to Support Mainichi Shimbun in Fukushima Relief Efforts

In March 2019, we sponsored the fourth Ganbappe, Fukushima! event organized by The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. and Mushu Co., Ltd. and held at Belle Salle Tokyo Nihonbashi as an activity to support reconstruction efforts in Fukushima, which was struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake. On the day of the event, around 650 people from supporting companies pledged to ensure Fukushima’s reconstruction.


Photograph courtesy of the Mainichi Newspapers

Support for Orphans of Cancer and Childhood Cancer Patients and Their Families

Hulic Insurance Service is a member of the Aflac National Association of Agencies, which is a network of medical and life insurance agencies. We donate to the Aflac Scholarship Fund for Childhood Cancer Survivors and Children of Cancer Victims and Aflac Parents Houses initiatives promoted by the association.

Aflac Scholarship Fund for Childhood Cancer Survivors and Children of Cancer Victims

This scholarship program is for high school students whose opportunities for pursuing a higher education have narrowed due to losing their household’s main provider to cancer. Up to now, more than 2,600 students have received scholarships, and the total amount awarded exceeds 1.6 billion yen (as of June 30, 2018).

Aflac Parents Houses

These general support centers help reduce the economic and emotional burden of pediatric patients and their families as they take on childhood cancer and other serious diseases with long-term hospitalization or outpatient care at specialist hospitals in urban areas.

Donation to the Tokyo branch of Japanese Red Cross Society

The Hulic Group made a monthly donation of 3,500,000 yen to the Tokyo branch of Japanese Red Cross Society in August 2019 , and a certain amount of money has also been donated every month to this Society from the Company's directors and employees who wish to participate in this initiative.
The company started this donation in order to provide wider domestic disaster support without limiting to reconstruction assistance after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
From 2020, the company will donate 6 million yen annually.

Donation to Community Chest of Tokyo Prefecture (Red Feather Community Chest Movement)

Hulic makes regular donations to Community Chest of Tokyo Prefecture (Red Feather Community Chest Movement).The funds raised are distributed to private social welfare facilities and organizations in the region and used for financial support for private social welfare projects.

Donation to Ashinaga Scholarship Society

The Hulic Group made a monthly donation of 500,000 yen to the Ashinaga Scholarship Society from June 2011 to May 2019, and a certain amount of money has also been donated every month to this Scholarship Society from the Company's directors and employees who wish to participate in this initiative in an effort to provide continuous support for the living and schooling of the children who will forge the future of this country by supporting children left as orphans following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Since the outset, 64,991,500 yen in total has been donated by the Company and individuals as of May 2019. In order to provide wider domestic disaster support, we changed the donation destination from the Ashinaga Scholarship Society to the Tokyo branch of Japanese Red Cross Society in August 2019.

Making the company's nursery facilities available to local residents

Hulic has established onsite nursery facility inside the head office, and has made it partially available to local residents in an effort to contribute to reducing the number of children waiting to get into childcare nursery facilities. For details, please see the following linked page.

Relevant page: Establishment of Hulic’s Onsite Childcare Nursery Facility

Guest Participation in the Kyoto Architectural School

The Kyoto Architectural School started in 2009. It is an inter-college studio of urban and architectural design. Volunteer teachers and students, mainly from universities and vocational schools in Kyoto, and also from Osaka and Hyogo participate in teams to work on joint exercises on the theme of urban design. Hulic has participated several times since 2013 in study meetings held in Kyoto. As a real estate company, we provide advice to students etc., and conduct joint research.

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