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 Osaka Gas 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"
The "Small Light Campaign" has been ongoing for more than 30 years thanks to donations and volunteer efforts by current and former employees.
To promote these activities, nine members of the Regional Development Dept.'s Social Design Office are serving as full-time secretariat staff.
The "Small Light Campaign" is managed by the fund received at occasions such as bazaars, book recycling, music concerts, sales of charity calendar. The fund, “Small Light Fund” provides assistance to disaster-hit areas and subsidies to NPOs.
The FY 2017 management activities of the Fund produced 24,233,975 yen in revenues and 21,045,637 yen in expenditures.
Support disabled people's social participation
"Midosuji Fureai Bazaar" is a charity event the Osaka Gas Group hosts on central Osaka's Midosuji boulevard to deepen people's understanding of the situation surrounding disabled people. About 20 days are allotted to this event every year. The bazaar is part of the Group's Small Light Campaign.
I have worked for this charity event for many years. Recently, a total of 40 groups have participated in the bazaar, including nonprofit organizations and welfare workshops established for the disabled people. Sold at stalls and stands set up for the event are home-made cookies, bread and sundry items, all produced by disabled people. The event has thus provided such people with job opportunities while supporting their participation in society.
I hope that through this kind of event I can continue to contribute to building an all-inclusive society—a community in which all people can play an active role while feeling fulfilled in what they do.
Assistance utilizing the fund
Some of the money in the "Small Light Fund" collected through the "Small Light Campaign" has been used to hold cooking classes for children in orphanages to show them the importance of food and the fun of preparing meals through hands-on experiences, and to provide disabled persons with opportunities to participate in society.
A "Charity Family Cooking" is one of the annual charity events of the "Small Light Campaign" aimed at promoting food education for children aged five or older, which is held as part of our efforts to reconstruct the areas affected by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Money collected through the events is donated to the HATACHI FUND* that was established to support children born in 2011 until they attain adulthood.
The "Small Light Fund" is also used to finance various activities aimed at helping people affected by natural disasters that occur both in Japan and oversea. In FY2017, part of the fund was provided to Kumamoto Prefecture to help the people and municipalities affected by the earthquake that hit this western Japan prefecture in FY2017.
- * HATACHI FUND
- It is a fund run by a public interest incorporated association for 20 years from 2011. Under this fund, subsides are provided to organization that the undertaking support activities for children affiected by the March 2011 disaster to enable them to stand on their own two feet by academically supporting them, while taking into account the progress of reconstruction and the needs of the affiected areas.
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 FY2017, 880 people donated a total of 3,240,000 yen, which was given to various groups along with the best wishes of the employees.
Breakdown of Donation Recipients and Amounts
|Organization||Amount (thousand yen)|
|Ashinaga Scholarship Society||897|
|Child Chemo House (NPO)||633|
|Osaka Voluntary Action Center (assistance for disaster-hit areas)||500|
|Japan CliniClowns Association (NPO)||380|
|AMDA Hyogo Nepal Children's Hospital (NPO)||330|
|OGIS-RI Co., Ltd., "Hajimaru-kun"||300|
|Cancer Net Japan (NPO)||200|
Various volunteer activities
The employees of the Osaka Gas Group participate in numerous volunteer activities, among them donating used books and DVDs for sale at "Small Light Campaign" bazaars, donating used stamps to assist the efforts of NGOs providing medical aid and other assistance overseas, and donating unused and spoiled postcards to help defray communications expenses for organizations supporting evacuees from the Great East Japan Earthquake now located outside their home prefectures.
In addition, employees continue to serve as volunteers in stitching washcloths and making confectioneries to be donated to local orphanages, as well as support volunteers in amateur running races organized to help revitalize communities.