Other Community Engagement Programs
Special Olympics (Sports Festival for People with Intellectual Disabilities)
Since 1995, Fuji Xerox has provided continual support to the Special Olympics, an athletic event for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Special Olympics started when the late President Kennedy's younger sister, Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, opened the backyard of her own home to host a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities. Afterwards, with financial support from the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, the "Special Olympics" organization was formed in 1968 and eventually expanded throughout the world
Starting with all-American games held in 1968, the summer Special Olympics Games came to be held on an international level. In 1977, the first Winter Special Olympics were held. Both the Summer and Winter Special Olympics Games are held every 4 years. Currently, about 4.2 million athletes and 1.0 million volunteers from over 170 countries particip
In Japan, "Special Olympics Nippon," which was established in 1994, headquartered in Kumamoto, holds world or national competitions every year. The Japanese unit is in charge of sending Japan's team to international games, organizing national competitions, supporting athletes' everyday training, and so on. The local activities of the organization are supported by more than 10,000 volunteers from across the country.
Special Olympics and Fuji Xerox
Fuji Xerox agrees with the mission of the Special Olympics and provides its corporate support. In addition, the company encourages its employees to support the Special Olympics through activities available across Japan as follows:
- Support for the World Games and National Games in Japan
In each region, Fuji Xerox provides support through donations, sponsorship (e.g., renting equipment), provision of practice grounds and meeting rooms, and production of pamphlets and provision of copy services.
- Voluntary support through everyday training and cultural programs
Each district (prefecture) organization of the Special Olympics organizes daily athletic training and cultural programs. Fuji Xerox employees across Japan support these activities by signing up as volunteers and participating daily as coaches, judges, and competition staff.
Fuji Xerox Print Collection: Collecting and Exhibiting Prints and Other Contemporary Artworks
In 1988, Fuji Xerox began collecting artworks, mainly print works having deep ties to its "xerography" printing and copying technology, which provides the foundation for the company's businesses. Today, more than 25 years after the launch, the collection comprises over 950 works by more than 200 Japanese and overseas artists.
In Fuji Xerox Art Space located within Fuji Xerox R&D Square in Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama, exhibitions are regularly held to introduce the Fuji Xerox Print Collection, which is owned by Fuji Xerox as part of its social contribution and cultural activities, and other works.
- Exhibitions are held two or three times a year.
- Works to be displayed are selected based on the specific theme set for each exhibition.
- Talk events and lectures are held depending on the exhibition theme.
Junior Achievement: Support for the World's Largest Nonprofit Private Organization (NPO) for Economic Education
"Junior Achievement," which is the world's largest NPO for economic education (private and nonprofit) and was created in 1919 in the Unites States, provides various teaching materials and programs to schools free of charge, to help young people correctly understand social mechanisms and the workings of the economy and in a way so that they can make concrete decisions for their career paths and future plans based on their own will. Fuji Xerox has been providing facilities and supporting the production of educational materials for the activities of "Junior Achievement" ever since their Japanese headquarters was established in 1995.