Actions on Materiality
Process of Identifying Materiality (FY2015 - FY2017)
The Daigas Group believes that it is necessary for the energy provider to conduct its business while recognizing and managing the possible effects on society of its activities, and managing such effects that have already appeared. Parties affected by the Group's activities are wide-ranging, including customers, local communities, corporate clients, shareholders and employees. As part of the social responsibility of the Daigas Group, in line with the procedures shown in the G4, we identify important aspects in business activities as materiality taking into account the characteristics of Group activities and operational areas, and heeding views and opinions presented by stakeholders, and then compile a report based on priority items. We will promote efforts for appropriate management of each materiality, and reinforce them as necessary. The result of our efforts are to be reported year by year. If necessary, the materiality is to be reviewed so as to reflect changes in society.
- * G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
- G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines is published by “Global Reporting Initiative” , an international NGO, aiming for encouraging businesses to make efforts for building a sustainable future. It shows efforts that should be made and information that should be disclosed on aspects that fall into categories related to sustainability of society, such as Economic, Environmental and Social which is sub-categorized with Labor Practices and Decent Work, Human Rights, Society and Product Responsibility.It has been revised several times after publication of the first edition in 2000, and the G4, the latest version, was released last year. The G4 features a concept of the “materiality” — aspects that are important for both businesses and society, and recommends disclosing how materiality is identified and managed.
Study of Important Aspects (Materiality) for the Daigas Group
The Daigas Group believes that it is necessary for the energy provider to conduct its business while recognizing and managing the possible effects on society of its activities, and managing such effects that have already appeared. Parties affected by the Group's activities are wide-ranging, including customers, local communities, corporate clients, shareholders and employees. As part of the social responsibility of the Osaka Gas Group, in line with the procedures shown in the G4, we identify important aspects in business activities as materiality while heeding opinions presented by stakeholders and taking into account the characteristics of Group activities and operational areas, and then compile a report based on priority items. We will promote efforts for appropriate management of each materiality, and reinforce them as necessary. The result of our efforts are to be reported year by year. If necessary, the materiality is to be reviewed so as to reflect changes in society.
How Osaka Gas Identified Its CSR Materiality
In accordance with the procedures shown in G4 guidelines, Osaka Gas went through a process of identifying materiality.
Process of identifying materiality according to the G4 guidelines
On the 46 aspects to be reported, which have been proposed by G4, Osaka Gas has clarified the boundaries of the expected effects from each of the Daigas Group's business fields. This process has taken into account the factors such as industrial sectors, business fields and business areas involved.
Expected social effects from business operations undertaken by the Daigas Group - 46 aspects explained above - have been quantified. The quantification has taken into consideration expected business activities by the Group as of 2020, forecasts based on the progress that has been made toward its long-term management vision, “Field of Dreams 2020,” based on the analysis of significance of relevance and impact of our businesses in each aspect. Priority has been temporarily set in conformity with the Group's long-standing management philosophy, the “Daigas Group CSR Charter,” and the “Daigas Group Code of Conduct.”
Whether the priority set temporarily under Step 2 is appropriate has been checked by stakeholders such as outside people knowledgeable about certain issues and people with expertise in certain fields. The results of the evaluation by the Group and the stakeholders have been reflected in the “materiality analysis map.”
By looking into the “materiality analysis map” mentioned above, topics regarded as the most important from the viewpoint of the Group and the stakeholders have been determined as medium-term “materiality.” Sufficient discussions have been held between relevant departments of the Group over the reporting of the key performance indicators (KPI) and efforts related to materiality. Final approval of the materiality came at a meeting of the “CSR Promotion Council,” the Daigas Group's highest decision-making body on CSR.
Boundaries of Material Aspects
In the process of defining materiality, we recognized the boundary of each material aspect considering which subject our business activities, products and services, engagement and relations have impact. The chart below shows boundary of each aspect represented as inside or outside of the Group.
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|3||Indirect Economic Impacts||〇|
|10||Effluents and Waste||〇||〇|
|11||Products and Services||〇||〇|
|15||Supplier Environmental Assessment||〇||〇|
|16||Environmental Grievance Mechanisms||〇||〇|
|Social||Labor Practices and Decent Work||17||Employment||〇||〇|
|19||Occupational Health and Safety||〇||〇|
|20||Training and Education||〇||〇|
|21||Diversity and Equal Opportunity||〇||〇|
|22||Equal Remuneration for Women and Men||〇||〇|
|23||Supplier Assessment for Labor Practices||〇||〇|
|24||Labor Practices Grievance Mechanisms||〇||〇|
|27||Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining||〇||〇|
|29||Forced or Compulsory Labor||〇||〇|
|33||Supplier Human Rights Assessment||〇||〇|
|34||Human Rights Grievance Mechanisms||〇||〇|
|40||Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society||〇||〇|
|41||Grievance Mechanisms for Impacts on Society||〇||〇|
|Product responsibility||42||Customer Health and Safety||〇||〇|
|43||Product and Service Labeling||〇||〇|
|46||Compliance (product liability)||〇||〇|
Aspects determined as materiality