Since 2007 Marubeni has been supporting Social Skill Training (SST), a program hosted by social welfare corporation Osaka Child Welfare Services Association which targets children ranging from third grade junior high school students to third grade high school students who are living in orphanages.
SST is a program that provides the necessary knowledge to prevent children without any immediate family to depend on from being alienated from society and their workplace when they leave the care of social services to live independently. A theme-based curriculum is conducted, and specific issues pertaining to everyday life are covered, such as personal grooming, the law, warnings about fraudulent business practices, and so on.
In August 2016, Marubeni invited 95 children and 23 staff members and volunteers from 37 orphanages from the suburbs of Osaka Prefecture, in total 118 people, to the Osaka Branch. Employees gave them a presentation about the social role of Marubeni, a general trading company, along with an explanation of their personal views as members of society.
As part of the effort to promote career education for the youths of the next generation to develop their awareness and perspectives on working and occupations, Marubeni actively supports company visits and training sessions for students. Seminars are offered to junior and senior high school students on the topic of “Sogo Shosha”, and a total of 281 students from 24 schools visited the company through the end of February in FY 2016. In addition to introducing the business and CSR activities of a shosha in an easy-to-understand manner, there is also an opportunity for the visiting students to engage in a dialog with Marubeni Group employees who are alumni from their school. Students can hear the experiences and advice directly from a wide range of people, from young employees to veteran executives, creating a way for the students to feel a closer connection to Marubeni.