Other Activities for Social Contribution
Townwork Try! Work
Most junior high school students in Japan take part in "work experience" activities as part of their career education. To provide support so these students can look forward to "work as something exciting" and obtain a deeper appreciation of what work actually involves, since 2007 we have conducted Townwork Try! Work, our career education support program. We provide a free online program for teachers to use in their classes before and after their workplace experience activity, which is conducted as part of their general study course. Students use Recruit Jobs' job-posting media TOWNWORK as a text to learn about how to interview working people before their workplace experience and prepare reports focusing on their feelings toward work after their workplace experience, and then compile student-edited versions of Recruit's TOWNWORK magazine, copies of which are distributed to the local community. The total number of junior high school students who experienced the program since its launch is about 13000 (as of March 2017).
To help revitalize local communities and support young artists, we operate two art galleries in Ginza, Tokyo.
Creation Gallery G8
Creation Gallery G8 opened in 1985 in a building located at 7-chome, Ginza, which was known as G7 Gallery, as a measure to contribute to the Ginza area. In 1989, the gallery was relocated to the present building on the 1st floor at 8-chome, Ginza and renamed Creation Gallery G8 after our graphic design magazine "CREATION" edited by Yusaku Kamekura, a graphic designer, where exhibitions are held under the theme of "Design and Communication" focusing primarily on graphic design.
Guardian Garden opened in 1990, aiming at providing young artists with an "opportunity" and "place" to express their artistic vision. The main activity at Guardian Garden is the publicly-invited "1_WALL" exhibition, where artists compete for the right to hold solo exhibitions. Artworks are recruited twice a year in the two fields of graphics and photography. 6 finalists are chosen to take part in the "1_WALL" exhibition. During the exhibition, the final examination is held in public and the grand prize is determined. Now this has become a forum for young people who will lead the next generation, giving them the opportunity to step-up or to start walking steadily toward becoming professional artists.
Charity exhibitions planned to promote Japanese manufacturing culture and industry with the power of design
The charity exhibitions which are held at the two galleries every year stated in 1990. Creators having relationships with the two galleries offer their works with the theme of familiar items which are designed for the exhibition on a volunteer basis and the proceeds from which are used as a charity fund.
From 2011 to 2015, the fund was spent on contribution to support child victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as used for monetary donation to the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016. This program has been continued after 2017 as a project to promote Japanese manufacturing culture/industry with the power of design, the proceeds from which will be used for children, who are the nation's future.
Support for employees' social contribution activities
Recruit has established a matching gift program in order to support social contribution activities carried out voluntarily by members of our Board of Directors and our employees. In this system, whenever an executive or employee makes a donation, the Recruit Group donates the same amount to the recipient organization. In fiscal 2014 we matched 57 donations for a total of ¥1.75 million.