CSR Charter ⅤManagement Policy for Human Growth
Communication Between Employees and Company
Principle and Outline
The Osaka Gas Group believes it important that employees and companies enjoy mutual trust and respect if they are together to help Group companies achieve sound growth. Views are exchanged during informal meetings between labor unions and the management team and at the meetings of various exploratory committees, and communication between employees and companies is being encouraged through such approaches as workplace visits by Osaka Gas' president to Group companies and organizations.
Labor and management cooperation to resolve issues
Osaka Gas has a union shop system in which all employees except those in management level are union members.
The Osaka Gas Workers Union has about 5,300 members, including workers seconded to affiliate companies, and its goal is amicable labor-management relations. The labor union and company management hold council meetings and review committee sessions at which they discuss changes in working conditions, management issues, and company business in general. Through opinion exchanges that build up mutual understanding and trust, the two sides form, maintain, and strengthen solid and amicable labor-management relations.
Efforts to Maintain a Stable Labor-Management Relationship Based on Mutual Trust Even in a Changing Business Environment
More than 40 years have passed since the Osaka Gas Workers Union was formed through the 1973 merger between its predecessor labor union and another employee union. During this period, union members have supported each other and have been united in resolving problems facing individual members—a fundamental policy that has remained unchanged despite the significant changes that have occurred in society.
Effectively as a partner of the Management, the Union has monitored and checked the Management's decisions and other activities by making policy proposals at informal meetings with the President and executives, and separate informal meetings with officials of regional divisions (approximately 60 meetings each year). Through these meetings, the Union has conveyed the voices of union members directly to the Management.
The Union has drawn up Challenge 3 (Cube), a medium-term action plan covering three years from FY2017. Under the plan, the Union has embarked on three challenging missions: 1) bracing itself for possible changes in the business environment, 2) pursing a bright and hopeful future and 3) invigorating the Union's organizational structure.
We will maintain the “equal and amicable labor-management relations” that we have inherited from our predecessors over the Company's long history. Our goal is to bring labor and management together as a team as a means of improving company performance and boosting union members' sense of commitment toward their work.
President Tours Workplaces
Provision of opportunities for face-to-face dialog between the president and employees of group companies
The President of Osaka Gas tours workplaces for face-to-face talks with employees, "Takarajima Meetups," to create a feeling of togetherness across the Company. He has used these meetings to convey his thoughts on the Osaka Gas Group's corporate motto “Service First” and to foster a sense of Group solidarity by engaging in frank exchanges of views with members in these workplaces.
In FY2017, the President visited a total of 12 business bases both in Japan and abroad, including Himeji LNG Terminal and Osaka Gas UK, Ltd. Wrapping up his tour to these places, the President posted his impressions and comments on the tours on the Company's Intranet as a way of promoting information sharing among employees of the Osaka Gas Group.
Company Award System
President's awards created to build employee awareness
Osaka Gas presents President's Awards in late May of each year to recognize the efforts of employees who have made outstanding contributions in numerous areas and to boost environmental awareness within the company. Employees of Osaka Gas, temporary workers, and employees of affiliate companies are eligible for these awards, given out for remarkable performance at the workplace, for social contributions on behalf of the environment or communities, for the transmission of skills, for safety efforts, etc.