Society ＞ Together with the Local Community Activities Addressing Social Needs
- Research & Development
- Manufacturing and Supply Chain
- Information Provision
- Drug Safety / Quality Assurance
- Solving Issues Related to Improving Access to Healthcare
Developing the Next Generation
As a measure to develop the next generation, the Group offers visiting lectures and company visits at worksites, which are used as venues for pharmaceutical-related lectures and comprehensive learning initiatives that leverage the knowledge of a pharmaceutical company.
Visiting Lectures at Schools
Each office provides visiting lectures for students at schools. These visiting lectures are talks on such topics as the pharmaceutical industry, the business of pharmaceutical companies, and new drug R&D. In fiscal 2019, we held visiting lectures at five schools.
- Student feedback
- I was surprised to learn that new drug development is so time consuming and costly.
- I learned many things such as the pleasure, reward, difficulty and value of work.
- I gained a desire to help others and contribute to society.
- Student feedback
- I was deeply impressed to learn of the goals to further evolve into a “society that is not dependent on drugs,” “a society where people unconsciously maintain good health,” and to develop “smartphone apps.”
- I learned for the first time that pharmaceuticals are an accumulation of knowledge, technology, information, and wisdom, and that pharmaceuticals are an information industry.
- Employee lecturer feedback
The students were extremely interested when it was demonstrated how OD tablets disintegrate in water. I heard their many pointed questions such as “Isn't it bitter when it melts in the mouth?” The students listened intently in a relaxed environment, and I too had a great time.
Each of the Company's offices is taking steps to promote harmonious coexistence with local communities, such as offering tours for regional organizations and comprehensive learning initiatives for nearby schools and school excursions. The goal is to introduce our business, the services of our pharmaceutical company, and employees' careers, and to help students develop careers through dialogue. In fiscal 2019, students from a total of eight schools, from elementary school students to graduate students, toured the Company.
Some of the feedback from students included “It was stimulating and helpful to my career development,” “Communication and teamwork are important for work,” and "The simulated work experience was fun and rewarding.”
- Student feedback
- It was a valuable experience as I was able to learn about working abroad.
- It impressed me to hear that “We make medicines for patients with rare diseases in which there are few cases.”
- Although we're familiar with medicine, we learned a lot we never knew before.
- Employee lecturer feedback
This time, in order to communicate to children the job of “making medicines” in an easy-to-understand way, I used cooking as an example to explain it. When they were leaving, I heard a lot of delightful comments such as “I want that job too” and “I want to work at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma too.”
- Student feedback – Visit to historical museum after lecture
- I want to take on many challenges without forgetting the words “work hard for your dreams.”
- After hearing the talk I'd like to work in the future making medicines that make people smile.
- It impressed me to know that they have been making medicines for many years for patients who have been waiting for them.
Co-Sponsored Supplementary Material for Career Education for Elementary and Junior High School Students, "Job Yearbook 2020"
As part of our support for next-generation education, we co-sponsored the supplementary material for career education for children, elementary and junior high school students, "Job Yearbook 2020" (published by The Asahi Shimbun Company), which focuses on the work of companies and organizations. The job of a pharmaceutical company is to contribute to people's health through drug discovery, so we explain about the disease and the process of creating a treatment agent focusing on diabetes.
By introducing our research and development, we communicate the importance of “creativity” and “specialization.”
Disaster Reconstruction Aid
The Group closely monitors the needs of disaster-stricken areas and provides emergency and reconstruction support in the event of a disaster in Japan or abroad.
Relief Aid for Typhoon No. 19 in the First Year of Reiwa
We donated 10 million yen through the Japanese Red Cross to help the victims of Typhoon No. 19, which struck in 2019, and to reconstruct the affected areas. We also donated tablet PCs to support the reconstruction activities of Japan Platform (a specified non-profit corporation).
To support volunteer activities conducted by employees in disaster-stricken areas, we promoted the use of a volunteer leave system and subsidized volunteer activity insurance and transportation costs (up to a total of 20,000 yen). We also recruited volunteer tour participants as an opportunity to be disaster volunteers.
- MTPC employees participate in a volunteer tour
(Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, November 22-24, December 13-15)
To help those affected by the disaster, eight employees of MTPC participated in a volunteer tour sponsored by the Osaka Voluntary Action Center in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, which was heavily damaged by Typhoon No. 19 in October 2019. At the site of the damage, we conducted such activities as tidying up house interiors, cleaning, and carrying out household belonging.
All the participants shared a desire to help the victims. As a result, I feel that a special sense of togetherness arose among the tour's participants.
Held Sales Event to Support Reconstruction of Disaster-Stricken Areas
Each year, the Head Office, Tokyo Head Office, Toda Site, Yokohama Site, and Kashima Site hold product sales events to get to know and provide support to the disaster-stricken areas as part of reconstruction support to those areas.
In 2019, at the Yokohama Site, we opened a local sake bar in cooperation with the Company's labor union with the hope of reconstructing the disaster-stricken areas damaged by heavy rain in western Japan. We provided and sold sake from six breweries in the suburbs of Okayama, Hiroshima, and Ehime to employees, and donated a portion of the proceeds and collected funds to the “July 2018 Flood and Landslide Disaster Relief Fund of the Japanese Red Cross Society.” The damage was so great that reconstruction was difficult, but some brewer began making sake after the disaster, and said, “Please enjoy this sake we made in our determined effort to pull through and recover.” We also held a sales event for the local products of Tohoku at each business site. We will continue to support the disaster-stricken areas by holding sales events to ensure that memories of the earthquake do not fade away.
Support to Prevent the Spread COVID-19
As an activity to counter COVID-19, we are making various efforts to prevent the spread of the virus in areas where business is expanding. Below are listed some of those businesses.
- Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation, Tianjin Tanabe Seiyaku, and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Development (Beijing) donated one million yuan (approximately 16 million in Japanese yen) through the Chinese Red Cross Foundation to support measures against COVID-19 in China. We also collected donations from employees, provided matching gifts in which the company and labor union donated a matching amount, and donated a total of 2.5 million yen through Save the Children Japan.
Given the fact that Osaka Prefecture, the location of our head office, is securing medical supplies in preparation for the spread of the virus, we donated 2,000 protective N95 masks from our stockpile, and donated protective N95 masks and surgical masks to the government and various organizations.
The Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Factory (Onoda Plant), manufactures slightly acidic electrolyzed water in the drug substance building and uses it for disinfection. Sanyo Onoda City, where the factory is located, asked that we provide its City Hall with slightly acidic electrolyzed water (about 1,000 L x 8 times) for use in disinfection and cleaning by local residents (by the end of July).
At the Onoda Plant, we conducted a blood drive in the hope of helping even a little while blood is very scarce due to a new type of pneumonia. Participants encountered stricter measures including the wearing of masks and thorough disinfection, as well as adjustments to waiting times to prevent crowding in the blood mobile. On the day of the blood drive, 46 employees, about twice the usual number, donated blood.
Initiative to prevent each and every person from spreading the virus Leveraging the Tenohira (palm of the hand), a symbol of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, we have developed an advertisement to prevent the spread of the virus entitled "What you can do with your hands right now" that calls for straightforward, user-friendly hand washing. The hand illustrations on the company website are designed to be posted in your bathroom at home. We respect and support medical staff who treat infectious diseases on the front lines and will communicate the social mission of our pharmaceutical company and call for the prevention of infectious diseases at home.
Our overseas subsidiaries also provide donations, protective clothing, masks, and volunteers to meet each country's needs.