Local Community Involvement by Branch Employees
Global Volunteer Month "MUFG Gives Back"
In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan was blessed with support from across the world for its reconstruction efforts. In response, and as an opportunity to express gratitude for the support Japan recieved, we have christened these initiatives "MUFG Gives Back," and we continue to expand our activities each year.
As a global initiative, in which employees are engaged in CSR activities together at the same time, MUFG Gives Back is one of the largest CSR initiatives among Japanese corporates, representing an opportunity for employees in their respective areas and at their respective branches to experience the impact of local philanthropy. In this section, we introduce a sample of the activities.
Community Activity with the Student Conservation Association
On the East Coast, MUFG volunteers and friends participated in cleaning up and renovation work on New York City Park. The restoration project, which was undertaken by 56 bank employees, family members and friends, and youth members of the SCA, transformed the 10.5-acre park. One crew raked a large area of planted flower beds and added 12 cubic yards of mulch, which provides winter insulation, while a second crew gave all of the heavily weathered benches near the playground a fresh coat of green paint.
On the West Coast, a team of 20 bank volunteers converged on Stow Lake in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, mulching and widening nearly 150 feet of trail, and removing a quarter-acre of ivy, among other tasks. In addition to removing ivy and mulching trails, the team planted five pallets of shrubbery, including 12 lavender plants, on a sunny Saturday morning.
Supporting Children with Life-threatening Medical Conditions/ Food Recovery and Redistribution Program "Granting Wishes and Changing Lives"
Staff embarked on a wish-granting mission and fundraised through activities that spanned the bank's Canadian offices.
Our fundraising efforts helped a girl with an inveterate disease, go to Hollywood with her family. She often dreamt about the glamorous lifestyles that she imagined celebrities in Los Angeles have, and wondered what it would be like to live in a place that was warm all year long. Her trip marked a special time in her life, allowing her and her family to spend time together and just focus on having fun.
And also, staff from our Vancouver office volunteered at DQuest Food Exchange, a food recovery and redistribution nonprofit organization.
Quest Food Exchange partners with local social agencies and redirects quality unused food that might otherwise go to waste to people facing barriers to healthy, affordable food.
The program focuses on transitioning individuals from food-bank reliance to self-sufficiency, while fostering sustainability and building community in the region.
At Quest Food Exchange, staff and numerous volunteers collect food donations, then sort, process, and distribute the food to participating agencies.
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Supporting the integration of refugee
Europe, it is imperative to provide support in order to help integrate them and to become active members of the community.
Returning from the One Young World summit with a greater awareness of the global refugee crisis, an employee in Amsterdam refused to ignore the problem on her doorstep and decided to take action by involving colleagues from her office.
The result was 20 colleagues working closely with a local foundation to host a dinner for 80 refugees living in a refugee center in Amsterdam. The dinner was beneficial for both parties; for the refugees it was a chance to meet local people and to understand more about the culture, while our MUFG volunteers really enjoyed the experience. They learned so much about the refugees' backgrounds, their different cultures and the struggles they are facing.
Our MUFG colleagues will continue supporting the needs of local refugees.
Supporting children with learning disabilities
The MUFG team worked tirelessly to complete the task at hand to ensure that the change was sustainable. They first repaired the water tank and irrigation system to save the students from carrying water to the garden. On the day of the team challenge, students, teachers and the MUFG team cleared away debris and weeds and then planted a lemon tree.
Asia and Oceania
Africa Sunlight Lantern Support "Lighting Children"
Employees assembled lanterns in a dark room so that they can imagine the actual life of African children who live in darkness. By assembling lanterns under small lights in the dark, employees rediscovered the importance of lanterns for African children and deepened their understanding of the region.
Africa who have received the Sunlight Lanterns
Contribute to nature - wetlands protection and preservation
The Society of Wilderness arranged a fun tour to educate the participants about the benefits provided by wetland ecosystems as well as improve their understanding of the importance of restoring wetland habitats for wildlife. After the tour, all the participants endeavored to remove outside species/plants and all sorts of trash such as plastic bags, wood and cans, to give clean homes back to the wildlife.
Encouraging Children to Dream
Volunteers went to the school in Long An Province with games to break the ice with the children, followed by an art contest to depict their dream careers as adults. The pictures were varied with many desired occupations from doctors, teachers and law enforcement officers to fashion designers and wildlife conservationists. More importantly, this was an opportunity for them to share their career aspirations with their teachers as well as their parents.
The branch also donated atlases and English books to the school to broaden the minds of the students and further encourage them to nurture their dreams.
Ho Chi Minh City Branch
Colombo Representative Office puts shoes on the feet of the children
Colombo Representative Office purchased 152 new pairs of shoes and socks for the students of Kumarathunga Munidasa Junior High, and donated them to the school.
In addition, staff volunteers took the opportunity to share their experience in banking as a career, and gave a video presentation on Japanese technology and bullet trains - a topic that the students were keenly interested in.
Live Community, Give Community
The staff could also share their ideas regarding their contribution to sustainable development by writing them on green and blue sticky notes and posted them on a 'Live & Give Community Board', which introduces all-year CSR activities that they can join.
At the event, 559 staff registered as volunteers for CSR activities and 551 staff registered as a member of one of the 13 employees' recreational clubs (Krungsri Clubs).
Implementing the “Everybody! Happy Christmas” Project
Domestic offices of MUFG Group companies staged the “Everybody! Happy Christmas” project.
A variety of creative initiatives including a quiz on SDGs and a walking event were implemented by the companies. As a result, a total of approximately 7,800 people participated and contributions of about 2,600,000 yen corresponding to the number of participants were donated to NPO Charity Santa’s “Rudolph Fund”.
Also, on December 22 and 24, in collaboration with NPO Charity Santa, MUFG employees dressed up in Santa Claus costumes and conducted the “Charity Santa Volunteer” initiative for delivering presents to children who face poverty and other hardships.
The participants approached the day fully prepared after attending role-playing training in advance. The children responded with surprise, excitement and so on to the unexpected visits from the Santas, however, everybody left with a smile on their face, and the activity also proved to be highly beneficial for the participating employees too.
Social Contribution Activities through the Foundations
Mitsubishi UFJ Foundation
Mitsubishi UFJ Foundation (in Japanese)
Mitsubishi UFJ Environment Foundation
Environment Education Project Midori-no-e Contest
Mitsubishi-UFJ Technology Development Foundation
Mitsubishi-UFJ Technology Development Foundation (in Japanese)
Institute for International Monetary Affairs
Institute for International Monetary Affairs (in Japanese)
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Scholarship Foundation
The Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Scholarship Foundation
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Foundation for the Arts
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Cultural Foundation
Local & Social Contribution Efforts In Collaborating with OISCA
OISCA Japan (in Japanese)
Next Generation Leader Program for the Asia Pacific Region
The trainees come from various countries, speak different languages, have diverse religions and backgrounds, and live together at the training center. As they are learning sustainable agricultural techniques, they foster a spirit of self-reliance and hone their leadership skills.
10 trainees from different countries have training in Japan, every year, and the overview of their training curriculum is as follows.
Overview of the one-year curriculum
|April||Arrival in Japan, Orientation||Program introduction|
|April - June||Basic training||Acquisition of basic Japanese language skills and knowledge of Japanese culture: global farming practices; regional development methodologies in rural areas; and the philosophy, significance, and current state of international cooperation|
|June - February
the following year
|Learning about organic rice farming, growth and yield assessment, soil preparation, pest control, fundamental principles of farming, and the improvement of management skills|
the following year
report/performance assessment meeting, return to home country
|Presentation of training outcomes|
After three months, the trainees acquire basic Japanese and move on to practical training in eco-friendly organic farming. Technical training starts with lessons on an essential aspect of organic farming - how to make bokashi fertilizer and compost, which consists of fermented organic matter - and proceeds to the maintenance of farming machinery and how to grow crops appropriate for the climate and soil of the trainees' home countries.
Furthermore, trainees also learn management skills, thereby nurturing them to become future leaders who can pass on their knowledge of organic farming techniques to local residents and the next generation upon returning home.
At the end of the training, all trainees present what they have learned through the various trainings, thereby marking the end of the program.
Post-Training Contribution to Local Development in Various Roles
Going forward, MUFG will continue to contribute to economic expansion in the Asia Pacific region through continued support of this program.
Support for Environmental Preservation and
Disaster Reconstruction Activities
In FY 2017, the total donation was approximately ￥7 million, which supports OISCA Japan's initiatives to promote school-managed forests in Japan and the "Coastal Forest Restoration Project," which supports disaster reconstruction efforts in the area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
MUFG employees taking part in the "Coastal Forest Restoration Project," most of who are NICOS employees, participate as volunteers.