Community-based Social Contribution Activities
- Why SUMCO Addresses the Local Community
The SUMCO Group sees existing in harmony with the local community and contributing to the region as one of the corporate social responsibilities.
In SUMCO CSR Policy, the SUMCO Group declares that "SUMCO shall respect various cultures and histories, and shall interact with society and the local communities." We take into account local communities' expectations for SUMCO and focus on the following in particular, in an effort to be a company that can contribute to the local community as a good corporate citizen.
- Activities aimed at the local environment, safety, and disaster prevention
- Activities aimed at providing education, culture promotion and sports promotion to the local community
- Activities to support persons with disabilities
Due to the impact of COVID-19 in fiscal year 2020 and 2021, there were activities we were unable to perform to the same extent as regular years, including having to cancel some activities altogether, but for its part the SUMCO Group hopes to continue to focus on community-based social contribution activities going forward.
Participation in Local Cleaning Activities and Environmental Conservation Initiatives
SUMCO’s Chitose Plant implements a clean-up program on approximately 1.5 km of sidewalks along the main roads of the Chitose Industrial Complex where the plant is located. Plant members pick up empty cans and trash that have been discarded, as well as fallen leaves and other refuse.
SUMCO's JSQ Division participates annually in the Omono River Basin Joint Clean-up organized by Akita City with the participation of local residents and nearby companies.
SUMCO's Yonezawa Plant actively engages in various local environmental activities as a member of the Hachimanpara Corporate Council made up of companies located in the Hachimanpara Industrial Park. The activities include cleaning up areas inside the park and along major roads.
At the Nagasaki Plant of SUMCO TECHXIV Corporation, many employees and their families participate each year in the cleanup of the Omura Bay coastal area organized by the Omura Bay Cleanup Project, while we refrained from the participation in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally in November 2020, member of the Miyazaki Plant of SUMCO TECHXIV Corporation took part in tree thinning operations with the aim of preserving pine forests in the Hitotsuba Coast area of Miyazaki City.
SUMCO Technology Corporation regularly takes part in cleanup operations along nearby municipal roads and sidewalks, and also engages in cleanup activities within the industrial park where its plant is located. Although activities were paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SUMCO Technology Corporation participates annually in the Edogawa Clean Campaign organized by the Edogawa River Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and 13 other municipalities around Noda City as a member of the Southern Plant Liaison Council. The activities include collecting discarded cans and bottles, etc. and performing cleanup activities on the riverbed, embankments and side ditches along the Edogawa River.
In September 2021, SUMCO Taiwan Technology Corporation supported and participated in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) program of the environmental organization Ocean Conservancy, joining 80 local university students to pick up more than 800 kilograms of trash around Nanliaobeike Park, Taiwan.
At the Chitose Plant, in June each year, we enter the "Flower-Filled Contest" hosted by Chitose City's greening promotion foundation (Chitose Environment and Greenery Foundation) and plant colorful flowers in the green belt on roads around the plant, aiming environmental beautification.
At the Noda Operation Department of SUMCO Support Corporation*, we conduct "Flower Project" initiatives including the voluntary creation of flower beds and planting of seeds and seedlings, thereby delighting visitors to the Noda area and employees alike.
- *SUMCO Support Corporation is a special subsidiary company of SUMCO that was established with the purpose of employing persons with disabilities.
Participation in Emergency Drills at Welfare Institutions
At the Nagasaki Plant of SUMCO TECHXIV Corporation, we have organized an external rescue team, and joint rescue drills under the guidance of members of the Omura Fire Department are conducted every year to prepare the team for fire disasters at nearby welfare institutions.
Interaction with local educational institutions
At the Nagasaki Plant of SUMCO TECHXIV Corporation, we have maintained a relationship with local high schools since the establishment of the plant. Every year, we host study tours to inspect the production process or the extra high voltage monitoring room for the power intake facility, as well as providing internships. Responding to requests from local high schools, we also send employees to give lectures on semiconductors.
Each year, PT. SUMCO Indonesia works with local high schools, universities and graduate colleges to operate apprenticeship programs that run from 12 to 24 weeks, giving students the opportunity to develop their future careers.
Participation and Sponsorship of Sports Events
SUMCO participates in and sponsors local sports events. The SUMCO Kyushu Factory co-sponsors the IMARI HALF-MARATHON every year.
In 2022 the event was held online as a challenge due to COVID-19, and around 2,000 participants from around Japan entered.
Additionally, the SUMCO Imari Road Relay Race Team fielded by the Kyushu Factory took part in the 74th Tozai Matsuura Relay Race Competition (sponsored by Saga Shimbun) held in January 2022, winning in the 2nd place. While this event was postponed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, the event was held with shortened course in 2022. We will keep daily practicing aiming for the 1st place next race.
Activities with Non-Profit Organizations
In 2019, SUMCO donated total amount of 300,000 yen to Seacare and the Japan Heart Foundation, in support of the work done by these NPOs.
SUMCO’s Chitose Plant (Chitose-shi, Hokkaido) supplies an emergency stock of food to the "Food Bank Network Mottainaiwa Chitose," and Miyazaki Plant of SUMCO TECHXIV Corporation provides an emergency stock of food to the "Children's Cafeteria Network Support Project" being promoted by Miyazaki City. We will continue our efforts to support the activities.
SUMCO Europe Sales Plc has a positive impact on the local community by way of helping the activities of local charity organisations through donations, totalling £2,500 in 2021, to charitable organizations selected by the employees, such as Shelter, NSPCC, Breast Cancer UK, WFP, Mind and Crisis.
Next Gen. Power Electronics Research Center
Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering
Department of Biological Functions Engineering
Kyushu Institute of Technology
Q1. What are you working on in the SUMCO joint research course, and how significant is it?
Kyushu Institute of Technology, we launched a research course inside the department on a joint basis with SUMCO in fiscal year 2017. Under the theme of high-quality power semiconductor wafer evaluation methods, we have conducted a number of joint research projects with SUMCO researchers and researchers at our Next Generation Power Electronics Research Center. In particular, we share trends in power semiconductor-related technologies and pursue research that prioritizes the development of high-precision wafer quality evaluation technologies and the application of simulation technologies. Through establishment of joint research courses, issues can be shared between companies and universities, and excellent result-focused outcomes can be produced.
Q2. SUMCO has been pursuing coordination between industry and academia along with initiatives to contribute to local communities. What do you think about these activities?
In fiscal year 2018, the Next Generation Power Electronics Research Center received the Minster of the Environment Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity for its research into power semiconductors. Moreover, SUMCO is a top global producer of high-quality wafers that are essential in the manufacturing of power semiconductors that contribute to lower CO2 emissions. By having both of us coordinate with one another from a long-term perspective, I think we are bringing greater sophistication to semiconductor technologies and low-carbon technologies in the Kyushu area, strongly promoting the development of human resources in the field, and making significant contributions to the social challenges of preventing global warming and utilizing electricity effectively.
(This interview was conducted in April 2019.)
Participation in Local Events
Each year at the Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival, a famous winter festival that takes place in Yonezawa, SUMCO's Yonezawa Plant produces snow lanterns, a winter tradition in Yonezawa, in an effort to vitalize the local area. (The event was canceled in 2021 and 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
In order to bring excitement to local events as a company that has established business sites in Imari City, SUMCO's Kyushu Factory participates yearly in the Imari Autumn Festival - Imari Dance in All as a means of contributing to local revitalization. (The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
PT. SUMCO. Indonesia actively participates in local contribution activities such as a program to provide food assistance to the neighboring indigent and support activities for orphans during Eid al-Adha Holiday* every year.
- *Islamic holidays