Mobilizing Mutual Support
where we can support each other
As an Internet company, the SoftBank Group is engaged in diverse businesses.
We are constantly asking ourselves how we can use our expertise and resources in these fields to contribute to society.
With the help of our customers, we will continue to assist those in need and mobilize our shared desire to support each other.
Making a difference to society with a simple 10 yen per month donation system
Charity Smile was launched nationwide by Softbank Corp. to support children without a stable family situation. Customers can donate 10 yen per month, which Softbank Corp. matches, so that each month a total of 20 yen is donated. The affordable 10 yen can be added when monthly mobile phone charges are paid, and this can continue on a monthly basis without any inconvenience to the customer. When a large-scale disaster occurs, wherever the location, a portion of the funds are earmarked for donation to support the affected area.
Enabling customers to contribute to society just by using their mobile phones
Charity Mobile Donation is a new service whereby customers can make donations to NPOs involved in social contribution activities by simply using their SoftBank mobile phones. When a SoftBank customer signs up for an upgrade or new phone, they can apply via a dedicated website to have a fixed amount of an additional ¥6,000 donated from SoftBank to their chosen non-profit organization (NPO). A further donation of 3%*1 of their monthly mobile phone service charges (total of the basic monthly usage charge, domestic voice call charges, and usage fees for added services) can also be made for up to two years*2 at no additional cost to the customer.
- *1When calculating donations, the following usage fees are not included: Overseas charges, fee adjustments, monthly installments for devices, monthly installment discounts, information services charges, set monthly charges, White BB plan, administrative charges for change of device model or upgrade, cancellation of a contract outside subscription renewal period, contract cancellation fees, phone charges for 104 directory assistance, content information charges, charges for S! Pay for All payment service, SoftBank Consolidated Billing, consumption tax, universal service charges, donations and support funding associated with Charity White or Charity Smile.
- *2Maximum 24 months
A mobile platform for charitable donations
To contribute to society through CSR activities, SoftBank has launched KazashiteBokin, a service that allows customers to donate money to non-profit organizations (NPOs) through their monthly mobile phone service charges. Customers can also simply hold a smartphone with the SoftBank collective payment app installed to make a donation to both KazashiteBokin and Satofull, a program for making tax donations to local municipalities.
In operating this platform to support NPOs on an ongoing basis, SoftBank provides opportunities for individuals to contribute to society by donating to organizations they wish to support by simply using their mobile phones.
Supporting NPOs through online lessons by top athletes
Fundraising is one of the largest issues facing non-profit organizations (NPOs). To help address this challenge, SoftBank has launched a new social contribution platform called “Heartful e-lesson,” whereby top athletes and other leading professionals offer private online lessons and donate their fee to NPOs. The private online lessons are offered by leading athletes and others who want to make use of their expertise while giving something back to society.
- *An administration fee is deducted before the donation is transferred to receiving NPOs.
Fundraising activities through the Internet
Yahoo Japan Corporation
When Yahoo Japan customers purchase wallpaper for their computer or mobile device, the total purchase price is donated to aid organizations through Yahoo! Net Bokin. More than 3.2 billion yen* has been donated to charities since the program's inception. Since June 2007 customers have been able to make donations using points accumulated on a T-Point rewards card.
Donations received to date have been used in a wide variety of areas, including welfare, the environment, medicine, and international cooperation, and we have plans to increase donation recipients even further.
Yahoo Japan also offers Minna no Charity Bokin, which utilizes the Yahoo! Kikin charity platform to raise funds for NPOs working on reconstruction in disaster zones. A portion of the sales price from a Yahoo! Shopping purchase and either part or all of the money that users raise through a sale on Yahoo! Auction can be donated to charity under the scheme.
Pinpoint Bokin allows users to support organizations from particular categories who are contributing to reconstruction of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.
- *As of September 2016
Support for NPO Activities
Yahoo Japan Corporation
Yahoo Japan provides use of the Yahoo! JAPAN Display Ad Network (YDN), a technology for distributing advertisements based on the preferences and interests of site viewers, to NPOs free of charge. By using YDN, organizations are able to efficiently convey information on social contribution activities, such as volunteering and charity events, to people that have an interest in them.
Support in disaster zones
SoftBank customers who live in areas that fall under the Disaster Relief Act may be granted a bill payment extension (depending on the amount of the bill).
The SoftBank Group is also implementing the following support measures:
The SoftBank Group offers a discount on the replacement fee for mobile phones damaged or lost in a disaster. Mobile phones are also lent to organizations working in disaster areas to aid in gathering information.
Discounts on or exemptions from monthly fixed-line broadband service charges, and free of charge replacements for rented or owned connection equipment that has been damaged are offered. The SoftBank Group, among other things, can also offer discounts on or exemptions from some domestic fixed-line service usage charges.
- *Support measures can change. In the event of a disaster please check SoftBank press releases or notifications.