Kobe Bussan Group has been promoting social contribution activities through food as one of its medium-term management plans. We are actively contributing to society by resolving a wide range of issues. As part of our activities, we enhance halal products, support children’s cafeterias and single-parent families, and create a work environment that allows all employees, including women and foreigners, to work actively.
Handling Halal Products
*As of January 2023
Halal food refers to food allowed to be eaten under the Islamic Law, which is made with ingredients and cooking methods determined by the law. Kobe Bussan Group actively handles halal-certified products to ensure that more customers can enjoy their meals with peace of mind.
Since 2012, we have expanded the range of halal-certified products. We have received support from many customers for these initiatives and currently handle approximately 200 products. As a key issue of our medium-term management plans, we aim to enhance more halal products.
Supporting Children’s Cafeterias
Many organizations are working for children and their families who will bear the future. Through continuous support for these essential social activities, we will contribute to revitalizing local communities and realizing healthy growth for children.
Supporting Children’s Cafeterias in Hyogo
A children’s cafeteria is a place where residents and the local government take the initiative in providing free or low-cost meals to children who eat alone or are unable to have enough food due to family reasons.
In 2018, Kobe Bussan Group launched the “Fabulous Kodomo Shokudo (children’s cafeteria) Presented by Gyomu Super,” an activity to support children’s cafeterias by providing food and having volunteer employees help with cooking.
Note: This activity has been suspended since March 2020 in view of the COVID-19 infection status.
Donating Food to Children’s Cafeterias across Japan
To assist children’s cafeterias continuing to support children even while suspending the above activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have donated food to children’s cafeterias across Japan and the Hyogo Children’s Cafeteria Network since March 2020 through the NPO National Children’s Cafeteria Support Center, Musubie.
We will continue our support for them, hoping for the healthy growth of children and the revitalization and sustainable development of local communities.
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Supporting Single-Parent Families
Since November 2018, we have continuously donated food to single-parent families through the “Children’s Genki Network Hyogo,” a project in which three private NPOs, including Food Bank Kansai, work together to support single-parent families.
Supporting Domestic Violence Shelters
Since September 2021, we have donated our food products every month to DV shelters and facilities supporting single-parent families in Hyogo, which is affiliated with a nonprofit organization named All Japan Women's Shelter Network.
The food products we provide are utilized to support women and their children struggling to make a living due to domestic violence and other social factors, helping to create an environment that enables everyone to live in security.
Contribution to International Society
Providing Products for Refugee Support Activity
Since March 2022, we have donated halal certificated foods and frozen vegetables to Japan Association for Refugees, a certified nonprofit corporation supporting refugees who fled to Japan. We leverage the food diversity, our asset, continuing to support the association that distributes food urgently to people and thier children who have nothing to eat that day and don't know to be able to get food later and helps them find employment.
Providing supplies to areas hit by natural disasters across Japan
Kobe Bussan Group also has collaborated with government agencies in supporting areas hit by natural and other disasters across Japan.
In fact, the Group provided supports, including relief supplies and donation, to the areas hit by disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Kumamoto Earthquake, and Typhoon Hagibis of 2019. We have continued to assist with their recovery by delivering daily supplies, although the forms of assistance vary according to situations of afflicted areas.
Improving employee satisfaction
We have implemented a range of systems and support programs to improve employee satisfaction, help our employees balance work and private life, and provide them with opportunities to learn skills and grow. The Kobe Bussan Group aspires to build an environment that allows every one of its employees to work energetically while fulfilling their potential, based on the belief that employees are assets essential to its medium- to long-term development.
Programs related to
Introduction of refreshment leave: Two separate three-day holidays a year
Introduction of life support leave: Additional five holidays a year aside from annual paid leave (the life support leave may be taken in units of days)
Reduction in overtime: Overtime work after 8:00 p.m. prohibited in principle
Promotion of paid leave: Employees urged to take at least 80% of paid holidays
Support for employees taking qualifying exams: Examination fees paid to employees to assist them in getting qualified for their jobs