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 Osaka Gas 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.
Communities, Culture and History
Fostering growth together with community residents
Together with pursuing environmental conservation with a sense of mission as an energy business closely connected with people's day-to-day lives, the Osaka Gas Group is engaged in efforts related to health and other important aspects of daily living and is working to give the public greater peace of mind and improved safety. For example, 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.
In March 2016, Osaka Gas published a leaflet titled "Socially Design the Kinki Region." The leaflet included information on eight organizations Osaka Gas sees as "creatively" working to solve social issues such as the aging of society, homelessness, poverty and abuse.
The Osaka Gas Group participates in local cleanup and beautification efforts around the Head Office Gas Building, the Senboku and Himeji plants, and other offices in hopes of helping to create beautiful litter-free neighborhoods.
Osaka Gas Security Service Co., Ltd., a member of our Group, is also undertaking efforts to protect the natural environment and safeguard nearby communities. Overseas, Osaka Gas USA Corporation takes part in cleanup volunteer activities at food banks, while Marianas Energy Company LLC joins in coastline cleanup activities near the company's power stations.
Supporting community building by taking advantage of local culture and history
The Osaka Gas Group offers its own unique style of support to help build vibrant towns/cities by revitalizing local culture and history.
Between 1985 and 2003, our Group operated the "Ogimachi Museum Square (OMS)", a cultural compound housed in a former company building, and provided a venue for disseminating youth culture primarily through theater performances. In 1994, an "OMS Drama Award" was created to commemorate the OMS' 10th anniversary, and we continue presenting the award to this day to discover and support young and mid-career playwrights. The drama series "Histoire" was started in 2010, and this drama about people who actually lived and played active roles in the Kansai area was transcribed by an OMS Drama Award-winning writer and broadcasted as a radio drama on Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS). IT has also been performed as a recitation play in locales connected with the people depicted.
In addition to discovering and supporting theater talent in the Kansai area through such efforts, our Group seeks to help build up communities by producing works that these communities will embrace and pass on.
Activities of the CEL
The Osaka Gas Research Institute for Culture, Energy and Life (CEL) has chosen four key areas of research—life, culture, energy infrastructure and business management—and conducts research from the perspective of day-to-day living and seeks to put its findings into practice and into recommendations. In undertaking such research activities, the company focuses on important and potentially important social issues facing regions. The CEL presents these findings 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," as well as its website, its official Facebook page and other media. The CEL is working on building research networks as well as disseminating information by taking advantage of a laboratory set up at Knowledge Capital at Grand Front Osaka on the northern side of JR Osaka Station to study the attractiveness of urban cities.
The CEL sponsors a storyteller performance—an educational workshop 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. Specifically, newly discovered facts on the history and culture of Amagasaki City were put together and converted into a story, and a storytelling session was held on the topic. Storytelling performances were also given by people who graduated the workshop as part of the CEL's efforts to foster human resources.
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 included the holding of a forum on various topics, and planning and support for "a cultural theater on Japanese housing and views on Japanese housing by foreign people," one of the official cultural events being held toward the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics under the sponsorship of the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.
Fostering the Next Generation
"Energizing Kids" — A project to support children
The Osaka Gas Group has been working in collaboration with experts, NPOs, volunteers and others on an "Energizing Kids" project designed to expose the coming generation of youths to a variety of experiences, including classes on energy and environmental protection and sports and cooking lessons.
Our Track & Field Club holds kids' time trials and track & field classes while our Baseball Club sponsors baseball clinics for children. Furthermore, our Soccer Club hosts youth soccer tournaments. Our Men's Volleyball Club holds volleyball classes for elementary school students.
The Osaka Gas Group actively engages in efforts that help invigorate and develop local communities through club activities.
For example, a marathon practice session sponsored by our Track & Field Club to support citizen runners and our Baseball Club's "Heartball Project" provide material support to help revitalize local communities by supporting employment at welfare work centers, helping the environment by recycling baseballs, and donating repaired baseballs to local high school baseball teams.
In addition, our Music Club holds charity concerts, and our Sign Language Club and Braille Club organize various activities.
OGIS-RI Co., Ltd.
Holding of a software idea contest for university students
OGIS-RI Co., Ltd., an Osaka Gas Group member, has since FY2011 been hosting the OGIS-RI Software Challenge Award (OSCA), a software idea contest for university students.
OGIS-RI is helping foster the IT industry's next-generation human resources by providing a venue at which students can exhibit their creativity and imagination as ideas for systemization.
The seventh contest was held in FY2017 under the topic "It appears to be useless but it's not useless." Of the 44 ideas submitted, those created by six teams secured a spot in the final contest. The idea that won the contest was "appLift: communication starting with a chair," created by "kbylab," a Shinshu University team.