The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

The research society for environmental systems management

Attitude survey into SMEs environmental and corporate social responsibility in Fukuoka Prefecture

Activity grant

Project Description

Whilst the concept of CSR is spreading to large companies, the permeation to SMEs which make up the majority of companies, is still insufficient. The dissemination and establishment of CSR including the response to environmental problems is an important issue for society. In this project, we clarify the CSR and environmental problem response in SMEs in Fukuoka Prefecture, and going forward we will implement the following to propose measures for the future:
(1)Questionnaire survey for SMES in Fukuoka Prefecture.
(2)Amongst the companies to answer the survey, carry out a visit survey for those with advanced measures.
(3)Based on the questionnaire result analysis, create a report, and publish a book.
Through the holding of lectures and seminars based upon the report, and the results of the activities being carried out by the SMEs, a book called "The Management of SMEs Social Responsibility" was published in February 2008.

Grant year
FY2005 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years and 3 months
January 2006 - March 2008
Grant amount
4,800,000 yen
Activity region
The whole of the Kyushu region, with a concentration on Fukuoka Prefecture
A survey being carried out in Minamata City, Kumamoto Prefecture (August 2006)

Overview of the Organization

Akira Nitawari, Chief Director
Akira Nitawari, Chief Director
Establishment purpose
The main aim is to implement research on environmental policies of local governments, including research on environmental management systems, exchange of opinions and information about a wide range of environmental issues.
Main areas of activity
Throughout Japan, with a concentration on Fukuoka Prefecture (Member location)
55 full members
Annual operating budget
0.89 million yen in 2005, 2.3 million yen in 2006, 4.89 million yen in 2007
Recent activities
Carry out wide investigations and research about environmental problems of the region, and after examining counter-measures, contribute to activities to help these world environmental problems and conserve the environment through proposals. Propose a system for regional revitalization, providing information that can contribute to town planning, and promote social education through the environment. Within the 97 (at the time) municipalities within Fukuoka Prefecture, labour was divided, and over five years a hearing survey was conducted. Along with summarizing the survey report every year, a meeting was held at the local government office in Fukuoka Prefecture. Based on the results, in 2004 "Government municipality environmental handbook – From Kyushu, Cooperation towards a recycling-orientated society" was published.