Contribution to the Local Communities
As a public entity, SHIFT is committed to solving social issues through our business activities.
Many of the social issues we are working to resolve are critical social issues in the IT industry, such as protecting the working environment for employees, dissolving the multiple subcontracting structure in the software development industry, and making digital barrier-free. However, there are plenty of others in society. SHIFT believes that these issues have an either direct or indirect impact on SHIFT’s business environment.
Recognizing that our impact on society is growing and expanding, SHIFT advances initiatives for a society, as well as for IT industry in order to become an entity that creates a better society as a public entity.
Promotion of the Local Communities and Regional Revitalization
SHIFT PLUS, a SHIFT group company, is actively engaged in regional revitalization of Kochi Prefecture, where SHIFT PLUS is headquartered. In order to bring people back to Kochi Prefecture, which is facing issues such as the aging society and population decline, SHIFT PLUS is working to actively promote how appealing Kochi Prefecture is. Specifically, SHIFT PLUS operates a recruitment media , named “BUNTAN” after the popular fruits in Kochi prefecture, publishing job opportunities around Shikoku region. SHIFT PLUS also operates communities that attract people interested in either Kochi Prefecture or technology. SHIFT PLUS builds and provides services that flexibly incorporate the latest technologies and business model to solve the issues facing Kochi Prefecture. SHIFT PLUS aims at supporting Kochi Prefecture to become a role model for solving local issues.
Donations to NPO/ NGOs
SHIFT supports to resolve social issues that we cannot provide solutions with our current business activities, through donations to NPO/ NGOs.
Japan Heart was founded in 2004 as a volunteer-based international health care organization. Dr. Hideto Yoshioka, the President, launched Japan Heart after treating patients abroad for years and realizing the need for improved health care services. Japan Heart initially began offering services in Myanmar, and has since expanded into Cambodia.
In addition to donation activities, SHIFT also supports the development of a system that makes it easier to donate money to Japan Heart. Besides monetary donations, we are broadening the scope of our social contribution by providing a wide range of support, including the ones based on the knowledge we have gained through our business activities to date.
Contribution to Environment
Since SHIFT does not own data centers, direct CO2 emissions and water use and discharge from our business activities are limited. At the same time, SHIFT recognizes that the more SHIFT grows, the bigger environmental and social impact SHIFT will have. For this reason, as a citizen, SHIFT places importance on environmental conservation activities. SHIFT is working to raise awareness toward environmental conservation, such as energy-saving activities to curb CO2 emissions from the use of electricity associated with basic PC use and thorough lights-off of meeting rooms that no one uses.
In addition, one of the values that SHIFT provides through our business activities is the streamlining of the software-development process. By promoting the efficient use of human resources and processes related to software development, SHIFT believes that we contribute to a reduction in the amount of environmental capital used by the “Japanese IT industry.”
Moreover, SNC, a SHIFT group company, is working to reduce waste throughout society by the reuse business for used PCs. In this business, SNC has reduced waste by 4,162 tons in 2020, which is worth approximately ¥24 million (*) when converted to emissions trading. (*As of April 8, 2021)
Top Partner Contract with Fukuyama City FC
Since November 2020, SHIFT is a top partner of the Fukuyama City Football Club, a pre-professional soccer club in Fukuyama city, in Bingo area, Hiroshima Prefecture. As a top partner, SHIFT has been supporting to create the future of the team and Fukuyama city and the development of the sports industry.
In Japan, many professional and pre-professional athletes are unable to earn income to fully demonstrate their talents and abilities through sports activities alone. In order for athletes to demonstrate their abilities to the fullest and achieve high results, it is essential that they have enough time and environment to concentrate on their daily practice, as well as the outstanding leaders. As long as athletes work as professionals, the operation of sports clubs and organizations, in other words, the success of economic activities, is essential. In addition, sports is an entertainment that provides dreams, hopes, and vitality to supporters and communities, and is an asset that reflects the culture and citizenship of the country. SHIFT believes that the power of sports is also necessary to support to advance Japanese society in recent years, when there is vague anxiety in the uncertain situation ahead.
SHIFT believes that these ideas are the same one as structural reforms in the IT industry. SHIFT aim to create a society where outstanding IT engineers are properly evaluated for their capabilities and experiences regardless of their academic background or career.
By leveraging the business know-how that SHIFT has gained through our business activities and relationships with many industries, SHIFT will continue to support athletes and their team from a variety of perspectives, and are working to help revitalize the local community and the Japanese sports industry.