Encouraging a Social Contribution Benefiting from the Location of Our Head Office
The Optex Group has been sponsoring numerous events associated with Shiga Prefecture, where it is headquartered, and with Lake Biwa. It also carries out many different social contribution activities, including support for local sports and culture promotion and exchange with local communities.
In addition, it engages in activities that help children, who will play central roles in tomorrow’s society, to learn the importance of nature and to acquire social skills for building good relationships with society and other people.
The Lake Biwa Outdoor Education Program
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The initiatives we undertake as part of our corporate social responsibility are considered part of the mission of our corporate management. Since 2002, we have been fully engaged in providing support activities for our Lake Biwa Outdoor Education Program and other initiatives through the facilities of our subsidiary, O'PAL.
OPTEX is located on the shores of Lake Biwa, which boasts magnificent scenery that changes with the seasons. For the company, this project has the objective of utilizing its environmental site on the shores of Lake Biwa to support educational activities by offering outdoor education, with the cooperation of local schools, to primary, middle school, and high school students.
The varied program activities include canoeing, dragon-boat racing, raft-making, and other sports as well as environmental studies such as observing lake organisms, making reed pipes, studying the lake environment, fishing, and plankton observation.
Specifically, we support school coursework by offering educational facilities for science, social studies, and PE as well as a lodging education program, school trips, and outdoor studies. During the three years this program has been in effect, roughly forty thousand children have been inspired to learn more, develop stronger bodies, and live in harmony with nature and the environment.
The "Act for the Conservation and Rebirth of Lake Biwa" was established in 2015, and the conservation and rebirth of the ecosystem and improved environmental education are expected to be planned and implemented, in order to preserve Lake Biwa as a lake with a sound and rich environment for the future.
Today, Japan is facing the serious challenges of declining student interest in science and math, deterioration in thinking skills, and a lack of intellectual curiosity. We intend to take on these issues by implementing initiatives to enhance student motivation to learn while seeking to improve their academic abilities.
Sponsorship of the O’PAL OPTEX Canoe Team
The canoe team operated by our Group company OPAL OPTEX Co., Ltd. is a high-profile team of athletes that currently has approximately 70 members ranging from kindergarten to university age, and has produced junior Japanese national team members for nine consecutive years.
In 2023, we were able to win national championships and top prizes for each generation in domestic competitions.
In addition, five members were selected to represent Japan, and for the second consecutive year, they reached the finals of the CANOE SPRINT OLYMPIC HOPES REGATTA (commonly called "Olympic Hopes"), the world's top junior championship, and were the first Asians to place in the finals.
Although these were the results of the athletes' own efforts, top prizes of junior athletes in the finals of international competitions was the long-cherished wish of not only us but the entire Japanese canoeing community, to improve the overall competitiveness of canoeing and to produce athletes who will lead the next generation. We will continue to promote and develop canoeing so that the sport as a whole will be revitalized, and we hope to energize the world through the sport's influence.
The Group continues to support the Opal Optex Canoe Team and its athletes as they train in Shiga and aim for the world.
Sponsoring for Peron Festival and Dragon Boat Race Championship
We have been serving as main sponsor for a number of sporting events that were launched to commemorate the 10th anniversary of friendship between Shiga Prefecture and the Chinese province of Hunan for the purpose of promoting local sporting and cultural activities. In addition to promoting international goodwill, we produce opportunities for people to experience at first hand the environmental issues facing Lake Biwa in the prefecture, with some of the world’s most advanced environmental initiatives.
The events include a race with boats called Peron Dragon Boats, in which teams of around 20 members each compete in boats decorated with dragon heads and tails that originated from China.
The race features at least sixty teams from inside and outside the prefecture. It is now a major midsummer event at the lake.
Agreements to provide university courses
We have agreements with Ritsumeikan University to provide courses at those universities about business activities. We aim to cultivate next-generation human resources who will play active roles in the world, thereby contributing to communities and society.
Participation in local associations
・Shiga Prefecture Certified Security System Expert Association
We give crime-control diagnoses and lectures as the CSR activities of a company engaging in business activities related to crime-control in cooperation with the Shiga Prefectural Police Department and the Shiga Prefecture Crime Prevention Association. We contribute to realizing safe communities to achieve our goal: Shiga Prefecture will be known as the safest prefecture. The chairperson is from OPTEX CO., LTD. The company runs the administrative office of the association.
・OHMI Philanthropy Net
We participate in this organization as a member of the steering committee. The organization aims to promote more attractive and effective social contribution activities for local companies and communities by conducting research and studies and exchanging information with companies and related organizations operating mainly in Shiga Prefecture (OPTEX GROUP CO., LTD.).