AEON is contributing environmentally and socially through business operations, and also through promoting initiatives of the AEON 1% Club Foundation and the AEON Environmental Foundation.
AEON 1% Club Foundation
What is a company's role in society? What do customers expect from AEON? What should AEON's aims be as a company?
The AEON Group 1% Club (now, the AEON 1% Club Foundation) was inaugurated in 1989 in response to such questions, and with the philosophy that AEON should be a company that, for the future and for the community, makes proper use of the benefits we receive from our customers.
Our major group companies contribute 1%of pre-tax profits for a variety of activities centered around environmental conversation, international cultural and 'people to people' exchanges and human resources development, and revitalization of local culture and communities. We are positioned to carry out programs with our customers and we intend to continue to value joining hands with our customers.
AEON Environmental Foundation
We aim to foster plentiful life and an earth that has a variety of rices. Without the earth's environment, it is essential that private enterprises and citizen groups work together with local and national government government agencies. The AEON Environment Foundation (formerly AEOn Group Environment Foundation) was founded in 1990 with the intention of supporting and giving assistance to like minded groups actively developing activities to protect the global environment.
Since the start, AEON Environment Foundation has been implementing tree-planting activities around the world, as well as a variety of joint environmental protection initiatives, such as development of human resources in the field of the environment and biodiversity.
AEON Scholarship Program 2016
The AEON 1% Club Foundation held AEON Scholarship Certificate Granting Ceremony on Monday, Dec 12th 2016 for 118 Myanmar students from Yangon University of Economics and Yangon University of Foreign Languages.
AEON Scholarship is a program that helps Asian students realize their dreams by providing financial support. The program began in 2006, based on the desire to build a bridge between Japan and other countries from Asia through a scholarship system. This system targets self-supporting exchange students from Asia studying in Japan, as well as university students from various Asian countries. So far 4,458 students from 34 universities in Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar are awarded.
Teenage Ambassador Program 2016
The Teenage Ambassador program is to help young people cultivate understanding and a spirit of friendship across different cultures. Between Japan and Myanmar exchange program is second time in this year. 16 students from Hokkaido Noboribetsu Akebi Secondary School in Japan will have an opportunity to exchange cultures with students from Basic Education High School No. (1) Dagon.
Japan and Myanmar Teenage Ambassador: 1 – 6 November, 2016
16 students from Japan stayed in host families in Myanmar in Nov’16, and 16 students from Myanmar will stay in host families in Japan in Feb’17.
Tree Planting July 2016
- The 1st 3-year Myanmar Tree Planting Project was successfully finished. The project which is agreed to extend for additional 3 years by AEON Environmental Foundation and Minister of Yangon Region was held on 16 July 2016 in the forest near Hlawga National Park.
- This time, we planted 10,000 trees with total participant of 500 guests from Japan, 1,100 volunteers from Myanmar, Ministries, Scholarship Students, AEON Microfinance (Myanmar) business partners and all staff.
The program is to award scholarships to excellent Asian students who will be future leaders of the next generation. Since the commencement, we have supported 239 Asian students in Japan. From 2013, the program has been carried out at the Yangon Institute of Economics and the Yangon University of Foreign Languages.
School Construction Support Project
The program works to support school construction in regions of Asia where there is a shortage of educational facilities. A number of people from Japan have also participated in School Opening Ceremonies. Additionally, we have built total 35 of schools in Myanmar from 2013 to 2014.
ASEAN Teenage Ambassadors
The program is to promote cultural exchanges between Japan and other countries’ high school students. Presently a total of 590 high school students from 15 countries has come to Japan. In 2013, the program is to take place between high school students of Japan (Naha) and those of Myanmar (Yangon).
AEON-UNICEF Safe Water Campaign
The campaign was launched in 2010 to build water-supply facilities for children who have to sacrifice time they could otherwise spend attending school but who have to travel long distances every day to fetch water. The program has helped some 130,000 children in terms of health and education in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.
SEA Games Myanmar 2013 Support
We have supported the marking of uniform for the Myanmar athletes participating in the SEA Games held in December 2013 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
Planting Trees throughout Asia
Since its establishment in 1990, the AEON Environmental Foundation together with nationwide volunteers have been planting trees in Asian countries. 3-year Tree planning project in Pyugyi Reservoir on the outskirts of Yangon was started in July 2013, and planted.
AEON 1% Club School Inauguration Ceremony
On 27th March 2015, AEON 1% Club conducted AEON School Inauguration Ceremony at No.(42) Basic Education Primary School, Hlaing Tharyar Township, Myanmar in partnership with UNICEF Myanmar.
In Ayarwaddy Division, “ New AEON Khayae School Building” was held on 28th March 2015, which was donated by AEON 1% Club Foundation.
During 2013~2015, AEON 1% Club has built 35 numbers of schools accomplished throughout Myanmar region area where much more needed of education support.
Tree Planting July 2015
- The 3-year Myanmar Tree Planting Project was formed between AEON Environmental Foundation and Yangon Region Government in 2013 to plant trees to restore the watershed protection function and regenerate the forest as Phyugyi Reservoir has been the local residents’ main water source however those trees have been chopped down.
- The last year of the 3-year project was held on 18 July 2015 to plant 10,000 trees with total participant of 300 guests from Japan, 700 volunteers from Myanmar, Ministries, Scholarship Students, AEON Microfinance (Myanmar) business partners and all staff.
- On 17th July 2015, AEON Environmental Foundation and Minister of Yangon Region agreed to extend the project for additional 3 years in Yangon Division to support Myanmar citizens.
AEON 1% Club donate to Myanmar flood disaster
On 14th August 2015, on behalf of AEON 1% Club, AEON Microfinance (Myanmar) Co., LTD. and AEON Co., LTD. Myanmar Representative Office provided donation of USD 20,000 to the headquarters for disaster control to relieve the disaster victims.
Due to the severe rain storm since July, it killed over 100 people in northern area and affected more than 1 million people. The disaster impacted to the nearby rivers and caused flooding so that food, necessities and medicines are in high demand.
AEON 1% Club has been supporting school building and built 35 schools since 2013 in Myanmar. In this disaster, some of those students from the schools were affected by the flooding and staying in temporary evacuation area.
We hope the donation will support the supplies of food and medicines for people in need, and wish all of affected Myanmar people will recover back their normal living.
AEON 1% Club School Inauguration Ceremony
On 3rd October 2015, AEON 1% Club conducted AEON School Building Inauguration Ceremony as “New AEON Shwe Thapyay Primary School”, “New AEON Nguwar Primary School”, “New AEON Shwe Pone Nyat Primary School” in Hinthada Township, Ayarwaddy Division.
In this (3) new school building opening ceremony, Ministry of Education Officials attended and expressed appreciation for the donations on behalf of the citizens.
A 3-year School Construction Support Project to construct 30 schools in Myanmar commenced in 2012, and constructed 35 numbers of schools throughout Myanmar region area where much more needed of education support.
AEON Scholarship Program
AEON 1% Club supported university students from Yangon University of Economics and Yangon University of Foreign Languages by providing scholarship on 16th December 2015.
This 3-year AEON Scholarship Program commenced in 2014 is to foster the development of Myanmar, and the promotion of the friendship between Japan and Myanmar.