CSR Charter ⅢBeing a Good Corporate Citizen Contributing to Society
Corporate Volunteering Activities under the “Small Light Campaign”
Principle and Outline
The “Small Light Campaign” was launched in 1981, the UN International Year of Disabled Persons, as a company volunteer effort by the Daigas Group. Begun with the idea that individual employees should take an interest in their immediate surroundings and give serious thought to resolving the various problems facing their local communities, this campaign is characterized by the fact that employees voluntarily plan, participate in, and sustain activities. Our Group's business activities are closely tied to the daily lives of everyone in the community. Acknowledging that this fact alone demands greater self-awareness and action from them as members of their local communities, employees are involved in the “Small Light Campaign” as good corporate citizens.
To promote these activities, we have set up a number of supporting systems, including a Local Community Contribution Category in the President's Award, Community Gifts of which application is open to public, and “Volunteer Leave” as frameworks for improving employee awareness of the need for social contributions and for supporting voluntary activities.
Origin of “lily-of-the-valley” (“suzuran”) symbol mark
The lily-of-the-valley was adopted as the symbol of the “Small Light Campaign” because its shape resembles a gas lamp's glass cover that keeps the flame from being blown out, and because the lily-of-the-valley in the language of flowers symbolizes abundant goodwill and love.
Funding and Activities of the “Small Light Campaign”
How the “Small Light Campaign” Works
The “Small Light Campaign” has continued for more than 30 years thanks to support extended by Osaka Gas employees, former employees and local people on a volunteering basis, with its operation funded by donations, including “charity calendar” donations.
To get the campaign rolling, three out of the nine members belonging to the Regional Development Department's Social Design Office are working as full-time secretariat staff.
Fund Campaign Work
The “Small Light Campaign” gathers funds through various activities, including charity calendar donations and proceeds from the Midosuji Fureai bazaar, a used book bazaar, and the Suzurankai (Osaka Gas alumni) charity fair, as well as from donations from workplace groups and individuals—all managed as the “Small Light Fund.” The money is used to support the activities of the Small Light Campaign, to support recovery in disaster-hit areas, and to donate items for social welfare or educational purposes, such as wheelchairs and picture books, to all municipalities served by Osaka Gas.
In FY2019, the fund’s operations and activities drew in 15,175,000 yen in income set off by 14,026,000 yen in expenditures.
Fund Uses for Charity and Support
The Small Light Fund, set up through the Small Light Campaign, is used in many ways. Cooking classes are held for children in orphanages to provide an enjoyable experience to learn about food and how to prepare meals. The cooking lessons also provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in society.
A charity family cooking event for families with kids 5 and up is held annually in various locations to teach kids about food. The participation fees all go to support reconstruction after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Through the Small Light Campaign, the funds go to the Hatachi Fund*, which supports individuals who were babies in 2011, less than one year old, to help them reach the age of 20 safely.
- ※ Hatachi Fund (Hatachi = twenty years of age)
- This fund provides ongoing support to children (for a period of 20 years, begun in 2011) to provide the opportunity to study and become independent. Assistance is provided to groups that run support activities in coordination with the Tohoku localities, based on their state of recovery and needs.
The “Osaka Gas Tomoshibi Club”
Apart from the “Small Light Fund”, the “Osaka Gas Tomoshibi Club”, established in 2009, utilizes the company's welfare mechanisms to offer employees opportunities to donate. Employees can donate the welfare points granted them each year by the company to their choices of groups tackling social issues. In FY2019, 824 people donated a total of 3,043,000 yen, which was given to various groups along with the best wishes of the employees.
Destinations of Donation and Breakdown of Donated Funds
|Name of groups||Donation amount
|TSURUMI Kodomo Hospice (children's hospice project)||217|
|Child chemo house (NPO known for being Japan's first medical facility specializing in the treatment of cancer in children)||601|
|Osaka Voluntary Action Center (social welfare entity tasked with supporting regions affected by natural disasters)||595|
|Japan CliniClowns Association (NPO set up to provide a wonderful time to all children)||352|
|Children Design Education (NPO aimed at supporting children who cannot live with their parents)||599|
|“Small Light” Campaign (volunteer activity by the Daigas Group)||437|
|Cancer Net Japan (NPO known for providing reliable information on cancer treatment)||242|
Volunteered social contribution activities
Daigas group employees collected used books, DVDs, and other items to sell at the Small Light Campaign bazaar; used stamps went to support the activities of an NGO engaged in international medical cooperation; unused or mistakenly marked prepaid postcards went to support the communications expenses of a group that supports people displaced outside of Fukushima prefecture by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Our employees also volunteer to stitch dust cloths that are donated to local children’s homes; they volunteer to make sweets; and they volunteer as supporters for amateur running races that help bring people to the area and stimulate the local economy.
Relief Support for Disaster-Stricken Areas
In 2018, a number of natural disasters occurred in different parts of Japan, including typhoons, heavy rainfall, and earthquakes. To help the affected areas to recover as soon as possible, the Osaka Gas Labor Union joined with the Daigas Group’s Small Light Campaign to establish the “2018 Northern Osaka Prefecture Earthquake Relief Fund” immediately after the earthquake occurred. It also collected donations for a “July 2018 Torrential Rain Disaster Relief Fund.” The latter fund raised 723,000 yen each for the Japan Red Cross Society and Central Community Chest of Japan, while the former raised 1,475,000 yen in relief funds for Osaka Prefecture.
In addition, ten people from the Daigas group formed a volunteer group and went to the area severely affected by the torrential downpours of July 2018—the town of Saka located in Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture. There, they did such things as cleaning and removing mud from houses, and providing support to evacuees.