Fostering the Next Generation Through Programs Based on the Characteristics of Our Businesses.

Management Approach

Basic ConceptHelping to Build Local Communities in Which Children Can Develop and Healthily Grow into Adulthood.

Targeting communities where the children who will form the next generation can develop and healthily grow into adulthood, we are implementing career educational programs for elementary, middle and high school students that leverage the characteristics of our business activities. This initiative is being conducted for children to acquire the knowledge, skills, and approaches that will lead to them living independent lives as members of society. Including field trip lessons, for example Science classes, given by Company employees as well as support and assistance for research based on innovations inspired by nature, the Company is advancing a wide range of activities.

Major Initiatives

Initiatives of the Housing CompanyHouses and the Environment Learning Program

At the Housing Company, we have run a “houses and environment” learning program since fiscal 2007 in which employees make use of their knowledge to teach about homes and the environment at schools. This is a program in which employees think about housing that coexists with the environment. After learning about the role that homes play in our lives and about the impact that our lives have on the environment, we actually hold workshops using Sekisui Heim’s model housing kits and think about, for example, the building of environmentally friendly homes and housing layouts.

One of the students who took the class said, “When I build a house of my own in the future, I want it to be a house that prioritizes the environment and safety first, even over design or ease of use.” Another student said, “I was interested in construction work, and now I am even more interested after taking this class.” These were just two of the remarks we heard from those who took the classes. A teacher said, “The students were very interested in this assignment because they could use kits to build model homes, following on from a previous class that also used visual materials. I believe this is precisely the active learning that is being promoted by the Ministry of Education.”

In fiscal 2020, with the aim of preventing COVID-19 infections, we provided lessons to three schools that requested them by lending out disinfected model housing kits.

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Children assembling model housing kits

High Performance Plastics Company InitiativesChemistry Classroom Project

At the High Performance Plastics Company, the “Science Class” for middle school students has been conducted since fiscal 2008. This initiative is unique in that it provides school curriculum unit-linked classes that are not just interesting but have been designed by volunteers from business sites who had exchanged opinions with middle school teachers. Targeting elementary school students, we also conduct “Children’s Experiment Classrooms” for which the Company’s products are used. So far, a total of more than 30,000 elementary and middle school students have benefited from experiencing the fun and usefulness of science through these programs.

In fiscal 2020, most classes and events could not be held due to the effects of COVID-19. To overcome this problem, for the third-year students at a junior high school local to the Minase Site, we made a video of an experiment using interlayer film for laminated glass, narrated with words of congratulation to graduating students, and had them use it in the class before graduation. For an outlying junior high school that had requested them, we also held lessons with the minimum number of staff after implementing COVID-19 infection countermeasures. As a new departure, we tackled the challenges of online lessons.

The Company plans to continue these activities to allow even more children to become interested in, and fascinated by, the field of chemistry.

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Implementation of an experiment with thorough
infection prevention measures in place

High Performance Plastics Company InitiativesScience and Engineering Classroom

At Sekisui Medical, we have been implementing a “Science and Engineering Classroom” for middle school students in the city of Ryugasaki, Ibaraki prefecture, the site of our diagnostic agent plant and laboratory, as part of our social contribution activities, one of our Activity Guidelines, since fiscal 2016.

In fiscal 2020, under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prospects for business trips became unclear, and plans to provide junior high schools with workplace experiences as part of their educational processes were put on hold. Against this background, Sekisui Medical developed and implemented “Blazing a Trail Into the Future with Work in R&D and Manufacturing,” a special online class for career education.

In this program, Sekisui Medical employees served as instructors, not only introducing the company, but also helping students raise their awareness with regard to work and thinking about the future by introducing them to "purpose," "role," and "skills" while linking each term with their own work.

In the years ahead, Sekisui Medical Co., Ltd., plans to continue these activities as one form of its contribution to society.

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Conducting a career education class online.

Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Products Company InitiativesExhibited at “Job Festival”

In response to the decrease in opportunities for children to learn through hands-on experience in recent years, Nara Sekisui Co., Ltd. exhibited at a “Job Festival,” an event where children can experience various jobs. This event, a collaboration between industry, government and academia, was held for children and local residents in Yamatokoriyama City, Nara Prefecture, with 14 companies located in Yamatokoriyama City participating. Sufficient measures were taken to protect against COVID-19.

At the Nara Sekisui booth, we provided a program to simulate an assembly work experience. The experience consisted of press-molding a miniature bathtub using plastic clay, then selecting the wall pattern and floor color for a miniature unit bath.

Participants said that it was good to have the experience of actually making things by themselves.

In the years to come, we will continue to contribute to the development of the next generation of manufacturing human resources by providing children with opportunities to learn through hands-on experience.

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Miniature unit baths in a wide range of colors

Learning about SDGs through Next-generation Training

Environmental education for employees has come to address the SDGs for the purpose of fostering human resources who are aware of the need to solve social issues and who think about ways to solve them. More recently, the focus of environmental education has expanded beyond employee education to include education of the next generation, namely students from primary school to university, as we pursue the realization of a sustainable society.

Through in-person as well as online lectures and workshops amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, during 2020 we conveyed how the Company’s products and manufacturing help solve social issues to junior high school through university students.

In 2021, we intend to work with an NPO to plan and implement a program for supporting school learning for junior high students at several schools.

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    • Online lectures and workshops for university students
      (SDGs Youth Ambassador Program 2020)
    • Lecture and Workshop for High
      School Students
      (SB Student Ambassador National
      Convention)
    • Junior High School Lecture
      (Nagoya Municipal Kamakuradai Junior
      High School)

Preparation and distribution of supplementary educational materials on the SDGs for primary and junior-high-school students

To promote education on the SDGs in schools, SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group participated in a business alliance of multiple companies, collaborating on the production of SDGs Start Book, a supplementary educational resource for primary and junior high schools. By introducing cases of its own town and community development operations, such as energy-self-sufficient homes and earthquake-resistant waterworks, the Group is stimulating future generations to think about the kinds of things the towns and communities of the future will need to be disaster-resistant, environmentally friendly and sustainable.

In 2020, SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group distributed 222,523 copies of “SDGs Start Book” to 1,103 primary and junior high schools that had requested them, free of charge.

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    • SDGs Start Book

SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group will continue to support education that heightens the ability of the next generation, which will be responsible for the sustainable societies of the future, to think and act independently to solve social problems.