Global Volunteer Month
Since 2006, we have designated the month of June as “Global Volunteer Month” during which a variety of community service events are held around the world. With a goal for every employee to dedicate at least one hour of volunteering time, this effort has been achieving record-high results every year.
The Firm’s annual charity appeal, one of the largest fundraising campaigns organized in Tokyo, started in 2003. With employees’ donations and the Firm’s matching gift, Morgan Stanley continues to support charity organizations in the community for a range of worthy causes.
Children's Cancer Association of Japan
Childhood cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease in children, and 500 lives are lost every year. As one of the core supporting charities of Morgan Stanley in Japan to help address children’s health and educational issues, Tokyo employees have been collaborating with the Children’s Cancer Association of Japan (CCAJ) for a number of projects including “Children’s Painting Exhibition” and their Awareness Talk session. In addition, more than 100 employees supported CCAJ’s “Gold Ribbon” project in 2017 by packaging 5,000 ribbons to help raise funds for childhood cancer survivors.
Little Olive Child Foundation
Morgan Stanley in Japan supports Little Olive Child Foundation, which serves the neediest of children living with hardships, including incurable diseases, physical handicaps or the after-effects of natural disasters. Since 2011, employees have been supporting their activities in disaster-hit regions in Tohoku and Kumamoto with fundraising and volunteering. Most recently, a group of volunteers made a number of trips to the sites to help build safe indoor playrooms as well as café facilities for children in the affected areas.
The Tokyo office also supports NPO Katariba, an organization focused on “giving power to children and students so that they can thrive.” In 2017, a group of employees made a trip to Onagawa-cho in Miyagi to help Katariba’s afterschool program, Collabo School, in the tsunami affected communities, providing an on-site English conversation class for 18 junior high school students. Volunteers also supported their nutrition and education programs for children of low-income families in Tokyo.
Financial Industry in Tokyo (FIT) for Charity Run
Morgan Stanley is a founding member of the FIT for Charity Run’s organizing committee, and has been an active sponsor of the event since its inception in 2005. The event is an annual charity marathon organized by institutions in the financial industry in Tokyo. Many of our employees, families and friends take part in the event as runners and volunteers to make a difference in the community. In 2017, the event raised approximately JPY59 million with participation from 104 financial companies, to support eight local charities in Japan.
To mark the 5th anniversary of the Japanese securities joint venture, in 2015, we started a new volunteering initiative with our partner Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. The Tsumiki Project helps bring smiles to children in the Tohoku region by sending them handmade wooden blocks (tsumiki). More than 200 volunteers from both companies filed wood pieces made of recycled timbers from forest thinning, to make pieces that children can play with safely. A total of 2,200 pieces of tsumiki were donated to 6 kindergartens in Fukushima through NPO The Life style Research Institute of Forests.
Holiday Card Project
Japan employees have been supporting the project organized by NPO Wonder Art Production since 2012. Each year, nearly 100 employees and family members join hands in making original handwritten greeting cards for children who will be spending their holidays in hospitals. A total of over 500 heartwarming cards have been delivered to children across the country, in hopes to bring holiday cheers to children.
Morgan Stanley and its Japanese securities joint venture partner Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities have been jointly supporting a reforestation project to restore the coastal forest in Chiba, which was destroyed by the tsunami. The coastal forest is important as it protects the local community from the impact of seaside winds and flooding. Since April 2012, both companies have been participating in the reforestation volunteering organized by NPO The Life style Research Institute of Forests. A total of over 220 employees and family members have made five visits to the affected area since then, joining hands in planting pine tree seedlings in the spring and removing overgrown weeds in the summer to help grow the seedlings.