Basic Approach

The Toppan Group engages in diverse social contribution activities focused primarily on the environment, education, and culture with a view to addressing local issues and supporting the sustainable development of communities. Basic Principle 9 of the Group’s Conduct Guidelines emphasizes the value of “Building trust from society through social contribution activities and appropriate disclosure of information.” Every Group site organizes various social initiatives in full recognition of the importance of engaging in community contribution activities as a community member.

Main Activities

■ The Environment: Conservation and Nurturing of Community Environments

  • Employee engagement
    Beautification and Cleanup around Operational Sites

    Employees at Group sites across Japan regularly beautify and clean up the communities around them.

    In Kitakatsushika, Saitama Prefecture, for example, the employees of the Toppan Technical Research Institute venture out into the community to carry out a monthly “Cleanup Operation.” Every employee from the research institute helps to remove litter from the streets and public spaces of neighboring communities at least once a year.

    Toppan sites also cooperate with community members, NPOs, NGOs, and other organizations to create better environments through various community activities to beautify and clean up local environments such as riversides and parks.

  • Employee engagement
    Biodiversity-learning Events

    The Ecology Center in the head office Manufacturing Management Division collaborates mainly with community groups and environmental NPOs to organize events where people can learn about biodiversity. These events encourage employees, their families, and other stakeholders to consider biodiversity and take steps to conserve it in their communities.

  • Employee engagement
    Participating in the UMIGOMI Zero WEEK Campaign

    Toppan participates in “UMIGOMI (marine debris) Zero WEEK,” a Japan-wide cleanup campaign organized as one of several activities conducted under “Change for the Blue,” a joint project operated by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and The Nippon Foundation (via its “Umi-to-Nippon [Ocean and Japan] Project”). Toppan endorses this joint project’s aim of reducing environmental pollution caused by the rapidly growing problem of marine debris.

■ Education: Initiatives Sustained by Toppan Resources

  • Employee engagement
    Printing School

    Toppan Group sites in Bunkyo and Itabashi, Tokyo work together with local elementary schools to run the Printing School, a workshop where students create guidebooks with reports on appealing points of area shopping districts. Younger employees from Toppan lecture on efficient methods to gather and edit the information to be reported in the guidebooks. Once the guidebooks are completed, the students hand them out in and around the shopping streets of Bunkyo and Itabashi. Toppan intends to continue this initiative with a view to expanding it to other areas.

■ Culture: Sports Promotion and Support for the Arts and Culture

  • Printing Museum, Tokyo

    The Printing Museum, Tokyo was established in 2000 to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Toppan Printing. In the years since, the museum has collected and researched materials related to printing culture, held exhibitions and events focused on printing, and organized a host of educational activities (such as the letterpress printing workshops at the “Printing House”).

    To promote printing culture, for example, instructors at the Printing House introduce neighborhood elementary school students to the craft of letterpress printing. Members of the public are also invited to take part in printing workshops hosted by the Printing Museum at libraries and museums across Japan.

  • Toppan Hall

    Toppan Hall is a symphonic concert hall that opened concurrently with the Printing Museum, Tokyo in 2000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Toppan Printing. The hall organizes and holds various recitals as a venue for musical performances of high distinction.

    The regular Lunchtime Concerts, for example, support talented young musicians. Toppan Hall promotes the arts and culture through these musical performances under the Group’s corporate philosophy of “contributing to fulfilling lifestyles as a mainstay of information and culture.”

    The Suntory Foundation for the Arts bestowed the Toppan Hall with the 47th Suntory Music Award in 2016 for its seminal programs as an outstanding contributor to the development of musical culture in Japan. Recitals organized by Toppan Hall itself received especially high praise.

  • Toppan Charity Concerts

    Toppan has continued to hold its annual Toppan Charity Concert series since 2008 as a social engagement activity that supports global community initiatives to raise literacy rates in developing countries.

    Ticket revenue from the concerts has been donated to the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) to fund the SMILE Asia Project for the support of literacy education for Cambodian women, especially mothers who are raising young children or have children on the way.

    Toppan has donated a cumulative total of 25,186,660 yen as of fiscal 2019 and aims to reach a total of 35 million yen by fiscal 2025.

  • SMILE ASIA Project in Cambodia: Engagement with Stakeholders

    In February 2020 Toppan made a field trip to Cambodia to check up on the progress of the SMILE ASIA Project, an initiative to support literacy education for Cambodian women using proceeds from the Toppan Charity Concert series. Educational facilities throughout Cambodia, and the lives of many of the country’s educators, were destroyed in the 1970s by the Cambodian Civil War, the Vietnam War, and the Pol Pot regime (Khmer Rouge). Women were deprived of education for decades as a result, leading to a widespread literacy problem. Many local women to this day forego school education in order to raise their children and support their families. These women remain illiterate, which poses an ongoing social challenge for the country.

    The field trip team from Toppan sat in on literacy classes, visited the homes of former learners, and interviewed current and former students to learn more about the literacy education programs and the benefits of acquiring literacy. The team also met with various stakeholders (such as NGO members, village district officers, and staff from district education departments) who support the local management of the project and discussed the efforts underway, the challenges facing the project, and other related issues.

  • Graphic Trial

    The Toppan Group promotes printing culture and supports the graphic design industry through Graphic Trial, an exhibition that explores relationships between graphic design and the art of printing in search of new forms of expression. Artists at the forefront of graphic design experiment with different offset-printing techniques every year to create posters for the exhibition. Graphic Trial is held at the multipurpose P&P Gallery in the Printing Museum, Tokyo.

  • Cosponsoring the Central Contest for Book Report Drawings

    Toppan Printing continues to work with the Japan School Library Association and The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. as a cosponsor of the Central Contest for Book Report Drawings, an annual contest that cultivates the reading and creative skills of children by encouraging them to express their impressions of books by drawing.

    In addition to providing ongoing support to the contest, Toppan produces and distributes a calendar featuring prize-winning works to schools and other educational facilities across Japan. The prize-winning students also receive replicas of famous Japanese-style paintings produced using Toppan technologies.

  • Prize-winning works from the 31st contest (Mainichi Shimbun newspaper on February 28, 2020)

  • Kanosei Art Project Exhibition

    Toppan has been playing an active role in supporting and promoting borderless art. Since fiscal 2018, Toppan has been collaborating with an NPO called Support Center DREAM on the Kanosei Art Project (“kanosei” means “potential” in Japanese), a series of artistic activities structured to encourage human resource development in companies and the greater independence of persons with illnesses and disabilities.

    Artworks created by borderless artists affiliated with the Support Center DREAM were exhibited at two venues for the Kanosei Art Project Exhibition in fiscal 2019. The first was held in the Toppan Koishikawa Building in Tokyo. The second was a special exhibition held at Choraku-ji Temple in Kyoto in cooperation with the Yoi-Otera Research Institute (“yoi-otera” means “good temples” in Japanese).

    In recognition of the project, in fiscal 2019, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government designated Toppan Printing as an outstanding “kokoro-no (mental) barrier-free” supporter working to promote mental barrier-free mindsets across society.

  • Popularizing Para-Sports
    Employee engagement

    Toppan promotes para-sports as a partner of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the Japanese Para-Sports Association (JPSA). The Company introduced an employee athlete program in 2014 to hire and support people specializing in sports, including para-sports athletes.

    Toppan also operates a para-sports information website called SPORTRAIT. Toppan promoted para-sports in fiscal 2019 by holding hands-on para-sports events for local communities and Group employees.

  • Community-involvement Exhibition at a Local Library

    As a member of the community, the Toppan Group values communication with local residents.
    The Takashimadaira Library is located in Itabashi, a Tokyo neighborhood where several Toppan plants and offices are based. With the library’s permission, Toppan holds an annual exhibition to show Itabashi neighbors how the Group is supporting the community through a book culture campaign, support programs for the physically and mentally disabled, and other social engagement activities.