The Otsuka Group focuses its social contribution activities on health, local communities, and the environment.
Employees of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe participated in the Race for Life̶the UK’s largest women-only run and walk event to raise funds for cancer research.
Employees of Otsuka Pharmaceutical France participate in an annual Fun Run for charity. The 2010 event raised funds to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Employees of Otsuka Pharma GmbH are supporting children in foster care in local communities, by spending a full day with the children through cooking classes and an airport tour. Employees also donate presents to an organization that gives the presents to needy children in neighboring countries. Last Christmas, the company matched the 51 presents donated by the employees to give a total of 155 presents to these children.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Spain collects a fixed donation each month from employees to raise funds for those in need. In April 2011, the company began participating in a program to provide Haitian children with more nutritious meals.
Three group companies (Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Maryland Medicinal Laboratories, and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization) collect food, clothing, toys and monetary donations, presenting the items to local facilities to help make the Christmas and New Year’s holidays joyful for the children living there.
In the U.S., Pharmavite, distributor of the Nature Made brand, consistently joins NPOs in sponsoring various activities designed to help people with developmental disabilities participate in society and fulfill their dreams. The company collaborated on presenting the events, hiring those with disabilities to make sales promotion items and help with business operations and on marketing campaigns.
Amerta Indah Otsuka (Indonesia) made 250 garbage bins out of empty drum containers used to transport raw materials and donated these to Sukabumi Regency in West Java. The garbage bins are placed on neighborhood beaches and at local shops to help keep the area clean.
On the day of the presentation ceremony, employees joined local residents in cleaning up the beaches.
All employees of Korea Otsuka Pharmaceutical participate in a volunteer group called Osonji, which is Korean for “Otsuka Benevolence Society.” The group name is also a homonym of the Korean word for “sheet music,” reflecting the desire of the members that the good effects of the social contribution activities of the entire group remain as notes on a sheet of music.
In 2010, the volunteer group visited ten public welfare facilities across the country, meeting with and lending a hand to senior citizens, children, and people with disabilities. In addition, some 130 employees participated in cleanup activities at Mt. Gwanak, designated a city park, and along the Han River.
Dong-A Otsuka Co., Ltd. (Korea) has designated the 25th of each month Ion Day, the day on which employees form teams and participate in a variety of volunteer activities. Pronounced [ee-oh] in Korean, 25 is the name used for Pocari Sweat, the ion supply drink in Korea. A total of 523 employees participated in these volunteer activities in 2010.
The activities focus on helping at orphanages and nursing homes by preparing meals or cleaning resident rooms, as well as activities that involve interaction between the generations at a tree-planting ceremony and at sports matches and other events. In the winter, volunteers bring cheer to senior citizens who live alone by taking them charcoal for heaters on home visits.
In collaboration with Otsuka Group companies that conduct business in Asia and the Middle East, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Otsuka Pakistan established the Otsuka Welfare Clinic in 2003 to provide treatment for Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. The clinic provides free medical care to patients who need assistance. Understanding the problems that refugees from Afghanistan face living without the most basic necessities in refugee camps in the border town of Peshawar, the Group has elected to treat those who suffer from illness, taking full advantage of the management skills of those at Otsuka Pakistan.
The clinic currently has three full-time doctors and a staff of eight that includes nurses, midwives, and pharmacists. Some 260 patients, primarily women and children, visit each day seeking treatment for respiratory, digestive, obstetric, and gynecological problems. The clinic has treated over 600,000 people since it opened. The clinic examines and treats not only refugees from the camps, but also local residents. As a de facto neighborhood medical facility, it is helping to serve local needs, as well.
Heavy flooding as a result of severe rainfall in July 2010 caused major damage at the nearby Aza Khel Refugee Camp. Victims of the floods were examined and treated at single-day aid units at two locations in buildings that had escaped damage.
In collaboration with Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Pakistan also put together I.V. solutions, food, water, and other necessities for the areas that suffered particularly severe flood damage.