Social Contribution Activities
With a global presence in our operations, we provide assistance overseas in a variety of ways, in addition to Japan.
Supporting programs to train human resources in Asian countries
The Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA), which was established so that anyone can benefit from the convenience of using IT, engages in a variety of initiatives to strengthen information security, and these initiatives also reach worldwide.
To reinforce relationships with Asian countries, the IPA promotes reciprocal certifications between the Japan Information-Technology Engineers Examination and related testing systems in each country, while also supporting the implementation of a common examination across Asia.
The Information Technology Professionals Examination Council’s (ITPEC) Common Examination, based on the Japan Information-Technology Engineers Examination, has been offered in seven Asian countries since 2006: the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Mongolia and Bangladesh. Among those who pass the ITPEC exam, the best performers are singled out as Asia Top Guns and provided with project management training, and sent to workshops about IT business and R&D at Japanese companies, among other opportunities. This effort to introduce Japanese IT companies to talented IT professionals in Asia started in fiscal 2014.
At NTT Communications, we concur with IPA’s mission and have cooperated since the first Asia Top Gun Program in fiscal 2014 by welcoming trainees. In fiscal 2016, we hosted 14 trainees, giving them tours of our data centers and telephone tunnels.
Participants have commented on the advanced technologies in Japan and being inspired to think about what technologies will be needed in the future. Moreover, some participants were surprised by the fact that there are communications facilities underground, because the concept of underground infrastructure does not exist in their own country.
This program aims to nurture talented IT professionals in Asia who are knowledgeable of Japan and have an understanding of IT business in Japan. We believe it is meaningful for forging connections among people who will drive innovation in the IT field in their respective countries.
NTT Communications will continue to collaborate with this program and support the fostering of human resources in Asia.
Fair trade initiatives
In February 2017, more than 1,400 employees participated in our first Fair Trade ice cream tasting event held at the NTT Hibiya Building.
Fair Trade is a framework for supporting the sustainable lifestyles of producers by always purchasing the goods and products they make in developing countries at fair prices. As employees of a global corporation, we will continue to hold Fair Trade events in Japan as a way of supporting producers in developing countries.
Participating in a Running Event Organized by the Smile Africa Project, an Initiative Aimed at Providing Children in Africa with Basic Footwear
In order to fulfill its corporate social responsibility on a global basis, the NTT Communications Group engages vigorously in a variety of support activities worldwide. Endorsing the aspirations of the Smile Africa Project and to bring hope across the entire African continent, the Group participated in a relay marathon while also donating shoes in fiscal 2017.
Passing the baton in three-hour intervals, all of the participants came together to complete a relay marathon that covered the distance from Japan to Kenya. Moving forward, the Group will not only engage in similar activities in Japan, but also expand their efforts overseas.
Participation in Table for Two
In March 2010, NTT Communications introduced Table for Two at its cafeterias.
Under the Table for Two system, a ¥20 donation is made for each applicable boxed lunch or meal purchased by an employee to buy school lunches for children in developing countries. ¥20 is enough for one school meal in a developing country. In this way, one meal in an advanced country is paired with one meal in a developing country.
Agreeing with this initiative at an early stage, we have participated in Table for Two for seven years, during which a total of ¥1,067,980 in donations have been made (as of December 2017).
We will continue to provide meals through this organization to school children in developing countries.
* This initiative is implemented in cooperation with Table for Two International, a specified nonprofit corporation.
Material donations from employees
The NTT Communications Group collects items donated by good-willed employees to assist developing countries through non-profit organizations. Since we travel abroad frequently for business, employees often donate their leftover foreign currency coins and banknotes, which are given to UNICEF Japan throughout the year.
At the NTT Communications Group, we have participated in eco-cap activities since 2007 with the aim of providing vaccinations to children around the world as an activity anyone can do.
This activity entails the collection and separation of PET bottle caps as a recyclable resource, which are converted into cash for vaccinations for children in developing countries. It also helps protect the environment by reducing CO2 emissions that would be emitted if the caps were incinerated.
In developing countries, 4,000 children die every day because they could not be inoculated with vaccines. Around 860 bottle caps are worth ¥20, enough to administer the polio vaccine to one child in a developing country, which could save their life. The collected PET bottle caps are recycled and reused in other products, such as industrial materials, civil engineering materials, distribution materials, ball pens and collection boxes.
As a Groupwide effort, we engage in this initiative to contribute to the world through personal action.