- Aspects Determined as Materiality
- TOPIC: Our Japanese Soup Stock Workshop wins the Outstanding Corporate Performance Award in the category of Child and Family Policy Bureau Chief Awards at the 8th Smart Life Project Award (Let's Increase Healthy Life Expectancy!) (in the area of maternal and child health) held by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
- Participating in Society
Principle and Outline
The Daigas Group operates in a business that is rooted in communities, and we could not succeed in our business in the absence of good relations with local residents. To help local residents better understand our business, we are pro-actively disclosing information and increasing the transparency of our company operations, as well as communicating with the general public.
We are also helping to foster the next generation by utilizing the resources that the Group has garnered in its business activities to offer education on energy, the environment, food, fire and disaster prevention.
Communication on the Environment and Food
Energy and environment education
Osaka Gas employees and alumni traveled to elementary, junior and senior high schools to teach lessons on energy and the environment in order to help children think about and understand increasingly important environmental issues. Osaka Gas instructors tour about 250 schools a year to offer two programs, including Eco-Cooking. In FY2020, a total of 815 teaching sessions were held, in which 21,098 elementary school and junior high school students participated.
In addition, Osaka Gas runs the Gas Science Museum (located on the premises of the Senboku LNG Terminal) where visitors can learn about energy and the environment.
“Rethinking Lifestyles to Make Them More Earth-friendly” class
■“Energy and Environment Education” Total Track Record
Fire Education and Disaster Response Education
The Daigas group has developed two fire education programs for children—one workshop-style and one classroom-style. The aims are to teach children how to start and manage a fire safely, and how to cook with flame. By giving children the chance to learn about fire and become familiar with it physically, they will be enriched and develop greater hardiness.
In response to the increased need for disaster response education following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011, we created an original pamphlet for an upper elementary school on the theme of disaster response—Lessons in Disaster Response—that we distribute to local elementary schools. A revised version was issued in January 2020. The text teaches children about natural disasters in Japan. While studying it, children take a workshop designed to impart useful knowledge about the changes that take place in people’s lives when a disaster strikes. The text also contains a checklist of items to prepare and things to do at home to prepare for emergencies. Over a period of seven years, the text has been used widely—at junior high schools, high schools, and universities, as well as by local governments and local residents’ associations. Over 160,000 pamphlets in total have been distributed.
Also, in conjunction with Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. and Sekisui House, Ltd., we set up the Disaster Response Kids’ Education Support Project, which won a Japan Resilience Award (Award for Excellence) in 2019. The initiative was conducted for two years, and offered a disaster response and disaster mitigation experiential learning program for parents and children. It was run by an executive committee organized by three companies, aiming to communicate the experience of an earthquake to the next generation.
Left: Upper elementary school teaching materials(A4, 40 pages, full color)
Right: Teacher handbook (with worksheets, and supplementary teaching materials for the class, A4, 40 pages, full color)
Teaching “Lessons in Disaster Response”
Left: For late elementary grades (A4, 32 pages, full color)
Right: Teachers’ guide (with worksheets, A4-sized, 64 pages, single color)
The Daigas Group also engages in food education. We hold food education seminars and workshops for schools and childcare providers, and produce and distribute the Food Education Book, a teaching text for elementary schools (270,000 copies distributed since 2008, and a revised new edition issued in September 2019 in line with the revision of the Guidelines for the Course of Study issued by the government). We have developed a Japanese Soup Stock Workshop for teaching Kansai-area cooking flavor/culture, as well as a wide range of cooking workshops in collaboration with local universities and governments on the themes of local production for local consumption and food and health. We also hold a contest for the Kinki region based on the National Parent-Child Cooking Contest.
The Japanese Soup Stock Workshop was first held in FY2018 as a new area-based, workshop-style traveling program to pass on a rich food culture to the next generation that helps teach children about healthy eating in light of both deteriorating eating habits and the fact that washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine, has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. These workshops provide an opportunity for local university students who work with us to gain experience in providing food education and cooking, while helping to further develop activities that connect to local communities, such as through the hosting of cooking classes in collaboration with local governments and various groups to promote local production for local consumption. Started in FY2018, 29,047 people have attended 879 workshops as of March 31, 2020.
We plan to continue hosting such food education activities together with local communities as an ongoing initiative."
Elementary school visiting class on how to make soup stock
TOPIC: Our Japanese Soup Stock Workshop wins the Outstanding Corporate Performance Award in the category of Child and Family Policy Bureau Chief Awards at the 8th Smart Life Project Award (Let's Increase Healthy Life Expectancy!) (in the area of maternal and child health) held by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Osaka Gas’s hands-on food education program Japanese Soup Stock Workshop has received the Outstanding Corporate Performance Award in the category of Child and Family Policy Bureau Chief Awards at the 8th Smart Life Project Award (Let's Increase Healthy Life Expectancy!) (in the area of maternal and child health) held by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The award granted to our program is part of the Smart Life Project Award (Let's Increase Healthy Life Expectancy!) project, which the MHLW has conducted since 2012 to improve people’s daily habits and extend their healthy life expectancy. It commends companies, organizations, and local governments that make outstanding efforts to support the happy healthy daily lives of mothers and children. Osaka Gas is the first gas company to win this award.
We have held the Japanese Soup Stock Workshop mainly at elementary schools. It was held 191 times with 5,643 participants in FY2018, 343 times with 11,687 participants in FY2019, and 345 times with 11,717 participants in FY2020. This workshop has received high praise from various organizations, including the government, universities, and boards of education as a comprehensive hands-on food education program that collaborates with local communities. The program has expanded into a wide range of activities, including home economics classes for late grades given at elementary schools, parent-child cooking classes, training sessions for educators, and local-government-hosted events. This breadth of activities led to the workshop’s winning of the award above after the following in FY2019: the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award at the Food Education Activity Award granted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Judging Committee’s Honorable Mention at the Awards for Companies Promoting Experience-based Learning Activities for the Youth granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Participating in Society
Direct exchange of opinions between representatives of consumer groups and management
In order to use the views of as many people as possible to improve business and operations, Osaka Gas creates opportunities to gather the opinions of people, such as members of consumer groups.
Once a year, there is a direct exchange of opinions between Osaka Gas’s management and the representatives of the Kansai Consumer’s Association Liaison Commission, an organization of local consumer groups throughout the Kansai region. This exchange has been taking place for over 30 years, beginning in 1986. At the meeting in FY2020, Osaka Gas reported its efforts to achieve the SDGs as information to share with the representatives. Osaka Gas described its wide range of efforts from the aspects of energy and environmental conservation, including the best energy mix, our CO2 emissions reduction plans, and the introduction of renewable energy. At the subsequent exchange of opinions, Osaka Gas received a positive suggestion that it should more actively publicize Ene-Farm, a system that contributes to reducing CO2 emissions besides other advantages.
On a regular basis, we actively conduct educational activities targeting consumer groups and consumer centers. In October 2019, we admitted visitors to the Network Company Skills Championships, which we hold to improve quality inspection skills for emergency repairs and installation of gas pipes. The visitors gained understanding of our sincere efforts for safety, which is the basis of the Daigas Group's business.
We will also continue to undertake public relations activities as part of our efforts to promote consumer-oriented business operations.
Participation in Business/Industry Groups
Osaka Gas has joined the following business/industry groups as a member to work with other companies in improving and solving social issues and problems.
Membership of professional institutions
Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Hiroshi Ozaki, Chairman of Osaka Gas, has been serving as the President of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry since December 2015)
- ・Kansai Economic Federation
- ・Kansai Association of Corporate Executives
- ・Japan Business Federation
- ・Japan Gas Association