Sustainability | SocietySocial Contribution Activities

Our Approach / Basic Concept of Contributing to Society

As a corporate citizen, TDK recognizes the importance of coexisting with the community and, thinking about what we can do for society as a company, promotes various original social contribution activities.

Principle

Based on TDK's corporate motto of "Contribute to culture and industry through creativity," the TDK Group aspires to foster the development of a healthy and prosperous society by implementing various activities in which all TDK employees can feel committed and connected to the community.

Policy

The TDK Group will utilize its various resources (employees, products, capital, information, etc.) to globally implement proactive community activities - both alone and working alongside NPOs and NGOs - that contribute to the betterment of society in the areas of (1) academic, research, and education, (2) sports, art, and culture, (3) environmental conservation, and (4) social welfare and local community service activities.

Structure

In accordance with the above policy, TDK creates and implements plans for social contribution activities in various regions.

Academic, Research and Education Activities

TDK is willing to return the profits of its activities to local communities by utilizing our accumulated product technologies and human resources. Specifically, TDK wishes to offer opportunities for young people who will lead the next generation to acquire a wide range of knowledge, experiences, and skills.
One specific example is the TDK Museum, which reopened in October 2016. The museum introduces the history of TDK’s products utilizing magnetic technology and its technologies and also, as a new aspect, its efforts toward the future, the aim being to support the science and technology studies of the young people who will be the leaders of society in the next generation. The museum also continuously conducts electronics workshops.

An electronics workshop

Sports, Art and Culture Activities

TDK strives to be a company capable of bringing delight and excitement to stakeholders. TDK provides support for inspirational sports and art activities that uplift people's hearts.
Some specific examples are sponsorship since 2001 of the TDK Orchestra Concerts—performances in Japan of world-renowned orchestras from around the world—as well as Outreach Mini-Concerts and Open Rehearsals for the musical education and development of elementary and junior high school students and students of music under the heading of the “TDK Rising Stars Lectures.”
In fiscal 2020, the global spread of Covid-19 prevented orchestras from traveling to Japan, but thanks to the cooperation of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), two musicians performing with LSO joined the well-known Japanese composer Akira Senju to give an interactive online lecture. Nearly 90% of participants, according to a questionnaire, rated the program "excellent." TDK will continue to support young people in their efforts to break new ground and usher in a new future by creating opportunities for them to expand their horizons through dialogues with world-class musicians.

Environmental Conservation Activities

TDK is engaged in R&D activities to provide products that make people's lives more convenient. But we also work earnestly on various environmental conservation activities to contribute to a symbiosis with the global environment.
One example from plants in the Akita region is the TDK Beech Forest tree-planting event, which has been held every year since 2004. Even after the tree planting the trees are given fertilizer as part of reforestation and beautification activities at various sites.
In fiscal 2020, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, only staff members carried out tree fertilizing, and limits were placed on the number of people who could participate in tree planting.

Fertilizing trees in the TDK Beech Forest in June

The TDK Beech Forest tree planting activity in October

Social Welfare and Local Community Service Activities

TDK conducts its business activities on a global basis. We endeavor to apply our resources in beneficial ways and provide help to local communities to solve issues and bring about a better society.
Going forward, we will conduct activities according to the needs of people in individual locales.

Donation of 350 kg of warm clothing to people in need (China)

Donation of food to children and seniors (Brazil)

Disaster Area Assistance

Employees from the TDK Akita Kitakami Plant had participated in volunteer programs to support recovery operations in Iwate Prefecture each year since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, but in fiscal 2020, these efforts were affected by movement restrictions due to Covid-19, so it was decided, regrettably, to suspend them. We hope to restart the programs when the pandemic situation eases.

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