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

Action on Human Rights

Principle and Outline

The Daigas 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 and Plans for Human Rights Awareness

Group-wide promotion of human rights awareness by the Daigas Group

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

Based on this policy, the Human Resources Department's “Human Rights Center” plans, formulates 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, business units and major affiliates have their 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 Daigas 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
<Roles of the Corporate Human Rights Committee>
  1. Compilation of a company-wide policy on human rights awareness activities and follow-up on activity results
  2. Company-wide coordination of measures aimed at promoting human rights awareness activities
  3. Information sharing concerning human rights issues
<Roles of the Corporate Human Rights Executive Board>
  1. Compilation and coordination of human rights awareness plans at each organization and plans to foster Human Rights Promoters
  2. Follow-up on progress made concerning human rights awareness promotion plans at each organization
  3. Information sharing concerning human rights issues
<Roles of Human Rights Committees at Divisions (business units and core affiliates)>
  1. Compilation and implementation of a human rights awareness activity plan at each organization based on the company-wide policy on human rights, and reporting of such activity plan to the Human Rights Center
  2. Efforts to promote human rights awareness among employees and provision of relevant information to them
  3. Establishment of a consultation desk at each organization to deal with human right issues
  4. Liaison with administrative authorities with a jurisdiction concerning human rights issues
<Roles of Human Rights Promoters (at each business section and Group company)>
  1. Holding of human rights awareness sessions covering all employees at each business section and Group company
  2. Primary consultation desk to deal with human rights issues facing employees of each business section and Group company
  3. Consultation desk for disabled people concerning reasonable in-house consideration to be taken for such people
<Roles of the Human Rights Center>
  1. Secretariats of the Human Rights Committee and the Human Rights Executive Board
  2. Study of plans on human rights awareness and implementation of such plans
  3. Fostering of Human Rights Promoters and support of their activities
  4. Collection and dissemination of information on human rights issues
  5. Participation in human rights activities by external human rights groups
  6. In-house consultation desks to deal with human rights issues involving the Daigas Group

Education and Training for Human Rights Awareness

Education and training efforts in FY2018

Human rights slogan and compliance slogan posters for FY2019

Human rightsslogan and compliance
slogan posters for FY2019

Color universal design certificate

Color universal design certificate

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

Our human rights slogan for FY2018 is “foster a workplace culture in which human rights are respected—listen to others and talk with them without preoccupation.” Under the slogan, the Daigas Gas Group strengthened its system to respect human rights and improved human rights education. The Group also disseminated information on human rights to the employees of the Group and actively participated in events held outside the Company to protect human rights, while collecting human rights information.

We had an all-time high of 9,357 entries for our human rights slogan, a year-on-year increase of about 2,600. We also received a record 10,467 entries for our compliance slogan, representing an increase of 3,100 from the previous year.

Since FY2018, the Color Universal Design (CUD)*2 mark has been displayed on the human rights and compliance slogan poster as it was certified by the NPO Color Universal Design Organization (CUDO)*1 to be color-friendly to people with “a different color sense.”

In addition, the printed version of CSR Report received the Color Universal Design (CUD) 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 Daigas Group has human rights training for all job levels: directors, managers, and new recruits.

Newly appointed managers learn about “business and human rights” through a training course featuring interactive lectures and video watching. We have human rights lectures for division heads and managers led by outside experts. In FY2018, about 18,000 employees, including those at Group companies, attended the training course, sponsored by human rights promoters, a group of people chosen at each organization, for all employees with the aim of disseminating three laws enforced for the elimination of discrimination under the theme of “becoming familiar with human rights laws that came into force in the previous fiscal year.”

Group-wide Human Rights Training - Participants

Participants Implementation period Total number of persons
Executives November 27
Organization heads, managers May, July, August, November, December 402
New employees April 127
Training for all employees From August to March 18,000
Managers at affiliates May, November 76
New employees at affiliates April, June, November, February 158
Employees of affiliate Year around 287
HR Committee members, etc. Year around 165
Total About 19,200

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 FY2018, a total of 93 took these courses.

Results of Participation in Courses Outside the Company

Course name No. of participants
Anti-discrimination and Human Rights Issues Awareness Raising 93
Human Rights and Anti-discrimination Awareness Raising
Buraku Liberation / Human Rights Summer Course
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