Mechanisms to Facilitate Employee Participation

Employee Volunteer Activities


One person’s meal makes two healthy people

TABLE FOR TWO Total Participation


(From introduction in August 2008 through March 2020)


The concept behind TFT is to share meals across space and time between children in developing countries and people in developed countries. TFT International, a certified NPO, promotes activities that aim to solve two contrasting problems: people in developing countries suffer from hunger and malnutrition, while those in the developed world suffer from health issues related to over nutrition.
First, TFT provides a health-conscious menu and boxed lunch option at corporate cafeterias. The dishes are based on low-calorie, nutritionally balanced, and vegetable-oriented meals that can help prevent lifestyle-related diseases.
When employees select the TFT lunch option at Mitsui & Co. cafeterias, they pay an extra 20 yen, and the company, in a matching gift arrangement, contributes a donation of the same amount, meaning that TFT receives a donation of 40 yen for each meal.
In a similar way, in 2012 Mitsui started a drink-based version of TFT known as “Cup for Two”, whereby 20 yen is contributed for each drink with 10 yen borne by the company and employee respectively.
The price of a school meal in a developing country is estimated to be 20 yen, so by selecting the TFT lunch option, employees pay for two school meals in developing African or Asian countries.
In this way, the program promotes better health for people in both developing countries and the developed world.