CSR Charter ⅢBeing a Good Corporate Citizen Contributing to Society
Social Contribution Activities
Principle and Outline
To meet the broad-ranging needs of local communities, the Daigas Group actively utilizes the Group’s resources to undertake a variety of social contribution activities based on those associated with the “Small Light Campaign.” We will take on an active role in resolving issues facing communities and society as a whole and do our part to stimulate regional activity by developing local culture, history and sports in collaboration with local communities, NPOs and others.
Fostering growth together with people in local communities
As an energy service provider focusing on businesses closely related to people's day-to-day lives as well as addressing environmental preservation with a great sense of mission, the Daigas Group is working on giving the public greater safety and security by enhancing people's health and taking measures to ensure disaster prevention in each region. For example, the Group has established an energy system developed by Osaka Gas at the Ibaraki Campus (which opened in Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture in the spring of 2015) of Ritsumeikan University. Building the energy system was part of an agreement reached by Ibaraki City, Ritsumeikan University and Aeon Retail Co., Ltd. to create a disaster-resilient community. The agreement calls for Osaka Gas to supply electricity to a disaster-prevention park located in a city next to Ibaraki in the event of a natural disaster.
Furthermore, the “Hajimaru-kun Personal Computer Donation Program,” being organized by Group member OGIS-RI, based on the idea of helping the environment by encouraging the reuse of PCs, is also a social contribution activity that provides employment support for the disabled to whom recycling operations are outsourced, as well as IT support for donation recipients. Since this program started in 2009, it has donated over 3,000 PCs to social welfare organizations. In addition, the Group offers proposals to local governments on building towns and cities in which all residents – from children and adolescents to the middle-aged and elderly – can lead active lives, and on establishing child-raising networks aimed at “joint child-raising” in collaboration with communities, government agencies, NPOs, and other corporations.
Overseas, the Jacobi Carbons Group, an activated carbon business company that is part of the Osaka Gas Chemical Group, is engaged in exchange with local communities, particularly those in the immediate neighborhood of their plants, and in activities designed to enhance living and educational environments for children.
Support for Kansai-based “social designers”
Osaka Gas operates “My Pro Showcase Kansai,” a program that supports regional projects undertaken by Kansai-based “social designers” and nonprofit organizations, jointly with Greenz, an NPO known as the operator of the online magazine “greenz.jp.” The program supports these organizations and individuals working to support child care and education, build community, and help people with disabilities. Many social issues touch our lives, and these issues are becoming more advanced and complex. Osaka Gas sees people participating in the revitalization program, an initiative requiring a strong self-help drive to solve social issues, as potential future partners. Osaka Gas believes such people are capable of invigorating communities in the Kansai region through the program. Our company is thus prepared to disseminate its activities to society while helping them connect with stakeholders in various fields.
Since FY2016, our company’s membership-based website, “My Osaka Gas,” has maintained the “Social Design+” page, which is aimed at supporting those Kansai-based “social designers,” a group of people working on solving local social issues.
NOBY T&F CLUB activities
Osaka Gas has used its resources and assets to help build vitality-filled communities. For example, the NOBY T&F CLUB, an athletic club run by Olympic medalist Nobuharu Asahara, an Osaka Gas employee, provides a variety of athletic programs to young athletes to support their sound growth and foster top-level athletes who are to play a key role in Japan's future athletic sports.
Also, in September 2018, we signed a business agreement with the comprehensive community sports facility, Cerezo Osaka Sports Club, to open the Cerezo Osaka NOBY T&F Club, a track and field club. The aim is to foster the next generation of top athletes to compete on the world stage and promote the health of everyone from children to seniors through activities held at the community sports club with its track facilities.
Club Activities and Circle Activities
The Daigas Group actively contributes to the healthy growth of children and the vitalization and advancement of society through club and circle activities. The Daigas track and field club holds “kids’ time trials” and coaching sessions for running track, while the baseball club coaches kids in baseball. Adults in the local community can participate in long-distance training runs offered by the Osaka Gas Track and Field Club or a “Heart Ball Project” run by the Osaka Gas Baseball Club. This project aims to revitalize the local community by providing work to sheltered workshops, recycling baseballs to benefit the environment, and providing logistical support to local high school baseball teams by donating repaired balls.
In March 2018, to commemorate the 2,000th donated ball, a donation ceremony was held that was joined by people from the Osaka Gas Baseball Club, the Nishinomiya Higashi High School baseball team, Job Station Nishinomiya, and the Nishinomiya Center for the Deaf.
Other activities include a charity concert held by the Daigas chorus club to commemorate the 70th anniversary of club’s founding in July. The donations and proceeds raised were donated to the northern Osaka earthquake disaster area. Concerts are also held by music clubs such as a mandolin club and brass band, while sign language study and Braille study are part of circle activities.
Culture and History
Valuing Local Culture and History to Help Build Community
The Daigas Group helps to build vibrant local communities in a unique way, by revitalizing local culture and history.
Between 1985 and 2003, the Group operated Ogimachi Museum Square (OMS), a multicultural facility housed in a former company building. A core part of the facility was a theater that promoted youth culture. In 1994, on the tenth anniversary of OMS, we established the “OMS Drama Award” as part of a commemorative project. Today, the annual award program continues to help discover and support young and more established playwrights, with 50 to 60 entries each year. FY2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the award, and a commemorative project was planned that allows people to watch all of the past award-winning plays on video and purchase books of plays.
Starting with the drama series “Histoire” in 2010, we commissioned playwrights with a connection to the OMS Drama Award finalists to write dramas about well-known Kansai people from the past, to be performed as storyteller performances in places related to those people.
Through this series of initiatives, the Group fosters and supports dramatists and promotes theatrical culture in the Kansai region, contributing to town building, the revitalization of local communities, and the rediscovery of fascinating aspects of the local area.
Activities of the CEL
The Osaka Gas Research Institute for Culture, Energy and Life (CEL) has chosen key areas of research—ordinary people leading their lives, local communities, economy and industry, and urban infrastructure—and conducts research and seeks to put its findings into practice and into proposals, with the aim of analyzing the structure of society and solving issues associated with the structure. The CEL presents findings from its research activities in publications, symposiums, and seminars, lectures on them at universities, and publishes them in newspapers and magazines. It also makes good use of them in outside activities undertaken in cooperation with government agencies, business committees and NPOs. In addition, the CEL actively disseminates information through its triannual magazine “CEL,” its website, its official Facebook page and other media. Furthermore, the CEL is taking advantage of a laboratory set up at the Knowledge Capital facility at Grand Front Osaka on the north side of JR Osaka Station for the purpose of studying the attraction of cities. Various meetings are being held to discuss regional and community energy and design for the year 2050, or to debate what a well-functioning society with a high population of elderly people should look like.
The CEL sponsors a storyteller performance aimed at introducing historical and cultural facts of urban cities to the general public in the form of storytelling accompanied by music and visual images. In November 2018, a special storytelling performance, “The Story of Nakanoshima—Our Town,” was held in celebration of 100th anniversary of the Osaka City Central Public Hall.
Also launched was the U-CoRo Project, aimed at developing new networks through the effective use of local resources. Specifically, the Project periodically publishes a wall newspaper, “Uemachi Plateau Konjaku Times”. Through the newspaper it is hoped that local people will think deeply about their communities—both in the past and toward the future. Other events held under the U-CoRo Project include the regular holding of a forum on various topics. In addition, since October 2017, the CEL has supported a culture class sponsored by the Osaka headquarters of the Sankei Shimbun daily, called “Kamigata Seikatsu Bunkado,” which literally means “lives and culture of the Kyoto-Osaka area,” in collaboration with the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. In March 2019, a book was published, Kamigata Seikatsu Bunkado—Osaka Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow, a compilation of the past year’s activities.