Coexistence with Local Communities / Social Contribution

Policy / Basic Approach

The Sanwa Group’s business activities are closely rooted in local communities in 27 countries and regions around the world, including Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. We offer products and services that provide safety, security, and convenience to further contribute to the prosperity of society. As a good corporate citizen, we aim for coexistence and co-prosperity with local communities, as we contribute to the community by returning to society the resources—such as the technology, human resources, products, and knowhow—that the Group has cultivated.

The Sanwa Group Compliance Code of Conduct contains the following basic policy on social contributions.

The Sanwa Group in conjunction with Our Mission and Our Value engages in activities for making contributions to society, making full use of its originality. Furthermore, we have arranged a support system for employees who want to do volunteer work, and in addition, when a natural disaster or other major disaster occurs, we proactively consider support actions for recovery of the affected region or donation of monetary assistance.
1) We seek to make broad contributions to society by expanding interaction with the local community, and proactively participating and cooperating in local community activities.
2) We contribute to the development of the local community through employment and acquiring of raw materials.
3) Through our products and services, we will strive to prevent, reduce and repair damage caused by natural disasters, thereby helping to maintain a safe and secure local community.
4) When a natural disaster or other major disaster occurs, through cooperation with the region affected, we participate to the full extent of our ability in support activities as quickly as possible.

We recognize that the planet, local communities, and people must be healthy and sustainable for us to fulfill our mission: “safety, security and convenience.” Based on this perspective, we are working on these focus areas: social contributions in global environmental conservation, nurturing younger generations, and contributions to local communities’ development and diversity. In addition, we give emergency assistance in regions affected by major natural disasters.

Results of investments in local communities and social contribution activities

Social contribution spending by the Sanwa Group (consolidated basis)

Main beneficiaries
Japan: Donations from the Sanwa Group Social Contribution Club earmarked for NPOs, Donation to Turkey-Syria earthquake
North America: American Cancer Society, Animal protection organizations, Food banks, etc.
Europe: Machecoul City Fire Department, support for those affected by the Turkey-Syria earthquake as well as support for Ukraine

Disaster relief efforts

  Disaster Recipients
Fiscal 1994 Great Hanshin Earthquake Hyogo Prefecture
Fiscal 2004 Chuetsu Earthquake Niigata Prefecture
Fiscal 2004 Sumatra Earthquake and Indian Ocean Tsunami Japanese Red Cross Society
Fiscal 2007 Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake Niigata Prefecture and city of Kashiwazaki
Fiscal 2008 Great Sichuan Earthquake, China Government of China
Fiscal 2010 Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, Miyazaki Prefecture Miyazaki Prefecture
Fiscal 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake* Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures
Fiscal 2011 Donation of relief funds for floods in Thailand Royal Thai Embassy, Tokyo
Fiscal 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Kumamoto Prefecture
Fiscal 2017 Torrential rains in northern Kyushu Fukuoka Prefecture
Fiscal 2017 Hurricane Harvey American Red Cross Society
Fiscal 2018 The Heavy Rain Event of July 2018 Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures
Fiscal 2018 The 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake Hokkaido
Fiscal 2019 Fire devastates at Shuri-jo castle Okinawa Prefecture and city of Naha
Fiscal 2022 Turkey-Syria earthquake Japanese Red Cross Society,
German Red Cross Society

*After the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, Sanwa Group companies and employees overseas also sent their heartfelt sympathies.

volunteer leave program

Sanwa Shutter Corporation encourages employees to take part in volunteer activities using the volunteer leave program, where five days of paid leave can be used for volunteering.

Social Contribution to Fight against COVID-19


●Okinawa Sanwa Shutter donated 1,100 face shields for preventing the spread of COVID-19 to local medical institutions, senior care facilities, elementary and junior high schools, and organizations supporting people with disabilities as part of our social contribution to address health issues in the community.

●Following the policy announced by the Government of Japan on workplace vaccinations, from September to October 2021 Sanwa Shutter Corporation organized workplace COVID-19 vaccinations for 625 people, including Sanwa Group employees, their families, installers, outsourcing partners working with us, and business partners.


●At ODC, two employees from the installation department joined a local charity group and delivered meals to firefighters, police officers, hospital staff, etc. every morning before starting work for about one month.

Europe (NF Group)

●The NF Group of companies made donations and carried out activities tailored to community needs to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to mitigate its impact.

NF France:Donation of surgical masks and disposable personal protective clothing to local fire departments and hospitals
NF Poland:Provision of 5,000 free meals to healthcare professionals
NF Netherlands:Volunteer clothes washing at local senior care facilities with a shortage of employees due to COVID-19 as a voluntary initiative of employees.


●Shanghai Baosteel–Sanwa Door Co., Ltd. raised 8,500 RMB in donations from employees to purchase masks for the local community in Shanghai and to provide cash donations.
During the lockdowns in Shanghai, nine employees volunteered, taking part in, for example, transporting supplies and assisting with PCR testing.
●In Vietnam, Vina–Sanwa Company Liability Limited donated one million VND to the local community where the factory is located to fund COVID-19 vaccinations.

global environmental conservation

Community Cleanup (Sanwa Environment Day)

Every year since 2007, the Sanwa Group has held Sanwa Environment Day on June 10. Through various initiatives on this day, we are informing employees about our environmental policy and information on the environment to raise awareness of environmental conservation. As part of Sanwa Environment Day, we hold cleanup drives around our business sites nationwide.

Community Cleanup (new employee orientation)

Every year at the Sanwa Group, as part of new employee orientation, volunteers clean up around the Arakawa River and Takashimadaira shopping arcade near the Sanwa Shutter Corporation head office. The goal is to contribute to local communities and develop a philosophy on environmental protection.

nurturing younger generations

Art Class

Sanwa Tajima Corporation, which manufactures and sells stainless steel products, has hosted an annual art class since fiscal 2016 together with Kidsdoor, an NPO that supports the learning of children from disadvantaged homes.
The art classes have taught the children participating in Kidsdoor learning classes how to make Halloween and Christmas wreaths as well as paper mâché masks, with the support of employees from the Design Section of Sanwa Tajima Corporation. This initiative was awarded the Startup Encouragement Award at the 4th Corporate Volunteer Awards in February 2019. For our project where children make mobiles using marbling-dyed straws, from fiscal 2020 to fiscal 2021 classes were held online, but in fiscal 2022, we returned to in-person classes (for the first time since October 2019).

Social Contribution Activities of Overseas Group Companies

In 2022, ODC provided paid parking spaces at the Lewisville head office to employees who were making donations. We also gave the collected parking fees to food banks. Horton donated door openers —that enable existing hinged doors to be automated—to an organization that supports children who have suffered from abuse, neglect, or other serious issues. These doors make it easier for children in wheelchairs to enter and exit buildings.

The NF Group continually donates to a hospice for children. In 2022, we also donated to five hospice organizations.

Each year in April, Shanghai Baosteel-Sanwa Door conducts a program in which employees donate one day’s salary to various causes. The donated funds will be used to help pay for the living expenses of employees in need of further assistance and school fees for their children, as well as other charitable activities.

contributions to local communities’ development and diversity

Promoting the use of local materials

Wooden partitions using locally produced cedar lumber
Toilet booths made from local lumber

As a pioneer in wooden partitions, Sanwa System Wall, which joined the Sanwa Group in 2017, produces and markets wooden partitions made with locally produced lumber. This enables us to contribute to the revitalization of the local forestry industry and to be involved with building schools beloved by the community. In recent years, an increasing number of schools have selected wooden partitions made from local lumber to improve the learning environment, build ties with the local community, and to help preserve the environment. In 2017, Sanwa Shutter Corporation donated seven toilet booths to Tokushima Prefecture that featured doors made from Aizome (indigo-dyed) Tokushima cedar. These booths are the product of a joint development with a local company with technologies for dyeing wood with indigo. Aizome is a traditional industry of Tokushima Prefecture. The combination of the beautiful grain of Tokushima cedar and depth of the indigo color produces a calming effect. The surface is clear coated to improve water resistance and durability.

Local community revitalization

Sharing library Santosho
Sharing library ’Santosho’

Sanwa Shutter Corporation was founded in the Sanwa Hondori Shopping District in Amagasaki-shi, Hyogo Prefecture. For the shopping street promotion association’s 50th anniversary, ’Santosho’, a sharing library, was established in the shopping district in January 2023 . Sanwa Shutter Corporation sponsored Santosho by providing gratis 'Sotomi' external slim storefronts and heavy-duty shutters.

Social Contribution Activities of Overseas Group Companies

ODC's Genie Door Opener Division hosts a five-kilometer charity run. The entrance fee and donations received on the day of the run are provided to the American Cancer Society, which works to eradicate cancer and improve cancer care in the community. In 2022, the eleventh holding of this event, approximately 600 people participated, including online visitors. This event not only contributed to the community, but also improved employees' sense of engagement. The Lewiston Plant provided funding for maintaining a local park and a pool, while the Mt. Hope Plant funded a local sidewalk maintenance project, contributing to the revitalization of the local community.

In 2022, the NF Group donated €5,000 in support for Ukraine. As well, NF Door (Poland) and NF Denmark donated separately. NF Germany collaborated with a support organization to provide trucks for free for transporting materials and people.

Shanghai Baosteel-Sanwa Door has concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the local residents’ association as part of its efforts to integrate with the community, and engages in regular exchange activities to create a better local community.
The MOU states that the parties will hold periodic community meetings and engage in activities for creating a better residential and living environment.

Sanwa Group Social Contribution Club

Sanwa Group Social Contribution Club

The Sanwa Group Social Contribution Club was established in November 2006 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the company's founding. The club's purpose is to contribute to society through the active participation of member employees in donations and other social contribution activities. As of the end of March 2023, the total amount of the club's donations exceeded 75 million yen.

Operational Framework

The Corporate Communications Department at Sanwa Holdings Corporation serves as the secretariat for the club and holds steering committee meetings five times a year. Several members of the steering committee are elected from members of the Sanwa Group Social Contribution Club and conduct work associated with the activities of the club, including deciding on recipients for donations collected by members and organizing volunteer activities.

Donation Activities

Beneficiaries of donations <Amount donated in FY2022: 5.6 million yen> Volunteer Activities

  • Childline Support Center Japan (Donations since fiscal 2006)
  • Family House® (Donations since fiscal 2006)
  • Make-A-Wish® of Japan (Donations since fiscal 2007)
  • ATOPICCO Network for Children of the Earth (Donations since fiscal 2007)
  • JEAN (General Incorporated Association) (Donations since fiscal 2012)
  • JOICFP (Donation since fiscal 2012)
  • Nanbyonet (National Support Network for Children with Intractable Diseases) (Donations since fiscal 2012)
  • Kidsdoor (Donations since fiscal 2015)
  • Florence (Donations since fiscal 2020)
  • Nippon Volunteer Network Active in Disaster (Donations since fiscal 2021)
  • ReBit (Donations since fiscal 2022)
  • Borderless Art Organization (Donations since fiscal 2022)