Basic Approach

The Toppan Group engages in diverse social contribution activities focused primarily on the environment, education, and culture with a view to addressing local issues and supporting the sustainable development of local communities. Basic Principle 10 of the Toppan Group Conduct Guidelines emphasizes the value of “striving to improve corporate value through social contribution activities and proper information disclosure/communication.” Every Group site organizes various social initiatives in full recognition of the importance of engaging in community contribution activities as a community member.

The Environment: Conservation and Nurturing of Community Environments

  • Beautification and Cleanup around Operational SitesEmployee engagement

    Employees at Group sites across Japan regularly beautify and clean up the communities around them.

    In Kitakatsushika, Saitama Prefecture, for example, the employees of the Toppan Technical Research Institute venture out into the community to carry out a monthly “Cleanup Operation.” Every employee from the research institute helps to remove litter from the streets and public spaces of neighboring communities at least once a year.

    Toppan sites also cooperate with community members, NPOs, NGOs, and other organizations to create better environments through various community activities to beautify and clean up local environments such as riversides and parks.

  • Biodiversity-learning EventsEmployee engagement

    The Ecology Center in the head office Manufacturing Management Division collaborates mainly with community groups and environmental NPOs to organize events where people can learn about biodiversity.

    The Group refrained from organizing nature workshops in fiscal 2020 under the restricted conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of the workshops, Toppan employees and their families took part in an online tour of the Miwa Satoyama field in Machida, outer Tokyo. This bio-diverse habitat traditionally used by local villages has recently been managed by a local NPO. The online event encouraged employees, their families, and other stakeholders to consider biodiversity and take steps to conserve it in their communities.

Education: Initiatives Sustained by Toppan Resources

  • Printing SchoolEmployee engagement

    In fiscal 2013, Toppan Group sites in Bunkyo and Itabashi, Tokyo began working with local elementary schools to run the Printing School, a workshop-style class where students create guidebooks with reports on appealing points of area shopping districts. Younger employees from Toppan lecture on efficient methods to gather and edit the information to be reported in the guidebooks. Once the guidebooks are completed, the students hand them out in and around the shopping streets of Bunkyo and Itabashi.

    Four Toppan employees and about 80 elementary school students from Shimura 2nd Primary School (Itabashi, Tokyo) took part in Printing School workshops held online during the COVID-19 pandemic in fiscal 2020.

  • Guidebook created in a Printing School class

  • SDGs Classroom Mirai Ne!TM

    Toppan and the Kansai SDGs Platform are working together to develop an SDG education support project called “Totsugeki! SDGs Classroom Mirai NeTM.” The Mirai NeTM (“for a better-tomorrow”) project invites SDG-focused companies into elementary school classrooms to stir an interest in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a desire to explore them. Various events and onsite classes are organized for the students.

    Children take on SDG-related classwork and develop the abilities to consider and work towards the SDGs on their own to prepare for their futures as responsible members of society.

Culture: Sports Promotion and Support for the Arts and Culture

  • Printing Museum, Tokyo

    The Printing Museum, Tokyo was established in 2000 to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Toppan. In the years since, the museum has collected and researched materials related to printing culture, held exhibitions and events focused on printing, and organized a host of educational activities (such as the letterpress workshops at the “Printing House.”)

    To promote printing culture, for example, instructors at the Printing House introduce neighborhood elementary school students to the craft of letterpress printing. Members of the public are also invited to take part in printing workshops hosted by the Printing Museum at libraries and museums across Japan.

    In 2020, its 20th anniversary year, the Printing Museum, Tokyo revamped its Exhibition Room on B1F and several other museum facilities.

  • Toppan Hall

    Toppan Hall is a symphonic concert venue that opened concurrently with the Printing Museum, Tokyo in 2000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Toppan. The concerts held at the hall promote the arts and culture under the Group’s corporate philosophy of “contributing to a fulfilling lifestyle as a mainstay of information and culture.” The Suntory Foundation for the Arts bestowed the Toppan Hall with the 47th Suntory Music Award in 2016 to commend its seminal programs, mainly recitals organized by Toppan Hall itself as an outstanding contributor to the development of musical culture in Japan. Performances at the hall have also attracted notice throughout Europe. While the number of performances had to be reduced in fiscal 2020 (the 20th anniversary year of the hall) under COVID-19 pandemic conditions, several epochal programs for music-loving audiences were held in the course of the year. A notable example was a new series of recitals by talented young Japanese musicians.

  • Toppan Charity Concerts

    Toppan has continued to hold its annual Toppan Charity Concerts series since 2008 as a social engagement activity that supports global community initiatives to raise literacy rates in developing countries.

    Ticket revenue from the concerts has been donated to the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) to fund the SMILE Asia Project for the support of literacy education for Cambodian women, especially mothers who are raising young children or have children on the way.

    Though the concerts scheduled in fiscal 2020 were postponed due to the spread of COVID-19, Toppan continued its donations, raising the cumulative total to 27,186,660 yen as of fiscal 2020. Toppan aims to reach a total of 35 million yen by fiscal 2025.

  • SMILE Asia Project in Cambodia and Engagement with Stakeholders

    In February 2020 Toppan made a field trip to Cambodia to check up on the progress of the SMILE Asia Project, an initiative to support literacy education for Cambodian women using proceeds from the Toppan Charity Concert series. Educational facilities throughout Cambodia, and the lives of many of the country’s educators, were destroyed in the 1970s by the Cambodian Civil War, the Vietnam War, and the Pol Pot regime (Khmer Rouge). Women were deprived of education for decades as a result, leading to a widespread literacy problem. Many local women to this day forego school education in order to raise their children and support their families. These women remain illiterate, which poses an ongoing social challenge for the country.

    The field trip team from Toppan sat in on literacy classes, visited the homes of former learners, and interviewed current and former students to learn more about the literacy education programs and the benefits of acquiring literacy. The team also met with various stakeholders (such as NGO members, village district officers, and staff from district education departments) who support the local management of the project and discussed the efforts underway, the challenges facing the project, and other related issues.

  • Graphic Trial

    The Toppan Group promotes printing culture and supports graphic designers through Graphic Trial, an exhibition that explores relationships between graphic design and the art of printing in search of new forms of expression. Artists at the forefront of graphic design experiment with different offset-printing techniques every year to create posters for the exhibition. Graphic Trial is held at the multipurpose P&P Gallery in the Printing Museum, Tokyo.

Cosponsoring the Central Contest for Book Report Drawings

Toppan continues to work with the Japan School Library Association and The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. as a cosponsor of the Central Contest for Book Report Drawings, an annual contest that cultivates the reading and creative skills of children by encouraging them to express their impressions of books by drawing.

In addition to providing ongoing support to the contest, Toppan produces and distributes a calendar featuring prize-winning works to schools and other educational facilities across Japan. The prize-winning students also receive replicas of famous Japanese-style paintings produced using Toppan technologies.

  • Organizing the Kanosei Art Project Exhibition

    Toppan has been collaborating with the Support Center DREAM and the Borderless Art Organisation to organize the Kanosei Art Project (“kanosei” means “potential” in Japanese) since fiscal 2018. The artistic activities undertaken with the two NPOs are structured to support the greater independence of persons with illnesses and disabilities and encourage human resource development in companies through art. In November 2020, Toppan held an online Kanosei Art Project Exhibition in Daitokuji Zuihoin. Works by borderless artists were displayed in a virtual reality space replicating the Zuihoin, a sub temple of the Daitokuji temple in Kyoto.

    A number of companies have adopted the borderless artworks for secondary use. Some of the works have been displayed in common office spaces or on temporary fencing at construction sites, adding value to the works of borderless artists. Through this project, Toppan is supporting the greater independence of borderless artists and promoting borderless art. In recognition of the project, Toppan was certified as a “This is MECENAT 2021” contributor and granted a “Mécénat Mark” (shown on the right) from the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts of Japan.

  • Popularizing Para-SportsEmployee engagement

    Toppan promotes para-sports as a partner of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the Japanese Para-Sports Association (JPSA). The Company introduced an employee athlete program* in 2014 to hire and support people specializing in sports, including para-sports athletes.

    Toppan also operates a para-sports information website called SPORTRAIT. Toppan has been popularizing para-sports by holding hands-on para-sports events for local communities and Group employees across Japan.

    *Employee athlete program: Established in 2014 as a mechanism for promoting sports and supporting employee athletes who participate in international tournaments and competitions. Toppan currently employs seven athletes (including two para-sports athletes).

Community Contribution Activities at Domestic Sites (fiscal 2020)

  • The Environment: Conservation and nurturing of community environments
    Major activities
    • Beautifying and cleaning up around plants and operational sites
    • Participating in beautification and cleanup activities organized by the community
    • Participating in environmental conservation activities, events, and campaigns in the community
    • Holding meetings with community members to report environmental initiatives
    • Teaching at environmental classes for students from neighboring elementary schools, etc.
  • Culture: Sports promotion and support for the arts and culture for the community
    Major activities
    • Participating in, cooperating with, and cosponsoring community festivals and events
    • Participating in, cooperating with, and cosponsoring sports events in the community
  • Education: Initiatives sustained by Toppan resources
    Major activities
    • Holding plant tours for students from neighboring elementary and junior high schools
    • Arranging extracurricular study programs at neighboring elementary schools
    • Holding plant tours, practical training sessions, working experience sessions, etc. for students from neighboring high schools
    • Holding practical training sessions for students from special schools in the community
  • Community: Initiatives conducted with community groups, NPOs, NGOs, etc.
    Major activities
    • Participating in and cooperating with anti-disaster and fire-safety campaigns in the community
    • Participating in and cooperating with safety promotion activities and traffic safety campaigns in the community
    • Opening the site premises and facilities and providing water resources, etc. to community members
    • Welcoming community members, etc. to in-house events
    • Running blood donation drives

Major Community Contribution Activities by Area (fiscal 2020)

Major Community Contribution Activities

Hokkaido & Tohoku Areas
  • Sapporo Plant
    • A team of several employees carefully cleaned up the streets and parks around the plant.

  • Chitose Plant
    • A cleanup activity got started this year. A team of 16 employees beautified the plant periphery, streets, and nearby public spaces.

Chubu Area
  • ICT KŌBŌ
    • A new system development base established in Iizuna, Nagano, Japan. This is the first in a series of plans to reinforce system development departments through the expanded development bases across Toppan. The Group is recruiting experienced talent and accepting local students for internships with a view to securing and fostering ICT-literate human assets.

      Toppan’s solutions for local issues include remote agricultural harvesting simulators and tools for visualizing snow damage with digital technology to devise countermeasures.


  • Niigata Plant
    • Employees from the plant in Japan’s main rice-producing region engage in annual cleanup activities to secure local waterways. Helping the community to conserve the local environment, the cleanup activities facilitate inter-employee communication in an environment surrounded by nature.

Kansai Area
  • Takino Plant
    • Some 30 employees engage in cleanup activities usually held on the second Monday every month. They beautify the plant periphery, pathways, streets, side ditches, and other public spaces around the plant.

  • Kansai Bottling Co., Ltd.
    • Employees weed and clean up the public spaces nearby the plant once every few months.

  • Kameyama Plant
    • Employees venture out five times a year to weed and clean up the plant periphery in late morning (from 11:30 to 12:00). The regular cleanups have nurtured their feeling of belonging in the community.

  • Hisai Plant
    • Employees venture out five times a year to weed and clean up neighborhood sidewalks around the plant in late morning (from 11:30 to 12:00). The ongoing cleanup activities facilitate employee communication with members of the community.

  • Chugoku & Shikoku Areas
    Fukuyama Plant
    • Employees engage in weeding and cleanup activities three times a year. They remove empty cans, bottles, and boxes, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, and other litter from the roadside shrubbery on the industrial estate around the plant.

  • Kyushu & Okinawa Areas
    Kumamoto Plant
    • Employees weed and clean up city roads and roadsides around the plant. The regular removal of dry leaves and soil from nearby forests enhances the safety of the roadways.

      Many employees also volunteer to donate blood at the plant’s invitation when the Kumamoto Red Cross Blood Center sends over its blood donor truck on a collection run.

Major Community Contribution Activities at Overseas Sites (fiscal 2020)

Siam Toppan Packaging Co., Ltd. (Thailand)

  • Face Shield Project

    Provided community members with materials and instructions for making protective face shields to curb the spread of COVID-19 (on May 20, 2020).

  • N95 Donation to Ramadhibodi Chakri Naruebodindra Hospital

    Donated N95 masks to a local hospital to protect frontline medical personnel from COVID-19 infection (on May 22, 2020).

  • Handmade Product Market Run by People with Disabilities

    Provided site spaces for people with disabilities to sell their own handmade products (on June 26, July 31, August 28, September 28, October 28, November 27, 2020).

  • Siam Toppan Scholarship Giving 2020

    Granted scholarships to both unimpaired and disabled students at Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Chiang Mai University, Srinakharinwirot University, Kanchanapisek Samutprakan Technical College, and other colleges and universities in Thailand (on November 20, 2020).

Toppan Merrill Limited (Hong Kong)

  • Printing Sponsorship for Dear Hong Kong

    Sponsored a photo-book project highlighting the diversity of nationalities and cultures represented in Hong Kong (on December 10, 2020).

  • Printing Sponsorship for Mighty Oaks Books

    Sponsored the printing of books in support of inter-generational collaboration between the residents of senior care facilities and nearby schoolchildren (on December 18, 2020).

PT. Indonesia Toppan Printing (Indonesia)

  • Donation for Orphans

    Donated to a nearby orphanage in Bekasi, West Java Province (on May 15, 2020 and April 30, 2021).

  • Donation to the Community

    Made donations to the community for the repair of a neighborhood mosque for worship (on May 5, 2020).

Toppan Merrill USA Inc. (USA)

  • Donation to Support Students over the Holidays

    Presented books and other items to economically disadvantaged students in the Chicago area through a volunteer organization over the holidays (in December 2020).

  • Donation to a Community Center

    Donated meal baskets to the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, a local organization in St. Paul, Minnesota, through an online food donation event (in December 2020).

INTERPRINT Group (Germany)

  • Establishment of a COVID-19 Test Center

    Established a center for rapid COVID-19 testing and a vaccination center. Originally open exclusively for employees, the testing center is now open to all residents of Arnsberg.

  • Sponsorship of the Łódź Design Festival

    Sponsored the Łódź Design Festival, an international event held in Poland, for the 14th consecutive year (from May 14 to 21, 2021).