The “Hasuu Club,” is an organization organized and managed by Fuji Xerox employees to carry out social contribution activities. In 1990, at “Society Contribution Committee” organized by the company and participated by employees, the “Hasuu Club,” was derived as a vehicle for society contribution activities. It started recruiting members from employees in December 1991. By the end of 2007, about 4,000 people, over 1/3 of the employees, have joined the membership. The funds are collected from these employees continuously, a total of 14 times per year, through deduction of fractional amounts of less than 100 yen from their monthly paychecks and periodic bonuses, in addition to personal contribution (in increments of 100, where contributions are arbitrary and can be made anywhere between a range of 100 yen to 9,900 yen). Alternatively, the contribution also can be made as annual membership fee at 3000 yen and above per year. These funds are then used effectively in the four fields of “social welfare”, “culture and education”, “natural environment” and “international aids”, deemed necessary by the members.
Though the amount of contributions made by each person is small, by having a large member of employees participate continuously in this project, contribution adds up to a rather large amount, and contributes greatly to society. The funds are used as donations to various NPOs and voluntary groups recommended by members and approved by the Steering Committee, as well as to cover costs for volunteer programs planned and managed by the members themselves. In addition, when these funds are donated to external organizations, Fuji Xerox donates the same amounts of money (“matching gifts”) on top of these funds. In 2007, Hasuu Club made 118 donations worth 10,850,000 yen. The total for past donations (excluding matching gifts) adds up to 202,330,000 yen.
The Social Welfare group promotes activities to realize a society where people with disabilities can lead fulfilling everyday lives. One of the activities carried out by this group is the “Welfare Facilities Gift Program”. The concept for this program, started in 1997, is a “double gift”, where the HASSU Club purchases goods made at welfare facilities throughout Japan, and after creating assortments using various goods from different regions, donates them back to other facilities for use at their bazaars. The facilities commended that in addition to providing variety at these bazaars, which tend to feature the same kinds of goods, this program also gives opportunities for them to discover interesting concepts of making goods by other facilities.
Taking one step forward from simply supporting the lives of people with disabilities towards a relationship where joy and excitement are shared, the Culture and Education Group supports people with disabilities in their field of expertise where they can express their individuality. Able Art is an activity enabling disabled people to recapture creativity and joy through artistic expression and the creation. Fuji Xerox has continuously co-hosted the “Able Art Workshop” together with Able Art Japan since 1996. The HASSU Club sends its members to the workshop as volunteers and bears the expenses. Fuji Xerox also provides its training facilities for the workshop.
Interaction with nature is fundamental when thinking about natural conservation. According to the Nature Conservation Society of Japan proposal the Natural Environment Group hosts “Nature Tours Whenever, Wherever, and by Whomever Available” individually or together with the sponsored parties. In 2007, the Group hosted nature tours in 13 locations throughout Japan, such as Takao-san and Kumano Kodo, or Old Nature Trail. Rather than simply making donations, the Natural Environment Group visits various areas in Japan and interacts with members from local organizations that conduct nature conservation activities. During these visits, the Group is impressed by enthusiasm of the sponsored party members in nature conservation, and experiences amazing nature as well. The Group visited Iriomote Island in June 2007. They communicated with the "Iriomote Island Future Creation Society" and had a tour to Dodomari Beach where the “Iriomote Island Future Creation Society” conducts conservation activities.
Overseas activities by the HASSU Club started with digging wells in the Philippines in June 1994. Afterwards, the International Aids group conducted home-stays and worked together with local communities to plant trees in the Philippines and in the Loess Plain in China. Based on these experiences, those at Group have felt deeply that education for children is a key to promote self-reliance in Asia, and in October 2004, the International Aids Group donated funds for building an elementary school in Cambodia. In 2004, 2005, and 2007, the members of the Group visited the school and installed swing sets in the schoolyard. In addition to using crayons and stationery that the HASSU Club had gathered within the company to conduct art classes at school, the members also promoted exchanges by hosting bread eating competition and sports festival with the children.