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CSR Charter Ⅳ Complying with Laws and Regulations and Respect for Human Rights

Action on Human Rights

Principle and Outline

The Osaka Gas Group holds that human rights ought to be accorded the maximum respect in all circumstances. All executives and employees must be keenly aware of this, and acquire and act on correct knowledge pertaining to human rights. In expanding its business globally, the Group pays careful attention to compliance with local and national laws and regulations, respect for human rights and other international norms, local culture and customs, and the interests of stakeholders. Accordingly, it offers human rights training and conducts educational activities aimed at improving awareness and instilling knowledge of human rights issues.

Systems for Human Rights Awareness

Group-wide promotion of human rights awareness

To promote human rights awareness throughout the Group, Osaka Gas has established a “Corporate Human Rights Committee” headed by the director responsible for the Human Resources Department. This committee decides all basic policy with regard to human rights.

Based on this policy, the Human Resources Department's “Human Rights Center” plans and administers numerous efforts and events such as human rights training for all job levels, human rights lectures, and human rights slogan contests, and offers cooperation and support to individual organizations. The top award-winning slogans are made into posters that are put up in offices to constantly remind employees of the importance of human rights.

As well, each business unit and affiliate of that business has its own “Human Rights Committee,” which relays company policies and human rights information to employees, encourages participation in outside lectures and the human rights slogan contest. The “Corporate Human Rights Committee” also exchanges information and opinions with divisions in the Group, all in an effort to understand what must be done across the entire Group. Further, each business unit and major affiliate appoints a “Human Rights Awareness Promotion Leader,” who is in charge of dealing with daily issues related to human rights.

The Osaka Gas Group's “Compliance Desks,” which accept compliance consultations and reports, also provide a place for employees to seek advice on, and report all matters related to human rights.

Organization

Organization

Education and Training for Human Rights Awareness

Education and training plans for FY2017

Posters raising awareness for human rights and compliance with slogans

Posters raising awareness for human
rights and compliance with slogans

Color Universal Design (CUD) certificate

Color Universal Design (CUD) certificate

The Osaka Gas Group releases a human rights awareness slogan and formulates an action plan every fiscal year in an effort to build a corporate culture in which human rights are respected.

The slogan we drew up for fiscal 2017 was “foster a corporate culture in which human rights are respected, with each and every employee having a sense of caring for others and accepting each other.” Under the slogan, we strove to achieve various initiatives including the following: Enhanced and strengthened Osaka Gas Group's human rights awareness-raising structure, enhanced human rights education and awareness raising activities, disseminated information on human rights to be aware of across the Osaka Gas Group, actively participated in activities outside the Group and gather various relevant information.

We had an all-time high of 6,706 entries for our human rights slogan, a year-on-year increase of about 1,200 entries, and 7,291 entries for our compliance slogan, another all-time high achieved by a year-on-year increase of about 1,100 entries.

Human rights slogans

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  • A workplace that accepts diversity is a workplace with a bright future.

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  • It is important that not only your house but also your mindset be barrier-free.
  • Say No to “I don't know. ”
  • A good workplace is one where each employee's individuality is respected and shines.

The poster we made to promote our human rights and compliance slogans for fiscal 2018 received a color universal design (CUD) certificate from the Color Universal Design Organization (CUDO),*1 a nonprofit organization promoting universal color access by encouraging companies and others to avoid using confusing color combinations for people with color vision deficiency. This report and our leaflet explaining the Osaka Gas Group's operations in fiscal 2017 also obtained the certification from the CUDO. A CUD mark*2 is shown on posters and other documents that have obtained such certification.

*1 Color Universal Design Organization (CUDO)
CUDO is a nonprofit organization aimed at building an all-inclusive society by promoting color universal design in posters and other documents to avoid inconveniencing people with “a different color sense.” CUDO pledges to help build a society that is friendly to people who were formerly referred to as “color blind” in Japan, elderly people, and people with low vision. (CUDO website)
*2 Color Universal Design (CUD) mark
The CUD mark is certified by CUDO. It is displayed on printed material and other products that are confirmed to be color-friendly to a range of people, including those with “a different color sense.”

Human rights training for all levels

Human rights lecture for division heads and managers

Human rights lecture for division
heads and managers

The Osaka Gas Group has human rights training for all job levels: directors, managers, and new recruits.

Newly appointed managers learn about “business and human rights” through training sessions featuring interactive lectures and video watching. We have human rights lectures for division heads and managers led by outside experts. In FY2017, a lecture was offered under the title “Issues to be addressed to eliminate discrimination against disabled people. ”

Since FY2011, we have been conducting trainings for all employees led by human rights promoters in each division. In FY2017, approximately 17,300 Osaka Gas and Osaka Gas Group employees took part in such training.

Group-wide Human Rights Training - Participants (FY2017)

Participants Implementation period Total number of persons
Executives November 29
Organization heads, managers May, July, August, November, December 372
New employees April 136
Training for all employees From August to March About 17,300
Managers at affiliates May, November 89
New employees at affiliates April, June, November, February 170
Employees of affiliate Year around 415
HR Committee members, etc. Year around 189
Total About 18,700

Training for human rights awareness leaders

In training for each division's human rights awareness leaders, participants take a variety of courses outside the company. In FY2017, a total of 88 took these courses.

Results of Participation in Courses Outside the Company

Course name No. of participants
Anti-discrimination and Human Rights Issues Awareness Raising 88
Human Rights and Anti-discrimination Awareness Raising
Buraku Liberation / Human Rights Summer Course
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