Communities (Communication with Stakeholders)

The KOBELCO Group is committed to proactive communication with stakeholders. Recognizing that improving management transparency is a top priority, we are promoting timely, appropriate, and extensive information disclosure.

We also carry out various activities to contribute to local communities, such as community interaction, regional development, environmental activities, and contribution to society through sports.

Social Contribution Activities

We carry out various social contribution activities, including support for children through the KOBELCO Community Contribution Fund and contributions to society through sports. In fiscal 2021, we spent approximately 630 million yen for social contribution activities expenses, such as donations through UNICEF and donations to local governments in areas where our business sites are located.

Since fiscal 2019, social contribution activity expenses have been trending down due to the cancellation of various events and activities, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we will continue to engage in social contribution activities while taking into account the future situation.

Social Contribution Activity Expenses

Breakdown of Social Contribution Activities Expenses (Fiscal 2021)

KOBELCO Community Contribution Fund

KOBELCO Community Contribution Fund

In fiscal 2006, which marked the 100th anniversary of the Company’s founding, we established the KOBELCO Community Contribution Fund, through which we have been carrying out support activities for children. In fiscal 2021, the Company and its Group companies donated approximately 5.62 million yen in total to various facilities and organizations.

Please visit our corporate website for an overview of the fund’s support results and initiatives.

KOBELCO World Children Support Program

In addition to the KOBELCO Community Contribution Fund, we began the KOBELCO World Children Support Program in fiscal 2021 for making donations to support children living in poverty around the world. In fiscal 2021, we donated a total of 5 million yen to the Japan Committee for UNICEF, 2.5 million yen each to the Ukraine emergency fund and the natural disaster emergency fund.

Going forward, we will continue to make donations every year to support activities carried out by the United Nations and other international organizations.

Contributions to Society through Sports

Conclusion of Business Cooperation Agreement with Kobe City



The Kobelco Kobe Steelers, whose host town is Kobe City, signed a business collaboration agreement with the city on September 28, 2021, in order to further strengthen collaboration. The agreement aims to:

Kobelco Kobe Steelers Rugby Academy


On October 4, 2021, the Kobelco Kobe Steelers opened a rugby academy for elementary and junior high school students who play rugby at rugby schools or in club activities in Hyogo Prefecture. Through weekly practice, we aim to develop players from Hyogo Prefecture who can lead Japanese rugby and play on a global level, while supporting the development of unique individuals who act with autonomy and independence and contributing to the development of healthy young people in the region.

Support for Activities of the Hyogo Guide Dogs Association


The Kobelco Kobe Steelers has been supporting the activities of the Hyogo Guide Dogs Association, a social welfare corporation whose mission is to train guide dogs and deepen understanding of the local community about accepting guide dogs, and, since 2020, have cooperated in raising funds to support guide dogs and selling charity goods at match venues. In the season from January to May 2022 as well, many visitors came to the booth to participate in our activities.


KOBELCO Forest Fairy Tale Prize

KOBELCO Forest Fairy Tale Prize

Along with the KOBELCO Forest Fairy Tale Prize, we have been engaged in activities such as forest development activities carried out by employee volunteers and environmental education outreach to children’s centers. These environmental contribution activities are collectively called the KOBELCO GREEN PROJECT and are promoted by the entire Group with the aim of coexisting and cooperating with society from an environmental perspective as well.

For the KOBELCO Forest Fairy Tale Prize, the KOBELCO Group solicits stories about forests from elementary, junior high, and senior high school students across Japan with the aim of helping children, who will lead the next generation, develop a feeling of cherishing the forest that offers various blessings of nature. The winning stories are transformed into picture books with illustrations by picture book authors. The finished picture books are donated to schools and public libraries under the jurisdiction of the local governments that support this activity. In fiscal 2021 we received a record 819 entries, from which in the elementary student category, Honoka Yasuda’s “The Lost Crab Goes for a Walk in the Forest” and in the junior and senior high school category, Mugiho Konishi’s “The Forest Real Estate Agent” won the gold prize.

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