|Using financial and economic education activities to create a society that offers peace of mind|
1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
4.1 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
4.3 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
The SMBC Group has drawn up the “SMBC Group Statement on Sustainability,” aiming to create a society where everyone can enjoy economic prosperity and happiness. We have designated “the environment,” “community,” and “the next generation” as our priority issues and are working together as a group to provide financial and economic education for all generations from children to adults.
In addition, starting in fiscal 2019, SMBC Consumer Finance Co., Ltd. has produced a SDGs plan, working towards goals such as responding to digitalization and improving financial literacy. We will continue to undertake CSR activities and initiatives to meet the SDGs, with the aim of achieving a society where no one is left behind.
In this regard, 11 Customer Service Plazas across the country, which serve as communication hubs for local communities, have taken the lead in organizing PROMISE Financial and Economic Education Seminars to help improve the financial literacy of local residents and students who will lead the next generation. Through the PROMISE Financial and Economic Education Seminars, we are aiming to help local residents and students who will lead the next generation develop financial knowledge and decision-making skills, thereby building a society where people can be financially independent and live with peace of mind.
All sorts of money-related issues are being discussed in society on a daily basis today, such as the revision of the Civil Code to lower the age of majority, the problem of deferred payment of scholarships, and the problem of retirement funds. As such, interest in financial literacy is increasing, especially among young people. The PROMISE Financial and Economic Education Seminars cover topics such as Life Planning and Household Management, Loans and Credit, Financial Troubles, and the SDGs. We will keep running this program so that people of all ages can acquire accurate knowledge about money and make appropriate decisions, allowing them to avoid future money troubles and helping to realize a sustainable society.
In order to conduct activities that are firmly grounded in the local community, we have 11 offices throughout Japan, including the Hiroshima Customer Service Plaza in the Chugoku region. The PROMISE Financial and Economic Education Seminars are designed to allow participants to learn independently by incorporating elements of active learning, etc. In addition to face-to-face seminars, we have also launched new initiatives to promote financial and economic education even in the midst of the instability caused by COVID-19, such as remote learning and video-based seminars. In addition, we are striving to provide high quality seminars by collaborating with SMBC Group companies and outside organizations.
SMBC Consumer Finance Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Customer Service Plaza
1-1 Tatemachi Naka-Ku, Hiroshima