Keidanren's primary purpose is to find solutions to problems facing its member industries and businesses. One good way for members to share information and learn from each other is to attend Keidanren meetings held throughout the country. The meetings provide an opportunity for members to study the problems facing industry and commerce and to come to a consensus on what must be done. Solutions are then proposed to the Government and other influential bodies, with follow-up measures being taken to ensure results.
Keidanren's efforts extend beyond business concerns to many altruistic endeavors as well. The following is a list of some of the groups and activities with which Keidanren is involved.

1% (One-Percent) Club

The One-Percent Club, founded in 1989, is a group including both companies and individuals. Club members are committed to contributing 1% of their recurring profits(in the case of corporations) or 1% of their disposable income (in the case of individuals) to social causes each year. The Club receives strong backing from Keidanren, which provides members with information on volunteer groups working for civic welfare, environmental causes, international exchanges and the betterment of society in general.

Scholarship Programs

Council for Better Corporate Citizenship (CBCC)

Established by Keidanren in 1989 and currently comprising 348 member companies, the CBCC assists Japanese companies with overseas operations, helping them contribute to local communities as good corporate citizens. Current topics include corporate governance, minority problems and other social issues, the legal and social risks associated with overseas operations, and conditions companies face when investing in foreign countries.

Ditchley International Conference

International conferences organized by the Ditchley Foundation of Great Britain provide an opportunity for experts from throughout the world to convene and acquire new knowledge from each other. Keidanren is instrumental in sending participants from Japan.

Japan International Development Organization, Ltd. (JAIDO)

Many developing countries are beset with severe financial problems, especially accumulated debt. For this reason, the Government of Japan and Keidanren established JAIDO in 1989, entrusting it with the task of promoting foreign currency- generating projects in developing counties in which private Japanese and local enterprises make joint investments. JAIDO has already provided assistance for many such projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America and Africa.

Japan International Training Organization (JITCO)

Established by the Government of Japan and Keidanren, JITCO is instrumental in inviting foreign workers to undergo training at Japanese companies. The goal is to transfer technology to developing countries. Keidanren has been an active promoter of the JITCO program since its inception in 1991.

Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID)

Established in 1990 with Keidanren's support, FASID training programs conducted in both Japan and developing countries offer Japanese personnel training in economic assistance and development. FASID's programs promote the implementation of Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA).

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