Mandom Group's CSR KohDoh Practices
Community Involvement and Development
"Educational Support Activities"
Personal Grooming Classes at Special Needs Schools* and Facilities
Since FY2004, Mandom has been holding classes in personal grooming for individuals with intellectual disabilities who are soon to join the workforce, in order to support their self-reliance.
Our approach to these students is to treat them as first-time users of cosmetics. We cover all aspects, starting with how to handle, use, and care for cosmetic items. We also communicate the clear distinctions between clean and tidy appearances expected within various social contexts and "stylish" appearances. "Cleanliness" is a key concept in the classes. Participants are given the hands-on chance to try various cosmetics for washing the face, skin care, fixing bed hair, hair styling, body care, and facial care. The classes also help them realize the fun and pleasure that can be found in using cosmetics.
Employees instructing classes on grooming
Hair styling practice in class
At first participants are usually apprehensive, but after some time actually trying various cosmetics while listening to the instructor, their faces lighten up and turn into smiles.
We plan to continue offering such classes in personal grooming to support individuals with intellectual disabilities as they prepare to join the workforce, giving them the chance to experience the joy of changing their appearance using cosmetics and the resulting self-confidence this can offer.
Cooperating with the Super Global High School Project of Osaka Prefectural Senri Senior High School
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has been promoting the Super Global High School (SGH) program at high schools and other institutions since FY2014. The aim is to endow students-through education to contribute to the development of global leaders-with concern and strong awareness about social issues, communication abilities, problem-solving skills, and other international grounding, and thereby develop global leaders who can be active on an international stage.
We believe that cultivating global human resources is the foundation for supporting the sustainable development of society and the sound growth of our business going forward, and therefore we are cooperating with the SGH project "SGH Fall Holiday Business/University Tour and Training" at Osaka Prefectural Senri Senior High School, a designated SGH school.
For this training, groups of eight to ten students actually visit and tour companies. Activities include lectures by employees engaged in work, and question-and-answer sessions and advice on the individual research topics of each student.
In FY2016, we featured a lecture on the relationship between our corporate business activities and the international community's framework for achieving a sustainable society, based on the themes of Mandom's business development in Japan and overseas, and our corporate social responsibility.
We fielded a diverse range of questions from participating students and had lively exchanges of views on topics including human rights, work-life balance, childcare and elderly care systems, promoting the participation of women, interacting overseas with people having different cultures, customs and values. As hosts, we also learned a great deal.