To provide a worker-friendly workplace to persons with disabilities who have the will and capability to work but lack employment opportunities, in 1993 TOTO invested, along with Fukuoka Prefecture and the city of Kitakyushu, in establishing SUNAQUA TOTO under a public-private partnership.
We hope that, based on the concept of normalization, SUNAQUA TOTO can continue to provide a place where those with disabilities work alongside the able-bodied, and will continue to grow and prosper along with the community.
Our Role in Society
SUNAQUA TOTO assembles water faucets and showers and works on DTP for manuals and flyers for events, (braille) business cards production, data input, and scanning. Under the corporate motto of Independence, Trust, and Participation, 145 employees work there as of April, 2018, of which 93 are disabled (47 severely disabled). Since its foundation, as a special subsidiary of the TOTO Group, SUNAQUA TOTO has contributed to the employment of disabled people along the corporate philosophy of the TOTO Group. For the initiatives, we have received a lot of applications for company tours, and provided consultation for companies on the employment of disabled people. Over 2,000 people took part in the factory tours in FY 2017, and some of them told us the tour raised their awareness of such employment very much.
Normalization and our Business Activity
In our assembling work, we adopt a cell production system because we can work out a process that fits the characteristics of each worker. He upgrades his worktable, tools, and machines with his own device and improves the work environment and efficiency. It is important to find out a job that suits the characteristics of each worker and continuously improve the work environment and workability. There is no difference in treatment and assessment systems between the disabled and healthy workers. In recent years, we have focused on not only hardware but also software (mental) support. Three Job Coaches, staffs who support the employment of peole with disabilities, have staffed the workplace, making efforts to further promote normalization.
CSR Activities of SUNAQUA TOTO
Based on the TOTO Group's corporate philosophy, SUNAQUA TOTO is appealing in and out of the Group, including stakeholders for the understanding and promotion of the employment of disabled people. We have a role to help more special subsidiaries* like us to be established in order to increase the number of the severely disabled people employed who have little chance to get jobs. We consider it our important mission to appeal to other parties to employ more disabled people as part of their workforce. *What is a special subsidiary? The Employment Rate System for Persons with Disabilities obligates each employer (company) to secure employment opportunities of the disabled. (The legal employment rate of persons with disabilities: 2.2%) At the same time, when an employer established a subsidiary giving special consideration to the employment of persons with disabilities and meeting certain requirements, the employer does not have the obligation to employ them, but can add the number of these employees in calculating the parent company’s overall actual employment rate according to the special law. The parent company also can calculate the overall actual employment rate of its group including the special company. (Source: the homepage of the Ministry of Labor, Health and Welfare)
Voices of our employees : Braille business cards, Support Business Division, SUNAQUA TOTO
Voices of our employees: Braille business cards, Support Business Division, SUNAQUA TOTO I think many people cannot imagine what Braille business cards are. Braille is a system of six raised dots representing letters that are used to read and write by people who are blind or who have low vision. Braille business cards are business cards that people usually use with raised dots. We can see Braille everywhere such as public transportations, and washing machines and rice cookers in our daily life. I imagine that may people have never seen or touched Braille business cards, but I would be pleased if you would be interested in Braille and use Braille business cards on this occasion. I put my hearts into making Braille business cards so that they can invite a conversation and be of help to you.
Display of "Heartful Mark" Logo
Some of our branches registered with the Japan Association for Employers of Persons with Severe Disabilities (JAEPSD) employ many disabled people and display the "Heartful Mark" logo on their products and commodities. Please be requested to buy these products to promote and stabilize the employment of disabled people. The literature produced by SUNAQUA TOTO can be carried the "Heartful Mark" logo.