CSR Charter ⅢBeing a Good Corporate Citizen Contributing to Society
Activities at Osaka Gas' Foundations
- Principle and Outline
- Assisting the Elderly - The Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation
- Stakeholder Comment: Building a regional symbiotic society
- Doing Our Part on the International Scene - The Osaka Gas Foundation for International Cultural Exchange
- Stakeholder Comment: Asking for continuing good relations
Principle and Outline
To develop in a more organized and continual fashion the welfare activities that the Osaka Gas Group has carried out through the "Small Light Campaign" launched in 1981 (the UN International Year of Disabled Persons) as a company volunteer effort, 362 companies including Osaka Gas and affiliate companies, the associations comprised of contracted companies providing sales of gas appliances and other services, pipe working joined together in October 1985 to establish and fund the Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation in honor of Osaka Gas' 80th anniversary. The Foundation is involved in subsidizing local welfare activities for the elderly and surveys/research conducted by universities and medical institutions, and in promoting fitness efforts aimed at helping senior citizens maintain and improve their health.
In September 1992 the Osaka Gas International Exchange Foundation was founded and fully funded by Osaka Gas, and in October 2010 the Foundation was granted authorization by the Cabinet Office to transition into a public interest incorporated foundation. The Foundation now works to deepen mutual understanding with natural gas producing countries and to make international contributions through the foundation's business activities, as well as provide subsidies that help ensure reliable supplies of natural gas.
Assisting the Elderly - The Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation
Contributing to a vigorous society with excellent longevity
Set up in 1985 through the contribution of Osaka Gas Group companies, the Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation operates in six prefectures of the Kansai region, mainly engaging in (1) funding welfare projects, (2) researching and surveying the elderly population and (3) supporting health-promotion projects to help maintain and improve the health of the elderly.
In FY2017 the Foundation provided 10.7 million yen to 120 welfare projects for the elderly, 10.35 million yen to 16 survey and research efforts, and carried out 204 health-promotion projects involving 14,755 participants.
In FY2018, the Foundation's targets are to provide 9.5 million yen to welfare projects for the elderly, 6.5 million yen to research and survey efforts, and carry out 168 health-promotion projects involving 11,600 participants.
(1) Funding to Enhance the Welfare of the Elderly
|FY||No. of projects||Disbursement amount (million yen)|
|1986 - 2010||1,914||559|
(2) Funding for Research and Surveys
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(3) Funding for Health Promotion Projects
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Doing Our Part on the International Scene - The Osaka Gas Foundation for International Cultural Exchange
Deepening friendship and mutual understanding with natural gas-producing countries
The Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange provides aid services to promote mutual understanding with natural gas-producing countries in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
In FY2017, the Foundation provided a total of 12.91 million yen in assistance in Indonesia for items such as educational materials for schools, scholarships for 300 students, experimental research, and training. Grants for experimental research were provided for research on energy- and environment-related topics at the University of Indonesia, the Bandung Institute of Technology, and Bogor Agricultural University. Assistance was offered to two graduate students at the University of Indonesia to allow them to participate in a 46-day Japanese language program in Japan, as well as to 47 teachers of Universitas Terbuka participating the training for the development of media education instructional materials.
In Malaysia, the Foundation provided assistance totaling 6.64 million yen for educational materials and instructional training to remotely-situated schools in the state of Sarawak, for experimental research being conducted at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and for scholarships to 12 students.
Total assistance over the 25 years since the establishment of the foundation in 1992 is now approximately 480 million yen. In future, through assistance in this region, we will continue to act to deepen mutual understanding between our countries and contribute to development of those countries.
Scope of Funding
Total Assistance Provided from FY1993 though FY2017
Grant Disbursement (single-year base) (unit: thousand yen)
Support for an industrial human resource development project in East Timor in cooperation with JICA
An industrial human resource development project for the Democratic Republic of East Timor-Leste was launched by Osaka Gas, the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in FY2013. In FY2017, the fifth year since the project's inception, a combined scholarship of 1.71 million yen was granted to 30 students studying at the National University of Timor-Leste, as was done in the previous years. The welfare foundation also subsidized a short-term training program for two teachers from the same university.
Osaka Gas donates funds to the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange. The foundation, for its part, is in charge of implementing and monitoring the project. JICA is in charge of coordinating with the East Timor government and helps it implement the project, by taking advantage of its reputation from past achievements and its human networks in East Timor.
Osaka Gas expects the project to enhance the understanding of those in East Timor involved in the project regarding Japan's business, industry and academia.
Osaka Gas will continue to contribute to the development of East Timor while playing an important role in strengthening friendly ties between Japan and East Timor and fostering international goodwill.