Emergency Assistance for Children Impacted by the Spread of COVID-19 (COVID-19 Response)
July 21, 2020
July this year, Olympus Corporation (Japan) supports the work of Save the Children Japan, an international NGO. The company and its employees worked together through a matching gift* system to raise funds for donation to Save the Children Japan in an effort to provide assistance to children seriously impacted by the expanding COVID-19 pandemic. Employees used the company’s internal email system to specify the amounts they wished to have deducted from their paycheck as donations. With this system, even employees in Japan who are currently working remotely from their home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 could easily participate in the program. This was reflected in the collection of a total of 1,495,500 JPY in donations. The company matched employee donations on a 1:1 basis, and an additional one million JPY was donated by the Olympus Labor Union, resulting in a total donation of 3,991,000 JPY.
* In a matching gift program, the employer donates an amount equivalent to the total amount donated by employees.
April this year, Employees at Olympus Iberia S.A.U (Spain and Portugal) also made donations through Save the Children Spain. These donations were used to provide basic meals and educational support for the children of approximately 600 families in need of assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, June this year, Olympus MEA FZ-LLC (HQ based in UAE) donated 2,550 EUR through Rashid Center for People of Determination to fund medical support including cost of sterilization, prevention and early diagnosis equipment for students requiring special assistance.
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