CSR Charter ⅢBeing a Good Corporate Citizen Contributing to Society
Social Contribution Activities
Principle and Outline
To meet the broad-ranging needs of local communities, the Daigas Group actively utilizes the Group's resources to undertake a variety of social contribution activities in addition to those associated with the “Small Light Campaign.” We will take on an active role in resolving issues facing communities and society as a whole and do our part to build vibrant towns and cities by developing local culture, history and sports in collaboration with local communities, NPOs and others.
Fostering growth together with people in local communities
As an energy service provider focusing on businesses closely related to people's day-to-day lives as well as addressing environmental preservation with a great sense of mission, the Daigas Group is working on giving the public greater safety and security by enhancing people's health and taking measures to ensure disaster prevention in each region. For example, the Group has established an energy system developed by Osaka Gas at the Ibaraki Campus (which opened in Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture in the spring of 2015) of Ritsumeikan University. Building the energy system was part of an agreement reached by Ibaraki City, Ritsumeikan University and Aeon Retail Co., Ltd. to create a disaster-resilient community. The agreement calls for Osaka Gas to supply electricity to a disaster-prevention park located in a city next to Ibaraki in the event of a natural disaster.
Furthermore, the “Hajimaru-kun Personal Computer Donation Program” being run by Group member OGIS-RI, based on the idea of helping the environment by encouraging the reuse of PCs, is also a social contribution activity that provides employment support for the disabled to whom recycling operations are outsourced as well as IT support for donation recipients. In addition, the Group offers proposals to local governments on building towns and cities in which all residents — from children and adolescents to the middle-aged and elderly — can lead active lives, and on establishing child-raising networks aimed at “joint child-raising” in collaboration with communities, government agencies, NPOs, and other corporations.
Overseas, the Jacobi Carbons Group, an activated carbon business company that is part of the Osaka Gas Chemical Group, is engaged in exchange with local communities, particularly those in the immediate neighborhood of their plants, and in activities designed to enhance living and educational environments for children.
Support of Kansai-based “social designers”
Osaka Gas operates “My Pro Showcase Kansai,” a regional revitalization program, jointly with Greenz, a nonprofit organization known as the operator of the online magazine “greenz.jp,” to support regional projects undertaken by Kansai-based “social designers” and nonprofit organizations. Osaka Gas sees people participating in the revitalization program, an initiative requiring a strong self-help drive to solve social issues, as potential future partners. Osaka Gas believes such people are capable of invigorating communities in the Kansai region through the program. Our company is thus prepared to disseminate its activities to society while helping them connect with stakeholders in various fields.
Since FY2016, our company's membership-based website, “My Osaka Gas,” has maintained the “Social Design+” page, which is aimed at supporting Kansai-based “social designers,” a group of people working on solving local social issues.
Development of regional power sources
Osaka Gas established a regional electric power company, Ikoma Civic Power Co., jointly with the government of Ikoma, a city in Nara Prefecture, and Nanto Bank, Ltd., marking the first time that an energy service provider has created a regional power company in a tie-up with a municipality. The new company aims to secure stable and long-running electricity supply, with energy procurement focused on renewable energy sources, such as solar power generation, plus power supply from Osaka Gas as a supplementary power source.
Earnings from the retail power business involving Ikoma Civic Power will be allotted to solving regional problems, including child rearing and educational services, with the aim of improving people's daily lives and making Ikoma City a comfortable place to live.
NOBY T&F CLUB activities
Osaka Gas has used its resources and assets to help build vitality-filled communities. For example, the NOBY T&F CLUB, an athletic club run by Olympic medalist Nobuharu Asahara, an Osaka Gas employee, provides a variety of athletic programs to young athletes to support their sound growth and foster top-level athletes who are to play a key role in Japan's future athletic sports.
Multiple businesses have been launched in local municipalities based on the know-how obtained through the NOBY T&F CLUB. Elementary schools and junior high schools in Suminoe Ward in Osaka City used an athletic program developed by the NOBY T&F CLUB for classes conducted between September 2017 and March 2018 as part of their efforts to promote advanced and attractive education. This marked the first time that educational material developed by the NOBY T&F CLUB has been used by schools.
Culture and History
Activities of the CEL
The Osaka Gas Research Institute for Culture, Energy and Life (CEL) has chosen key areas of research—people leading daily lives, local communities, economy and industry, and urban infrastructure—and conducts research and seeks to put its findings into practice and into proposals, with the aim of analyzing the structure of society and solving issues associated with the structure. The CEL presents findings from its research activities in publications, symposiums and seminars, lectures on them at universities, and publishes them in newspapers and magazines. It also makes good use of them in outside activities undertaken in cooperation with government agencies, business committees and NPOs. In addition, the CEL actively disseminates information through its triannual magazine “CEL,” its website, its official Facebook page and other media. Furthermore, the CEL is working on community building and creation of the attractiveness of urban cities by taking advantage of a laboratory set up at Knowledge Capital at Grand Front Osaka on the northern side of JR Osaka Station.
The CEL sponsors a storyteller performance aimed at introducing historical and cultural facts of urban cities to the general public in the form of storytelling accompanied by music and visual images. In January 2018, the CEL, reflecting on its storytelling activities over the past 20 years, published a new book, titled “how to make a story aimed at fostering people's love of their communities—the attractiveness of storyteller theater,” to share the attractiveness of the storyteller performance with the general public. In March 2018, the CEL held a special storytelling session in celebration of the publication of the new book.
Also launched was the U-CoRo Project, aimed at developing new networks through the effective use of local resources. Specifically, the CEL publishes a wall newspaper, “Uemachi Plateau Konjaku Times,” twice a year. Through the newspaper it is hoped that local people will think deeply about their communities—both in the past and toward the future. Other events held under the U-CoRo Project include the regular holding of a forum on various topics. In addition, since October 2017, the CEL has supported a monthly culture class sponsored by the Osaka headquarters of the Sankei Shimbun daily, called “Kamigata Seikatsu Bunkado,” which literally means “lives and culture of the Kyoto-Osaka area,” in collaboration with the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.