CSR Charter ⅢBeing a Good Corporate Citizen Contributing to Society
Corporate Volunteering Activities under the “Small Light Campaign”
Principle and Outline
The “Small Light Campaign” was launched in 1981, the UN International Year of Disabled Persons, as a company volunteer effort by the Daigas Group. Begun with the idea that individual employees should take an interest in their immediate surroundings and give serious thought to resolving the various problems facing their local communities, this campaign is characterized by the fact that employees voluntarily plan, participate in, and sustain activities. Our Group's business activities are closely tied to the daily lives of everyone in the community. Acknowledging that this fact alone demands greater self-awareness and action from them as members of their local communities, employees are involved in the “Small Light Campaign” as good corporate citizens.
To promote these activities, we have set up a number of supporting systems, including a Local Community Contribution Category in the President's Award, Community Gifts of which application is open to public, and “Volunteer Leave” as frameworks for improving employee awareness of the need for social contributions and for supporting voluntary activities.
Origin of “lily-of-the-valley” (“suzuran”) symbol mark
The lily-of-the-valley was adopted as the symbol of the “Small Light Campaign” because its shape resembles a gas lamp's glass cover that keeps the flame from being blown out, and because the lily-of-the-valley in the language of flowers symbolizes abundant goodwill and love.
Funding and Activities of the “Small Light Campaign”
How the “Small Light Campaign” Works
The “Small Light Campaign” has continued for more than 30 years thanks to support extended by Osaka Gas employees, former employees and local people on a volunteering basis, with its operation funded by donations, including “charity calendar” donations.
To get the campaign rolling, three out of the nine members belonging to the Regional Development Department's Social Design Office are working as full-time secretariat staff.
The “Osaka Gas Tomoshibi Club”
Apart from the “Small Light Fund”, the “Osaka Gas Tomoshibi Club”, established in 2009, utilizes the company's welfare mechanisms to offer employees opportunities to donate. Employees can donate the welfare points granted them each year by the company to their choices of groups tackling social issues. In FY2018, 858 people donated a total of 3,146,000 yen, which was given to various groups along with the best wishes of the employees.
Destinations of Donation and Breakdown of Donated Funds
|Name of groups||Donation amount
|TSURUMI Kodomo Hospice (children's hospice project)||218|
|Child chemo house (NPO known for being Japan's first medical facility specializing in the treatment of cancer in children)||588|
|Osaka Voluntary Action Center (social welfare entity tasked with supporting regions affected by natural disasters)||546|
|Japan CliniClowns Association (NPO set up to provide a wonderful time to all children)||443|
|Children Design Education (NPO aimed at supporting children who cannot live with their parents)||604|
|“Small Light” Campaign (volunteer activity by the Daigas Group)||524|
|Cancer Net Japan (NPO known for providing reliable information on cancer treatment)||223|