In the High Performance Plastics Company, since fiscal 2008 the Chemical Classroom Project, an educational program that helps students experience the fun of chemistry, has been conducted for seventh through ninth graders in the area where the institute is located. Through now, a total of approximately 2,400 students have taken part in these classes. In addition, since fiscal 2008 events have been held, mainly for elementary-school students, to help children get a feel for the fun of science, under the name of Science Class for Children.
In response to a request from a local junior high school, Shikoku Sekisui Co., Ltd. in the Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Products Company has since fiscal 2009 provided science classes for seventh graders. On the day of the class, students also tour the Shikoku Sekisui plant to get an understanding for how the familiar material of plastic is used to make a variety of products.
In the future as well, Sekisui Chemical Group will advance social-contribution activities utilizing its businesses.
Since fiscal 2007, the Housing Company has provided the Houses and the Environment Learning Program to junior high schools, as a program putting employees' knowledge of housing and the environment to use in the classroom.
This program offers a new type of class, full of unique contents in which Sekisui Chemical Group employees and teachers lead the class together to help students learn about the roles of homes and the environmental impact of living, think about home plans through group discussions, and experience building environmentally conscious homes using model homes.
In fiscal 2010, this program was conducted at a total of 15 junior and senior high schools in the Kanto, Kansai, and Kyushu regions of Japan. As a hands-on program, students participating in the program show high levels of motivation and participating employees also have been inspired by the ideas of the highly imaginative students.
In light of its content that has proven to be meaningful to the schools, students, and the company, plans call for continuation of this program in fiscal 2011, to further enhance contributions to the local community.
Crimes such as burglaries of homes whose residents are away, fraudulent requests to the elderly for remittance of funds, and crimes targeting children are becoming a major concern in Japan.
In addition to building homes that are highly crime resistant, since fiscal 2009 the Sekisui Chemical Group has utilized the nature of the housing business, with its sales facilities located nationwide, to carry out social-contribution activities through cooperation between its housing sales companies and prefectural police departments.
In fiscal 2010, we distributed leaflets on prevention of crimes such as fraudulent remittance requests and informed prospective home buyers of the need for crime prevention, with such activities based on the four themes of activities to prevent fraudulent remittance requests and other criminal acts, activities to raise awareness of building homes that are highly resistant to crime, activities to protect the elderly and children, and traffic-safety activities. We also are developing crimeprevention homes under police-department supervision.
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